Tucson Local News

Song of the Day: 'Poor Poor Pitiful Me' by Linda Ronstadt

2016-09-29 20:49:00.0

Tucson’s own human siren song was already an itchy-palmed dream for boys (and girls) by this ’78 single—a household name really, no doubt helped by a fetching Time Magazine cover story that featured a shot of a scantly-clothed Ronstadt sipping steaming sauce over a stove, sexualized for the American mass consciousness.

This version of “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me” didn’t top songwriter Warren Zevon’s godhead version, but damn if it ain’t peerless in a ’70s radio-rock, sterile production, hit-single sorta way. Golde [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Arizona's Oldest Craft Beet Turns 25

2016-09-29 14:45:00.0

It’s time for the 25th birthday of the longest continuously brewed craft beer in the state of Arizona: the iconic Barrio Blonde. 

Ah, 25—a great age. If the Barrio Blonde were, say, a young, craft-beer-loving University of Arizona co-ed (a blonde, of course), she’d probably celebrate this birthday by gathering friends for a few rounds at her favorite local brewery.

But the Barrio Blonde is a beer, not a person … and in fact, the brewery that brews the Blonde is the very entity that’s celebrating the beer’s birthday.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Blair Witch

2016-09-29 13:45:00.0


This is the second sequel to The Blair Witch Project, the original “found footage” horror film. Would Lionsgate take this opportunity to reintroduce a once promising premise into a new style of film, perhaps a traditional narrative about the Blair Witch set in the forest without the gimmick of people running around with cameras filming themselves, even when they are in great peril?… [ Read More ]

The Weekly List: 27 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 days

2016-09-29 12:49:00.0

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo. 

Pick of the Week

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Prop 205: Let’s Make a Deal

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Prop 205 trudges towards the ballot amidst mounting concerns from critics. Prop 205 trudges towards the ballot amidst mounting concerns from critics. Much of the literature condemning the marijuana legalization initiatives takes issue with the new system the proposition would put in place.… [ Read More ]

Honky Tonk Girl

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Some might say that 2015 Ironwood Ridge High graduate Kaylor Cox has an unfair advantage. Her country roots might be genuine and freshly-sown, but she has the guidance of a guy named Du on her side. Some might say that 2015 Ironwood Ridge High graduate Kaylor Cox has an unfair advantage. Her country roots might be genuine and freshly-sown, but she has the guidance of a guy named Du on her side.… [ Read More ]

Harvest Rising

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

In my first garage band we played Neil Young songs because they let a group come to it with noise and wild self-expression. In the latter part of my sixth grade I wore horn-rim glasses with an aluminum strip inside advertised not to break at the remedial bend. After all, Space Food Sticks were a snack the astronauts ate on their NASA space missions and down here we wanted that same kind of purpose by emulating our heroes wherever they came from or were going to.… [ Read More ]

Walking Tall

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

The Magnificent Seven gets the fall movie season off to a good start. Director Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven (which was a remake of Seven Samurai) has enough in common with the Yul Brynner/Steve McQueen original to make it feel like a retelling of the classic story. It also contains enough departures from the original to make it feel like a fresh take rather than just a rehash.… [ Read More ]

In Peripeteia

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

According to Barbara Seyda, for whom all this actually happened, just about the best part was being able to enter Lincoln Center through the backstage door. If you'd been told that the first play you'd ever written, Celia, a Slave, had won the prestigious Yale Drama contest, to which there had been 1500 submissions from around the world, and it included publication of the play, a $10,000 prize and a staged reading at the Lincoln Center to an audience of folks who were there not only to admire your work but also able to help the advancement of your play to a big-time production in New York, what would you b [ Read More ]

Space Age Whimsy

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Fifty-two years ago, in the Space Age-era of astronauts and pillbox hats, Sambo's Pancake House wanted an up-to-minute look for a new restaurant on Tucson's Sunshine Mile. Fifty-two years ago, in the Space Age-era of astronauts and pillbox hats, Sambo's Pancake House wanted an up-to-minute look for a new restaurant on Tucson's Sunshine Mile. The company knew exactly who to hire: Ronald Bergquist, a Santa Barbara architect who had already given an exuberant Jetsons' treatment to one diner in Tucson and plenty in California.… [ Read More ]

Hey, Mr. Snake

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Arizona's largest and oldest reptile show is returning this fall at the Tucson Expo Center. Arizona's largest and oldest reptile show is returning this fall at the Tucson Expo Center (3750 E. Irvington Road) and includes a large selection of reptiles for sale including tortoises, lizards and snakes from local breeders. The expo also has a petting zoo, photography workshop, snack bar and more fun for the whole family.… [ Read More ]

A Little Night Music

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Kate Magik's singer/songwriter Kate Becker and local Tucson artist Salvador Duran will perform together at Solar Culture. Kate Magik's singer/songwriter Kate Becker and local Tucson artist Salvador Duran will perform together at Solar Culture to (31 E. Toole Avenue) to promote Becker's new music, Pirate Radio. Salvador will also perform a set of songs that are "close to his heart and soul."… [ Read More ]

Margaritaville

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Tucson's biggest margarita championship is returning this month and will be an eventful night full of spirited cocktail competitions, tastings of high-quality margaritas and tequilas, and more from local Tucson restaurants. Tucson's biggest margarita championship is returning this month and will be an eventful night full of spirited cocktail competitions, tastings of high-quality margaritas and tequilas, and more from local Tucson restaurants. The Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance event will be held at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa (3800 E. Sunrise Drive) on Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p. [ Read More ]

Music Fest

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

The Oro Valley Music Festival claims to be "the next best thing to hit Tucson." The Oro Valley Music Festival claims to be "the next best thing to hit Tucson," and with their extensive list of famous musicians, it is definitely the place to be this fall to kick-off festival season right. The event is held Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2 starting at 1 p.m.… [ Read More ]

Pop! Pop!

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

They're not donning flashy capes and there are no magic lassos hanging from their belt buckles, but the YWCA of Southern Arizona is celebrating women for the superheroes they are at this year's annual Pop! Festival. They're not donning flashy capes and there are no magic lassos hanging from their belt buckles, but the YWCA of Southern Arizona is celebrating women for the superheroes they are at this year's annual Pop! Festival on Sunday, Oct. 2."Pop!"—Purses with Purpose—and was created to bring women together for good food and cocktails, a bit of fashion, and to raise [ Read More ]

Trend Eating

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Anyone who thinks locally-sourced food is a soon-to-depart fad hasn't been to one of the busiest farmers' markets in Tucson and lovingly gazed at the boxes of lettuce, apples, purple egg plants, chilies, multi-colored zinnias or even happy cows. Anyone who thinks locally-sourced food is a soon-to-depart fad hasn't been to one of the busiest farmers' markets in Tucson and lovingly gazed at the boxes of lettuce, apples, purple egg plants, chilies, multi-colored zinnias or even happy cows. Picture a photo album filled with images of what look like happy cows grazing and lounging.… [ Read More ]

Ask A Mexican

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Dear Mexican: I seen black homeless people and white people being homeless. How come I never seen a Mexican and a Chinese person being homeless? Dear Mexican: I seen black homeless people and white people being homeless. How come I never seen a Mexican and a Chinese person being homeless?… [ Read More ]

Remembering Wendy

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Everyone who knew Wendy remembers her as being kind, fearless and multi-talented. She loved biking, vintage clothing, electronic music, photography and getting to know what made people tick. Friends and family of Wendy Van Leuveren gathered for her memorial on Sept. 24. The downtown Galactic Center had its usual art covering the walls, but along with it were pictures and paintings of Wendy.… [ Read More ]

Dust Devil

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Epitaph Afraid... many scream… [ Read More ]

Editor's Note

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Congratulations, friends. News editor and Skinny guy, Jim Nintzel, attended the Arizona Newspaper Association's annual meeting up in crazyland central and reported the Weekly brought home five 2016 Betters Newspapers Contest awards in the competition among large non-daily papers.… [ Read More ]

Danehy

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Time to slide. Back in the late 1990s, there was this quirky little sci-fi show on Fox called Sliders. This nerdy physics student created a way to open a wormhole through which he and others could "slide" to visit an infinite number of alternate Earths that exited in parallel universes.… [ Read More ]

Whiskey Party at the Good Oak

2016-09-28 20:39:00.0


Whiskey lovers, Good Oak Bar (316 E. Congress St.) is calling your name this Thursday, Sept. 29.

