Phoenix and Tucson have announced a plan to collaboratively store and make use of their shares of Colorado River water. Both cities have contracts with the Central Arizona Project, the canal that diverts Colorado River water from a pumping station near Lake Havasu throughout the rest of the state. ... More >>
It's said you have your whole life to write your first album. Tucson songwriter Billy Sedlmayr would probably laugh -- one of the distinct, wheezing chuckles the Tucson songwriter punctuates most of his statements with -- at that sentiment.
Our desert summer is finally winding down; and really, it wasn't so bad, now was it? It's probably in part to the awesome parade of metal shows that came through our fair state since the music industry's touring season was in full swing. Either way, at least the October nights will only be in the 90 ... More >>
Making it in a metal band isn't easy. Yet A Distant Calm and Kardashev, from Mesa and Tempe respectively, keep trying anyway. Both bands packed into one van and went on their first tour this past weekend. The original plan was a set of dates in Tucson, San Diego, Van Nuys, and ending in Las Vegas. ... More >>
The sold out Real, Wild, and Woody beer festival is going down on Saturday, July 19 at Tempe Center for the Arts. And if you're a beer lover and don't already have your ticket just stop reading now. Because the lineup of specialty brews is pretty impressive and you're going to be sad. Attendees, yo ... More >>
The alternative weekly newspaper of Tucson, the aptly named Tucson Weekly, has been sold.A company called 10/13 Communications purchased the Weekly, as well as another newspaper in Tucson, Inside Tucson Business, which is also published weekly.
There must be something in the air this month because in just the last few weeks we've had to say goodbye to quite a few classic Valley restaurants. The most recent casualty: La Fontanella, the more than three decades-old Italian restaurant that served solid, old-school Tuscan cuisine in the Arcadia ... More >>
A survey of nearly 200 U.S. metro areas shows people in Tucson and Prescott aren't exactly the happiest about the city they live in.According to a Gallup poll, no metro area was full of people who hate where they live, as the least-satisfied city in America still had the approval of nearly 73 percen ... More >>
Police in Tucson donned riot gear Saturday night to deal with crowds of people who watched a live feed of UA basketball lose to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.The result: 15 people were arrested -- nine of whom are UA students -- while police used several crowed-control devices, and a video has su ... More >>
Fans of Phoenix music already know that Dry River Yacht Club can rock all the best local music venues. They get down at the Crescent, they can pack the Sail Inn -- Marquee Theatre, Rhythm Room. Check, check, check. But a lot of local bands can do that. Where the Yacht Club stands out is its abili ... More >>
Sometimes it's nice to get out of town, even if only for a day. Tucson, our progressive little sister city to the south, is known for quality thrift stores, thriving local businesses and a healthy dose of historic Old West nostalgia. Amidst all of that, you can find Pasco Kitchen & Lounge nestled be ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the border busted the old weed in the tortillas trick yesterday in Nogales.U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a 37-year-old Tucson man had 384 pounds of pot hidden among a shipment of fresh corn tortillas.
Should you need to get anywhere fast on the afternoon of Monday, October 14, you may want to avoid driving near Central Avenue and McDowell Roads. That's because the local human rights organization Puente and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network are promising to "shut down" the Phoenix offi ... More >>
Outside of California, there's no big city with worse roads than Tucson.TRIP, a transportation research group, says Tucson ranks fifth in the nation among large cities for highest percentage of roads in "poor" condition -- 53 percent.
There's a freak-out brewing over a Tucson-area school district's pledge for parents to sign, asking for them to agree to be responsible gun owners.The completely meaningless pledge asks for such controversial things like teaching children not to shoot someone during an argument.
