Bonnie Raitt is coming back to Tucson!
Celebrating a hearty response to her award-winning album and all of her sold out concerts, Bonnie Raitt is extending her tour dates!
Join us for an exhilarating experience at the Tucson Museum of Art's Annual Spring Artisans Market! Immerse yourself in a vibrant showcase featuring over 100 talented local artists and artisans, offering an array of captivating crafts, original artwork, pottery, glassware, stunning jewelry, luxurious textiles, and unique gift items. Set against the backdrop of a lively outdoor street fair atmosphere, this event promises to ignite your senses and inspire your creativity.
Hosted by TMA's Museum Store, this annual extravaganza serves as a thrilling fundraiser for Southern Arizona's most esteemed visual arts institution, nestled in the heart of downtown Tucson. As you explore the Market's diverse offerings, indulge in delectable treats and refreshing beverages at Café a la C'Art, boasting ample outdoor seating in an expanded patio area, with cozy indoor options also available.
Parking won't be a hassle, with plenty of convenient options including street parking, garages, and nearby lots. For the ultimate convenience, arrive early and secure a spot at the Paseo Redondo lot, offered free of charge exclusively for Market attendees. Please note that the museum parking lot will be transformed into a bustling hub of vendors, ensuring a bustling shopping experience for all.
Why not extend your visit and make a day of it? Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the museum's captivating galleries amidst the excitement of the Market. Discover new perspectives, immerse yourself in creativity, and make unforgettable memories at our Annual Spring Artisans Market – an event that celebrates art, community, and the vibrant spirit of Tucson!
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The Boeing 747SP will be open for tours on select days this spring. Access is included with admission on these days: February 22 & 23; March 14, 16, 22, & 23; April 5, 6, 18, & 19 (weather permitting, subject to change). No registration required, purchase upon arrival. Tours will run continuously, lasting about 10 mins. SOFIA is located behind (south) of Hangars 4 & 5. Make sure to stop by there on your visit for a look inside the airborne observatory. This plane was heavily modified to house a nearly 20-ton telescope to explore space above 99% of the infrared blocking atmosphere.
The SOFIA plane was basically a Boeing 747SP jet that got changed to carry a telescope. They made it so a big door could stay open while the plane flew, letting the telescope look at stuff like infrared light from the Moon, planets, stars, and galaxies. It did science for eight years and stopped on September 29, 2022.
NASA had to figure out what to do with the plane after it was done with its job. They followed rules for getting rid of government stuff they didn't need anymore. Pima, this huge museum for planes and stuff, is getting ready to show the SOFIA plane to the public. They have a bunch of space for planes and even fix them up before putting them on display.
The SOFIA plane will hang out with other cool NASA planes at Pima, like the first Super Guppy that carried parts for the Apollo missions, and the KC-135 "Weightless Wonder V" that flew in a special way to make low gravity for science and astronaut training. NASA will give Pima extra stuff related to SOFIA's missions to show with the plane.
SOFIA was a team effort by NASA and the German Space Agency. The Germans took care of the telescope and plane maintenance. NASA's Ames Research Center managed the whole project, with help from the Universities Space Research Association and the German SOFIA Institute. The plane was looked after by NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. SOFIA started working fully in 2014 and finished its last science flight on September 29, 2022.
The 99th annual Tucson Rodeo Parade was this morning, Thursday, Feb. 22 and it was a HUGE success! The parade promised a colorful array of local and national dignitaries, Native American tribal leaders, historic wagons, floats, marching bands, mariachis, and rodeo royalty, totaling over 120 entries and including more than 500 horses, 2,300 participants, 85 wagons and buggies, and 8 marching bands...and they delivered! Check out a few pics from our beautiful Bustos Media Wagon where our very own beloved local-icon, Mr. Ken Carr showcased his....face!
Thank you SO MUCH to all who volunteered to made our SO PRETTY and helped Bustos Media Wagon win 2nd place in the "Most Colorful" category. Congratulations and THANK YOU, TUCSON for your continued love and support of this good-ol, hometown radio station.
From all of us at The Drive Tucson, Happy Rodeo Days!
Delve into the captivating narrative of "Master Class," the acclaimed Tony-winning play penned by Terrence McNally. The storyline intricately weaves around the indomitable opera icon, Maria Callas, as she imparts a transformative master class to aspiring talents within an esteemed opera training program. Throughout the course, Callas encounters a trio of students, each distinct in their demeanor and aspirations, leading to moments of uproarious humor, poignant enlightenment, and profound inspiration catalyzed by her unparalleled artistry.
