There’s always a need for good bartenders, and since 2000, the Bartending Academy of Tucson has done its part in satisfying that demand. A state-licensed learning facility, the academy pours mixing know-how into the minds of its students inside an interactive classroom—an actual, working bar. Here, instructors give students hands-on experience concocting a range of traditional and modern drinks, taking their cue from Ernest Hemingway’s short-lived high-school teaching career. For students who graduate from the two-week professional-bartending class, the academy provides placement assistance throughout the Tucson area.
Located on the University of Arizona’s campus, the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium opens the eyes of all ages to the scientific wonders of our planet, solar system, and universe. The center houses a mineral collection that dates back to 1892, and now holds more than 26,000 specimens including meteorites and minerals from Arizona, Mexico, and elsewhere in the world. They also feature exhibits such as an exploration of Arizona’s Sky Islands—mountains that rise above the desert basins and shelter myriad plants, birds, and animals. Other exhibits include Mars: Up Close and Personal, which features a scale model of the red planet’s surface.
Admission is normally $18 for adults, $10 for children ages 6–17, and $14 for students and seniors over 55. Children under 5 are admitted for free. The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Click here for a schedule of Science Downtown's hours.
As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.