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June 13th, 2016 by samhughesinn

UA Presents and collaboration with Broadway in Tucson features a  group of amaazing theater productions and special guest appearances, most of which are held at Centennial Hall, located on the campus of the University of Arizona.

Centennial Hall U of A

Centennial Hall

Centennial Hall first opened in 1937 as an auditorium and lecture hall and ten years later began hosting the Tucson Sunday Evening Forum featuring well known  American figures including Walter Cronkite, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others. The hall was renovated in 1985 and named in honor of the university’s 100th anniversary and then became the venue for UA Presents. In 2010 the first of the Broadway in Tucson series, Wicked, was held here and the partnership between the two organizations began.

UA Presents features can be found at Enter the month/year and search categories that include Classical, Spotlight, Dance, Jazz & Blues, Global Sounds, and Broadway & Family. Look forward to famous guest singers, musicians, classical ensembles, and many talented artists in other artistic pursuits. For instance, Chaka Khan & Bernadette Peters, Itzhak Perlman,  the Peking Acrobats, Dance Theatre of Harlem, a night with Ben Vereen and many other memorable events are on the Fall/Winter, 2016/2017 calendar. .

Broadway in Tucson, in collaboration with UA Presents will showcase 7 musical productions beginning in September 2016 and ending in April, 2017. Most are familiar names to Tucson  but a few are here for the first time. The list includes Cabaret in September, Mama Mia (October), Sound of Music (November), Dirty Dancing (January), Motown, the Musical (February), Kinky Boots (March) and The Bodyguard (April). Check out the dates and story lines at and buy tickets online at Centennial Hall is easy walking distance from Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast.

Season ticket holders save up to 40% off regular ticket prices, get priority seating and can exchange their tickets in the event of a conflict. Click here for info or call the Season Ticket Office at 1-866-821-2929 (M-F)!

Some events are held at Stevie Eller Dance Theatre & Crowder Hall on campus, or at the Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson.

Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre

Science Café – See 2020 Update for Science Cafe

October 1st, 2015 by samhughesinn



The University of Arizona (UA Science) presents Science Café, a free series of informal science lectures given by University of Arizona scientists & researchers from several different fields. Unlike most university lectures, these are not only informal but fun and take place in several very laid back venues.Although questions and answers are part of the experience you won’t be expected to pass a test.

A few of these lectures have come and gone but there are still many interesting topics on the schedule through December, 2015. Come as you are and learn something new. All the lectures will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the various locations:

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soil waterThe Downtown  Series is being held on Tuesdays at Magpie’s Pizza, 605 N. 4th Avenue and includes discussion of air, food, water & soil..

The Many Paths of Water in the Critical Zone
with Tom Meixner, October 20.

Right Beneath Our Feet: Discover the Wonders of Soil
with Craig Rasmussen, November 17.

The Little Things that Rule the World: Microscopic Life in Soil
with Rachel Gallery, December 8th.

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Another series is being held at Borderlands Brewing Co. at 119 E. Toole on Thursdays with the theme “Mathematics of Health & Disease”.Bone Scan

Blood and Numbers: Impact of Oxygen Transport in Healthy and Diseased Tissue, with Tim Secomb, October 8.

→ Inward Gaze: CAT Scans, MRIs and New Body Scanning Technologies,
with Leonid Kunyansky, November 12.

→ Conquering Cancer: Use of Modern Statistics to Improve Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention, with Helen (Hao) Zhang on December 10.

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Tumamox Hill Lab

Desert Lab Tumamoc Hill


The Tumamoc Hill Lecture Series is on Tuesdays. A shuttle will be provided to take guests to the library of the old Desert Laboratory Please make reservation so that space will be made available. Contact or call 520–629-9455.



→ Banking on Legumes: An Adaptive Strategy for the Future, with Matt Johnson , October 13.

→ Lizards and Climate Change in the Sonoran Desert, with Aaron D. Flesch & Philip Rosen, Novermber 10.

Gila Monster

Gila Monster








The Science Cafe Series continues in the Fall at SaddleBrooke in the Desert View Performing Arts Center on Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., November 19 and December 17, 2015. For more information on this location and other information see the web site at UASCIENCE and click on Community Connections.. More lectures are planned for the Spring.




April 22nd, 2015 by samhughesinn

The University of Arizona School of Anthropology celebrates 100 years since its inception with a series of free food lectures. Sponsored in part by the Marshall Foundation, this series explores the area of food & nutrition and its relationship to man and to our perception of ourselves, as it began thousands of years ago.

Up in Smoke: The History of Barbecue will be presented on Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30pm, in Social Sciences 100. This free lecture will be hosted by Steven Raichlen in a keynote address at the University of Arizona Social Science Auditorium. (See university map for locations). Steven Raichlen is an award winning author, journalist, lecturer, TV host & novelist. He has a best selling book and TV shows, Primal Grill & Barbecue University on PBS and he has lectured on the history of barbecue at the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress & Harvard University. So, whatever you think you know about throwing a steak of the grill will pale next to this expert’s bank of cooking knowledge

The Human Appetite: A Symposium on Food and Anthropology will be presented Friday, April 24, 1 – 4pm in Haury 216 (see U of A map). Food is the story of human life and this lecture will explore how we think about food from subsistence strategies to nutrition to the role of food in our daily lives.A panel of graduate students in the School of Anthropology will discuss aspects of “how we are what we eat”. Presentations will include the Heritage of Butchery, Early Roman Animal Sacrifice & Consumption, East African diet and identity, Food Security, White Mountain Apache Food Sovereignty and the Biography of Grain.

10,000 Years of Eating in the Southwest, Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10am – 3pm, Arizona State museum lawn. (See U of A map).This lecture covers the changes in food and eating in the Southwest over the past 10,000 years with demonstration booths staffed by students & faculty of the School of Anthropology.

Food Tour: Local Foods from Tucson’s Past, Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11am – 3pm, departs from Arizona State Museum lawn. Cost $25 per person. Sign up at before 9:00 pm, Thursday, April 23. The tour will visit three locations representing Tucson farmers & their local crops at different points during the past 4,000 years. One is a village site on Tumamoc Hill where Native American farmers raised corn about 400 B.C. Below it are the remains of fields where farmers planted agave & pits where they roasted their harvest in A.D.1250.

You can reach these lectures in about a 20 minute walk from Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast or park in any of the university garages listed on the map.