Tucson's downtown restaurant scene is on fire, and it's about to get even better. James Beard Award-winner Chris Bianco plans to open a second Pizzeria Bianco on East Congress Street, right next to HUB Restaurant and Ice Creamery. See also: -- Popular Flagstaff Restaurateurs Expand to Tucson (Not ... More >>
Down in Tucson, some folks will soon be getting free shotguns.A group called the Armed Citizen Project, funded by donations, plans to give away shotguns to people in certain areas of Tucson -- "for free!" -- in what's being touted as a crime-fighting measure.See also:-Tucson Group Giving Out Free Sh ... More >>
If you live in Tucson, and don't have a shotgun to blast anyone who comes into your house uninvited, you're in luck.A Tucson group called the Armed Citizen Project, funded by donations, plans to give away shotguns to people in certain areas of Tucson -- "for free!"
For the second time in less than six months, hundreds of inmates brawled at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson.The 400-inmate fight on Sunday -- which landed 17 inmates in the hospital -- appears to have been race-related, as did a 200-inmate fight that occurred in September.See also:-Tucson ... More >>
When you think of cocaine in America, you might think of South Florida, where the cocaine trade was absolutely insane in the '80s.Well, it turns out that "the biggest cocaine dealer" in one South Florida county gets his cocaine from Tucson, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
When writing about Things As They Are, the debut LP by Tucson psychedelic outfit Saint Maybe, for my 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012 column, I noted the album's sprawling, wide-open desert quality: "[It] sounds like the space between Phoenix and the Old Pueblo. It feels like a late night drive, the r ... More >>
It's finally the weekend, and you're ready to cut loose, aren't you? You're ready to toss a few back and really party. Us too. There's a lot of chatter on the message boards re: rumors that Disney's upcoming stand-alone Star Wars films will concern the adventures of Yoda, Boba Fett, and a young Han ... More >>
If you haven't seen Ben Andersen out at any Valley clubs lately, it isn't because the house and nu-disco DJ/producer known as Swookie Monster is hiding out at home or anything. In fact, he isn't even in the Valley at all. Although his two-man collaborative project TABS with Tempe's Eric "Speedy Graf ... More >>
Even though it's only about two hours away, Tucson and the musical happenings within it can seem distant and obscure to a Phoenix resident like myself. For instance, I only found out about Tucson metal act Godhunter today -- despite the fact that it appears that they have been consistently issuing ... More >>
Where were you when you heard about the Tucson shooting that claimed six lives and wounded 14, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords? I remember being at my in-laws' house in North Phoenix still decompressing from the holidays. When the news broke, I was glued to the television and radio ... More >>
When Flagstaff restaurateur Paul Moir of Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar and Criollo Latin Kitchen and his good friend and fellow eat-local enthusiast Derrick Widmark of Diablo Burger left me a voice mail saying they had some good news to share, I was delirious. I figured they were expanding their ope ... More >>
LOS DIAS DE LA CRESCENT DAY TWO @ CRESCENT BALLROOM | 8/18/12 The party continued to rock local on night two of Los Dias de la Crescent, adding the Latin flair that's inescapable in Arizona. Saturday night's set showed that the flag placement, Chicano-inspired art and official state color hues wer ... More >>
The Tucson city council voted unanimously last night to support the federal Fix Gun Checks Act of 2012 after hearing testimony from the survivors of the January 2011 Tucson shootings. "Based on the testimony from them, based on what's happened in the last couple of weeks in Milwaukee and Aurora, a ... More >>
See also: Chef Pete DeRuvo to Head Kitchen at New Davanti Enoteca Add another familiar name to the talented line-up who'll be working at Davanti Enoteca, slated to open in early August. Wine sommelier Dave Johnson -- best known for his stints at Atlas Bistro and the defunct Sol y Sombra -- will be ... More >>
