Author Archive: Monica Surfaro Spigelman

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Ephemera and Eccentricities

Ephemera and Eccentricities

October 6, 2013 |

Tradition and a 40th Anniversary Spice Up Tucson Meet Yourself, October 11-13 Tuck in your sari; swallow that mouthful of paella and hang on to your delicate Ukrainian egg. Somewhere between the first spring roll and listening to the bagpipes – you’ll be swept away by an annual phenomenon that lies dormant in Tucson until […]

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Cool and Communal Artistic Haunts

Cool and Communal Artistic Haunts

June 11, 2013 |

Courtyards inspire collaboration inside the lines of special spaces. One thing is abundantly clear in the weeks ahead – the sun will shock Tucson into a baked city, reprising a predictable May urge to scatter for cool cover.  Lucky for us, history’s unbroken practice of gathering in shaded courtyards still thrives in Tucson. What sets […]

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Borders & Baskets

Borders & Baskets

March 14, 2013 |

Stirring the Imagination Via Photos and Fiber In two contrasting exhibitions, the iconography of intimate photos and the designs of traditional weaving invite audiences to reconsider their understanding of our region’s culture…and soul. Step into the Main Hall of the Arizona State Museum (ASM) and soon you will have a quandary. To one side is […]

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Tucson Meet Yourself Tapestry

Tucson Meet Yourself Tapestry

October 8, 2012 |

Prepare to meet, eat and dance yourself silly Relish that Cubano sandwich quickly, because it’s almost time for foot-tapping and the waila band. Head over to the courtyard to admire that Hopi carver, but save a minute to talk shop with the lowriders and get a mehndi tattoo. Swim back into El Presidio crowds, because […]

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Tucson Iced

Tucson Iced

September 6, 2012 |

by Monica Surfaro Spigelmen (All photos: Promotional images taken prior to the construction of the Ice House Lofts (2004). Photos by Liam Frederick, courtesy of Deep Freeze Development, LLC.) The sidewalks fry, the dust devils spiral, the snow birds flee north. Summer is here. You may be boiling, but relief is usually an air conditioner […]

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Two-Steppin Tucson’s Musical Roots

Two-Steppin Tucson’s Musical Roots

August 6, 2012 |

Tradition & Tejaño, Folk & Fest It’s the time of year when the charm and depth of Tucson’s musical diversity is most magically apparent. Clubs resonate with norteño accordions or fast picking fiddles. There are train whistles and steel drum, two-step rhythms of relaxed waila or frenetic cumbia, mariachi harmonies of violins and trumpets. Suffice […]

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