If you want an education experience all about whiskey, get excited because Charlie Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery in Texas is hosting a seminar at the bar from 3-4 p.m. You'll want to RSVP for the event and it'll cost you $10.… [ Read More ]

Song of the Day: 'Yardsale Heart' by Lenguas Largas

2016-09-28 19:00:00.0

"Never be the ground/It could end your story," Lenguas Largas singer Isaac Reyes intones at the outset of “Yardsale Heart,” from the Tucson-based garage/psych band’s self-titled 2011 debut album. He then issues a series of commands, extolling the virtues of emotional honesty (“lead a sentimental life”) but warning not to give everything away (“think about your tongue”).… [ Read More ]

Remind Me Again, Why Does Arizona Have a Teacher Shortage?

2016-09-28 18:17:00.0

A research paper from the Learning Policy Institute concludes that there's a nationwide shortage of teachers, and the number of students in teacher education programs has dropped dramatically over the past five years, meaning the shortage is likely to continue.

A recent report from the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association says Arizona is currently [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: The Hollars

2016-09-28 10:00:00.0


Actor John Krasinski’s second directorial effort is a decent one with a first rate cast.

Krasinski stars as John Hollar, working a dead end job for a publishing company when his girlfriend (the always great Anna Kendrick) informs him his mom (a terrific Margo Martindale) is sick and he’s flying home to see her.… [ Read More ]

Scenes From SAACA Jazz Legends Live

2016-09-28 09:00:00.0



Jazz Legends Live has brought together well-celebrated musicians from around the country to Tucson for more than a decade. This year's event featured performances from Lewis Nash, Shelly Berg, Barbara Morrison, Houston Person, Jeremy Pelt and Rodney Whitaker.

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Katy Perry: Back At It Again With The Tucson Reference

2016-09-27 15:58:00.0


If the song "Closer" by the Chainsmokers didn't call enough attention to Tucson, Katy Perry is here to give us Tucsonians another shout out. In this video Katy Perry speaks to the fact that on Nov. 8, it doesn't matter what you are wear as long as you vote.… [ Read More ]

In The Flesh: B4Skin and their fetching satanic majesties at the Downtown Radio benefit.

2016-09-27 11:30:00.0

Who can resist the allure of a band festooned in black masquerade ball masks and biohazard red protective face shields? Or hold out against the seductiveness of spirited singers/rappers, who resemble the anarchic cheerleaders on Nirvana's “Smells LIke Teen Spirit” video, dressed in red and black skirts, tank tops and just below-the-knee triple striped tube socks who at times, when they aren't dancing au-go-go as if to satisfy their satanic majesties requests, whirl nunchucks haphazardly about then bounce frenziedly on trampolines?… [ Read More ]

Festival Season Is Coming To Tucson

2016-09-27 10:30:00.0

There's an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. who attend music festivals each year and that number continues to rise because of popular demand from millennials around the country. And as a frequent festival-goer myself, it seems as if Tucson has officially jumped on the popular bandwagon and is now offering two major shows to kick-start festival season this October.


To start off the month, Oro Valley Music Festival will be swinging by the Oro Valley Marketplace (955 W. Vistoso Highlands Drive) for a tw [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Author: The JT LeRoy Story

2016-09-27 09:19:00.0


Author JT Leroy came to prominence after the release of his novels Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. After years of staying out of the public eye, he emerged and became a phenom among celebrities like Billy Corgan, Michael Pitt, Winona Ryder and especially Gus Van Sant, who credited him as an executive producer on Elephant.… [ Read More ]

Voucher-friendly 'American Federation for Children' PAC Spent $218,000 on Arizona's Primaries

2016-09-26 16:34:00.0


Three years ago during the 2013 legislative session, Democratic State Senator Barbara McGuire voted against an expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts—aka Education Savings Accounts, aka Vouchers of Steroids—and the bill went down to defeat. Then an odd thing happened.… [ Read More ]

Charleston Needs A Home

2016-09-26 13:30:00.0

Hi, I'm Charleston!

I'm a 1 year old sweet boy who was found as a stray and brought into the shelter. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona doesn't know a lot about my past but what they do know is that I'm very sweet and I play well with my kennel mate!

I'm very affectionate and will do well in a home where I can get ample love and attention.… [ Read More ]

Weekly Wins Five Writing Awards at AZ Newspaper Association

2016-09-26 12:37:00.0

The Weekly brought home five writing awards in this year’s Arizona Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest in the competition among large non-daily papers.

Political writer Jim Nintzel won two first place awards. His long-running Skinny column took first place in commentary/analysis with “Technical Issue” (Jan. 28, 2016), a look at how Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP lawmakers zeroed out funding for career and technical education at high schools and were dragging out efforts to restor [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Max Rose

2016-09-26 09:00:00.0


Jerry Lewis makes his first film appearance in more than 20 years, and it’s a dull affair. He plays the title character, a man who recently lost his wife, Eva (Claire Bloom) and makes a discovery while rummaging through some drawers.… [ Read More ]

Casa Video Top 10

2016-09-23 18:07:00.0

Mooooovies! Here's your weekly look at what's hot at Casa Video:

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Song of the Day: 'The Jones' by John D. Loudermilk

2016-09-23 17:18:00.0

Songwriter John D. Loudermilk called it quits yesterday at the age of 82. But man was he a master of songcraft, disguised defiance and blinky humor, and building on the musical bones that'd come before him.… [ Read More ]

'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

2016-09-23 15:30:00.0

If you've been driving around town lately, you've probably seen the signs lining the roadsides and medians: "Change the Board!" and "Change the Board! Rustand, Stegeman, Betts."… [ Read More ]

Get In The Mood For Pride With Your New Favorite Coming Out Song

2016-09-23 14:45:00.0


Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day, everybody! Are you celebrating?… [ Read More ]

CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful

2016-09-23 14:15:00.0

Phillip Brooks, better known by his ring name CM Punk, went from World Wrestling Entertainment Champion to having a 0-1 record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in UFC 203 on Sept.  10.

The 37-year-old former professional wrestler's debut only last two minutes and 14 seconds and
lost by submission to 2-0 fighter Mickey Gall, who is 24.… [ Read More ]

McCain and Kirkpatrick Split on AZ Min Wage Prop

2016-09-23 13:30:00.0

When it comes to the minimum-wage issues, there’s a huge gulf between Sen. John McCain and his Democratic challenger, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.

Last week, Kirkpatrick came out in support of Prop 206, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act that voters will decide in the November election.

The proposition would increase the Arizona minimum wage from the current $8.05 an hour to $10 in 2017 and $12 by 2020, with future increases based on cost-of-living adjustments.… [ Read More ]

ART's 'Epic' Fail

2016-09-23 12:35:00.0


I really can’t think of another reason that those who make these sorts of decisions would bring us Epic Proportions, a play so unarguably bad that this must be the lesson where you learn how to work with really bad material.

I wasn’t familiar with this play by Larry Coen and David Crane, and since ART usually brings us really fine productions, I was eager to experience this one.

But what was revealed in a big, bold way was a farce/melodrama sort of thing that’s mostly just a string of jokes and sight gags. The premise of the story seems fodder appropriat [ Read More ]

Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

2016-09-22 17:14:00.0


Six weeks ago, I wrote a post about a resolution from the NAACP calling for a moratorium on new charter schools. It's important to note, the resolution calls for a moratorium on opening new schools, not a shuttering of current schools, though one of its purposes is to take a closer look at those already operating in black communities, some of which, the resolution says, are the educational equivalent of subprime mortgages.… [ Read More ]

The Weekly List: 28 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

2016-09-22 14:30:00.0

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo. 

