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Tucson’s Winterhaven Festival of Lights

December 9th, 2016 by samhughesinn

Tucson’s Winterhaven Festival of Lights 

Christmas Lights

Light Festival

Tucson’s Winterhaven Festival of Lights, one of the brightest “no pun intended” events of the holiday season, has been a Tucson tradition for 67 years. A small Tucson community in the middle of town has sponsored this must-see event in which the many hundreds of residents of Winterhaven, both religious and nonsectarian, spend months decorating their homes and properties with an array of colorful lights. Some of them are simple lights in trees or around doors but most of them are intricately designed to tell a story. Some are wildly animated with moving Santa Claus figures flying across roofs in a sleigh with reindeer and Rudolph in the lead. Others are more devotional showing the religious significance of Christmas. But even non-Christian families join the decorating bonanza with illuminated Stars of David or Menorahs. Hanukkah begins on December 24 this year so the two holidays intersect.

Tucson’s Winterhaven Festival of Lights begins this year on December 10 and ends the day after Christmas. It is a not to be missed holiday tradition which many Tucson residents, as well as tourists visit and re-visit year after year. Traffic is intense. Walk-through days, complete with horse-drawn hay wagons, are interspersed with drive-through days and, no surprise, parking can be difficult. The police work extra hours to keep things moving and everyone in good spirits.Those of us in the know, often wait until the day following the day after Christmas to drive through. Officially the festival will be over but the community, having spent countless hours & sometimes months, is reluctant to turn the lights off so you can still get a pretty good idea of how wonderful it is without a crowd.

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However, this “is” a fund-raising event and although it’s free, a donation of money or food is turned over to the community food bank. So if you go, be a good sport and bring a can of something to donate, or a little cash, whichever you prefer. Last year festival attendees donated almost $24,000 and more than 42,000 pounds of food.That’s a lot of Christmas spirit. The most needed items are Cereal, canned soup, canned meat, canned tomato products, canned vegetables, canned fruit and cold cash.

This year could be the festival’s last. It costs a great deal of money to put this event on, even though the homeowners do all the decorating. Organizing, traffic control, police protection and insurance against accidents all have to be taken care of. The traditional sponsor for this event is bowing out of the deal this year so they are looking for a new source of funding. Donate here to Winterhaven Festival of Lights. Help to find a new sponsor.65th_annual_winterhaven_festival_of_lights_2

UA PRESENTS

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.

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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 http://uapresents.org/upcoming-events. 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 http://broadwayintucson.com/shows.htm and buy tickets online at http://uapresents.org/genre-broadway. 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

Sam Hughes Neighborhood

April 3rd, 2016 by samhughesinn

Courtesy of Carolyn Classen and the Sam Hughes Neighborhood list serv, the following events are coming up the weekend of April 8-10, 2016:

Spring Fling on the University of Arizona East Mall

April 8, 9 and 10, 2016

Spring Fling is the largest student-run carnival in the nation. Each year, over 1,500 University of Arizona students volunteer to bring fun and excitement to the Tucson community. The mission of ASUA Spring Fling is to provide funding for UA clubs and organizations through this 3 day event.
Including over 35 rides, games, and 20 original food booths! Check out all the events for the family at http://springfling.asua.arizona.edu/. Phone info at 520-621-5610

Sam Hughes Neighborhood Garden Tour

April 10, 10 to 4 p.m. Tickets $10, SHNA members $5 (bring your certificate of membership), children free with paid adult.  Tickets on sale at Sam Hughes Elem. School, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info: www.samhughes.org.garden tour

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Cyclovia Tucson – 10-3pm

Get out of your car and walk or ride your bike through car free roads.

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Sunday, Apr. 10, 2016
10am – 3pm

The route: Lost Barrio Historic Warehouse Shopping District (Park Avenue south of Broadway) to Himmel Park  (1000 N. Tucson Blvd.)

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016
10am – 3pm

Himmel Park, 10 to 3 p.m. (Car free route from Himmel Park, south on Tucson Blvd., west on E. 3rd St. bike route, south on N. Olsen Ave., west on E. 9th St., then over to Rincon Hts. neighborhood, and the Lost Barrio).  Sam Hughes garden tour is on the Cyclovia map as the Sam Hughes Activity Hub. Map attached.  www.cycloviatucson.org.