See also: Urban Grocery Closes on May 12 See also: Aaron Chamberlin Will Open Farm-Focused Cafe in Urban Grocery Space Got a small farm or ranch in Arizona? Or an interest in local food and methods for marketing and distributing it? Or maybe a burning desire to learn more about native and heirloom ... More >>
The feds unsealed an indictment charging 41 members and associates of the Devils Diciples Motorcycle Club -- including the national president and national vice president -- with crimes mostly related to gambling, drugs, and violence.The Justice Department says the crimes committed by members of the ... More >>
Tucson indie poppers, Roll Acosta recruited John Vanderslice to produce its forthcoming debut full length album, This Dreamt Existence. Vanderslice's touch can be heard in the album's intricate instrumentation, which falls somewhere between fun.'s acrobatic melodies and Cold War Kids' strained funk, ... More >>
The Lost Leaf has always been an intimate setting. But quiet? Not so much. So when local quartet Snow Songs takes the stage this weekend for their acoustic set, it should be a nice change of pace for one of our favorite watering holes. Snow Songs, along with Jess Willamson and Tucson's Tracy Shed ... More >>
Looking forward to seeing Suicidal Tendencies this weekend at the Marquee Theatre? Well, so were we, but we have bad news: The band has rescheduled this weekend's performances in Phoenix for Friday, September 21 at the Marquee Theatre (with the same support acts, BroLoaf and Perpetual lined up, as w ... More >>
Beer: Noche Dulce Brewery: Borderlands Brewing Co. Style: American porter ABV: 7.1 percent There's an old joke that says the best thing to ever come out of Tucson is the I-10. But, while hilarious, it's only mostly true. The craft beer revolution is sweeping over Tucson in a big way, and several ... More >>
Because there's room in its push-up bra for everyone, Twin Peaks, the Dallas-based "breastaurant" chain (an actual term used to describe restaurants that employ scantily clad women as waitresses) is busting out with some news that it will put one of its franchises in Tucson. But before that happens ... More >>
Word emerged this morning from a "source" in a CNN story that the highly publicized search of a Soho (lower Manhattan) basement for Etan Patz's body has turned up empty.The little boy vanished in late May 1979, and would almost 40 years old now if still-unknown evildoer hadn't snatched him from the ... More >>
Back in March, we spoke with Howe Gelb, of Giant (Giant) Sand about his new album, Tucson, in the first episode of our weekly podcast (We call it Up on the Sun: The Podcast. Ain't we clever?). Well yesterday Fire Records debuted sprawling, echoing track from the "country rock opera," called "Forever ... More >>
Roka Akor, Shinbay, Ruth Chris, and Terroir Wine Pub have a new neighbor. And they have beer. Tucson-brewed craft beer to be exact. The Tucson-based craft beer brewery Nimbus has finally brought their brew pub eats and tasty beers to the Valley. The award winning brewery opened their se ... More >>
This week in Phoenix New Times (on stands and online now): I hang out at the Palo Verde Lounge with Tempe-based blackened rock 'n' roll sextet TOAD, and discuss the band's righteous Rotten Tide. M.T. Richards chats with Christopher Owens of indie power-poppers Girls, whose unusual religious upbringi ... More >>
Image: Tucson WeeklyThe weekend debates of "lesser-known" Arizona Republican presidential candidates were a tad less formal than their nationally televised counterparts.Millions of people will tune in to the Republican presidential candidate debate in Mesa tomorrow, an event that could help decid ... More >>
Editor's Note: An abridged version of this article appears in this week's issue, featuring 100 Songs that Defined Arizona. In celebration of Arizona's centennial, we spoke with Eric Swedlund, a writer, photographer, editor, and all-around-good-dude in Tucson, Arizona, about "We Got Cactus," sort of ... More >>
The Boneyard Project: Art Planes in the Tucson Desert If you're looking for the latest work by a few of the biggest international names in street and contemporary art, don't bother looking at the walls. Instead, look south, down Interstate 10 past Tucson. It's there, in the "boneyard" of retired air ... More >>
The 2012 Governor's Arts Awards will celebrate 31 years in March by recognizing creatives who have achieved and contributed to the Arizona arts community. The awards, presented by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor of Arizona, are ... More >>