Tucson Local News

Legalization Props

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Just as alcoholics make up the vast minority of alcohol users, those who pose the dangers raised by the ARDP are the vast minority of marijuana users. Prop 205 appears to be safe for the moment as Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry dismissed charges against its campaign last week. Maricopa and Yavapai county attorneys Bill Montgomery and Sheila Polk were two of the major plaintiffs to file the lawsuit but were joined by the chairman of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, Seth Leibsohn and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.… [ Read More ]

Hue Are You?

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

It’s going to take more than a 30-foot fall to stop Baroness. Purple, the latest album from Savannah, Georgia metal band Baroness, is an intense burst of misery, pain, chaos, fright and determination. And what's most remarkable about the record is that every bit of that emotional thunderstorm comes from the same place, the same moment.… [ Read More ]

Courtney Comes Home: The Shondes

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

With a tremendous versatility built up over playing with different groups in Tucson, Robbins' guitar gives even more dimension to The Shondes, which Rolling Stone had described as "Riot-grrrl furor, arena bombast and klezmer stomp." Sometimes a band doesn't become the band it's meant to be until after a few lineup changes. For The Shondes, which formed in Brooklyn in 2006, the first two key pieces have been there from the beginning: singer-bassist Louisa Solomon and violinist Elijah Oberman.… [ Read More ]

Bullet Points

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

War Dogs isn't a great movie, but it's one of the summer's better movies. Director Todd Phillips, a man generally responsible for slob comedies like The Hangover and Old School, goes a more serious, satirical route with War Dogs. The results are mixed, but ultimately entertaining.… [ Read More ]

Tucson’s Birthday Celebration at the Loft

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Tombstone time. On Wednesday, Aug. 31, the Loft will feature the Arizona film Tombstone at 7:30 p.m., a 1993 western featuring Kurt Russell to honor Tucson's birthday month. The Loft will have Ken's Hardwood BBQ Food Truck for eats from 6 to 9 p.m. and if you've got a sweet tooth, a free Tucson-themed cake will be provided as long as you get there early enough to grab a slice.… [ Read More ]

Night at the (micro)Cinema

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Exploded View Microcinema will host experimental film artist Douglas Katelus and his organ (hey, don't go there) to open its fourth season of experimental music and film. Exploded View Microcinema will host experimental film artist Douglas Katelus and his organ (hey, don't go there) to open its fourth season of experimental music and film. On Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Exploded View's Organpalooza will feature the San Francisco artist's 16mm film Keep Film Dead.… [ Read More ]

D’oh, Trivia Night at Casa Video

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Grab some yellow face paint and get in character for Simpsons Trivia Night. If you consider yourself a fan of The Simpsons or are just looking for a fun night out, then Casa Video and Film Bar has got you covered for a night out. Casa Video's hang out and bar will host a trivia night all about the fictitious Springfield family on Tuesday, Aug. 30.… [ Read More ]

Thank a Teacher

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Teachers, take this chance to hang out at the Desert Museum in the evening for free. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum wants to give a shout out to all teachers on Saturday, Aug. 27 with a teacher appreciation night. From 5 to 10 p.m., the museum will host a teacher appreciation party with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and teachers can get in free with a valid school ID. Adult admission is $15.50, children 3 to 12 can get in for $8, and kids under 3 are free.… [ Read More ]

Hitchcock and National Parks

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

A suspenseful film isn't the only thing you'll get from this season close out. Cinema La Placita will close out its 17th season on Thursday, Aug. 25 with Alfred Hitchcock's spy-thriller North by Northwest from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. A suspenseful film isn't the only thing you'll get from this season close out, come early to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.… [ Read More ]

A Taco Welcome

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Fish tacos and burgers named after Burt Reynolds Fish tacos and burgers named after Burt Reynolds. Not the most traditional pairing ever, but consider that this is happening on Downtown's Fourth Avenue, where anything can happen and, on good nights, does.… [ Read More ]

The Skinny

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Secret emails, fear of a bugged office, 911 calls: the greatest hits of Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller Ally in Wonderland Secret emails, fear of a bugged office, 911 calls—the greatest hits of Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller… [ Read More ]

Police Dispatch

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

A man driving through a T.J. Maxx parking lot had a scuffle with strange man who damaged his vehicle. Foothills Area July 15, 12:14 a.m. A man driving through a T.J. Maxx parking lot had a scuffle with strange man who damaged his vehicle, a PCSD report stated.… [ Read More ]

House Race

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Three candidates are seeking two House seats in next week's Democratic primary in Legislative District 10. Three candidates are seeking two House seats in next week's Democratic primary in Legislative District 10: State Rep. Stefanie Mach is working to hang onto her seat and two political newcomers, law professor Kirsten Engel and campaign strategist Courtney Frogge, have jumped into the race following state Rep. Bruce Wheeler's decision to retire rather than seek another term. The competitive district encompasses eastern and much of central Tucson has been represented by Democrats in the Legislature, alth [ Read More ]

Dust Devil

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Epictetus! Epictetus! You were a Greek slave, Epictetus! Epictetus!… [ Read More ]

Fall Arts Preview: Miscellaneous Fun

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Oh Tucson, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. First, your fall season. Er, wait. We don't have a fall season, but we do have a Fall Arts Preview Oh Tucson, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.… [ Read More ]