 Earth Day

Earth Day Tucson at Himmel Park,  10 to 3 p.m. (along Tucson Blvd.), www.tucsonearthday.org. The 22nd annual event celebrating the community and the environment, in conjunction with Cyclovia Tucson. Print brochure for Tucson Earth Day. Event will include  eco-themed displays, information and hands-on activities for all ages. Topics include: • Air quality • Climate change + Sustainability • Water harvesting and conservation • Renewable energy • Wildlife protection • Land conservation + Native plants • Reduce, reuse and recycling • Alternate modes of transportation •

“Cycling with Cyclovia – Partnering with Cyclovia Tucson for continued success”environmental themes”. Free admission

 

Tucson Festival of Films

September 1st, 2015 by samhughesinn

Tucson Festival of TilmA new player in the crowded field of local film festivals will be the Tucson Festival of Films, (sponsored by Cox Communications) to be held in the Temple of Music & Art,the grandly

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Temple of Music & Art

named 1920‘s era performing arts theater which also houses the Arizona Theater Company at 330 S. Scott Avenue. From October 8 – 10, films chosen from eight of the longest-running Tucson film festivals will be shown.

A selection of film shorts, plus musical & filmmaker guests will also be announced soon. But for now the lineup of films include the following (according to the Arizona Daily Star):

Sounds of Tucson, Presented by Tucson Festival of Films & Tucson Film & Music Festival, this is a 63 minute documentary describing the “mix of South American music & American Rock” which has been attracting musicians to Tucson for many years.

Güeros, (presented by Tucson Festival of Films & Tucson Cine México) is a comedy which won five Ariel awards in Mexico plus Best First Feature at the Berlin Film Festival. The is described as a “cool, retro, black and white portrait of Mexico City” and of three young men trying to find their purpose and futures in a city of many millions of people.

The 40th anniversary screening of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore will be presented by Tucson Festival of Films & Loft Film Fest. It was filmed here in Tucson and southern Arizona so long time residents will recognize the shopping center, Monterey Village, the Chicago Music Store and the now closed Longhorn Bar & Grill in Amado.This 1974 hit movie stars some still familiar faces – Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Harvey Keitel, Diane Ladd & Jodie Foster.

Death In The Desert, presented by Tucson Festival and Arizona underground Film Festival, is based on the life story of Ted Binion, the heir to the Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, the original home of the World Series of Poker.His colorful career included drugs & connections to the mob and ultimately ended tragically.

Landmine Goes Click is presented in cooperation with The Tucson Terrorfest. Described as the Arizona premiere of a film about 3 American tourists backpacking through European Georgia. Time to bring out the garlic and a big cross I think.

Maína, from the Festival of Film along with Native Eyes Film Showcase, has won 3 American Indian Film Festival awards and concerns two early civilizations in America.

Dropkick by Tucson Festival and Arizona international Film Festival, is a comedy about a group of women rugby players and was shown in Tucson at the last Arizona International Film Festival. It features local actors and locations.

Tucson is a film friendly town all year and not just in the summer when the AC is turned on high. Watch the website for times and dates of each of these unusual film offerings in October.

Important Birthdays August 20

August 19th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Tucson celebrates two important birthdays on August 20 each year.

Tucson began with the fort Tucson Presidio San Agustin, founded on that date in 1775 and it stood through the 1880’s. Only a portion of the wall remains today on the original site as the city has grown up around it. A territorial museum with courtyard and exhibits from early Tucson history has been created on the spot at the corner of Washington & Court Street. It comes to life during Living History Days (the second Saturday of the month, October through April) with performers in period dress going about the duties of early daily life, baking bread, blacksmithing, etc. There is a self-guided tour of the museum including a munitions room, tower, commissary & living space for the soldiers who lived here then. An open Hohokam pit house is also featured. Winter hours are 10AM-4PM and an hour less in the summer.

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Presidio San Agustin

A 240th birthday celebration is held annually with birthday cake, cannon fire & living history demonstrations along with local groups and dignitaries making an appearance. Check the website for information about upcoming events and exhibits.