Food & Booze

Arizona Wine Dinner: If you're looking for a fun, night out with delicious food and wine, be sure to check out the Arizona Wine Dinner at Maynards Market & Kitchen.… [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Brunch-Hounds Rejoice!

2016-09-22 08:54:00.0

Be honest. If you could pair an awesome meal with a cocktail before noon—without getting labeled a boozehound—what are the chances you’d do it?

Judging by the large number of loyal customers at one of Tucson’s long-time best brunch spots, Prep & Pastry, lots of people would, as a treat or as a regular tradition.… [ Read More ]

Pleasure Activist

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Interview with Master Patricia: Leather Lifestyle This weekend Jellywink will be hosting an Intro to BDSM workshop by Master Patricia, so I thought it'd be a good idea to introduce you all. She began her public BDSM journey in Tucson, Arizona in 1999 where she is a founding member of the Desert Dominion as well as having served on the governing council including the position of President.… [ Read More ]

Donor Trouble

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Well, now it seems one such manufacturer of a fentanyl-based drug is concerned about recreational marijuana interfering with its future business plans. A couple weeks ago, we took a look at opioid use and prescription in Arizona and how states have seen a decrease in opioid overdoses after legalizing medical marijuana ("An MMJ Win," Sept. 1). Well, now it seems one such manufacturer of a fentanyl-based drug is concerned about recreational marijuana interfering with its future business plans.… [ Read More ]

Skull Crackers: Band of Skulls

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

There's a line in "Back of Beyond," one of the standout songs on new Band of Skulls album By Default, where frontman-guitarist Russell Marsden sings, "I've seen the good go bad, I've seen the right go wrong, from the middle of the city to the back of beyond." There's a line in "Back of Beyond," one of the standout songs on new Band of Skulls album By Default, where frontman-guitarist Russell Marsden sings, "I've seen the good go bad, I've seen the right go wrong, from the middle of the city to the back of beyond." For a trio that, since forming 12 years ago has played just about everywhere, graduall [ Read More ]

Standing Tall: Jillian and The Giants

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

After years of being what she called a "closet musician," Jillian Bessett began a musical transformation, first into a folk singer-songwriter and ultimately into a rock vocalist and bandleader. After years of being what she called a "closet musician," Jillian Bessett began a musical transformation, first into a folk singer-songwriter and ultimately into a rock vocalist and bandleader. Now leading Jillian and The Giants, Bessett is ready to release Mr. Airplane, the band's debut collection of tunes, swinging from hard-edged blues to wondrous a cappella, just the sort of broadly expressive album that ri [ Read More ]

Scared Off

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Blair Witch is essentially the original film with louder noises. It's been 17 years since a good chunk of the world got the shit scared out of them by sticks, twine, and Heather Donahue's mucous in The Blair Witch Project, that little success story that got the ball rolling on the now dreaded and despised "found footage" horror genre. It's been 16 years since the first sequel, the non-found footage Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, and One Too Many came out, and essentially killed the franchise, although the found footage cheapie horror shtick would live on, eventually peaking with Cloverfield (200 [ Read More ]

All Hail The King

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

In the opening show of the 50th anniversary season of the theater-that-almost-wasn't a few months ago, we are treated convincingly to the delight and weight and luminosity of what a really good theater can do and why our citizens came to the rescue of the Arizona Theatre Company when it announced it was on the brink of closing its operations. In the opening show of the 50th anniversary season of the theater-that-almost-wasn't a few months ago, we are treated convincingly to the delight and weight and luminosity of what a really good theater can do and why our citizens came to the rescue of the Arizona T [ Read More ]

Into the North

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

An Irishman, name of Coleman, fell in love with a woman from Finland. An Irishman, name of Coleman, fell in love with a woman from Finland. Giving up green green Ireland, Michael moved to the Scandinavian north.… [ Read More ]

Mariachi Miracle Lecture

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Listen to Daniel Buckley as he sings the praises of mariachi music Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, Sept. 22, by attending a lecture by Daniel Buckley as he sings the praises of mariachi music. Buckley has spent several years documenting how mariachi music has inspired Tucson schoolchildren for decades.… [ Read More ]

Taste of Tucson

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Have an appetite to show your town pride? Have an appetite to show your town pride? Joining the Tucson Originals as they host the second annual Taste of Tucson on Sunday, Sept. 25.… [ Read More ]

‘Spotlight’ at the Loft

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Richard Gilman will also be there! The Loft Cinema is teaming up with the UA School of Journalism and The New York Times for the latest installment of Journalism on Screen. This weekend's edition is a screening of Spotlight, the 2015 Oscar winner inspired by the Boston Globe's investigation into abuse in the Catholic Church.… [ Read More ]

Tucson Greek Festival

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Did somebody say Opa? Did somebody say Opa? Well, they sure will this weekend because the Greek Community of Tucson is celebrating the 40th Annual Tucson Greek Festival.… [ Read More ]

Song of the Day: 'Poor Poor Pitiful Me' by Linda Ronstadt

2016-09-29 20:49:00.0

Tucson’s own human siren song was already an itchy-palmed dream for boys (and girls) by this ’78 single—a household name really, no doubt helped by a fetching Time Magazine cover story that featured a shot of a scantly-clothed Ronstadt sipping steaming sauce over a stove, sexualized for the American mass consciousness.

This version of “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me” didn’t top songwriter Warren Zevon’s godhead version, but damn if it ain’t peerless in a ’70s radio-rock, sterile production, hit-single sorta way. Golde [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Arizona's Oldest Craft Beet Turns 25

2016-09-29 14:45:00.0

It’s time for the 25th birthday of the longest continuously brewed craft beer in the state of Arizona: the iconic Barrio Blonde. 

Ah, 25—a great age. If the Barrio Blonde were, say, a young, craft-beer-loving University of Arizona co-ed (a blonde, of course), she’d probably celebrate this birthday by gathering friends for a few rounds at her favorite local brewery.

But the Barrio Blonde is a beer, not a person … and in fact, the brewery that brews the Blonde is the very entity that’s celebrating the beer’s birthday.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Blair Witch

2016-09-29 13:45:00.0


This is the second sequel to The Blair Witch Project, the original “found footage” horror film. Would Lionsgate take this opportunity to reintroduce a once promising premise into a new style of film, perhaps a traditional narrative about the Blair Witch set in the forest without the gimmick of people running around with cameras filming themselves, even when they are in great peril?… [ Read More ]

The Weekly List: 27 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 days

2016-09-29 12:49:00.0

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo. 

