Archive for March, 2012

Get Around Downtown During Streetcar Construction

March 30, 2012

You’ll still be able to get around Downtown as construction begins for the Modern Streetcar. A new map (pdf) shows existing traffic flow and detours that will ensure that it’s still easy to find your way around Downtown Tucson. UPDATE: Here is the latest from the Modern Streetcar website: Downtown This area of the project […]

2nd Saturdays Celebrates a Caribbean Carnaval Theme

March 27, 2012

From The Rialto to the Fox Theatre, Downtown Tucson will resemble the Caribbean for the next 2nd Saturdays on April 14  with food, music, street performers, tropical costumes and merchant specials for Carnaval. Beginning with a Brazilian procession, the event will feature steel drums, African and Brazilian music, Jazz, Dixieland, Hip Hop, Reggae and Latin […]

Moctoberfest Festivities Dish Out All Sorts of Fun at Mercado San Agustin

March 26, 2012

Moctoberfest is an April Fool’s carnival, beer festival and community arts fundraiser for Many Mouths One Stomach, the curators off the hugely revered All Souls Procession. Moctoberfest will be staged from noon to midnight on March 31 at the Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. Pre-sale tickets are $14 or $20 at the […]

Tucson Museum of Art’s CRUSH Festival Serves Wine, Wine, Wine, Art and Food

March 26, 2012

Enjoy the pleasures of food and wine while bidding on fabulous art, luxurious trips, fine wine, and more at the fifth annual CRUSH Wine • Food • Art Festival on March 30 at the Tucson Museum of Art. This popular festival is a major fundraiser for the museum and sells out every year. The CRUSH […]

Madden Media’s TucsonLikes Guides Businesses Through the Social Media World

March 22, 2012

By Teya Vitu Madden Media is adding social media coaching to its stable of nationwide travel publications. CEO Kevin Madden is finding that many Tucson small business owners don’t make the most of social media to advance their businesses. “They say, ‘I know I need to be doing social media and all this digital stuff. […]

Time for the 4th Avenue Street Fair

March 20, 2012

It’s that time again for the 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair, which will fill the Avenue with more than 250,000 during its run on March 23, 24 and 25. The hours each day are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Street Fair involves more than 400 arts and crafts booths and 35 or so food […]

Night Time Utility Work Continues Along Broadway and Congress

March 20, 2012

Contractors for Southwest Gas continue work in the Downtown area to move and upgrade underground utility lines in preparation for the upcoming rail placement for the Tucson Modern Streetcar. This phase of work will occur in areas along Broadway and Congress between Fourth and Granada avenues. Upcoming restrictions are as follows: Eastbound Broadway, between Fifth […]

Chicago Store, Pioneer Building, Shoe City Building Vie for Facade Improvement Grants

March 20, 2012

By Teya Vitu Façade improvement grants could restore the gleaming 1916 façade of The Chicago Store and bring some of the original 1929 panache back to the Pioneer Building. Both are finalists in the third round of the Downtown Tucson Partnership’s Façade Improvement Program, along with City High School, which wants to restore the 1941 […]

Get a Taste of Contemporary Art and Wine at MOCA Talks

March 19, 2012

By Teya Vitu Contemporary art is contemporary life. Many cities, like Tucson, may have a Museum of Contemporary Art, but contemporary art itself is integral to life all around us. Cutting to the chase: it’s about wine, cheese, after work spirited conversation and an hour with Univesity of Arizona art professor Paul Ivey. Ivey is […]


March 18, 2012

The Eighth Street Drainage Improvement project limits extend from Sixth Avenue on the west to Third Avenue on the east and Sixth Street on the north to Stevens Avenue on the south.  Work throughout the improvement area will necessitate multiple street closures and restrictions that will impact motorists and bicyclists. Business and pedestrian access will […]

Bike Fest 2012 Includes Almost 20 Bike-Friendly Events

March 16, 2012

Bike Fest 2012 returns to Tucson for six weeks beginning the weekend of March 17 with Cyclovia and the criterium bike race. Many local groups will be hosting bicycle events to inspire riders of all ages and skill levels. Bike Fest serves as an umbrella network for nearly 20 bike-friendly events such as the third […]