 

Reid Park Baby Elephant

Nandi’s First Birthday

And the second important birthday this August 20 is the very first one for the Reid Park Zoo’s famous baby elephant, Nandi.  A special birthday breakfast will be held for her at 7AM, and tickets sold out very quikly. Another event will be held on August 22 where the public can watch Nandi receive birthday treats and sing Happy Birthday along with the staff. Nandi  is a big baby now, weighing more than 900 pounds, but somehow she still appears tiny next to her much larger brother and parents. If you missed her birthday she’ll still be available during regular zoo hours, usually 9AM to 4PM. Don’t miss a visit to this special baby.

Restaurants Found Only in Tucson

August 15th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Chain restaurants can be found in abundance in every city of a certain size but locally we are lucky to have a group of sophisticated restaurants found only in Tucson. Those featured here are, for the most part, elegant & unique restaurants where visitors will find original cuisine highlighting local food sources. Some belong to a group called Tucson Originals and some to another group called eatlocaltucson,

The underlying appeal of these restaurants is that they are locally owned and dedicated to, as much as possible, using food products locally grown and/or produced.

In a class all by itself, is the Arizona Inn at 2200 E. Elm St., a family owned and run luxury hotel/resort on any tourist’s “must see” list since the early 1930’s. Boasting all the amenities of a 5 Star Hotel/Resort, it has two dining rooms, Main Dining (inside and with a stricter dress code than most Tucson restaurants) and the Audubon Bar, which is casual and opens to the beautiful lawns and gardens on its patio facing side. Arizona inn menus offer a variety of taste treats from the small and reasonably priced items, to full dinners when price is not an object for the very special occasion. A brunch menu is offered on Saturday and Sunday. The inn is located just 1.6 miles directly north of Sam Hughes Inn, presenting a nice way to walk off a full meal if you’re staying here and eating there.

Special Event

Primavera Cooks 2015

Pastiche Modern Eatery, (also not far from Sam Hughes Inn), at 3025 North Campbell, has been part of the Tucson scene for many years and almost never disappoints with its variety of popular offerings that appeal to anyone who loves to eat out.

On September 9, 2015 Pastiche will be one of six “Restaurants found only in Tucson” participating in a yearly dinner event called Primavera Cooks,, Described as “possibly the most fun you will ever have at a nonprofit fundraising dinner” the meal will consist of a 4 or 5 course, wine paired fabulous evening out. Three of the restaurants have already had their fund raisers earlier in the summer. Sorry to have missed them.

Another restaurant still planning its Primavera dinner on August 30th, is Kingfisher. 2564 E Grant Rd. This perennial winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence is also proud of its specialty oyster menu. Plenty of seafood is on offer here (For 8 years Tucson Weekly has voted Kingfisher the Best Seafood Restaurant in town) along with a variety of meat dishes.

If you read this blog in time, Tavolino, an Italian “ristorante”at 2890 E. Skyline Drive will have its specialty dinner on Wednesday, August 19. On the regular menu you’ll find home-made pastas and signature pizzas made in their wood burning oven. Described as elegant but relaxed, Tavolino also has an excellent patio dining area.Late summer hours begin on Memorial Day. (This is Tucson, so summer lasts quite a long time here.

All reservations made for the remaining special event dinners are through Primavera NOT the restaurants. For reservations call David at 520-308-3104. Unless otherwise specified, all dinners begin with a check-in between 6-6:30 with seating at 6:30PM.

Acacia, also in the Catalina Foothills not far from Taolino at 3001 E. Skyline Drive, boasts a Sunset menu until August 31st at $30 per person between 4 and 6PM. Dinners feature the usual assortment of American favorites, chicken, pork, duckling, steak but all with special chef touches that make them unique to this fine restaurant.Also on the menu is a surprising main dish, roasted garlic custard that would certainly satisfy a vegetarian.

Feast, is an appropriately named and creative restaurant at 3719 E Speedway Blvd. It describes itself as a “Relaxed bistro for market-driven, eclectic cuisine that changes monthly, plus a lengthy wine list”. One of their interesting appetizers for August is  “Pickled Shrimp and Fried Smelts, served over white beans and Spanish chorizo with lettuce juice and kale.” Yum!