Fall Arts Preview: Theater

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

To borrow freely from our friend Forrest Gump, theater in Tucson is like a box of chocolates. To borrow freely from our friend Forrest Gump, theater in Tucson is like a box of chocolates. It contains many assorted treats, and although you can often learn to identify what looks like your favorites, you still take a chance in your selection.… [ Read More ]

Fall Arts Preview: Visual Arts and Dance

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Politics are everywhere in this endless election season, and local artists and arts organizations—painters, dancers and actors—are doing their part, jumping in with timely works that offer pungent political commentary. Politics are everywhere in this endless election season, and local artists and arts organizations—painters, dancers and actors—are doing their part, jumping in with timely works that offer pungent political commentary. Painter Alfred Quiroz, a UA prof whose big canvases have long aimed sharp criticism at sugar-coated versions of U.S. history, opens a major show at the Universit [ Read More ]

World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

2016-08-24 14:57:00.0


On Monday, Aug. 22, Judge Catherine Woods heard oral arguments regarding Pima County’s motion to dismiss the suit brought by the Goldwater Institute that challenged the legality of the World View Enterprises deal. Pima County was represented by attorneys Regina Nassen and Andrew Flagg, while the plaintiffs were represented by attorneys Jim Manley< [ Read More ]

Win Tickets to See the Diamondbacks on Friday

2016-08-24 12:39:00.0


You know the drill: Enter below to win tickets to see the Diamondbacks vs. Reds game on Friday, Aug. 26 at 6:40 p.m. We'll contact the winner midday Thursday and they'll have to pick the tickets up from our office either Thursday or Friday before 5 p.m.

Good luck!

[ Read More ]

Quick Bites: How Do Ya Like Them Apples?

2016-08-24 09:36:00.0

Southern Arizona doesn’t offer that prototypical American autumn (duh). Our fall is more “monsoon-fed-weeds-taking-over-our-yards” than “trees-changing-color-all-around-us.” And more, “Gee, it’s finally going to be cooler than 100 degrees!” than, “Quick, the kids need new jackets!” Even our back-to-school dates are different from in most other states.

But it’s still apple season.… [ Read More ]

The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

2016-08-23 15:00:00.0


If you ask me, anyone who thinks Tucson's culinary successes are unlikely hasn't been paying attention. Well, it seems as though some folks are taking note now.

Today, the New York Times published a  story detailing a bit about our Sonoran cuisine under the headline "Tucson Becomes an Unlikely Food Star."… [ Read More ]

What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

2016-08-23 13:51:00.0

John Oliver and his staff clearly did their charter school homework. On Last Week Tonight last Sunday, Oliver discussed problems with the lack of vetting of people who open charters and the lack of oversight once schools are open.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Don't Think Twice

2016-08-23 12:43:00.0


An improv group called the Commune faces an uncertain future when their theater is closing and members of their team are faced with life changing events. Writer-director-actor Mike Birbiglia plays Miles, an improvisational actor in his mid-thirties who feels passed over, while Jack (Keegan-Michael Key) finds himself in line for a role on The Weekend (the film’s less copyright infringed stand-in for Saturday Night Live).… [ Read More ]

Food Truck Frenzy at Tucson Hop Shop

2016-08-23 09:00:00.0


Beer, food and friends. Three things that dissolve worries and leave one warm, hoppy and ready to take on another day.

Now it's one thing to go to the local bar for a drink and a bite and it's another to go to a place where the menu and the people making the food change from night to night. The Tucson Hop Shop at 3230 N. Dodge Boulevard offers such an opportunity. 

The wine and beer bar (they also fill growlers), located within the Metal Arts Village, has a mouthwatering line-up of different food trucks that will be there t [ Read More ]

Crooked Teeth and a New Brewery

2016-08-22 18:55:00.0

What do dwarves drink after slaying dragons all day? 

Tucson brewer Benjamin Vernon is pretty sure it would be his Dwarvish Ale, an earthy brew with a hefty oak finish that will be one of the debut beers when his Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. opens Downtown this fall.

Vernon has been working overtime—as in, every spare moment he has—to get the place cranking. First was the renovation of an old auto-service shop at 228 E. Sixth Street, near the corner of Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue.… [ Read More ]

Jazzy Needs a Home

2016-08-22 11:00:00.0


Remember me? I'm Jazzy!

I'm a 2.5-year-old girl and I've been looking for a home since April! I'm very scared in the shelter, so I can't wait to for my new family to find me and take me home!

I really need a home where I can be an indoor-only dog and get a lot of love.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Hell or High Water

2016-08-22 09:55:00.0


Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster all destroy their parts in this absolutely terrific modern western from director David Mackenzie.

Pine and Foster play two brothers who come up with a bank-robbing scheme to save the family farm, and Bridges is the soon-to-be-retired sheriff trying to stop them.… [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Transported by Tastebud

2016-08-19 10:00:00.0

“Road trip!”

This time of year, merely hearing that enthusiastic utterance may exhaust you. Which means you’ve likely already been on a road trip or two this summer.

But good news: There’s another kind of trip that takes absolutely no packing and only enough gas to get to East Grant Road.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Miss Sharon Jones!

