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TUCSON — Nicknamed "Old Pueblo," Tucson is a city with many faces. It's a college town. It's an artist town. It's even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona's biggest city, located 115 miles (185 kilometers) below Phoenix, keeps schools open on President's Day but closes them later in the week for the annual Tucson Rodeo Parade.
This undated image provided by Visit Tucson shows the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Campus tours are free and there are public art installations and a free photography museum, among a number of free things to see and do in the Tucson area. (AP Photo/Visit Tucson, David Jewell)
Train enthusiasts have an opportunity to learn about the history of Arizona railways as the Arizona Railway Museum will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 1 at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.
Wanna go culture crazy without breaking the piggy bank? Then check out a Culture Pass from your local library. This first come, first served voucher system, sponsored by Act One, gives you and a guest free admission to participating arts and cultural institutions like the Arizona Science Center, Scottsdale Museum for Contemporary Art, Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo. Visit Act1az.org/culture-pass to find a participating library near you.
Mesa Public Schools will host the High School Harp Ensemble on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.
The Superstitions are as familiar a part of the local landscape as places and names like Dobson Ranch or Ellsworth Road, but a compact show at Superstition Mountain Museum is giving renewed perspective to the craggy range.
The Arizona Railway Museum will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special event on March 1 in Chandler. [Courtesy Arizona Railway Museum]
Mesa children between the ages of six and 12 can enter i.d.e.a Museum’s drawing contest for a chance to win one of four prize packs.
From wooden wine stoppers to mirrors, light pulls and more, Mark Svoboda, owner of Turning Heads Art Work, really does create pieces that cause fans to look twice.
A local charter-school organization will open its next charter school emphasizing STEM topics in Mesa’s Eastmark development.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most-widely known academic honor society, will present Arizona State University’s Project Humanities with a Key of Excellence Award on Feb. 15.
Celebrate the famous children’s author, or your own little birthday boy or girl, with an afternoon of crafts, games, snacks, activities, birthday cake and a photo op with The Cat in the Hat prior to the 4 p.m. showing of Childsplay’s production of “The Cat in the Hat,” which plays through March 16.
In 2007, Marlies Mercil was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her radiation treatments, she took up beading as a way of passing time and keeping her mind occupied. She has been in remission for the last seven years, and her jewelry designs have taken off.
Imagine hopping onto the back of da Vinci’s portrait of Mona Lisa and cruising it down the streets of France or saddling up New York’s Charging Bull and riding it into Times Square. Although piggy-backing a piece of artwork and parading it through public venues might sound like a looney fantasy, the art students of South Mountain High School have made it a reality.
Last February we told you about a very cool Kickstarter project for a film documenting real people who have been inspired by Batman to triumph over adversity and live heroically in their everyday lives. Last Sunday afternoon the Amazing Arizona Comic Con screened the finished film, Legends of the Knight, which has turned out to be as inspirational as the “caped-crusader” himself.
Cemeteries are filled with the names of the long forgotten, those whose marks on the world are confined within the dash between year one and the final year. Legacies that reach beyond those years on earth are difficult to achieve and belong to the men who define history — for better or worse — and on scales both small and large.
Theresa Alberico, owner and baker at Baked with Love, a small home-based business, is one of the vendors you’ll find at MACFest, a free street fair featuring unique artist creations and fun for the whole family the first and third Saturday of every month through April.
Veteran film and television actor Michael Dante will sign copies of his new book, discuss his canon of more than 100 film and television roles, and help preserve the Old West as this year’s headliner for Superstition Mountain Days.
This fifth annual festival at Superstition Mountain Museum re-enacts the golden days of Arizona’s Apacheland, when actors, movie stars and directors were a dime a dozen. The Yellowbird Dancers, actor Michael Dante, and stuntmen, actors and western entertainers will be on hand to tell stories of movie-filming adventures. There will also be live music and crafts.
The Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa will host a special program to take students back into Arizona’s history.
With a week left until the end of the year and the 2013 tax season, school districts across the East Valley are accepting tax donations that will benefit their extracurricular activities.
Downtown Mesa’s Arizona Museum for Youth is inching closer to becoming the i.d.e.a. Museum. The re-branding, set to launch to the public on Feb. 7, 2014, will transform the much-loved family venue with creative innovations, including — fundraisers hope — a place called The HUB.