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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.
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.
Take a free, self-guided tour of more than 50 professional artist studios throughout the Phoenix-metro area on the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center 13th annual Self-Guided Ceramics Studio Tour. You can also view wheel-throwing, hand-building and glazing demonstrations. This event benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank; those donating non-perishable items are eligible for a ceramic gift.
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.
As soon as you walk up the entry stairs, boom — it hits you. Plastered across the wall is Madeleine Albright on the cover of Newsweek with a headline that reads, “Mad About Madeleine. Washington Loves Her, Will the Rest of the World?”
Even those with only a dim interest in fine art have likely heard of Georgia O’Keeffe or seen a poster filled with one of her vivid flower paintings.
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.
Thanks to Act One, the non-profit foundation of ON Media Publications, Valley families get to experience art and culture for free this Christmas.
Strumming a guitar, decked in high heels and a homemade fringe dress, Wanda Jackson had no idea she was on the cusp of making history. She realized something was afoot when she and tour mate Elvis Presley started packing out auditoriums and coliseums across the country.
Rita Coolidge has charted hits in almost every genre and won just about every music accolade possible, including two Grammy Awards.
One way to avoid the stores and score a pretty great gift deal on Black Friday? Hit up Phoenix Art Museum, where at 8 a.m. the first 50 non-museum members will receive a free general membership (valued at $75) to the museum. Admission to The West Select exhibition will be free until 10 a.m., and museum memberships — if you’re not one of the first 50 in line — will be discounted by 20 percent all day.
We all know that the Star Trek mission is “to explore strange new worlds” and “seek out new life and new civilizations,” so it’s only logical that the Starship Enterprise would eventually end up at the Arizona State Fair. Nestled amongst the “Bacon A-Fair” food stands and “Tilt-A-Whirl” thrill rides, “Star Trek: The Exhibition” has landed.
A teapot shared is a problem halved. All you need is tea — and warm socks. Tea is liquid wisdom.
Kids ages 7 to 12 can learn all about mapping, recording and other archaeological methods with a simulated dig of a Hohokam pit house.
Despite deep roots in the East Valley, Xico Arte and Cultura art gallery is relocating from downtown Chandler to Phoenix at the end of the month and leaving behind its signature patchwork “rug.”
In need of some adult time? Children’s Museum of Phoenix offers just the thing with a western-themed "Play Date" for grown-ups featuring a variety of entertainment including retro games, art projects, a DJ, glitter tattoos, Atari walls, food trucks and a cash bar.
Phoenix’s flagship art venue will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month beginning in September with a film festival, salsa music and two compelling exhibitions.
Phoenix Art Museum's summer exhibition on video games is entertaining anytime, but on PhxArt Kids Days, young viewers and their families can get more mileage out of the experience. This weekend's event includes live cosplay models, so kids can sketch from real poses and costumes, as well as their imaginations, as they practice creating characters for their own video game ideas.
The Arizona State University Art Museum will host an annual T-shirt design contest on Aug. 24 to support the Zoowalk for Autism Research.