2016-08-19 09:00:00.0

In 2013, soul singer Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a major operation and chemotherapy. Well, that didn’t slow her down much at all, as this documentary from director Barbara Kopple shows.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Little Men

2016-08-18 12:30:00.0


Friendships when you are younger are a big deal. Writer-director Ira Sachs is very much clued into this reality with this beautiful little movie about a family moving to Brooklyn after a relative has left them a home.… [ Read More ]

The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do in Tucson in the Next Seven Days

2016-08-18 11:42:00.0

It's Our Birthday!

Tucson is turning 241 this weekend. There's a plethora of ways to celebrate (a hike at Saguaro National Park, a bucket of eegees and a trip to Antigone Books sounds like a perfect Tucson day), but here are your more formal options: Celebrate "with a bang" at Presidio Museum (196 N. Court Ave.).… [ Read More ]

Win Tickets to See Black Bottom Lighters at the Rock

2016-08-18 10:21:00.0

Black Bottom Lighters are playing a the Rock (136 N. Park Avenue) on Friday, Aug. 19. After that band performs, Spahn Valley Ranch hands featuring Sean Raines from We Killed The Union, Jimbo from Border Town Devils and other special guests will take the stage.… [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Go Plumb Local

2016-08-18 09:00:00.0



If you’ve eaten the food of award-winning Chef Janos Wilder, you know why he’s a local celebrity.… [ Read More ]

Is Prop 205 Right for Arizona?

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Prop 205, which would decriminalize the use of marijuana for adults over 21, is a complex proposal. Prop 205, which would decriminalize the use of marijuana for adults over 21, is a complex proposal. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol officially met the signature requirement to be included on the November ballot.… [ Read More ]

Stoner Party

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

There have been a few too many "more of the same" type movies at theaters this summer. Flat, big budget blockbusters and sequels without an ounce of creativity or originality puking out of the Hollywood industrial complex, delivering an astounding amount of expensive, vapid horse shit. There have been a few too many "more of the same" type movies at theaters this summer. Flat, big budget blockbusters and sequels without an ounce of creativity or originality puking out of the Hollywood industrial complex, delivering an astounding amount of expensive, vapid horse shit.… [ Read More ]

Relationship Rigors

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Musical revues have been quite popular, especially in recent years. Musical revues have been quite popular, especially in recent years. They are not really plays—there's no plot or story as a whole; they are a compilation of songs built around a theme, or even the work of a particular composer/lyricist.… [ Read More ]

The Joy of Sex

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

The Venus of Willendorf, as any art history major can tell you, is one of the oldest representations of a naked woman. The Venus of Willendorf, as any art history major can tell you, is one of the oldest representations of a naked woman. Now renamed the Woman of Willdendorf, the carved stone figure, found in 1908 in Austria, may be 30,000 years old.… [ Read More ]

Studio Love

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Jon Rauhouse loves to record music in Tucson. Jon Rauhouse loves to record music in Tucson. You can't really blame the Phoenix-based multi-instrumentalist for recording at Tucson's WaveLab Recording Studio when he's got folks like John Convertino, Jacob Valenzuala and Joey Burns, among others, to record with, as they have all done multiple times.… [ Read More ]

Furious Island: AJJ

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

"We used to be cool and now we're P.C. bitch-asses." "We used to be cool and now we're P.C. bitch-asses." For a while, that was the sarcastic stock answer Sean Bonnette gave when explaining his band's decision to change its name from Andrew Jackson Jihad to AJJ.… [ Read More ]

Adios, Compadre

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

A gathering of the tribes was held Saturday at the ranch of a life long friend of the Ronstadt clan to remember a musician, historian, father and all around solid guy – Michael J. Ronstadt. A gathering of the tribes was held Saturday at the ranch of a life long friend of the Ronstadt clan to remember a musician, historian, father and all around solid guy – Michael J. Ronstadt. Ronstadt passed away Sunday, Aug. 7 in hospice care, surrounded by loved ones at his side, playing and singing music to carry him out of the world.… [ Read More ]

Golden Beer Ticket

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Casa Video and Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd., is screening Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory on Friday, Aug. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. to go along with an Arizona craft beer and cider, and candy pairing night. For more details, as if you really need any, visit the event's Facebook page. [ Read More ]

Rummage Rumba

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

The Wildcat Welcome Week Rummage Sale is Friday, Aug. 19 (8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to noon) at the UA Surplus Storefront, 3720 E. 34th St. This event was a collaboration with Residence Life and the Office of Sustainability that helped divert nine tons from the landfill during the UA dorm move-out before summer. There will be tables of clothing, shoes, dormitory housewares and much more.… [ Read More ]

Stella! Stella!

