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Take a midcentury drive through our most iconic roadside signs By Celeste Sepessy They were everywhere. Looming over hotels, theaters, and honky-tonks, visible before the towns themselves. In the first half of the 20th century, signs — especially of the neon variety — ruled the Southwest road, dwarfing the businesses they were built to advertise.…(Read More)

Once called “Hell’s half-acre” by barbecue chef Christopher B. Stubblefield, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q now anchors Austin’s Red River Strip music district By John Nova Lomax / Photography by Merrick Ales There’s a certain bewitching magic to the city of Austin, an ineffable feel you can find nowhere else on the…(Read More)

Tucson’s homegrown All Souls Procession hearkens to the Day of the Dead — with a life all its own It started with a tight-knit group of locals in 1990. And today, Tucson’s All Souls Procession has grown to a groundswell of 150,000 people who march in — or watch — one of the county…(Read More)

At the dawn of the 20th century, English-born entrepreneur Fred Harvey transformed tourism in the Southwest with a collection of stately hotels. Now, his most opulent properties, still dubbed Harvey Houses, are being lovingly restored for a new era By Sam Moulton With spectacular views of the Santa Fe’s famous plaza below and…(Read More)

A doctor in northern Arizona is celebrating his adopted community with larger-than-life murals of its native people By Diandra Markgraf On windswept days, Chip Thomas hoists himself onto a ladder that stretches into the azure sky. His shoes and hands are stained, gummy with paste, but the street artist known as Jetsonorama still…(Read More)

Each year, thousands of Santa Feans gather to set fire to a giant marionette stuffed with “glooms.” The Burning of Zozobra, which has taken place yearly since being created by Will Shuster in 1924, has become one of the symbols of the city, a potent reminder of the madcap celebrations of Santa Fe’s past…(Read More)

At the dawn of the 20th century, English-born entrepreneur Fred Harvey transformed tourism in the Southwest with a collection of stately hotels. The hotels’ eateries quickly earned a nationwide reputation for serving up fresh, hearty fare at a fair price but were perhaps best known for their waitresses — single, attractive and well-educated women…(Read More)

It’s part pagan ritual, part town party. Each year, thousands of Santa Feans gather to set fire to a giant marionette stuffed with “glooms.” Sam Moulton revels in the pageantry and unexpectedly festive community spirit The moaning is getting louder,more guttural. The giant puppet is really mad now, flailing his arms about angrily…(Read More)

Native Awakening

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Lloyd Kiva New revolutionized the design world by incorporating Native motifs into midcentury fashion. Three Santa Fe exhibitions reflect on his art and legacy By Ashley M. Biggers A supple plum leather handbag with a metal sun medallion. A structured dress cut from an original textile blending desert colors as though shimmering in summer heat…(Read More)