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Friday, April 29, 2016

This Year's Spring Bazaar at Mercado San Agustin Features Events for Local Food Lovers

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Barrio Bread will be featured at the Spring Bazaar. - HEATHER HOCH
  • Heather Hoch
  • Barrio Bread will be featured at the Spring Bazaar.
The Mercado San Agustin (100 S. Ave. del Convento) Spring Bazaar has become kind of a tradition. With 40 vendors selling handmade and handpicked wares, it’s a great place to buy local gifts and support small artisans.

This year, though, MSA’s spring market fest has a little something special for the food crowd too. The Seed + Feed culinary showcase will add an extra layer to the all-local event with food-centric panels and demos. On Saturday, April 30, Gary Nabhan of Native Seeds/SEARCH and the newly-founded UA Center for Regional Food Studies will present on the city’s new UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation beginning at 1 p.m. The following day, beginning at 11 a.m., Don Guerra of Barrio Bread will lead a “Seed to Bread” workshop.

The full Spring Bazaar takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information on this and other Mercado San Agustin events, visit the Mercado's website

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Enjoy Nature and Do Some Good on MLK Day

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 12:30 PM

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Have next Monday off? Well, it's time to lace up your walkin' shoes because Saguaro National Park is waiving entrance fees for MLK Day. 

That sounds nice on its own, but those looking to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a more community-service driven way will also have their moment:
The park is seeking volunteers to help us pick up trash and litter along S. Freeman Road and S. Old Spanish Trail. This service event will be taking place on Monday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday. Tools, equipment, and protective wear will be provided to volunteers. Please come prepared wearing long pants, sun-screen, hats, and close-toed shoes, with personal snacks and a bottle of water. Additional water will be available for refilling bottles. Parking is available.

To sign up for this day of service, please email or call the park’s Centennial Volunteer Ambassador, Corina Yeh, at corina_yeh@partner.nps.gov or 733-8603 by Jan. 15.

In addition to this volunteer project, the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona will also be joining park staff in a service event removing invasive buffelgrass from park lands.
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Monday, December 21, 2015

Shop Local: Bahti Indian Arts

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 12:30 PM

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Whether you're looking for hand-crafted jewelry, Hopi katsinas or Zuni fetishes, Bahti Indian Arts is the place to shop. In business for more than six decades, Bahti is located at 4330 N. Campbell Ave in St. Philip's Plaza. Or check them out online.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Shop Local: Kids Center

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM

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You'll find a wide range of toys, puzzles, clothes, legos, books, games and so much more at Kid's Center. Just walking it will make you feel like a kid again. Stop by the shop, 1725 N. Swan Road, to pick something up for someone you love or to make a last-minute donation to one of the toy drives around town. Check them out online here.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Shop Local: Yikes

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 2:41 PM

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  • Jim Nintzel

Robots! Books! Sea Monkeys! Local art! This is where we're shopping today. Brighten someone's holiday season and shop local with a visit to perennial Best of Tucson winner  Yike's Toys, 2930 E. Broadway. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Chamber of Sounds Opening Pop-Up Vintage Music Store on Fourth Avenue

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM

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  • Eric Swedlund

Vintage guitars, amplifiers, synthesizers and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia have a new home on Fourth Avenue.

Chamber of Sounds Vintage Music Emporium will be open from Wednesday through Christmas Eve at the site of the old Tucson Herb Store, 408 N. Fourth Ave.

The pop-up music shop is an extension of the Chamber of Sounds business run by Jamie Laboz (of The Modeens), who produces effects pedals and analog synthesizers. Joining Laboz in the brick-and-mortar shop is fellow musician and collector Brian Green (Leila Lopez Band).

“We’ve talked about doing a store for a few years, but we just couldn’t find the right space,” Laboz says.

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  • Eric Swedlund
But when the opportunity came about to open a temporary spot, to sell instruments and various vintage gear through the holiday season and the Fourth Avenue Street Fair, Laboz and Green decided to test the waters.