And last on this small specialized list, Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails, at 135 S 6th Ave, is handily named for its location in the middle of the downtown area. Locally renowned chef, Janos Wilder, is the creative mind and body behind this popular restaurant A busy spot featuring global fare and creative cocktails, Janos was one of the first chefs to take a chance on revitalizing the now bustling downtown restaurant scene.So far so good!

These are just a few of the many wonderful Tucson restaurants. Others have taken root in the past few years and now this city can be proud of its collection of chefs dedicated to making this a great place to eat out..

 

 

June in Tucson

June 1st, 2015 by samhughesinn

June in Tucson is, perhaps, the cruelest month. That’s especially true this year because last month was wonderfully mild. When 100 degree temperatures return, Tucson’s residents have to become creative and develop tough skins because they know there will be many, many more days like this one. So, resident or visitor, here are some things to do in June that will help build up endurance for the hot days and nights to follow.

Movies Under the Stars

Three locations are offering evening outdoor movies for people who want to enjoy being outside after sunset.

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Demeester Performance Center

Every other Friday Reid Park’s Demeester Performing Arts Pavillion, 900 S. Randolph Way, is hosting free admission movies. Some bench seats are available but most people prefer to bring a blanket or a folding chair & sit on the grassy hillside. June 19th’s show is Shrek, a favorite with families with children .Food trucks are nearby to satisfy hunger & thirst.

La Placita

Every Thursday evening beginning at about 7:30, Cinema La Placita at 100 S. Church Avenue, presents oldie but goodie movies on its patio. Seats are available at tables scattered around the patio and some bench seating, but to be assured a good seat you can always bring your own. A $3 charge includes popcorn. June 4 will have Private Benjamin starring Goldie Hawn, June 11, A Shot in the Dark with the never to be forgotten, Peter Sellers, and on June 19, King Kong (the 1933 version) and June 25th, Dr. Stranglove (Peter Sellers again). Refreshments are also available at the restaurants of La Placita.

And for a real change of pace in outdoor movies, the next Movie Under the Stars event will be 7:30 p.m. June 26 at East Lawn Palms Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Road. Movies are projected on an inflatable screen. Watch the newspaper, Tucson.com, for the name of the next production. Bring blanket for seating although some chairs will be set up and concessions will be open. Sounds a little creepy but it’s a Tucson Thing now that the drive-ins are all gone. Seating is on grassy lawn not on grave sites.

Art Center Offerings in June

Zac Harmon Guitar

Zac Harmon Guitar

 

The Sea of Glass Center – Center for the Arts, 330 E. 7th Street, an unusual indoor venue, has scheduled three very different events in June. On June 19th, Zac Harmon (called International Blues Ambassador), with his 4 piece band, presents a concert at 7:3PM. A dinner/concert package is available. Tickets available online at the website and read more about Zac’s blues career beginning in Jackson, MS..

 

Documentary with speaker

One Track Heart Promo

Saturday, June 20 at 7:00 PM, the documentary, “One Track Heart:The Story of Krishna Das”  will follow the speaker, Jivananda dasa Vanacarif of ISKCON, describing the basic philosophies of Hinduism. He has traveled the world lecturing and sharing the word of his favorite guru. The documentary describes the evolution of rock musician turned spiritual leader, Jeffrey Kagel,(Krishna Das) who in 1970 turned his back on rock stardom to pursue a personal search for spiritual fulfillment. Check website for tickets and more information on both men.

 

Dalai LamaAnd on Saturday, June 27, Sea of Glass will showcase the film, The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle For Freedom. The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, has lived in exile for most of his life trying to reach a compromise with China.The struggle continues to this day. Again, information and tickets can be found on the website along with a trailer from the film. Tickets purchased in advance are less expensive than day of the show tickets.

And enjoy lovingly prepared, locally sourced & reasonably priced plant based food items at The Food for Ascension Cafe, located next door, before or after these shows..