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Yes, monsoons are still around, which makes it the perfect night to get New Orleans sultry with a screening of A Streetcar Named Desire on Thursday, Aug. 18 at Cinema La Placita, 115 N. Church Ave., from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Come celebrate Tucson's 241st birthday ... and the SunLink Streetcar's 2nd birthday with a cupcake and this classic movie.… [ Read More ]

Dancing with Saguaros

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

You know you love the saguaro, but if you really love them, you dance and celebrate their cactus goodness You know you love the saguaro, but if you really love them, you dance and celebrate their cactus goodness on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Human-Saguaro Centennial Ball, from 5 to 7 a.m. at Saguaro National Park West. To help celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at Saguaro National Park, event organizer Kimi Eisele is looking for volunteer performers with some movement agility to participate in this dancehall celebration, captured on video and in photographs, and incorpor [ Read More ]

Desert Nutrition

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Farm-to-fork or forage-to-fork? How wild you want to get? Farm-to-fork or forage-to-fork? How wild you want to get?… [ Read More ]

Five tips for staying out of trouble in the dorms

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Let's face it: If you're a college student occasionally you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Here are some tips to help keep you out of trouble. Let's face it: If you're a college student occasionally you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Here are some tips to help keep you out of trouble.… [ Read More ]

State of Mind

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

There is little means of escape, it often seems, from the pressure cooker that is our frightening global context, fed by increasingly violent wars and human suffering, fueled by the bubbling intolerance and fear that can only come when people split further apart on the spectrum of thought and opinion. It's a hard life out there these days. There is little means of escape, it often seems, from the pressure cooker that is our frightening global context, fed by increasingly violent wars and human suffering, fueled by the bubbling intolerance and fear that can only come [ Read More ]

Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

2016-08-17 16:42:00.0

Wednesday afternoon the press released the news that Greg Miller, current president of the state Board of Education, quit. Not only will he no longer be board president, but he says he plans to leave the board entirely.… [ Read More ]

Win Tickets to the Beach Blanket Be-Bop at the Gaslight Music Hall

2016-08-17 16:00:00.0

 
Good news if you've been meaning to check out the Gaslight Theatre's new sister-site: The Gaslight Music Hall (13005 N. Oracle Rd #165) is giving away tickets to see its summer musical revue the Beach Blanket Be-Bop show for each of its remaining performances. 

Enter below to win a pair of ticket to the performance of your choice. We'll get in touch with the winners for the Aug. 18 show the day of the performance, and the rest of the winners on Monday, Aug. 22.

Not lucky enough to win (or in need of more tickets than we're offering)?… [ Read More ]

The Countdown Is On: UA Is Headed Back Into Space with OSIRIS-REx

2016-08-17 15:00:00.0


The UA is headed back out to space with a new NASA mission in roughly three weeks.

Asteroid hunter OSIRIS-REx is scheduled for liftoff on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The pretty damn cool science mission, led by Principal Investigator and UA Professor of Planetary Science Dante Lauretta, will spend the next two years chasing down the near-earth asteroid Bennu.… [ Read More ]

Get Yourself a Scary Job (The Good Kind)

2016-08-17 14:04:00.0

Who wants to be employed in October? Well, I hope you were planning to spend the weekend beefing up your resume and working on your menacing growl, because you've got a job opportunity to get ready for. 


Nightfall, Old Tucson's annual scary fall attraction, is holding a hiring fair next Friday, Aug. 29 from 4-7 p.m.… [ Read More ]

Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 89. "No More Reading Tea Leaves" Edition

2016-08-16 15:45:00.0

Bill Buckmaster went and did it. On his Aug. 10 radio show, Bill asked his guest, Doug Ducey, "What is the next step for getting more money into the classrooms?"… [ Read More ]

The Last Hurrah

2016-08-16 08:32:00.0

The twilight of summer is here (womp womp).

Upsides? Walking out the front door will soon no longer feel like accidentally opening a pre-heated oven.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Suicide Squad

2016-08-15 13:05:00.0


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a skunk blast to the face for most of us trying to have a good time with a superhero movie earlier this year. This has been established repeatedly—perhaps ad nauseam—in this here column.… [ Read More ]

Legalization Props

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Just as alcoholics make up the vast minority of alcohol users, those who pose the dangers raised by the ARDP are the vast minority of marijuana users. Prop 205 appears to be safe for the moment as Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry dismissed charges against its campaign last week. Maricopa and Yavapai county attorneys Bill Montgomery and Sheila Polk were two of the major plaintiffs to file the lawsuit but were joined by the chairman of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, Seth Leibsohn and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.… [ Read More ]

Hue Are You?

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

It’s going to take more than a 30-foot fall to stop Baroness. Purple, the latest album from Savannah, Georgia metal band Baroness, is an intense burst of misery, pain, chaos, fright and determination. And what's most remarkable about the record is that every bit of that emotional thunderstorm comes from the same place, the same moment.… [ Read More ]

Courtney Comes Home: The Shondes

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

With a tremendous versatility built up over playing with different groups in Tucson, Robbins' guitar gives even more dimension to The Shondes, which Rolling Stone had described as "Riot-grrrl furor, arena bombast and klezmer stomp." Sometimes a band doesn't become the band it's meant to be until after a few lineup changes. For The Shondes, which formed in Brooklyn in 2006, the first two key pieces have been there from the beginning: singer-bassist Louisa Solomon and violinist Elijah Oberman.… [ Read More ]

Bullet Points

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

War Dogs isn't a great movie, but it's one of the summer's better movies. Director Todd Phillips, a man generally responsible for slob comedies like The Hangover and Old School, goes a more serious, satirical route with War Dogs. The results are mixed, but ultimately entertaining.… [ Read More ]

Tucson’s Birthday Celebration at the Loft

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Tombstone time. On Wednesday, Aug. 31, the Loft will feature the Arizona film Tombstone at 7:30 p.m., a 1993 western featuring Kurt Russell to honor Tucson's birthday month. The Loft will have Ken's Hardwood BBQ Food Truck for eats from 6 to 9 p.m. and if you've got a sweet tooth, a free Tucson-themed cake will be provided as long as you get there early enough to grab a slice.… [ Read More ]