Artisan’s Market Has Different Food Trucks Each Day

March 16, 2012

The Tucson Museum of Art Artisan’s Market begins today and lasts through the weekend at 140 North Main Avenue from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. It has been recently expanded to include more than 140 of the Southwest’s best artisans and will have one-of-a-kind gifts available. Choose from jewelry, yard art, paintings, photography, mixed media […]

Community Has Ideas for The Core – the Streetcar Route

March 16, 2012

By Teya Vitu If you build a streetcar, they will come. That has been demonstrated across the country with the 21st century streetcar. The streetcar in Denver brought 7.8 million square feet of commercial development from 2004 to 2009. The Charlotte streetcar added 9.8 million square feet. But what will come in Tucson? Downtown, 4th […]

Façade Improvement Program Finalists Announced

March 15, 2012

The Downtown Tucson Partnership has announced the three finalists for their Façade Improvement Program, which provides financial assistance to Downtown building owners and tenants to improve the appearance of Downtown streetscapes in anticipation of the arrival of the Modern Streetcar. Two or three of the finalists will receive up to $100,000 to help restore their […]

Bright Lights Coming Back to Diving Lady Sign

March 15, 2012

By Teya Vitu The diving lady neon sign, perched above 6th Avenue for maybe 60 or more years, came down March 13 for its long-awaited rehabilitation to its 1950s glowing splendor. By mid-April, neon should be blazing again through the night at the Pueblo Hotel & Apartments office building, 145 South 6th Avenue, the first […]

Revolutio’s Owner Brings Boutique Items, Her Own Clothing Line and More to 6th Avenue

March 14, 2012

By Teya Vitu You might have a few questions about Revolutio, the new, eclectic boutique at 43 South 6th Avenue that leans toward women’s fashions but, by no means, stops there. The first question could be about the name, Revolutio. No, there is not a missing “n”. Owner Heather Lindquist went for a Latin spelling. […]

Up With People Gets Up Close to Downtown Community

March 13, 2012

By Teya Vitu If you didn’t look too close, you may not have noticed that a dozen Tucson senior citizens were dancing with the cast of Up With People. No, these seniors did not share the 2ndSaturday stage with Up With People, nor will they dance with the young international cast at the March 16 […]

Taste Your Way Around Downtown on a Food Tour

March 12, 2012

By Teya Vitu How often are you in some downtown somewhere, even Tucson, and you walk right by a restaurant or two or 10 without ever giving a thought to going inside? We all do it. We have to. We can’t just stop at every eatery we come upon. What can happen, though, is we […]

Event Street Closures March 17 & 18

March 9, 2012

Three fantastic events (Old Pueblo Gran Prix, St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Cyclovia) close streets on Saturday, March 17 & Sunday, March 18. Route maps are on the events’ calendar listings, linked on their names. Maps & descriptions below explain the closures. Saturday, March 17 Old Pueblo Grand Prix: Closures from 9am-7pm Complete closures include: […]

Streetcar Construction Will Start in Late April

March 9, 2012

By Teya Vitu Six years of Modern Streetcar planning will translate into streetcar action with the track installation set to start by the end of April. Congress Street, Broadway, a section of 4th Avenue, University Boulevard and 2nd Street through the University of Arizona will all have driving restrictions, especially through the summer months, and […]

Enjoy a Gourmet Dinner and Wine to Benefit Tucson’s Centennial Park

March 8, 2012

You have a chance to help the Centennial Park Project transform what is currently a vacant lot into an attractive pocket park to commemorate Arizona’s Statehood Centennial in 2012. The park will create a pedestrian oasis for citizens and visitors, featuring a curving walkway, benches, landscaping, and panels to interpret Tucson’s rich history. A benefit […]

Returning Veterans Will Be Honored in March 31 Parade

March 8, 2012

Arizonans from all walks of life will cheer the troops and wave American flags at a long overdue parade to welcome home returning servicemen and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Saturday parade on March 31 begins at 10:30 a.m. at Stone Avenue and Pennington Street, outside the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. […]