“This is an ideal location,” Green says. “The streetcar stop is right out front, there’s foot traffic all up and down Fourth Avenue and Wooden Tooth Records is right accross the street.”

The musicians have both been collectors for years, and say finding the right instrument or piece of gear at the right time can unlock the perfect sound for a new band or recording project.

“We’ve both just accumulated a lot of gear and for the most part it’s stuff we’ve used, but a lot of it we haven’t touched in a year or more,” Laboz says. “I’m selling a guitar that was all I played for years, but it’s time to let someone else play it now.”

In addition to instruments like guitars, bass guitars and analog synthesizers, the shop will sell amplifiers and effects pedals from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as new ones handmade locally. Rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, like old magazines, books, shirts and vinyl, will round out the stock.

Multicolored stage lighting, a turntable playing psychedelic rock and a couch for people to chill out on will add to the store’s ambience.

“It’s going to be like a living room with a really funky vibe,” Laboz says. “We want people to come here and feel comfortable hanging out.”

The Chamber of Sounds Vintage Music Emporium will be open from Nov. 4 through Dec. 24, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Heirloom Farmers Market Spices Things Up at 12th Annual Chile Festival

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Tucson's farmers markets are about to get really spicy. - MIKE LICHT/FLICKR
  • Mike Licht/Flickr
  • Tucson's farmers markets are about to get really spicy.

Tucson's Heirloom Farmers Markets are heating up next weekend in honor of the chile pepper. The 12th Annual Chile Festival will celebrate spicy in a way that only the Sonoran desert can around this time of year. That's because, as summer nears a close here, the chiles that were growing out in high temperatures all season are at their peak flavor, heat and carry a vibrant red color that's alluring as much as it is a warning.

According to the Heirloom Farmers Markets, Arizona grows about 6,000 acres of chiles, which are valued at an estimated $10 million. Didn't teach you that in the 5 C's, did they?

Well, you can indulge in all of the tear-inducing, mouth-watering, nose-running goodness next weekend during the three-day, three-location event. On Friday, Sept. 11, the festival kicks off at Trail Dust Town (6541 E. Tanque Verde Road). Then on Saturday, Sept. 12, Oro Valley Farmers Market (11000 N. La Cañada) picks up the chile torch. Finally, Rillito Park Farmers Market (4502 N. First Ave.) will finish up the fest on Sunday, Sept. 13.

What sets these three days apart from typical farmers market days is first and foremost what the vendors bring to their tables. For this event you can expect all things chile, including roasted green chiles, chile spices, tamales, salsas and many other spicy treats. The final event will also feature a market cooking demonstration from chef Ryan Clark of Agustin Kitchen. 

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Buy All of the Vinyl You Need This Sunday at The Flycatcher

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Sift and sift and find that record you just have to have. - NAN PALMERO/ FLICKR
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  • Sift and sift and find that record you just have to have.

There's nothing quite like staring a rapidly approaching three-day weekend right in the face. The opportunities are endless. Maybe you'll go out of town or go camping somewhere nearby. Maybe you're planning to spend all weekend at HoCo Fest (or at least Saturday night to see Brian Smith and the Gentlemen Afterdark reunite and make Tucson music history). Well, not to add to the tough fun-based decisions you're waffling between right now, but consider checking out the Vinyl Swapmeet at The Flycatcher (340 E. Sixth St.) too.

On Sunday, September 6, a handful of local record purveyors will bring crates of vinyl and tapes to the Fourth Avenue venue and set up shop. Included in the day's line-up are Wooden Tooth Records, Baby Gas Mask Records, Toxic Ranch Records, Old Paint and more. DJs Butta Fly and 5,6,7 WAX will be spinning and attendees can indulge in hot dog and drink specials as well.

Sunday's event runs from 2 until 6 p.m., but if you plan on digging for some rarities, you might want to head in early. Plus, then you'll have enough time to run down to Club Congress and check out Mexican Institute of Sound and Sergio Mendoza's Mexrissey too. That's called a music bang bang, and it's definitely worth doing. 

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