Night at the (micro)Cinema

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Exploded View Microcinema will host experimental film artist Douglas Katelus and his organ (hey, don't go there) to open its fourth season of experimental music and film. Exploded View Microcinema will host experimental film artist Douglas Katelus and his organ (hey, don't go there) to open its fourth season of experimental music and film. On Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Exploded View's Organpalooza will feature the San Francisco artist's 16mm film Keep Film Dead.… [ Read More ]

D’oh, Trivia Night at Casa Video

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Grab some yellow face paint and get in character for Simpsons Trivia Night. If you consider yourself a fan of The Simpsons or are just looking for a fun night out, then Casa Video and Film Bar has got you covered for a night out. Casa Video's hang out and bar will host a trivia night all about the fictitious Springfield family on Tuesday, Aug. 30.… [ Read More ]

Thank a Teacher

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Teachers, take this chance to hang out at the Desert Museum in the evening for free. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum wants to give a shout out to all teachers on Saturday, Aug. 27 with a teacher appreciation night. From 5 to 10 p.m., the museum will host a teacher appreciation party with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and teachers can get in free with a valid school ID. Adult admission is $15.50, children 3 to 12 can get in for $8, and kids under 3 are free.… [ Read More ]

Hitchcock and National Parks

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

A suspenseful film isn't the only thing you'll get from this season close out. Cinema La Placita will close out its 17th season on Thursday, Aug. 25 with Alfred Hitchcock's spy-thriller North by Northwest from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. A suspenseful film isn't the only thing you'll get from this season close out, come early to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.… [ Read More ]

A Taco Welcome

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Fish tacos and burgers named after Burt Reynolds Fish tacos and burgers named after Burt Reynolds. Not the most traditional pairing ever, but consider that this is happening on Downtown's Fourth Avenue, where anything can happen and, on good nights, does.… [ Read More ]

The Skinny

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Secret emails, fear of a bugged office, 911 calls: the greatest hits of Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller Ally in Wonderland Secret emails, fear of a bugged office, 911 calls—the greatest hits of Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller… [ Read More ]

Police Dispatch

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

A man driving through a T.J. Maxx parking lot had a scuffle with strange man who damaged his vehicle. Foothills Area July 15, 12:14 a.m. A man driving through a T.J. Maxx parking lot had a scuffle with strange man who damaged his vehicle, a PCSD report stated.… [ Read More ]

House Race

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Three candidates are seeking two House seats in next week's Democratic primary in Legislative District 10. Three candidates are seeking two House seats in next week's Democratic primary in Legislative District 10: State Rep. Stefanie Mach is working to hang onto her seat and two political newcomers, law professor Kirsten Engel and campaign strategist Courtney Frogge, have jumped into the race following state Rep. Bruce Wheeler's decision to retire rather than seek another term. The competitive district encompasses eastern and much of central Tucson has been represented by Democrats in the Legislature, alth [ Read More ]

Dust Devil

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Epictetus! Epictetus! You were a Greek slave, Epictetus! Epictetus!… [ Read More ]

Fall Arts Preview: Miscellaneous Fun

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Oh Tucson, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. First, your fall season. Er, wait. We don't have a fall season, but we do have a Fall Arts Preview Oh Tucson, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.… [ Read More ]

Fall Arts Preview: Theater

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

To borrow freely from our friend Forrest Gump, theater in Tucson is like a box of chocolates. To borrow freely from our friend Forrest Gump, theater in Tucson is like a box of chocolates. It contains many assorted treats, and although you can often learn to identify what looks like your favorites, you still take a chance in your selection.… [ Read More ]

Fall Arts Preview: Visual Arts and Dance

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Politics are everywhere in this endless election season, and local artists and arts organizations—painters, dancers and actors—are doing their part, jumping in with timely works that offer pungent political commentary. Politics are everywhere in this endless election season, and local artists and arts organizations—painters, dancers and actors—are doing their part, jumping in with timely works that offer pungent political commentary. Painter Alfred Quiroz, a UA prof whose big canvases have long aimed sharp criticism at sugar-coated versions of U.S. history, opens a major show at the Universit [ Read More ]

World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

2016-08-24 14:57:00.0


On Monday, Aug. 22, Judge Catherine Woods heard oral arguments regarding Pima County’s motion to dismiss the suit brought by the Goldwater Institute that challenged the legality of the World View Enterprises deal. Pima County was represented by attorneys Regina Nassen and Andrew Flagg, while the plaintiffs were represented by attorneys Jim Manley< [ Read More ]

Win Tickets to See the Diamondbacks on Friday

2016-08-24 12:39:00.0


You know the drill: Enter below to win tickets to see the Diamondbacks vs. Reds game on Friday, Aug. 26 at 6:40 p.m. We'll contact the winner midday Thursday and they'll have to pick the tickets up from our office either Thursday or Friday before 5 p.m.

Good luck!

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Quick Bites: How Do Ya Like Them Apples?

2016-08-24 09:36:00.0

Southern Arizona doesn’t offer that prototypical American autumn (duh). Our fall is more “monsoon-fed-weeds-taking-over-our-yards” than “trees-changing-color-all-around-us.” And more, “Gee, it’s finally going to be cooler than 100 degrees!” than, “Quick, the kids need new jackets!” Even our back-to-school dates are different from in most other states.

