Author Archive: Emily Gindlesparger

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Falora Opens

Falora Opens

March 1, 2013 |

Ari Shapiro is a busy man. Despite his successes with Sparkroot and Xoom, Shapiro dreamt of owning a “cozy, hole-in-a-beaut-wall authentic pizza joint.” When a space opened up in the Broadway Village, a historic Josias Joesler shopping center with tile floors and arched windows, Shapiro saw the perfect space. “I had to move my vision […]

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Up In Flames

Up In Flames

February 1, 2013 |

The Sonoran Glass School’s Flame Off Competition The Flame Off had fairly simple beginnings, explains Tom Philabaum. It was during the 1997 Glass Arts Society Conference – the same year the society became an international organization – when the Philabaum Gallery showed over 30 artists’ work. “Since we had so many great artists in town, […]

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Singing Across the Divide: Border Songs compilation captures the emotions of border politics

Singing Across the Divide: Border Songs compilation captures the emotions of border politics

January 23, 2013 |

After his first field trip with his students to the Arizona-Mexico border, lined now with a metal fence ripping across the desert, Robert Neustadt wrote a song. The Northern Arizona University professor took his class on Latino Theater, Film, and the US/Mexico Border to the site of their studies to see it first hand, and […]

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Posh Petals:  Arranged to Flourish

Posh Petals: Arranged to Flourish

December 14, 2012 |

For Katie Treat, owner of Posh Petals, setting up her new shop in the historic Tophy Building has brought her into the fold of 4th Avenue. Posh Petals specializes in custom flowers for events, so the retail space is a bit of a blank canvas. It’s a comfortable shop that she’s filled with funky antiques, […]

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Atelier de LaFleur

Atelier de LaFleur

December 6, 2012 |

A Workspace for Beauty and Sustainability Stepping onto the broad tiled floors of the new Atelier de LaFleur, visitors are greeted with the scent of flower arrangements displayed across a wall of thin steel shelves, and in the center of the room a 16 foot work table awaits new creations. “The work table is the […]

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FOUND in Tucson

FOUND in Tucson

October 7, 2012 |

Every night begins with a stack of fragments: Davy Rothbart steps up to the mic with a fistful of paper scraps – found notes collected from cities all over the world – and Davy reads them, one at a time. There are passionate pleas from lovers, furious demands from neighbors, curious grocery lists. “I try […]

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Variety Show: Tanque Verde Swap Meet’s new Super Sundays

Variety Show: Tanque Verde Swap Meet’s new Super Sundays

October 6, 2012 |

For nearly 40 years, the Tanque Verde Swap Meet has been a place people can come, peruse, and leave with something fabulous and unexpected. Passing by the space during the week, it looks like a wide dusty lot with a few small trees; but Thursday through Sunday the lot on South Palo Verde Avenue comes […]

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Come Discover The Avenue at The Screening Room

Come Discover The Avenue at The Screening Room

September 14, 2012 |

“I see the Screening Room as this gem that not everyone knows about,” says Karen Greene, one of the founders of Mind Our Own Businesses, a community group focused on getting people downtown and on 4th Avenue while the street construction fences are up. Her latest project: getting folks to come see The Avenue, a […]

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Dreams of Home

Dreams of Home

September 7, 2012 |

An ‘All-Souls’-inspired Puppets Amongus show goes to Kazakhstan Matt Cotten, artistic director of the puppeteering troupe Puppets Amongus, has for a long time been deeply involved with the All Souls Procession. “For over a decade, I was part of a team of teachers (Tucson Puppet Works) that held free puppet and mask making workshops for […]

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Artists for Autism: a Collective with a Cause

Artists for Autism: a Collective with a Cause

September 7, 2012 |

Local artist Chris Leon’s paintings are bright graphic portraits, some in a pinwheel of colors, others in high-contrast monochrome.  They’re focused, with bold edges, in the highly relatable style of graphic novels.  Leon also gives art lessons to kids aged 5-15, and when he began working with a three-year-old autistic child, something clicked.  “I was […]

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