On Tuesday, Hotel Congress was buzzing with friends, family and staff as they celebrated Tom "Tiger" Ziegler's 80th birthday. Ziegler has been working at Hotel Congress as a bartender inside the Tap Room for over 54 years. In honor of Ziegler's birthday Hotel Congress renamed the Tap Room as Tiger's Tap Room and gave him a large cake with his namesake on it.
"I am speechless, " said Ziegler. "It's like a dream come true, like you have to pinch yourself to see if it is true."
The student chapter of the National Press Photographers association took a working field trip to La Fiesta de los Vaqueros rodeo. If you missed the show, you can catch the results here. Check out pictures of bucking broncs and cantankerous cattle after the jump.
Famed photographer Eric Kroll, who suggested we go on a photo safari to the Tucson Rodeo yesterday, captured a set of portraits and candids while I snapped action shots. He shared a few with TW. More photos after the jump and more from Kroll at his blog.
It was sunny Saturday afternoon at the Fiesta de los Vaqueros yesterday for all the cowboys and cowgirls in attendance. Today is the final day for the Tucson Rodeo. Details here and more photos after the jump.
It was a delightful Sunday afternoon at Hi Corbett Field as the UA baseball team completed a sweep of its first homestand of the season with a 13-9 win over Coppin State. Among the highlights: Coppin State's inside-the-park grand slam.
The Wildcats are back at Hi Corbett next Friday, Feb. 22.
VII Grand Premium Streetwear and Sneakers opened up today, and as I walked in, I was surprised to find former University of Arizona star and current Minnesota Timberwolves player Derrick Williams holding court behind the counter, signing autographs, posing for pictures and chatting up everyone who asked.
When I was able to get a second with him and mentioned my surprise that he was able to be in town this weekend, he said "it was kind of a last minute thing, but I felt it was important to be here for the opening."
"When I was (at Arizona), I used to have to go back home (to California) if I wanted stuff like this, so I'm glad to have something here," he said. "We have a lot of great brands in here, like The Hundreds and Undefeated...and I want our brand to be one of the big brands in the country. I think we can do it," he said.
The shop doesn't yet have all of its inventory shipped in yet ("A lot of suppliers have just started sending out their spring line," Escalante said. "We had to have a lot of things overnighted for the opening,") but they expect to have gear trickling in over the next week, including gear from Puma, Asics and The Hundreds footwear—they're working to get brands like Nike, Reebok and Adidas on board as well, all in "retro" styles, so look out for that in the future.
I'm not sure what to tell you about this photo I snapped yesterday, other than the French paleontologist makes it tangentially related to the Gem and Mineral Show and it's part of an upcoming feature story.
ETA: My apologies for not mentioning this sooner, but the mastermind behind the shot was Eric Kroll, a photographer of some renown. TW will have a profile of Kroll in an upcoming issue. As Eric notes below, the violinist is Robert Villa and the woman doing the handstand is Katelynn Charron of Boston, who is visiting Tucson to assist the fossil man, Serge Jnoun.
You can read more about the shoot at Eric's blog, including the tidbit that the shoot came to a premature end when we got busted by The Man.
Joel Smith of SPORK PRESS; the Oracle Art Ensemble with Imo Baird and Matthias Duwel; Melissa Buckheit,… More