But it’s still apple season.… [ Read More ]

The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

2016-08-23 15:00:00.0


If you ask me, anyone who thinks Tucson's culinary successes are unlikely hasn't been paying attention. Well, it seems as though some folks are taking note now.

Today, the New York Times published a  story detailing a bit about our Sonoran cuisine under the headline "Tucson Becomes an Unlikely Food Star."… [ Read More ]

What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

2016-08-23 13:51:00.0

John Oliver and his staff clearly did their charter school homework. On Last Week Tonight last Sunday, Oliver discussed problems with the lack of vetting of people who open charters and the lack of oversight once schools are open.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Don't Think Twice

2016-08-23 12:43:00.0


An improv group called the Commune faces an uncertain future when their theater is closing and members of their team are faced with life changing events. Writer-director-actor Mike Birbiglia plays Miles, an improvisational actor in his mid-thirties who feels passed over, while Jack (Keegan-Michael Key) finds himself in line for a role on The Weekend (the film’s less copyright infringed stand-in for Saturday Night Live).… [ Read More ]

Food Truck Frenzy at Tucson Hop Shop

2016-08-23 09:00:00.0


Beer, food and friends. Three things that dissolve worries and leave one warm, hoppy and ready to take on another day.

Now it's one thing to go to the local bar for a drink and a bite and it's another to go to a place where the menu and the people making the food change from night to night. The Tucson Hop Shop at 3230 N. Dodge Boulevard offers such an opportunity. 

The wine and beer bar (they also fill growlers), located within the Metal Arts Village, has a mouthwatering line-up of different food trucks that will be there t [ Read More ]

Crooked Teeth and a New Brewery

2016-08-22 18:55:00.0

What do dwarves drink after slaying dragons all day? 

Tucson brewer Benjamin Vernon is pretty sure it would be his Dwarvish Ale, an earthy brew with a hefty oak finish that will be one of the debut beers when his Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. opens Downtown this fall.

Vernon has been working overtime—as in, every spare moment he has—to get the place cranking. First was the renovation of an old auto-service shop at 228 E. Sixth Street, near the corner of Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue.… [ Read More ]

Jazzy Needs a Home

2016-08-22 11:00:00.0


Remember me? I'm Jazzy!

I'm a 2.5-year-old girl and I've been looking for a home since April! I'm very scared in the shelter, so I can't wait to for my new family to find me and take me home!

I really need a home where I can be an indoor-only dog and get a lot of love.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Hell or High Water

2016-08-22 09:55:00.0


Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster all destroy their parts in this absolutely terrific modern western from director David Mackenzie.

Pine and Foster play two brothers who come up with a bank-robbing scheme to save the family farm, and Bridges is the soon-to-be-retired sheriff trying to stop them.… [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Transported by Tastebud

2016-08-19 10:00:00.0

“Road trip!”

This time of year, merely hearing that enthusiastic utterance may exhaust you. Which means you’ve likely already been on a road trip or two this summer.

But good news: There’s another kind of trip that takes absolutely no packing and only enough gas to get to East Grant Road.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Miss Sharon Jones!

2016-08-19 09:00:00.0

In 2013, soul singer Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a major operation and chemotherapy. Well, that didn’t slow her down much at all, as this documentary from director Barbara Kopple shows.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Little Men

2016-08-18 12:30:00.0


Friendships when you are younger are a big deal. Writer-director Ira Sachs is very much clued into this reality with this beautiful little movie about a family moving to Brooklyn after a relative has left them a home.… [ Read More ]

The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do in Tucson in the Next Seven Days

2016-08-18 11:42:00.0

It's Our Birthday!

Tucson is turning 241 this weekend. There's a plethora of ways to celebrate (a hike at Saguaro National Park, a bucket of eegees and a trip to Antigone Books sounds like a perfect Tucson day), but here are your more formal options: Celebrate "with a bang" at Presidio Museum (196 N. Court Ave.).… [ Read More ]

Win Tickets to See Black Bottom Lighters at the Rock

2016-08-18 10:21:00.0

Black Bottom Lighters are playing a the Rock (136 N. Park Avenue) on Friday, Aug. 19. After that band performs, Spahn Valley Ranch hands featuring Sean Raines from We Killed The Union, Jimbo from Border Town Devils and other special guests will take the stage.… [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Go Plumb Local

2016-08-18 09:00:00.0



If you’ve eaten the food of award-winning Chef Janos Wilder, you know why he’s a local celebrity.… [ Read More ]

Is Prop 205 Right for Arizona?