Drawing inspiration from real-life master classes conducted by Callas at Juilliard, "Master Class" transcends mere entertainment, offering a poignant reflection on the complexities of artistic pursuit and the essence of sacrifice for excellence. Through the portrayal of one of the 20th century's most revered artists, the play invites audiences on an emotive journey, illuminating the depths of human passion, ambition, and resilience.
This theatrical masterpiece not only entertains but also serves as a compelling ode to the enduring legacy of Maria Callas, a trailblazer who pushed the boundaries of artistic expression. Immerse yourself in an experience that both transports and transforms, as "Master Class" unveils the intricacies of a singular artist's soul and the profound impact of her uncompromising pursuit of artistic perfection.
March 2, 2024 - March 23, 2024
330 S Scott Ave Tucson, AZ 85701
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Back when the Tucson Rodeo first began in 1925, a taxi fare from downtown to the rodeo grounds was 25 cents for a party of four. Prizes included 100 lbs. of potatoes and a “Big Cactus” ham.
Today, the prizes and crowds may be bigger but the wholesome fun and memories you'll be making, remain the same. The Drive Tucson is excited to welcome The Tucson Rodeo, February 17-25, 2024.
Food drops for our families in need are located at the Rodeo Office before Rodeo (M-F 8am-4pm) If you have non-perishable food items DURING the rodeo, the food-drop is in the Vaquero Club.
Get ready for an electrifying event! The Cologuard Classic, presented by Exact Sciences, is back from March 3rd through 10th, 2024. Brace yourself for an intense showdown as a stellar field of 78 players battles it out for a jaw-dropping $2.2 million purse! The stakes are high, with the winner pocketing a hefty $330,000 and a whopping 330,000 Charles Schwab Cup points.
But that's not all! This tournament's unique no-cut format ensures three thrilling days of non-stop action from Friday to Sunday. And before the main event kicks off, don't miss the exciting pro-am events on Wednesday and Thursday, where players mingle with fans and showcase their skills.
Not just about golf, this tournament is also a beacon of hope, as proceeds go towards supporting colon cancer awareness and youth sports in Tucson. Mark your calendars and join us for a weekend of excitement, competition, and making a difference!
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Quilt Fiesta 2024
Date: Fri Feb 23 through Sun Feb 25
Location: Pima County Fairgrounds
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The Rogue Theatre presents "The Seafarer" by Homer, adapted by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare. A modern retelling of Homer’s ancient tale of the Trojan War. A one-person show featuring Artistic Associate Patty Gallagher.
Thu-Sat 7:30 PM; Sat & Sun 2:00 PM
4th Avenue Spring Street Fair is Friday March 22 through Sunday March 24 from 10am-6pm
4th Avenue between 9th St and University
Hundreds of artists from around the world offer their creations, delicious food, local entertainment, free admission. Click The Button for more information.
The Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee has picked Louise Thomas, who founded Angel Charity for Children, Inc., as the Grand Marshal for the 2024 Rodeo Parade. Louise is an everyday hero, known as an "Angel," who transformed a personal tragedy into something positive that's impacted over a million kids in Pima County, Arizona.
The tragedy struck when her 9-year-old son, Michael, passed away from lymphoma in 1979. Despite her grief, Louise turned her pain into action, aiming to make life better for kids in our community. Since she started Angel Charity in 1983, the volunteer-driven organization she leads has touched the lives of over a million children, funded 129 projects for nonprofit children's agencies, and raised more than $31 million to help kids in Pima County.
In 1982, she was asked to help pay off the mortgage for the Ronald McDonald House. Louise took on the challenge head-on, teaming up with co-founder Jane Loew Sharples to start Angel Charity for Children. Over the past 41 years, with Louise at the helm, hundreds of Angel volunteers have raised between $750,000 to $1,000,000 annually. This money goes towards funding projects for nonprofits that cater to children's needs, including building or renovating facilities, providing social services, healthcare, media research, education, and supporting the arts.
Louise's desire to help others has also led to the creation of an endowed chair in pediatric cancer research and inspired the establishment of another nonprofit called PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers) in Phoenix, Arizona. PANDA has raised over $26 million for the Steele Children's Research Center at the University of Arizona.
The Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee recognizes Louise's unwavering dedication and generosity towards the children of Southern Arizona and is honored to name her as the Grand Marshal for the 2024 Parade.
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