Pick of the Week

[ Read More ]

Prop 205: Let’s Make a Deal

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Prop 205 trudges towards the ballot amidst mounting concerns from critics. Prop 205 trudges towards the ballot amidst mounting concerns from critics. Much of the literature condemning the marijuana legalization initiatives takes issue with the new system the proposition would put in place.… [ Read More ]

Honky Tonk Girl

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Some might say that 2015 Ironwood Ridge High graduate Kaylor Cox has an unfair advantage. Her country roots might be genuine and freshly-sown, but she has the guidance of a guy named Du on her side. Some might say that 2015 Ironwood Ridge High graduate Kaylor Cox has an unfair advantage. Her country roots might be genuine and freshly-sown, but she has the guidance of a guy named Du on her side.… [ Read More ]

Harvest Rising

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

In my first garage band we played Neil Young songs because they let a group come to it with noise and wild self-expression. In the latter part of my sixth grade I wore horn-rim glasses with an aluminum strip inside advertised not to break at the remedial bend. After all, Space Food Sticks were a snack the astronauts ate on their NASA space missions and down here we wanted that same kind of purpose by emulating our heroes wherever they came from or were going to.… [ Read More ]

Walking Tall

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

The Magnificent Seven gets the fall movie season off to a good start. Director Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven (which was a remake of Seven Samurai) has enough in common with the Yul Brynner/Steve McQueen original to make it feel like a retelling of the classic story. It also contains enough departures from the original to make it feel like a fresh take rather than just a rehash.… [ Read More ]

In Peripeteia

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

According to Barbara Seyda, for whom all this actually happened, just about the best part was being able to enter Lincoln Center through the backstage door. If you'd been told that the first play you'd ever written, Celia, a Slave, had won the prestigious Yale Drama contest, to which there had been 1500 submissions from around the world, and it included publication of the play, a $10,000 prize and a staged reading at the Lincoln Center to an audience of folks who were there not only to admire your work but also able to help the advancement of your play to a big-time production in New York, what would you b [ Read More ]

Space Age Whimsy

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Fifty-two years ago, in the Space Age-era of astronauts and pillbox hats, Sambo's Pancake House wanted an up-to-minute look for a new restaurant on Tucson's Sunshine Mile. Fifty-two years ago, in the Space Age-era of astronauts and pillbox hats, Sambo's Pancake House wanted an up-to-minute look for a new restaurant on Tucson's Sunshine Mile. The company knew exactly who to hire: Ronald Bergquist, a Santa Barbara architect who had already given an exuberant Jetsons' treatment to one diner in Tucson and plenty in California.… [ Read More ]

Hey, Mr. Snake

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Arizona's largest and oldest reptile show is returning this fall at the Tucson Expo Center. Arizona's largest and oldest reptile show is returning this fall at the Tucson Expo Center (3750 E. Irvington Road) and includes a large selection of reptiles for sale including tortoises, lizards and snakes from local breeders. The expo also has a petting zoo, photography workshop, snack bar and more fun for the whole family.… [ Read More ]

A Little Night Music

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Kate Magik's singer/songwriter Kate Becker and local Tucson artist Salvador Duran will perform together at Solar Culture. Kate Magik's singer/songwriter Kate Becker and local Tucson artist Salvador Duran will perform together at Solar Culture to (31 E. Toole Avenue) to promote Becker's new music, Pirate Radio. Salvador will also perform a set of songs that are "close to his heart and soul."… [ Read More ]

Margaritaville

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Tucson's biggest margarita championship is returning this month and will be an eventful night full of spirited cocktail competitions, tastings of high-quality margaritas and tequilas, and more from local Tucson restaurants. Tucson's biggest margarita championship is returning this month and will be an eventful night full of spirited cocktail competitions, tastings of high-quality margaritas and tequilas, and more from local Tucson restaurants. The Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance event will be held at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa (3800 E. Sunrise Drive) on Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p. [ Read More ]

Music Fest

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

The Oro Valley Music Festival claims to be "the next best thing to hit Tucson." The Oro Valley Music Festival claims to be "the next best thing to hit Tucson," and with their extensive list of famous musicians, it is definitely the place to be this fall to kick-off festival season right. The event is held Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2 starting at 1 p.m.… [ Read More ]

Pop! Pop!

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

They're not donning flashy capes and there are no magic lassos hanging from their belt buckles, but the YWCA of Southern Arizona is celebrating women for the superheroes they are at this year's annual Pop! Festival. They're not donning flashy capes and there are no magic lassos hanging from their belt buckles, but the YWCA of Southern Arizona is celebrating women for the superheroes they are at this year's annual Pop! Festival on Sunday, Oct. 2."Pop!"—Purses with Purpose—and was created to bring women together for good food and cocktails, a bit of fashion, and to raise [ Read More ]

Trend Eating

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Anyone who thinks locally-sourced food is a soon-to-depart fad hasn't been to one of the busiest farmers' markets in Tucson and lovingly gazed at the boxes of lettuce, apples, purple egg plants, chilies, multi-colored zinnias or even happy cows. Anyone who thinks locally-sourced food is a soon-to-depart fad hasn't been to one of the busiest farmers' markets in Tucson and lovingly gazed at the boxes of lettuce, apples, purple egg plants, chilies, multi-colored zinnias or even happy cows. Picture a photo album filled with images of what look like happy cows grazing and lounging.… [ Read More ]

Ask A Mexican

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Dear Mexican: I seen black homeless people and white people being homeless. How come I never seen a Mexican and a Chinese person being homeless? Dear Mexican: I seen black homeless people and white people being homeless. How come I never seen a Mexican and a Chinese person being homeless?… [ Read More ]

Remembering Wendy

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Everyone who knew Wendy remembers her as being kind, fearless and multi-talented. She loved biking, vintage clothing, electronic music, photography and getting to know what made people tick. Friends and family of Wendy Van Leuveren gathered for her memorial on Sept. 24. The downtown Galactic Center had its usual art covering the walls, but along with it were pictures and paintings of Wendy.… [ Read More ]

Dust Devil

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Epitaph Afraid... many scream… [ Read More ]

Editor's Note

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Congratulations, friends. News editor and Skinny guy, Jim Nintzel, attended the Arizona Newspaper Association's annual meeting up in crazyland central and reported the Weekly brought home five 2016 Betters Newspapers Contest awards in the competition among large non-daily papers.… [ Read More ]

Danehy

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Time to slide. Back in the late 1990s, there was this quirky little sci-fi show on Fox called Sliders. This nerdy physics student created a way to open a wormhole through which he and others could "slide" to visit an infinite number of alternate Earths that exited in parallel universes.… [ Read More ]

Whiskey Party at the Good Oak

2016-09-28 20:39:00.0


Whiskey lovers, Good Oak Bar (316 E. Congress St.) is calling your name this Thursday, Sept. 29.

If you want an education experience all about whiskey, get excited because Charlie Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery in Texas is hosting a seminar at the bar from 3-4 p.m. You'll want to RSVP for the event and it'll cost you $10.… [ Read More ]

Song of the Day: 'Yardsale Heart' by Lenguas Largas

2016-09-28 19:00:00.0

"Never be the ground/It could end your story," Lenguas Largas singer Isaac Reyes intones at the outset of “Yardsale Heart,” from the Tucson-based garage/psych band’s self-titled 2011 debut album. He then issues a series of commands, extolling the virtues of emotional honesty (“lead a sentimental life”) but warning not to give everything away (“think about your tongue”).… [ Read More ]

Remind Me Again, Why Does Arizona Have a Teacher Shortage?

2016-09-28 18:17:00.0

A research paper from the Learning Policy Institute concludes that there's a nationwide shortage of teachers, and the number of students in teacher education programs has dropped dramatically over the past five years, meaning the shortage is likely to continue.

A recent report from the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association says Arizona is currently [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: The Hollars

2016-09-28 10:00:00.0


Actor John Krasinski’s second directorial effort is a decent one with a first rate cast.

Krasinski stars as John Hollar, working a dead end job for a publishing company when his girlfriend (the always great Anna Kendrick) informs him his mom (a terrific Margo Martindale) is sick and he’s flying home to see her.… [ Read More ]

Scenes From SAACA Jazz Legends Live

2016-09-28 09:00:00.0



Jazz Legends Live has brought together well-celebrated musicians from around the country to Tucson for more than a decade. This year's event featured performances from Lewis Nash, Shelly Berg, Barbara Morrison, Houston Person, Jeremy Pelt and Rodney Whitaker.

[ Read More ]

Katy Perry: Back At It Again With The Tucson Reference

2016-09-27 15:58:00.0


If the song "Closer" by the Chainsmokers didn't call enough attention to Tucson, Katy Perry is here to give us Tucsonians another shout out. In this video Katy Perry speaks to the fact that on Nov. 8, it doesn't matter what you are wear as long as you vote.… [ Read More ]

In The Flesh: B4Skin and their fetching satanic majesties at the Downtown Radio benefit.