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Prop 205, which would decriminalize the use of marijuana for adults over 21, is a complex proposal. Prop 205, which would decriminalize the use of marijuana for adults over 21, is a complex proposal. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol officially met the signature requirement to be included on the November ballot.… [ Read More ]

Stoner Party

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

There have been a few too many "more of the same" type movies at theaters this summer. Flat, big budget blockbusters and sequels without an ounce of creativity or originality puking out of the Hollywood industrial complex, delivering an astounding amount of expensive, vapid horse shit. There have been a few too many "more of the same" type movies at theaters this summer. Flat, big budget blockbusters and sequels without an ounce of creativity or originality puking out of the Hollywood industrial complex, delivering an astounding amount of expensive, vapid horse shit.… [ Read More ]

Relationship Rigors

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Musical revues have been quite popular, especially in recent years. Musical revues have been quite popular, especially in recent years. They are not really plays—there's no plot or story as a whole; they are a compilation of songs built around a theme, or even the work of a particular composer/lyricist.… [ Read More ]

The Joy of Sex

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

The Venus of Willendorf, as any art history major can tell you, is one of the oldest representations of a naked woman. The Venus of Willendorf, as any art history major can tell you, is one of the oldest representations of a naked woman. Now renamed the Woman of Willdendorf, the carved stone figure, found in 1908 in Austria, may be 30,000 years old.… [ Read More ]

Studio Love

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Jon Rauhouse loves to record music in Tucson. Jon Rauhouse loves to record music in Tucson. You can't really blame the Phoenix-based multi-instrumentalist for recording at Tucson's WaveLab Recording Studio when he's got folks like John Convertino, Jacob Valenzuala and Joey Burns, among others, to record with, as they have all done multiple times.… [ Read More ]

Furious Island: AJJ

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

"We used to be cool and now we're P.C. bitch-asses." "We used to be cool and now we're P.C. bitch-asses." For a while, that was the sarcastic stock answer Sean Bonnette gave when explaining his band's decision to change its name from Andrew Jackson Jihad to AJJ.… [ Read More ]

Adios, Compadre

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

A gathering of the tribes was held Saturday at the ranch of a life long friend of the Ronstadt clan to remember a musician, historian, father and all around solid guy – Michael J. Ronstadt. A gathering of the tribes was held Saturday at the ranch of a life long friend of the Ronstadt clan to remember a musician, historian, father and all around solid guy – Michael J. Ronstadt. Ronstadt passed away Sunday, Aug. 7 in hospice care, surrounded by loved ones at his side, playing and singing music to carry him out of the world.… [ Read More ]

Golden Beer Ticket

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Casa Video and Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd., is screening Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory on Friday, Aug. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. to go along with an Arizona craft beer and cider, and candy pairing night. For more details, as if you really need any, visit the event's Facebook page. [ Read More ]

Rummage Rumba

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

The Wildcat Welcome Week Rummage Sale is Friday, Aug. 19 (8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to noon) at the UA Surplus Storefront, 3720 E. 34th St. This event was a collaboration with Residence Life and the Office of Sustainability that helped divert nine tons from the landfill during the UA dorm move-out before summer. There will be tables of clothing, shoes, dormitory housewares and much more.… [ Read More ]

Stella! Stella!

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Yes, monsoons are still around, which makes it the perfect night to get New Orleans sultry with a screening of A Streetcar Named Desire on Thursday, Aug. 18 at Cinema La Placita, 115 N. Church Ave., from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Come celebrate Tucson's 241st birthday ... and the SunLink Streetcar's 2nd birthday with a cupcake and this classic movie.… [ Read More ]

Dancing with Saguaros

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

You know you love the saguaro, but if you really love them, you dance and celebrate their cactus goodness You know you love the saguaro, but if you really love them, you dance and celebrate their cactus goodness on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Human-Saguaro Centennial Ball, from 5 to 7 a.m. at Saguaro National Park West. To help celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at Saguaro National Park, event organizer Kimi Eisele is looking for volunteer performers with some movement agility to participate in this dancehall celebration, captured on video and in photographs, and incorpor [ Read More ]

Desert Nutrition

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Farm-to-fork or forage-to-fork? How wild you want to get? Farm-to-fork or forage-to-fork? How wild you want to get?… [ Read More ]

Five tips for staying out of trouble in the dorms

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Let's face it: If you're a college student occasionally you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Here are some tips to help keep you out of trouble. Let's face it: If you're a college student occasionally you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Here are some tips to help keep you out of trouble.… [ Read More ]

State of Mind

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

There is little means of escape, it often seems, from the pressure cooker that is our frightening global context, fed by increasingly violent wars and human suffering, fueled by the bubbling intolerance and fear that can only come when people split further apart on the spectrum of thought and opinion. It's a hard life out there these days. There is little means of escape, it often seems, from the pressure cooker that is our frightening global context, fed by increasingly violent wars and human suffering, fueled by the bubbling intolerance and fear that can only come [ Read More ]

Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

2016-08-17 16:42:00.0

Wednesday afternoon the press released the news that Greg Miller, current president of the state Board of Education, quit. Not only will he no longer be board president, but he says he plans to leave the board entirely.… [ Read More ]

Win Tickets to the Beach Blanket Be-Bop at the Gaslight Music Hall

2016-08-17 16:00:00.0

 
Good news if you've been meaning to check out the Gaslight Theatre's new sister-site: The Gaslight Music Hall (13005 N. Oracle Rd #165) is giving away tickets to see its summer musical revue the Beach Blanket Be-Bop show for each of its remaining performances. 

Enter below to win a pair of ticket to the performance of your choice. We'll get in touch with the winners for the Aug. 18 show the day of the performance, and the rest of the winners on Monday, Aug. 22.

Not lucky enough to win (or in need of more tickets than we're offering)?… [ Read More ]

The Countdown Is On: UA Is Headed Back Into Space with OSIRIS-REx

2016-08-17 15:00:00.0


The UA is headed back out to space with a new NASA mission in roughly three weeks.

