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Monday, July 27, 2020

Lost Treasures: Voting in the Final Round of Best of Tucson Is Underway!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 12:19 PM

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The lost treasures of Tucson are spoken of in hushed whispers. Who knows what happened to these legendary talismans after they vanished more than a century ago? Did they really have magical powers? And where are they today?

Tucson Weekly is on the hunt for these long-lost treasures—and we need your help to find them as we embark on Best of Tucson® 2020.

But we’re not just looking for lost treasures. We’re celebrating the living legends of today: our restaurateurs, our brewers, our artists, our musicians, our bartenders, our coffee grinders, our bakers, our writers, our merchants and all the others who make our Sonoran home such a hospitable place.

That’s where you come in! We’re asking you to vote in the final round of Best of Tucson®! Earlier this summer, you told us your picks for Tucson's best in the first round of voting. Web editor Tara Foulkrod has tabulated those votes and now presents you with a ballot featuring the finalists in nearly every category. Now it's your turn again! This final round of voting will continue through midnight on Monday, Aug. 24. And on Oct. 22, we’ll announce the winners in our special Best of Tucson® collector’s edition!

Find your ballot here!

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Screening Room starts GoFundMe to Survive COVID

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM

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For more than 30 years the Screening Room brought the Tucson community together through independent film festivals and events – the Arizona International Film Festival, Arizona Underground Film Festival, Terrorfest and Keep Tucson Sketchy comedy show to name a few. Now suffering from the pandemic like many others, the downtown theater is facing the struggle to survive.

The Screening Room’s current operator David Pike recently created a GoFundMe page to “Save The Screening Room,” reaching out for the community’s support.

“It’s paying the bills. It’s paying on loans, electricity, water and the rent that is due,” Pike said.

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Comet NEOWISE draws eyes to skies for first time in thousands of years

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 12:00 PM

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PHOENIX – Arizona skywatchers have been over the moon about a comet that has graced the night sky since July 11.

Comet NEOWISE was discovered March 27 by Amy Mainzer, principal investigator on NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, and her team at the University of Arizona.

“We’re specifically interested in what we call ‘near-Earth objects,’” Mainzer said. “These are the asteroids and comets that come within about 1.3 times the distance from the Earth to the sun.”

The 3-mile wide ball of ice, dust and rock survived a close approach to the sun and is headed toward the outer edge of our solar system before starting another very long trip around the sun. Unlike a shooting star, viewers have a chance to view the comet for longer than a split second.

“This comet, even though it’s traveling at enormous speeds, you’d think, given this incredible speed, that it’d be gone in an instant,” Mainzer said. “But space is so big, that even at that incredible speed, it still takes an appreciable number of days to traverse the sky.”

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

5-Minute Film Fest Tonight!

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 8:49 AM

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Got a short attention span these days? MOCA has got you covered with their third annual 5-Minute Film Festival, showcasing 20 short films that clock in at 300 seconds or less. Arizona residents submitted their film art to this juried, shortform online festival, and the first, second and third place winners received cash prizes from the UA Hanson FilmTV Institute.

Join the fun on MOCA's YouTube channel at 6 p.m. tonight

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Here's What To Do With Those Old Family Photos You Have Lying Around

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM

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Preserving Family Memories: How to Care for Your Photographs. Admit it. You’ve got hundreds of family photos somewhere in your house—maybe in albums, maybe in boxes, some probably just, like, floating loose around the garage—that you’ve been meaning to “organize” for years.

What better time to finally take care of them than during a global pandemic? This livestream with Dana Hemmenway, senior photograph conservator at the UA Center for Creative Photography, will go over the proper care and storage of all types of family photos, from daguerreotypes to inkjet prints.

If you have any questions, or photographs with specific condition issues you want to share, you can send them to ccp-education@email.arizona.edu in advance. 4 to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, July 25. Register in advance at bit.ly/preservingfm. Free.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

It Took Two Viewings, But Grimm Loves 'Hamilton'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM




I didn’t like Hamilton the first time I watched it. The music felt unoriginal, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s face and voice were annoying me, and I didn’t follow the plot.

But…I loved the ending and really liked the women in the show, especially Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton. I liked them so much it made me ponder whether or not I had made some sort of mistake. So, I waited a couple of days and watched it again.

Upon second viewing, I loved Hamilton from start to finish, and Miranda grew on me to the point that I found him adorable. Not sure what happened the first time; perhaps I was distracted, perhaps I was just grouchy. This sort of thing has happened only once or twice in 25 years of film reviewing (Most notably, my about-face on Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas).

During the second viewing, my brain clicked on to the Hamilton frequency. I heard all of the lyrics, the melodies jumped out at me, and the choreography was stunning. It’s deserving of all the hype, and boasts a boldly original concept; the founding fathers played by multiple ethnicities, often rapping. The cast is superb, including Miranda as the title character, Leslie Odom, Jr. as friend-turned-enemy Aaron Burr, and a host of performers sometimes playing two parts.

MVP winner for the best comedic turn in the show goes to Jonathan Groff as the sassy King George, so assured the American colonies will be back under his reign and, yes, gloriously spitting while singing in vivid HD.

As good as everybody is, Soo steals her every scene and gives the musical major heart. She’s the reason I took a breath, took the time, watched the show again, and realized my near mistake. Hamilton is the gem it was rumored to be.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Today Is Your Last Chance To Vote in the First Round of Best of Tucson® 2020: The Lost Treasures!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 11:46 AM

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The lost treasures of Tucson are spoken of in hushed whispers. Who knows what happened to these legendary talismans after they vanished more than a century ago? Did they really have magical powers? And where are they today?

Tucson Weekly is on the hunt for these long-lost treasures—and we need your help to find them as we embark on Best of Tucson® 2020.

But we’re not just looking for lost treasures. We’re celebrating the living legends of today: our restaurateurs, our brewers, our artists, our musicians, our bartenders, our coffee grinders, our bakers, our writers, our merchants and all the others who make our Sonoran home such a hospitable place.

That’s where you come in. We’re asking you to vote once again in Best of Tucson®.

You can nominate anyone in any category through midnight on Monday, July 6. We’ll tally those primary results to get the top five nominees in each category. Those top finalists will compete for your votes through midnight on Monday, Aug. 24. And on Oct. 22, we’ll announce the winners in our special Best of Tucson® collector’s edition!

Find your ballot here!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Botanical Gardens to Reopen July 9

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2020 at 3:00 PM

The Tucson Botanical Gardens during last winter's Luminaria Nights. - JEFF GARDNER
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  • The Tucson Botanical Gardens during last winter's Luminaria Nights.


The Tucson Botanical Gardens are reopening on July 9 with a few new protocols and safety guidelines. The amount of guests in the park will be limited to align with social distancing guidelines, and guests and staff are required to follow Tucson’s current mask guidelines.

In addition, guests will now enter the park through the larger gate to the north of the gift shop. Full-service dining at the gardens’ Café Botanica, along with all indoor gallery spaces, will not be open to the public. The gardens will be open to the public every day from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


“I could never have imagined leading the Gardens through a time like this," TBG executive director Michelle Conklin wrote in the letter to the community. "Nature has a way of healing and we are honored to re-open our Gardens as a place that provides healing, enjoyment, and inspiration. To say we’re excited to welcome guests back would be an understatement.”


If you’d like to support TBG without physically visiting, they’re also offering a series of virtual classes about desert gardening on their website throughout July.


Cash payments will not be accepted for admission or in the Gift Shop.


For more information, visit tucsonbotanical.org

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