2016-09-27 11:30:00.0

Who can resist the allure of a band festooned in black masquerade ball masks and biohazard red protective face shields? Or hold out against the seductiveness of spirited singers/rappers, who resemble the anarchic cheerleaders on Nirvana's “Smells LIke Teen Spirit” video, dressed in red and black skirts, tank tops and just below-the-knee triple striped tube socks who at times, when they aren't dancing au-go-go as if to satisfy their satanic majesties requests, whirl nunchucks haphazardly about then bounce frenziedly on trampolines?… [ Read More ]

Festival Season Is Coming To Tucson

2016-09-27 10:30:00.0

There's an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. who attend music festivals each year and that number continues to rise because of popular demand from millennials around the country. And as a frequent festival-goer myself, it seems as if Tucson has officially jumped on the popular bandwagon and is now offering two major shows to kick-start festival season this October.


To start off the month, Oro Valley Music Festival will be swinging by the Oro Valley Marketplace (955 W. Vistoso Highlands Drive) for a tw [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Author: The JT LeRoy Story

2016-09-27 09:19:00.0


Author JT Leroy came to prominence after the release of his novels Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. After years of staying out of the public eye, he emerged and became a phenom among celebrities like Billy Corgan, Michael Pitt, Winona Ryder and especially Gus Van Sant, who credited him as an executive producer on Elephant.… [ Read More ]

Voucher-friendly 'American Federation for Children' PAC Spent $218,000 on Arizona's Primaries

2016-09-26 16:34:00.0


Three years ago during the 2013 legislative session, Democratic State Senator Barbara McGuire voted against an expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts—aka Education Savings Accounts, aka Vouchers of Steroids—and the bill went down to defeat. Then an odd thing happened.… [ Read More ]

Charleston Needs A Home

2016-09-26 13:30:00.0

Hi, I'm Charleston!

I'm a 1 year old sweet boy who was found as a stray and brought into the shelter. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona doesn't know a lot about my past but what they do know is that I'm very sweet and I play well with my kennel mate!

I'm very affectionate and will do well in a home where I can get ample love and attention.… [ Read More ]

Weekly Wins Five Writing Awards at AZ Newspaper Association

2016-09-26 12:37:00.0

The Weekly brought home five writing awards in this year’s Arizona Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest in the competition among large non-daily papers.

Political writer Jim Nintzel won two first place awards. His long-running Skinny column took first place in commentary/analysis with “Technical Issue” (Jan. 28, 2016), a look at how Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP lawmakers zeroed out funding for career and technical education at high schools and were dragging out efforts to restor [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Max Rose

2016-09-26 09:00:00.0


Jerry Lewis makes his first film appearance in more than 20 years, and it’s a dull affair. He plays the title character, a man who recently lost his wife, Eva (Claire Bloom) and makes a discovery while rummaging through some drawers.… [ Read More ]

Casa Video Top 10

2016-09-23 18:07:00.0

Mooooovies! Here's your weekly look at what's hot at Casa Video:

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Song of the Day: 'The Jones' by John D. Loudermilk

2016-09-23 17:18:00.0

Songwriter John D. Loudermilk called it quits yesterday at the age of 82. But man was he a master of songcraft, disguised defiance and blinky humor, and building on the musical bones that'd come before him.… [ Read More ]

'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

2016-09-23 15:30:00.0

If you've been driving around town lately, you've probably seen the signs lining the roadsides and medians: "Change the Board!" and "Change the Board! Rustand, Stegeman, Betts."… [ Read More ]

Get In The Mood For Pride With Your New Favorite Coming Out Song

2016-09-23 14:45:00.0


Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day, everybody! Are you celebrating?… [ Read More ]

CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful

2016-09-23 14:15:00.0

Phillip Brooks, better known by his ring name CM Punk, went from World Wrestling Entertainment Champion to having a 0-1 record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in UFC 203 on Sept.  10.

The 37-year-old former professional wrestler's debut only last two minutes and 14 seconds and
lost by submission to 2-0 fighter Mickey Gall, who is 24.… [ Read More ]

McCain and Kirkpatrick Split on AZ Min Wage Prop

2016-09-23 13:30:00.0

When it comes to the minimum-wage issues, there’s a huge gulf between Sen. John McCain and his Democratic challenger, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.

Last week, Kirkpatrick came out in support of Prop 206, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act that voters will decide in the November election.

The proposition would increase the Arizona minimum wage from the current $8.05 an hour to $10 in 2017 and $12 by 2020, with future increases based on cost-of-living adjustments.… [ Read More ]

ART's 'Epic' Fail

2016-09-23 12:35:00.0


I really can’t think of another reason that those who make these sorts of decisions would bring us Epic Proportions, a play so unarguably bad that this must be the lesson where you learn how to work with really bad material.

I wasn’t familiar with this play by Larry Coen and David Crane, and since ART usually brings us really fine productions, I was eager to experience this one.

But what was revealed in a big, bold way was a farce/melodrama sort of thing that’s mostly just a string of jokes and sight gags. The premise of the story seems fodder appropriat [ Read More ]

Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

2016-09-22 17:14:00.0


Six weeks ago, I wrote a post about a resolution from the NAACP calling for a moratorium on new charter schools. It's important to note, the resolution calls for a moratorium on opening new schools, not a shuttering of current schools, though one of its purposes is to take a closer look at those already operating in black communities, some of which, the resolution says, are the educational equivalent of subprime mortgages.… [ Read More ]

The Weekly List: 28 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

2016-09-22 14:30:00.0

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo. 

Food & Booze

Arizona Wine Dinner: If you're looking for a fun, night out with delicious food and wine, be sure to check out the Arizona Wine Dinner at Maynards Market & Kitchen.… [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Brunch-Hounds Rejoice!

2016-09-22 08:54:00.0

Be honest. If you could pair an awesome meal with a cocktail before noon—without getting labeled a boozehound—what are the chances you’d do it?

Judging by the large number of loyal customers at one of Tucson’s long-time best brunch spots, Prep & Pastry, lots of people would, as a treat or as a regular tradition.… [ Read More ]

Pleasure Activist

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Interview with Master Patricia: Leather Lifestyle This weekend Jellywink will be hosting an Intro to BDSM workshop by Master Patricia, so I thought it'd be a good idea to introduce you all. She began her public BDSM journey in Tucson, Arizona in 1999 where she is a founding member of the Desert Dominion as well as having served on the governing council including the position of President.… [ Read More ]

Donor Trouble

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Well, now it seems one such manufacturer of a fentanyl-based drug is concerned about recreational marijuana interfering with its future business plans. A couple weeks ago, we took a look at opioid use and prescription in Arizona and how states have seen a decrease in opioid overdoses after legalizing medical marijuana ("An MMJ Win," Sept. 1). Well, now it seems one such manufacturer of a fentanyl-based drug is concerned about recreational marijuana interfering with its future business plans.… [ Read More ]

Skull Crackers: Band of Skulls

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

There's a line in "Back of Beyond," one of the standout songs on new Band of Skulls album By Default, where frontman-guitarist Russell Marsden sings, "I've seen the good go bad, I've seen the right go wrong, from the middle of the city to the back of beyond." There's a line in "Back of Beyond," one of the standout songs on new Band of Skulls album By Default, where frontman-guitarist Russell Marsden sings, "I've seen the good go bad, I've seen the right go wrong, from the middle of the city to the back of beyond." For a trio that, since forming 12 years ago has played just about everywhere, graduall [ Read More ]

Standing Tall: Jillian and The Giants

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

After years of being what she called a "closet musician," Jillian Bessett began a musical transformation, first into a folk singer-songwriter and ultimately into a rock vocalist and bandleader. After years of being what she called a "closet musician," Jillian Bessett began a musical transformation, first into a folk singer-songwriter and ultimately into a rock vocalist and bandleader. Now leading Jillian and The Giants, Bessett is ready to release Mr. Airplane, the band's debut collection of tunes, swinging from hard-edged blues to wondrous a cappella, just the sort of broadly expressive album that ri [ Read More ]

