Author Archive: Monica Surfaro Spigelman

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Art Happens in Storied Congress Space

Art Happens in Storied Congress Space

November 1, 2014 |

Art Happens in Storied Congress Space Krikawa Jewelry Designs is upping the ante downtown, adding its new design studio, gallery and retail space to an already critical mass of cool on Congress The eastern end of Congress exerts a gravitational pull downtown – with a steady diet of food and drink phenomena. But it’s time […]

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To the Seas!

To the Seas!

August 22, 2014 |

The Autumn Fest combines modern dance and historic facts with mythological elements. Tucson just may be the world’s only desert city to have giant giraffes, martial artists and modern dancers all show up en force for a community party about a sea journey. This unusual fête happens Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6, when the […]

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The Loop

The Loop

April 14, 2014 |

“The Loop serves as a fantastic car-free multi-use recreational facility, and it’s also a legitimate transportation system that offers great commuting opportunities by connecting nearly every jurisdiction in Pima County.” – Andy Dinauer On foot, two-wheels, skates, stroller or horseback, you will find amazing place-making, one mile at a time, along this treasured haunt. The Loop […]

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Rodeo Fever

Rodeo Fever

February 9, 2014 |

Rodeo events start Feb. 15 and transform Tucson through Feb. 23 Not much can outshine this Old Pueblo extravaganza, with its thunder of wranglers and cattle cars that charge into the city to turn Tucson into what it has historically been – the city of the cowboy, comfortable when hooves pound and dust billows. Whether […]

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Pascua Yaqui Festival Stirs Up Unique Arts & Fun

Pascua Yaqui Festival Stirs Up Unique Arts & Fun

February 2, 2014 |

Nothing quite captures the Pascua Yaqui’s spirit like a visit to the Nation, set southwest of Tucson in 1,000-plus acres adjacent to San Xavier’s eastern end of the O’odham reservation. On Saturday, Feb. 8, the public is invited to glimpse beyond the Nation’s ceremonial legends via the 2nd Annual Pascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts. […]

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Express Your Inner Horse

Express Your Inner Horse

January 14, 2014 |

Pass the lucky-money envelopes and deck the halls anew with simply red. In the spirit of inclusiveness, tradition and fun, Tucson soon should be awash with exotic new year revelry.  But don’t forget your saddle, because this is 4711, the Year of the Horse – one of the animals from the Chinese zodiac which rotates […]

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Eight Stars a-Shopping

Eight Stars a-Shopping

December 2, 2013 |

The Holiday Everything Guide What will your true love give to you in this month of holiday everything? These suggestions from local taste makers help expand definitions of holiday and get everyone in the zone. Here’s the deal: Because style is so individual, what matters most in holiday gifting is staying mindful of your own […]

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Where L’Chaim Illuminates

Where L’Chaim Illuminates

November 30, 2013 |

Head to Downtown’s Jewish History Museum to learn local Jewish lore that goes beyond this month’s Hanukkah candles and Christmas-Day Chinese dinners.  To delve into the sometimes-odd-but-always-fascinating corners of Southwest Jewish history, you need to turn onto the road less traveled: Go south on Stone Avenue, past the police station and the cathedral, to the simple, […]

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Entrepreneurs in a Cultural Urban Kitchen

Entrepreneurs in a Cultural Urban Kitchen

November 11, 2013 |

A common denominator fuels body, spirit and economy. There’s a lot to talk about around Tucson’s culinary table, with so many finding their passion in locally-nourished baked goods, suds, cheeses, spirits and condiments. Food is the universal facilitator these days. But when cooks, as Michael Pollan says, stand “squarely between nature and culture,” food sovereignty […]

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Forging a Utilitarian Classic

Forging a Utilitarian Classic

November 3, 2013 |

The art of the blacksmithing returns to the Tucson Presidio. On Nov. 9, the unmistakable scent of hot metal will waft through the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, re-introducing the lore of the smithy to Tucson. That day, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Arizona Artist Blacksmith Association (AABA) holds a metalworking event at Presidio […]

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