Science City

By Eric Swedlund As you read this, a spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx is hundreds of millions of miles away from Earth, scanning the surface of an asteroid 1,600 feet wide named Bennu. OSIRIS is looking for the right place to gather a sample of the asteroid’s surface to bring back to Earth. Back here on…

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Degrazia

Becoming a cultural icon The son of Italian immigrants employed in mining, Ted realized early on that his father’s life wasn’t for him, so he hitchhiked to Tucson to study art at the University of Arizona. Struggling for some time, heading to Mexico City to work with Diego Rivera, trying (and…

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The Written Word

By Margaret Regan Jack Kerouac may not have been the first writer to be charmed by Tucson, but his description of this desert literary haven is among the most poetic. “Tucson is situated in beautiful mesquite riverbed country, overlooked by the snowy Catalina range…,” the beat writer declared in his…

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The Power Of Bread

Sharing The Table and Breaking Bread By Debbie Weingarten Wansa Bakr can’t talk about what happened when militants drove thousands of civilians into the Sinjar Mountains in August 2014. She can say that her family spent days without water, and that the only food was homemade flatbread, hastily…

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Sonoran Desert Wellness

By Edie Jarolim According to many ancient traditions, the desert is a spiritual, purifying place. And according to many contemporary aestheticians, it’s also a hair- and skin-drying place. No wonder, then, that some of the world’s premier spas reside in Tucson, which basks in the Sonoran Desert sun…

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Shop Culture

Embrace your geekery and shop 'til you drop For pop culture obsessives who want to explore the influences on today’s blockbuster films and TV shows and want to retain them in the form of physical copies, it’s a challenging quest, with a dying number of places to score old-school media in 2019…

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How To Gem Show

The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase can be overwhelming, but you can do it like a pro It was certainly easier to navigate the first Tucson Gem & Mineral Society show in 1955, held at a local elementary school. After all, there were only 1,500 attendees and 15 vendors. In 2019, it would have…

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A Proud History Of Golf

Tee Up in Tucson By: Brian J. Pederson Tucson’s sporting history runs back more than a century, from the first athletic teams fielded by the University of Arizona to a variety of minor league teams. Perhaps the richest corner of this history centers around professional golf. Tucson's golf scene has…

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