 

Music Scene

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 

The historic Fox Theatre announces these special events in June all starting at 7:30 PM: June 6, Nitty, Gritty Dirt Band (country/folk), Thursday, June 11, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Americana), Saturday, June 13, Phil Wickham (Christian), and Friday, June 19, Art Garfunkel (super famous singer/songwriter).

Phil Wickham

Phil Wickham

 

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Art Garfunkel

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Fleck & Washburn

Tucson Folk Festival 2015

April 20th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Folk Music Festival

Tucson Folk Festival 2015

Tucson Folk Festival

May is not the best month for exciting events in Tucson but the 30th annual Tucson Folk Festival ranks near the top of the list for the year. Live music, outside, and presented by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association this is one of the largest free festivals in the USA, showcasing at least 120 local, regional and national musicians performing live acoustic music on five stages in downtown Tucson, May 2 & 3, 2015.

Acts will be presented on five stages, the Plaza in El Presidio Park, the Courtyard at the old Pima County Courthouse, in the Museum of Art Courtyard, at La Cocina at Old Town Artisans and in the Patio in front of the Museum of Art.

Ray Wilie Hubbard (songwriter and storyteller), the Ronstadt Generations (5 of them including Michael, younger brother of Linda along with his two sons presenting Southwestern & Mexican songs of their heritage), and Tom Chapin (23 albums, three Grammy Awards and now a children s’ book) will highlight this year’s festival.

Tom Chapin will perform on the Plaza Stage, Saturday, May 2 at PM for an all age audience and will present his children s show on the same stage Sunday, May 3rd from 2-3 PM. Among his many accomplishments he has narrated a series of children’s books, three of which have won Grammy awards in the Best Spoken Word Album for Children category. And he has written his own book for children 4 through 8 years old, called The Backwards Birthday Party.

Ronstadt Generations perform at 7:30 PM, May 2nd on the Plaza stage and Ray Wilie Hubbard will be on the same stage on Sunday, May 3rd at 9 PM. Check the Tucson Folk Festival website for exact times and venues for all the artists as some changes may occur.

Workshops, including Harmony Vocals, Flat-picking & Bluegrass guitar, Story & Song (Tom Chapin), Gospel Sing-A-Long, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele and other related instruments & songwriting will be held on both Saturday & Sunday (see schedule on Folk Festival website for locations and times.) A food court and arts & crafts will also be offered during the festival.

If you are a fan of bluegrass and any kind of folk music you won’t want to miss this once a year music extravaganza with performances scheduled from Noon to 7:30 PM on Saturday and from 11 AM to 9 PM on Sunday.

 

 

Tucson Artists’ Open Studios

April 14th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Tucson Artists’ Open Studios

Tucson Artists' Open Studios

 

The Arts Brigade event,Tucson Artists’ Open Studios comes to town next weekend, April 18 & 19, 2015 from 11AM to 5PM. This annual event will showcase more than 120 artists, and 80 studios and galleries exhibiting the work of these many multi-talented local artists. You don’t have to go to a major US city to find fabulous artistic talent; it’s right here in our own backyards.

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The incredible variety of artistic offerings available include paintings, wooden carvings, ceramics, sculpture, bronze work, historic preservation miniatures, oil paintings, printmaking, photography, intaglio, watercolors, pen & ink drawings, mixed media collage, steel & stainless steel work, clay, glass sculpture, jewelry, paper mâché, pottery, leather work, acrylic on canvas, handwoven wearable art, glass wind chimes, fiber arts, gelatin silver prints, vintage button jewelry, retablos, painted paper castings, graphite on paper, charcoal portraits, note cards, tile furniture and accessories, artisan toys, stone work and artist books. This is a wonderful time to find unique gifts for your own enjoyment or for the special people on your shopping list.

This is your opportunity to talk to the artist whose work you admire and see demonstrations of some of their work. For the tenth year, this artist initiated event invites the visitor into his or her creative space to see what moves them, the type of work they do and of course, to buy some of it..

Most destinations are in downtown Tucson and their locations and the names of all the artists are listed by zip code at TucsonOpenStudios.com. More information and a map for the self guided tour can be found in the April issue of Zocalo Magazine/ on page 21. The magazine, which connects artists to the community can be found free at over 350 locations around the city. Check their website for the digital version or to subscribe to the magazine or to an email list of artistic events throughout the year.