Clever Gifts Abound at Artisans Market

March 7, 2012

Spring cleaning should leave some room at home for some spring shopping at the Tucson Museum of Art’s 20th Annual Spring Artisans Market. The market is open each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 16, 17 and 18. It features more than 140 of the Southwest’s finest artisans, and this time, for […]

Food Truck Roundups are an Expanding Tucson Sensation

March 7, 2012

By Teya Vitu Back in November, David Aguirre tried out a culinary arts experiment. What would happen if you collected a half dozen food trucks on the tiny dirt parking lot outside Dinnerware Artspace, 119 East Toole Avenue? This would happen on a Monday evening, a time when Toole is not exactly jam packed. Promotion […]

June’s Corner Store Moves Next to Main Library

March 6, 2012

By Teya Vitu Location, location, location sure does make a difference for June’s Corner Store, which opened at its new location January 18 at 143 North Stone Avenue, right next door to the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. Owner June Hale simply moved her store three blocks north on Stone Avenue, but plenty of downtowners […]

2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Honors Founders

March 6, 2012

The2012  St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature include floats, military units, local dignitaries, media and entertainment personalities and civic, cultural and social groups. The Tucson parade has a 25-year history and provides a good time for the entire family. The St. Patrick’s Day Festival opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at El Presidio Park […]

Downtown Utility Work for Modern Streetcar

March 5, 2012

TUCSON MODERN STREETCAR SOUTHWEST GAS UTILITY WORK DOWNTOWN Contractors for Southwest Gas continue work in the downtown area to move/upgrade underground utility lines in preparation of the upcoming rail placement for the Tucson Modern Streetcar. This phase of Southwest Gas work will occur in areas along Broadway and Congress between Fourth Avenue and Granada Avenue. […]

Catch Some of the Mad Dash Criterium Bicycle Racing

March 5, 2012

Criterium bicycle racing is the two-wheel equivalent to NASCAR, except you can see the competitors and get way closer to the action. The Athlete Octane Old Pueblo Grand Prix will be a classic Downtown criterium (or crit) – the quintessential American-style bike race concentrated around a few city blocks with lots of turns, very high […]

Agustin Brasserie Gives Finishing Touch to Mercado San Agustin

March 5, 2012

By Teya Vitu Agustín Brasserie is what the folks at Mercado San Agustín, 100 South Avenida del Convento, came up with for their restaurant anchor. The simple but refined French bistro is expected to open March 20 at the emerging public market in the Menlo Park Neighborhood. “We’re sticking with everything that is super simple,” […]

Open Houses Set for Modern Streetcar Construction

March 2, 2012

Construction is set to start on the 3.9-mile Modern Streetcar that will link the University of Arizona Medical Center, Main Gate Square, 4th Avenue, Downtown and the Mercado District of Menlo Park. The public can get a close look at what this streetcar construction will entail at a series of three pre-construction open houses on […]

2nd Saturdays Brings the Sounds of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

March 2, 2012

The sounds of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young will ring out in the west end of Downtown Tucson on March 10 with Five Way Street playing a two-hour free tribute at the Fox Theatre for 2nd Saturdays Downtown on March 10. Vendors, classic cars, merchant specials, food trucks and the Cricket Kids’ Area will all […]

Water Festival Touches All of Our Lives

March 1, 2012

The 3rd annual “Water Festival: Synergy of Art, Science, and Community” will fill the Armory Park Center, 220 South 5th Avenue, inside and out on Sunday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Water Festival raises awareness, promotes stewardship, and fosters creative expression about our water future through dialogue and activities with artists, […]

Bring Your Bike Downtown for Cyclovia on March 18

March 1, 2012

Cyclovia Tucson will once again transform 5 miles of Downtown  streets into a car-free, family-friendly, vibrant place to move, play, explore, and meet your fellow residents, on Sunday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cyclovia Tucson invites people of all ages and abilities to come out and participate in this free event via […]