Scared Off

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Blair Witch is essentially the original film with louder noises. It's been 17 years since a good chunk of the world got the shit scared out of them by sticks, twine, and Heather Donahue's mucous in The Blair Witch Project, that little success story that got the ball rolling on the now dreaded and despised "found footage" horror genre. It's been 16 years since the first sequel, the non-found footage Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, and One Too Many came out, and essentially killed the franchise, although the found footage cheapie horror shtick would live on, eventually peaking with Cloverfield (200 [ Read More ]

All Hail The King

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

In the opening show of the 50th anniversary season of the theater-that-almost-wasn't a few months ago, we are treated convincingly to the delight and weight and luminosity of what a really good theater can do and why our citizens came to the rescue of the Arizona Theatre Company when it announced it was on the brink of closing its operations. In the opening show of the 50th anniversary season of the theater-that-almost-wasn't a few months ago, we are treated convincingly to the delight and weight and luminosity of what a really good theater can do and why our citizens came to the rescue of the Arizona T [ Read More ]

Into the North

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

An Irishman, name of Coleman, fell in love with a woman from Finland. An Irishman, name of Coleman, fell in love with a woman from Finland. Giving up green green Ireland, Michael moved to the Scandinavian north.… [ Read More ]

Mariachi Miracle Lecture

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Listen to Daniel Buckley as he sings the praises of mariachi music Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, Sept. 22, by attending a lecture by Daniel Buckley as he sings the praises of mariachi music. Buckley has spent several years documenting how mariachi music has inspired Tucson schoolchildren for decades.… [ Read More ]

Taste of Tucson

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Have an appetite to show your town pride? Have an appetite to show your town pride? Joining the Tucson Originals as they host the second annual Taste of Tucson on Sunday, Sept. 25.… [ Read More ]

‘Spotlight’ at the Loft

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Richard Gilman will also be there! The Loft Cinema is teaming up with the UA School of Journalism and The New York Times for the latest installment of Journalism on Screen. This weekend's edition is a screening of Spotlight, the 2015 Oscar winner inspired by the Boston Globe's investigation into abuse in the Catholic Church.… [ Read More ]

Tucson Greek Festival

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Did somebody say Opa? Did somebody say Opa? Well, they sure will this weekend because the Greek Community of Tucson is celebrating the 40th Annual Tucson Greek Festival.… [ Read More ]

Song of the Day: 'Poor Poor Pitiful Me' by Linda Ronstadt

2016-09-29 20:49:00.0

Tucson’s own human siren song was already an itchy-palmed dream for boys (and girls) by this ’78 single—a household name really, no doubt helped by a fetching Time Magazine cover story that featured a shot of a scantly-clothed Ronstadt sipping steaming sauce over a stove, sexualized for the American mass consciousness.

This version of “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me” didn’t top songwriter Warren Zevon’s godhead version, but damn if it ain’t peerless in a ’70s radio-rock, sterile production, hit-single sorta way. Golde [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Arizona's Oldest Craft Beet Turns 25

2016-09-29 14:45:00.0

It’s time for the 25th birthday of the longest continuously brewed craft beer in the state of Arizona: the iconic Barrio Blonde. 

Ah, 25—a great age. If the Barrio Blonde were, say, a young, craft-beer-loving University of Arizona co-ed (a blonde, of course), she’d probably celebrate this birthday by gathering friends for a few rounds at her favorite local brewery.

But the Barrio Blonde is a beer, not a person … and in fact, the brewery that brews the Blonde is the very entity that’s celebrating the beer’s birthday.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Blair Witch

2016-09-29 13:45:00.0


This is the second sequel to The Blair Witch Project, the original “found footage” horror film. Would Lionsgate take this opportunity to reintroduce a once promising premise into a new style of film, perhaps a traditional narrative about the Blair Witch set in the forest without the gimmick of people running around with cameras filming themselves, even when they are in great peril?… [ Read More ]

The Weekly List: 27 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 days

2016-09-29 12:49:00.0

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo. 

Pick of the Week

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Prop 205: Let’s Make a Deal

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Prop 205 trudges towards the ballot amidst mounting concerns from critics. Prop 205 trudges towards the ballot amidst mounting concerns from critics. Much of the literature condemning the marijuana legalization initiatives takes issue with the new system the proposition would put in place.… [ Read More ]

Honky Tonk Girl

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Some might say that 2015 Ironwood Ridge High graduate Kaylor Cox has an unfair advantage. Her country roots might be genuine and freshly-sown, but she has the guidance of a guy named Du on her side. Some might say that 2015 Ironwood Ridge High graduate Kaylor Cox has an unfair advantage. Her country roots might be genuine and freshly-sown, but she has the guidance of a guy named Du on her side.… [ Read More ]

Harvest Rising

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

In my first garage band we played Neil Young songs because they let a group come to it with noise and wild self-expression. In the latter part of my sixth grade I wore horn-rim glasses with an aluminum strip inside advertised not to break at the remedial bend. After all, Space Food Sticks were a snack the astronauts ate on their NASA space missions and down here we wanted that same kind of purpose by emulating our heroes wherever they came from or were going to.… [ Read More ]

Walking Tall

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

The Magnificent Seven gets the fall movie season off to a good start. Director Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven (which was a remake of Seven Samurai) has enough in common with the Yul Brynner/Steve McQueen original to make it feel like a retelling of the classic story. It also contains enough departures from the original to make it feel like a fresh take rather than just a rehash.… [ Read More ]

In Peripeteia

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

According to Barbara Seyda, for whom all this actually happened, just about the best part was being able to enter Lincoln Center through the backstage door. If you'd been told that the first play you'd ever written, Celia, a Slave, had won the prestigious Yale Drama contest, to which there had been 1500 submissions from around the world, and it included publication of the play, a $10,000 prize and a staged reading at the Lincoln Center to an audience of folks who were there not only to admire your work but also able to help the advancement of your play to a big-time production in New York, what would you b [ Read More ]

Space Age Whimsy

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Fifty-two years ago, in the Space Age-era of astronauts and pillbox hats, Sambo's Pancake House wanted an up-to-minute look for a new restaurant on Tucson's Sunshine Mile. Fifty-two years ago, in the Space Age-era of astronauts and pillbox hats, Sambo's Pancake House wanted an up-to-minute look for a new restaurant on Tucson's Sunshine Mile. The company knew exactly who to hire: Ronald Bergquist, a Santa Barbara architect who had already given an exuberant Jetsons' treatment to one diner in Tucson and plenty in California.… [ Read More ]

Hey, Mr. Snake

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Arizona's largest and oldest reptile show is returning this fall at the Tucson Expo Center. Arizona's largest and oldest reptile show is returning this fall at the Tucson Expo Center (3750 E. Irvington Road) and includes a large selection of reptiles for sale including tortoises, lizards and snakes from local breeders. The expo also has a petting zoo, photography workshop, snack bar and more fun for the whole family.… [ Read More ]

A Little Night Music

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Kate Magik's singer/songwriter Kate Becker and local Tucson artist Salvador Duran will perform together at Solar Culture. Kate Magik's singer/songwriter Kate Becker and local Tucson artist Salvador Duran will perform together at Solar Culture to (31 E. Toole Avenue) to promote Becker's new music, Pirate Radio. Salvador will also perform a set of songs that are "close to his heart and soul."… [ Read More ]

Margaritaville

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Tucson's biggest margarita championship is returning this month and will be an eventful night full of spirited cocktail competitions, tastings of high-quality margaritas and tequilas, and more from local Tucson restaurants. Tucson's biggest margarita championship is returning this month and will be an eventful night full of spirited cocktail competitions, tastings of high-quality margaritas and tequilas, and more from local Tucson restaurants. The Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance event will be held at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa (3800 E. Sunrise Drive) on Friday, Sept. 30 at 6 p. [ Read More ]

Music Fest

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

The Oro Valley Music Festival claims to be "the next best thing to hit Tucson." The Oro Valley Music Festival claims to be "the next best thing to hit Tucson," and with their extensive list of famous musicians, it is definitely the place to be this fall to kick-off festival season right. The event is held Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2 starting at 1 p.m.… [ Read More ]

Pop! Pop!