Pink Door Gallery

Art by Ester Rogoway
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Pink Door Gallery

Old Town Artisans , The Pink Door Studio and Gallery, 201 N Court Ave.,Tucson AZ.85701
520-444-6481     estherogoway@gmail.com

The Pink Door Studio and Gallery is a gem found in the heart of the historic Presidio. The Pink Door Studio and Gallery features the finest works of art in original oil, acrylic, watercolor, contemporary sculpture, art glass, ceramics, hand-painted furniture, and exquisite jewelry. The collection includes those with world-renowned reputations as well as cutting edge emerging artists. The Pink Door Gallery and Studio is committed to excellence in its art and in providing you with personal, professional service. Located in The Old Town Artisan building, The Pink Door Studio and Gallery provides a wonderful setting to view one of a kind art and jewelry.

This month , April 18th and 19th, 11:am to 5:00PM, we will be open for The Tucson  Studio Tour.  Please join us for a day of fun and art. Several of our artists will be in attendance, and  demonstrating  their talents. Featured artist: Esther Rogoway 

There will be music and food at  La Cocina Restaurant located on the patio
Seven Galleries and Shops & two Restaurants are located at Old Town Artisans.

 

Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisans Market

March 26th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisans Market

Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisans Market

Spring Artisans Market

Tucson Museum of Art’s Spring Artisans Market is only one reason to visit the museum. The show, held twice yearly in the outdoor areas surrounding the museum, features more than a hundred fine artists and crafts people from all over the Southwest. The spring show will be held March 27, 28 & 29, 2015 and is a “don’t miss” event where you can soak up the fine weather, lunch inside or out at the adorable little Cafe a la C’art, shop for yourself or for gifts and, of course, take in the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits. Admission is free to the show and to the museum as well. Open 10AM to 5PM.

The museum is located within the Historic Block, formerly part of the original Presidio of Tucson, which includes La Casa Cordoba, J. Knox Corbett House, Edward Nye Fish House, Romero House & Stevens/Duffield House – all wonderful representations of early Tucson architecture.The five properties surround the museum’s more modern building which contains most of its galleries.If you miss the March artisans market, the museum will host another one, called the Holiday Market, in November of 2015.

Gift Shop
A favorite place inside is the museum’s gift shop, full of items you can’t live without. Admission is free and hours are the same as the museum’s. Long time TMA employee, John McNulty, a renowned ceramicist in his own right, is the retail manager of the museum gift shop and responsible for every fabulous item appearing on its shelves, from kitschy small treasures to more expensive pieces of fine Southwest jewelry.

Exhibitions
An upcoming museum exhibition features Surfaces: Photographs by Fritz Kaeser, April 24 to July 5, 2015. Permanent exhibitions include the Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern & Contemporary Art and Rare Books & Manuscripts.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is located on a full city block within the historic El Presidio district. Its official address is 140 N. Main Avenue and its parking lot is just across the street. Hours are 10AM to 5PM.

Craft Beer Microbreweries

February 13th, 2015 by samhughesinn

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Craft Beer

The first ever, Tucson Craft Beer Crawl, will be held Saturday, February 21, 12 Noon to 4:00 PM and will include 7 Craft Beer Microbreweries representing a number of local craft beers.

There has been an explosion of sorts in microbreweries in Tucson in the past few years and this event will cap Arizona Beer Week (Feb. 12-21).

Tickets can be purchased online for $38 or at the door for $45 and attendees will receive a wristband, a map of participating breweries, and a 5 ounce sampling glass. The goal is to connect beer lovers with local pubs and craft beers unique to Arizona and Tucson.

