Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia was an everyman’s Jack of all trades—an impressionist painter and sculptor, a composer, an architect, a director and a lithographer, among other titles. His work was all created in and inspired by the world of the Sonoran desert and the melting-pot culture it provided. The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun has 15,000 original DeGraz...

In the attempt to be No. 1, Mike Candrea started his No. 2 pitcher in Sunday’s NCAA regional final. Boom. Home run I. Boom. Home run II. Boom. Home run III. “It was pretty great,” said Mississippi State catcher Mia Davidson, who hit the second home run. “(Sarai Niu) hit one that hasn’t landed yet.” This wasn’t a February freebie against Montana or...

The closure of Tucson’s only dealership for Italian motorcycles in late 2016 left enthusiasts without local dealer service for several months last year. Now, the Old Pueblo has not only regained its dealership for Ducati and other Italian brands, but it has gained a new, full-service motorcycle showroom and repair shop. On Any Moto, mainly a servic...

REVEL is teaming up with the crew from Fiamme Pizza to bring a delicious wine and pizza pairing dinner from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Fiamme Pizza is making a selection of their unique Neapolitan pizzas to be paired with a hand-picked selection of REVEL’s Italian wines. When it comes to the pizza, it’s a 13-inch pie and you can have it topp...

Pizza joints on every corner. Can that be part of America too? Last year we said goodbye to Cup it Up's unique brand of politically-charged fast food in a cup. The restaurant's original location was tucked into the Trader Joe's shopping center on Speedway and Wilmot. And now sitting in its place, we've got a concept that's a little easier to swall...

Months before this statement appeared in USA Today, Tucson Museum of Art docent Chuck Tampio had planned his Focus on Art talk on “Overlooked and Forgotten: Italian Women Artists of the Renaissance.” When he asked about 75 attendees at the Feb. 20 lecture how many could name a famous Italian woman artist, only one hand went up. At the end of the...

Salvo Coppa says he’s fortunate. He shows it, too. Coppa smiles as he helps run practice, grins when he huddles with the other coaches and practically beams when he talks about how his players are developing. Coppa is a rare breed in coaching. From the beginning, he’s always followed his heart. The approach is how Coppa ended up at the UA, servi...

Imagine taking a class trip to Italy without having to leave the classroom. Three Ph.D. students in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program made it possible with the help of virtual reality. Margherita Berti, Stefano Maranzana and Jake Monzingo hosted an event Tuesday, Nov. 28 that allowed undergraduate students enrolled in Italian 101...

Every four or five years almost since it was launched in Tucson in 1971, Arizona Opera has performed Puccini’s popular Italian melodrama “Tosca,” and Joseph Specter has an idea why: There’s just something about Puccini that is irresistible. “Puccini and this work are always such a powerful combination of engaging people in opera,” said the Arizona...

Philanthropist, arts advocate and retired journalist Lyn Tornabene died of natural causes at her Tucson home Sept. 25. She was 86. Tornabene had long been a supporter of the University of Arizona Libraries and the UA School of Theatre, Film and Television. The school’s black box theater, the Tornabene, is named in memory of her late daughter, Wend...