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

They're not donning flashy capes and there are no magic lassos hanging from their belt buckles, but the YWCA of Southern Arizona is celebrating women for the superheroes they are at this year's annual Pop! Festival. They're not donning flashy capes and there are no magic lassos hanging from their belt buckles, but the YWCA of Southern Arizona is celebrating women for the superheroes they are at this year's annual Pop! Festival on Sunday, Oct. 2."Pop!"—Purses with Purpose—and was created to bring women together for good food and cocktails, a bit of fashion, and to raise [ Read More ]

Trend Eating

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Anyone who thinks locally-sourced food is a soon-to-depart fad hasn't been to one of the busiest farmers' markets in Tucson and lovingly gazed at the boxes of lettuce, apples, purple egg plants, chilies, multi-colored zinnias or even happy cows. Anyone who thinks locally-sourced food is a soon-to-depart fad hasn't been to one of the busiest farmers' markets in Tucson and lovingly gazed at the boxes of lettuce, apples, purple egg plants, chilies, multi-colored zinnias or even happy cows. Picture a photo album filled with images of what look like happy cows grazing and lounging.… [ Read More ]

Ask A Mexican

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Dear Mexican: I seen black homeless people and white people being homeless. How come I never seen a Mexican and a Chinese person being homeless? Dear Mexican: I seen black homeless people and white people being homeless. How come I never seen a Mexican and a Chinese person being homeless?… [ Read More ]

Remembering Wendy

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Everyone who knew Wendy remembers her as being kind, fearless and multi-talented. She loved biking, vintage clothing, electronic music, photography and getting to know what made people tick. Friends and family of Wendy Van Leuveren gathered for her memorial on Sept. 24. The downtown Galactic Center had its usual art covering the walls, but along with it were pictures and paintings of Wendy.… [ Read More ]

Dust Devil

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Epitaph Afraid... many scream… [ Read More ]

Editor's Note

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Congratulations, friends. News editor and Skinny guy, Jim Nintzel, attended the Arizona Newspaper Association's annual meeting up in crazyland central and reported the Weekly brought home five 2016 Betters Newspapers Contest awards in the competition among large non-daily papers.… [ Read More ]

Danehy

2016-09-29 01:00:00.0

Time to slide. Back in the late 1990s, there was this quirky little sci-fi show on Fox called Sliders. This nerdy physics student created a way to open a wormhole through which he and others could "slide" to visit an infinite number of alternate Earths that exited in parallel universes.… [ Read More ]

Whiskey Party at the Good Oak

2016-09-28 20:39:00.0


Whiskey lovers, Good Oak Bar (316 E. Congress St.) is calling your name this Thursday, Sept. 29.

If you want an education experience all about whiskey, get excited because Charlie Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery in Texas is hosting a seminar at the bar from 3-4 p.m. You'll want to RSVP for the event and it'll cost you $10.… [ Read More ]

Song of the Day: 'Yardsale Heart' by Lenguas Largas

2016-09-28 19:00:00.0

"Never be the ground/It could end your story," Lenguas Largas singer Isaac Reyes intones at the outset of “Yardsale Heart,” from the Tucson-based garage/psych band’s self-titled 2011 debut album. He then issues a series of commands, extolling the virtues of emotional honesty (“lead a sentimental life”) but warning not to give everything away (“think about your tongue”).… [ Read More ]

Remind Me Again, Why Does Arizona Have a Teacher Shortage?

2016-09-28 18:17:00.0

A research paper from the Learning Policy Institute concludes that there's a nationwide shortage of teachers, and the number of students in teacher education programs has dropped dramatically over the past five years, meaning the shortage is likely to continue.

A recent report from the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association says Arizona is currently [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: The Hollars

2016-09-28 10:00:00.0


Actor John Krasinski’s second directorial effort is a decent one with a first rate cast.

Krasinski stars as John Hollar, working a dead end job for a publishing company when his girlfriend (the always great Anna Kendrick) informs him his mom (a terrific Margo Martindale) is sick and he’s flying home to see her.… [ Read More ]

Scenes From SAACA Jazz Legends Live

2016-09-28 09:00:00.0



Jazz Legends Live has brought together well-celebrated musicians from around the country to Tucson for more than a decade. This year's event featured performances from Lewis Nash, Shelly Berg, Barbara Morrison, Houston Person, Jeremy Pelt and Rodney Whitaker.

[ Read More ]

Katy Perry: Back At It Again With The Tucson Reference

2016-09-27 15:58:00.0


If the song "Closer" by the Chainsmokers didn't call enough attention to Tucson, Katy Perry is here to give us Tucsonians another shout out. In this video Katy Perry speaks to the fact that on Nov. 8, it doesn't matter what you are wear as long as you vote.… [ Read More ]

In The Flesh: B4Skin and their fetching satanic majesties at the Downtown Radio benefit.

2016-09-27 11:30:00.0

Who can resist the allure of a band festooned in black masquerade ball masks and biohazard red protective face shields? Or hold out against the seductiveness of spirited singers/rappers, who resemble the anarchic cheerleaders on Nirvana's “Smells LIke Teen Spirit” video, dressed in red and black skirts, tank tops and just below-the-knee triple striped tube socks who at times, when they aren't dancing au-go-go as if to satisfy their satanic majesties requests, whirl nunchucks haphazardly about then bounce frenziedly on trampolines?… [ Read More ]

Festival Season Is Coming To Tucson

2016-09-27 10:30:00.0

There's an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. who attend music festivals each year and that number continues to rise because of popular demand from millennials around the country. And as a frequent festival-goer myself, it seems as if Tucson has officially jumped on the popular bandwagon and is now offering two major shows to kick-start festival season this October.


To start off the month, Oro Valley Music Festival will be swinging by the Oro Valley Marketplace (955 W. Vistoso Highlands Drive) for a tw [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Author: The JT LeRoy Story

2016-09-27 09:19:00.0


Author JT Leroy came to prominence after the release of his novels Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. After years of staying out of the public eye, he emerged and became a phenom among celebrities like Billy Corgan, Michael Pitt, Winona Ryder and especially Gus Van Sant, who credited him as an executive producer on Elephant.… [ Read More ]

Voucher-friendly 'American Federation for Children' PAC Spent $218,000 on Arizona's Primaries

2016-09-26 16:34:00.0


Three years ago during the 2013 legislative session, Democratic State Senator Barbara McGuire voted against an expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts—aka Education Savings Accounts, aka Vouchers of Steroids—and the bill went down to defeat. Then an odd thing happened.… [ Read More ]

Charleston Needs A Home

2016-09-26 13:30:00.0

Hi, I'm Charleston!

I'm a 1 year old sweet boy who was found as a stray and brought into the shelter. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona doesn't know a lot about my past but what they do know is that I'm very sweet and I play well with my kennel mate!

I'm very affectionate and will do well in a home where I can get ample love and attention.… [ Read More ]

Weekly Wins Five Writing Awards at AZ Newspaper Association

2016-09-26 12:37:00.0

The Weekly brought home five writing awards in this year’s Arizona Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest in the competition among large non-daily papers.