Per Wikipedia the term “craft beer” is typically applied to breweries that are much smaller than large-scale corporate breweries and are independently owned. Such breweries are generally characterized by their emphasis on quality, flavor and brewing technique Tucson’s participating breweries include Ten 55 Brewing, Borderlands Brewing, Pueblo Vida Brewing, SanTan Brewing, Dragon Brewing Co, Thunder Canyon Brewery, Grand Canyon Brewing Co., Barrio Brewing, Sonoran Brewing Co., Old Bisbee Brewing Co., Huss Brewing, Iron John’s Brew Co, and O.H.S.O. Each company will bring its best brews to sample at Hotel Congress, Thunder Canyon Brewery, R Bar, Pueblo Vida, Playground, Borderlands Brewery and Tap & Bottle.

The hope is that people will develop a sense of community in the new downtown neighborhood while enjoying a moving party. Some of the proceeds will be donated to Watershed Management Group, an organization offering “adaptive & collaborative approach to developing sustainable solutions for the water and environmental issues in Tucson” (Zócalo Magazine, February, 2015).

The afternoon timing will insure that the beer crawl becomes a real community event with people coming together to discover downtown and hopefully bring their friends to enjoy some of the local pubs as well. Coincidentally a bill will be introduced in the upcoming Arizona legislative session to allow microbreweries to keep restaurants and pubs as they grow.

The current law says breweries producing less than 40,000 barrels a year are “microbreweries.” Once they top that number, they become “producers.” As a microbrewery they are allowed some self-distribution rights and the operation of restaurants and pubs and some of these smaller places would like to expand. The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild says the law is not clear regarding off-site restaurants and pubs when a brewer tops 40,000 barrels. Tucson brewers currently have on site restaurant/pub arrangements but could be affected by this law in the future. Arizona Beer Week happens every February from Flagstaff to Tucson and is a celebration of craft beer throughout the state.The Great Tucson Beer Festival is tentatively scheduled October 31, 2015.

Tucson Festival of Books

February 8th, 2015 by samhughesinn

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Tucson Festival of Books

The Tucson Festival of Books began just 6 years ago when 350 authors presented 300 programs to 50,000 attendees after two years of planning and with high hopes for the future. By 2014 this event, spread across the University of Arizona Mall and hosted hundreds of authors, numerous tent and vendor offerings, hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors, side events for children and family members and attracted an audience of some 130,000 visitors in two days. Even larger attendance is expected in 2015.

Since its humble beginnings in 2009, the festival has contributed more than $1,000,000 to local literacy programs. This year’s Tucson Festival of Books, March 14 & 15, 2015 will again present over 350 authors, many of them famous,and each one of them will take part in special workshops or conversations, sometimes alone or in tandem with another author or as part of a panel discussion. These conversations or presentations draw overflow audience attendance in many rooms and auditoriums throughout the university campus. The authors include writers of fiction & non fiction, science, art, history, biography, romance, mystery, fantasy, science fiction,cooking, philosophy,self help, medicine and every other genre you can imagine for every age group. There will be 5 different science “neighborhoods” to engage children as well as adults and will include renowned science authors & researchers.The festival offers programming for children and teens, panels by best-selling and emerging authors, a literary circus, culturally diverse programs, a poetry venue, exhibitor booths, several food courts, book signing by your favorite authors and, of course, thousands of books to discover and buy.

Vendor tents & crowd

Tucson Festival of Books

Approximately 40 different entertainment groups will also take part in the Festival of Books. This year the highlight will be a rock group called The Rock Bottom Remainders. This year’s best selling authors/musicians will be Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Ridley Pearson, Greg Iles, Alan Zweibel and Sam Barry who will kick off the event on Friday night, March 13. The group’s name is based on the booksellers’ term for books that languish on the shelves so long they have to be dumped at a discount.

A few “professional” musicians will complete the group. The performance will be held the evening of March 13 in the University of Arizona Student Memorial Union from 8-9:30 PM.. Tickets are available online and going fast.

A wide variety of other events are planned including a panel discussion on the impact of concussions and traumatic brain injury.The panel will include  brothers Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, the co-authors of “League of Denial,” the New York Times best-seller on the NFL’s efforts to cover up the link between football and brain damage. A sport’s analyst and a number of former NFL players will round out the panel.

Gail Sheehy of “Passages” fame, is among a team of journalists and social and political commentators participating in the Tucson Festival of Books, Also on board are Pulitzer Prize winner, James Risen, an investigative reporter for the New York Times, linguist and author Noam Chomsky, who has written more than 100 books, Pulitzer winner, Dan Fagin, author of “Toms River”, (exploring the high number of childhood cancers in a New Jersey town), Oscar Martinez, author of “The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail,”  and Philip Caputo, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune for 9 years, author of the 2009 novel, “Crossers”, set on the Mexico-Arizona border.

A host of other authors, famous as well as up and coming, will present more events than a person attending both days would be able to take in. Check the website for the Tucson Festival of Books, for a Bookmarked Events tool which allows a viewer to choose events and print a personal schedule so that you won’t miss the people you most want to see.

Books, Books & More Books

Books, Books & More Books

The Festival is only a fifteen minute stroll from Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast. You can park on site and walk to everything.

Major sponsors of the festival include the University of Arizona, The Arizona Daily Star newspaper, the University of Arizona Medical Center, Friend of the Festival donations, Cox Communications and other organizations and primary individual donors.

Mini Time Museum of Miniatures

January 27th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Catherine wearing diamond

Catherine the Great
with Orlov

The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, presents a special exhibit of replica diamonds displayed on miniature historical figures representing their original owners. The exhibit (beginning January 27, 2015 through April 19, 2015) features the work of two famous artists. The replica diamonds were created by Scott Sucher of Tijeras, New Mexico and the historic figures were designed by artist, George S. Stuart of Ojai, CA.

The exhibit, called Diamonds Are Forever (The Incredible Journeys of World-Famous Diamonds & the People Who Owned Them), comes to the Tucson Mini Time Museum of Miniatures courtesy of the Museum of Ventura County California, which developed and produced it. This exhibit tells the story of famous diamonds and their famous owners. Their stories are told with 18 quarter-life-size historical figures and 10 replica diamonds.

George Stuart has created more than 400 historic figures, famous and infamous, in incredible life like miniature sculptures. He also describes them in regular monologues presented near his home in Ventura, CA.

Scott Sucher, through exhaustive research, creates world famous, historically accurate diamond replicas for museums and educational purposes.

Louis XIV with diamond

Louis XIV – French Blue diamond tie tack

According to the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures website, the exhibit includes figures of Catherine the Great, Louis XIV, Napoleon and the Shah Jahan. The historic diamond replicas feature the Hope, the French Blue, Regent, Beau Sancy, the Koh-i-Noor, the Orlov and the Mirror of Portugal. Many of these jewels were incorporated into crowns, scepters, pendants & hair ornaments and were usually in the hands of royalty. However, over time, some have been lost, stolen or broken up and re-cut. Diamond connoisseurs will be familiar with all or most of these stones and will find the exhibit fascinating. Gem Show visitors will want to add this exhibit to their schedules during February for a great change of pace from shopping or selling.

The Mini Time Museum of Miniatures regular collection features over 275 miniature houses and box rooms in three main areas: the Enchanted Realm, History Gallery and Exploring the World. This is not just a destination for children; in fact many exhibits are better understood and appreciated by adults. You will never be too old to enjoy this wonderful museum. Many fine artists are represented and their work is perfection in every tiny detail, from real silverware & china in table settings to fine furniture, carpeting and paintings hanging on the small dollhouse walls. Many periods of history are replicated in the various houses and boxes, along with fantasy representations of fairy tales. You’ll find old and contemporary houses, houses from other countries, an airplane café, stores, western scenes, castles and re-creations of existing or formerly existing buildings. You’ll wish you could touch these tiny treasures but they are protected from harm yet beautifully displayed and lighted so that every small marvel can be easily observed.There are docent led and self guided tours to the Mini Time Museum of Miniatures and you will want to come back many times to revisit the permanent collection as well as to take advantage of the special temporary exhibits like Diamonds Are Forever.

The museum, although now in its sixth year of operation, still remains a hidden treasure, a Tucson Special Attraction. You’ll find the museum at 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive in Tucson, about 20 minutes drive from downtown. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM. Sunday, Noon – 4 PM. Closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Historic figure photos and artist photos courtesy of Museum of Ventura County.

Scott Sucher

Scott Sucher

George Stuart

George Stuart

 

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