Political writer Jim Nintzel won two first place awards. His long-running Skinny column took first place in commentary/analysis with “Technical Issue” (Jan. 28, 2016), a look at how Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP lawmakers zeroed out funding for career and technical education at high schools and were dragging out efforts to restor [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Max Rose

2016-09-26 09:00:00.0


Jerry Lewis makes his first film appearance in more than 20 years, and it’s a dull affair. He plays the title character, a man who recently lost his wife, Eva (Claire Bloom) and makes a discovery while rummaging through some drawers.… [ Read More ]

Casa Video Top 10

2016-09-23 18:07:00.0

Mooooovies! Here's your weekly look at what's hot at Casa Video:

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Song of the Day: 'The Jones' by John D. Loudermilk

2016-09-23 17:18:00.0

Songwriter John D. Loudermilk called it quits yesterday at the age of 82. But man was he a master of songcraft, disguised defiance and blinky humor, and building on the musical bones that'd come before him.… [ Read More ]

'TUSD Kids First' Amasses $35,000 War Chest From Large Donations

2016-09-23 15:30:00.0

If you've been driving around town lately, you've probably seen the signs lining the roadsides and medians: "Change the Board!" and "Change the Board! Rustand, Stegeman, Betts."… [ Read More ]

Get In The Mood For Pride With Your New Favorite Coming Out Song

2016-09-23 14:45:00.0


Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day, everybody! Are you celebrating?… [ Read More ]

CM Punk and the UFC: Dishonorable and Disrespectful

2016-09-23 14:15:00.0

Phillip Brooks, better known by his ring name CM Punk, went from World Wrestling Entertainment Champion to having a 0-1 record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in UFC 203 on Sept.  10.

The 37-year-old former professional wrestler's debut only last two minutes and 14 seconds and
lost by submission to 2-0 fighter Mickey Gall, who is 24.… [ Read More ]

McCain and Kirkpatrick Split on AZ Min Wage Prop

2016-09-23 13:30:00.0

When it comes to the minimum-wage issues, there’s a huge gulf between Sen. John McCain and his Democratic challenger, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick.

Last week, Kirkpatrick came out in support of Prop 206, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act that voters will decide in the November election.

The proposition would increase the Arizona minimum wage from the current $8.05 an hour to $10 in 2017 and $12 by 2020, with future increases based on cost-of-living adjustments.… [ Read More ]

ART's 'Epic' Fail

2016-09-23 12:35:00.0


I really can’t think of another reason that those who make these sorts of decisions would bring us Epic Proportions, a play so unarguably bad that this must be the lesson where you learn how to work with really bad material.

I wasn’t familiar with this play by Larry Coen and David Crane, and since ART usually brings us really fine productions, I was eager to experience this one.

But what was revealed in a big, bold way was a farce/melodrama sort of thing that’s mostly just a string of jokes and sight gags. The premise of the story seems fodder appropriat [ Read More ]

Letter With 160 Signers Opposes NAACP's Proposed Moratorium on Charter Schools

2016-09-22 17:14:00.0


Six weeks ago, I wrote a post about a resolution from the NAACP calling for a moratorium on new charter schools. It's important to note, the resolution calls for a moratorium on opening new schools, not a shuttering of current schools, though one of its purposes is to take a closer look at those already operating in black communities, some of which, the resolution says, are the educational equivalent of subprime mortgages.… [ Read More ]

The Weekly List: 28 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

2016-09-22 14:30:00.0

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo. 

Food & Booze

Arizona Wine Dinner: If you're looking for a fun, night out with delicious food and wine, be sure to check out the Arizona Wine Dinner at Maynards Market & Kitchen.… [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Brunch-Hounds Rejoice!

2016-09-22 08:54:00.0

Be honest. If you could pair an awesome meal with a cocktail before noon—without getting labeled a boozehound—what are the chances you’d do it?

Judging by the large number of loyal customers at one of Tucson’s long-time best brunch spots, Prep & Pastry, lots of people would, as a treat or as a regular tradition.… [ Read More ]

Pleasure Activist

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Interview with Master Patricia: Leather Lifestyle This weekend Jellywink will be hosting an Intro to BDSM workshop by Master Patricia, so I thought it'd be a good idea to introduce you all. She began her public BDSM journey in Tucson, Arizona in 1999 where she is a founding member of the Desert Dominion as well as having served on the governing council including the position of President.… [ Read More ]

Donor Trouble

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Well, now it seems one such manufacturer of a fentanyl-based drug is concerned about recreational marijuana interfering with its future business plans. A couple weeks ago, we took a look at opioid use and prescription in Arizona and how states have seen a decrease in opioid overdoses after legalizing medical marijuana ("An MMJ Win," Sept. 1). Well, now it seems one such manufacturer of a fentanyl-based drug is concerned about recreational marijuana interfering with its future business plans.… [ Read More ]

Skull Crackers: Band of Skulls

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

There's a line in "Back of Beyond," one of the standout songs on new Band of Skulls album By Default, where frontman-guitarist Russell Marsden sings, "I've seen the good go bad, I've seen the right go wrong, from the middle of the city to the back of beyond." There's a line in "Back of Beyond," one of the standout songs on new Band of Skulls album By Default, where frontman-guitarist Russell Marsden sings, "I've seen the good go bad, I've seen the right go wrong, from the middle of the city to the back of beyond." For a trio that, since forming 12 years ago has played just about everywhere, graduall [ Read More ]

Standing Tall: Jillian and The Giants

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

After years of being what she called a "closet musician," Jillian Bessett began a musical transformation, first into a folk singer-songwriter and ultimately into a rock vocalist and bandleader. After years of being what she called a "closet musician," Jillian Bessett began a musical transformation, first into a folk singer-songwriter and ultimately into a rock vocalist and bandleader. Now leading Jillian and The Giants, Bessett is ready to release Mr. Airplane, the band's debut collection of tunes, swinging from hard-edged blues to wondrous a cappella, just the sort of broadly expressive album that ri [ Read More ]

Scared Off

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Blair Witch is essentially the original film with louder noises. It's been 17 years since a good chunk of the world got the shit scared out of them by sticks, twine, and Heather Donahue's mucous in The Blair Witch Project, that little success story that got the ball rolling on the now dreaded and despised "found footage" horror genre. It's been 16 years since the first sequel, the non-found footage Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, and One Too Many came out, and essentially killed the franchise, although the found footage cheapie horror shtick would live on, eventually peaking with Cloverfield (200 [ Read More ]

All Hail The King

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

In the opening show of the 50th anniversary season of the theater-that-almost-wasn't a few months ago, we are treated convincingly to the delight and weight and luminosity of what a really good theater can do and why our citizens came to the rescue of the Arizona Theatre Company when it announced it was on the brink of closing its operations. In the opening show of the 50th anniversary season of the theater-that-almost-wasn't a few months ago, we are treated convincingly to the delight and weight and luminosity of what a really good theater can do and why our citizens came to the rescue of the Arizona T [ Read More ]

Into the North

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

An Irishman, name of Coleman, fell in love with a woman from Finland. An Irishman, name of Coleman, fell in love with a woman from Finland. Giving up green green Ireland, Michael moved to the Scandinavian north.… [ Read More ]

Mariachi Miracle Lecture

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Listen to Daniel Buckley as he sings the praises of mariachi music Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, Sept. 22, by attending a lecture by Daniel Buckley as he sings the praises of mariachi music. Buckley has spent several years documenting how mariachi music has inspired Tucson schoolchildren for decades.… [ Read More ]

Taste of Tucson

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Have an appetite to show your town pride? Have an appetite to show your town pride? Joining the Tucson Originals as they host the second annual Taste of Tucson on Sunday, Sept. 25.… [ Read More ]

‘Spotlight’ at the Loft

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Richard Gilman will also be there! The Loft Cinema is teaming up with the UA School of Journalism and The New York Times for the latest installment of Journalism on Screen. This weekend's edition is a screening of Spotlight, the 2015 Oscar winner inspired by the Boston Globe's investigation into abuse in the Catholic Church.… [ Read More ]

Tucson Greek Festival

2016-09-22 01:00:00.0

Did somebody say Opa? Did somebody say Opa? Well, they sure will this weekend because the Greek Community of Tucson is celebrating the 40th Annual Tucson Greek Festival.… [ Read More ]