Asteroid hunter OSIRIS-REx is scheduled for liftoff on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The pretty damn cool science mission, led by Principal Investigator and UA Professor of Planetary Science Dante Lauretta, will spend the next two years chasing down the near-earth asteroid Bennu.… [ Read More ]

Get Yourself a Scary Job (The Good Kind)

2016-08-17 14:04:00.0

Who wants to be employed in October? Well, I hope you were planning to spend the weekend beefing up your resume and working on your menacing growl, because you've got a job opportunity to get ready for. 


Nightfall, Old Tucson's annual scary fall attraction, is holding a hiring fair next Friday, Aug. 29 from 4-7 p.m.… [ Read More ]

Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 89. "No More Reading Tea Leaves" Edition

2016-08-16 15:45:00.0

Bill Buckmaster went and did it. On his Aug. 10 radio show, Bill asked his guest, Doug Ducey, "What is the next step for getting more money into the classrooms?"… [ Read More ]

The Last Hurrah

2016-08-16 08:32:00.0

The twilight of summer is here (womp womp).

Upsides? Walking out the front door will soon no longer feel like accidentally opening a pre-heated oven.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Suicide Squad

2016-08-15 13:05:00.0


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a skunk blast to the face for most of us trying to have a good time with a superhero movie earlier this year. This has been established repeatedly—perhaps ad nauseam—in this here column.… [ Read More ]

Legalization Props

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Just as alcoholics make up the vast minority of alcohol users, those who pose the dangers raised by the ARDP are the vast minority of marijuana users. Prop 205 appears to be safe for the moment as Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry dismissed charges against its campaign last week. Maricopa and Yavapai county attorneys Bill Montgomery and Sheila Polk were two of the major plaintiffs to file the lawsuit but were joined by the chairman of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, Seth Leibsohn and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.… [ Read More ]

Hue Are You?

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

It’s going to take more than a 30-foot fall to stop Baroness. Purple, the latest album from Savannah, Georgia metal band Baroness, is an intense burst of misery, pain, chaos, fright and determination. And what's most remarkable about the record is that every bit of that emotional thunderstorm comes from the same place, the same moment.… [ Read More ]

Courtney Comes Home: The Shondes

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

With a tremendous versatility built up over playing with different groups in Tucson, Robbins' guitar gives even more dimension to The Shondes, which Rolling Stone had described as "Riot-grrrl furor, arena bombast and klezmer stomp." Sometimes a band doesn't become the band it's meant to be until after a few lineup changes. For The Shondes, which formed in Brooklyn in 2006, the first two key pieces have been there from the beginning: singer-bassist Louisa Solomon and violinist Elijah Oberman.… [ Read More ]

Bullet Points

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

War Dogs isn't a great movie, but it's one of the summer's better movies. Director Todd Phillips, a man generally responsible for slob comedies like The Hangover and Old School, goes a more serious, satirical route with War Dogs. The results are mixed, but ultimately entertaining.… [ Read More ]

Tucson’s Birthday Celebration at the Loft

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Tombstone time. On Wednesday, Aug. 31, the Loft will feature the Arizona film Tombstone at 7:30 p.m., a 1993 western featuring Kurt Russell to honor Tucson's birthday month. The Loft will have Ken's Hardwood BBQ Food Truck for eats from 6 to 9 p.m. and if you've got a sweet tooth, a free Tucson-themed cake will be provided as long as you get there early enough to grab a slice.… [ Read More ]

Night at the (micro)Cinema

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Exploded View Microcinema will host experimental film artist Douglas Katelus and his organ (hey, don't go there) to open its fourth season of experimental music and film. Exploded View Microcinema will host experimental film artist Douglas Katelus and his organ (hey, don't go there) to open its fourth season of experimental music and film. On Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Exploded View's Organpalooza will feature the San Francisco artist's 16mm film Keep Film Dead.… [ Read More ]

D’oh, Trivia Night at Casa Video

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Grab some yellow face paint and get in character for Simpsons Trivia Night. If you consider yourself a fan of The Simpsons or are just looking for a fun night out, then Casa Video and Film Bar has got you covered for a night out. Casa Video's hang out and bar will host a trivia night all about the fictitious Springfield family on Tuesday, Aug. 30.… [ Read More ]

Thank a Teacher

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Teachers, take this chance to hang out at the Desert Museum in the evening for free. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum wants to give a shout out to all teachers on Saturday, Aug. 27 with a teacher appreciation night. From 5 to 10 p.m., the museum will host a teacher appreciation party with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and teachers can get in free with a valid school ID. Adult admission is $15.50, children 3 to 12 can get in for $8, and kids under 3 are free.… [ Read More ]

Hitchcock and National Parks

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

A suspenseful film isn't the only thing you'll get from this season close out. Cinema La Placita will close out its 17th season on Thursday, Aug. 25 with Alfred Hitchcock's spy-thriller North by Northwest from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. A suspenseful film isn't the only thing you'll get from this season close out, come early to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.… [ Read More ]

A Taco Welcome

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Fish tacos and burgers named after Burt Reynolds Fish tacos and burgers named after Burt Reynolds. Not the most traditional pairing ever, but consider that this is happening on Downtown's Fourth Avenue, where anything can happen and, on good nights, does.… [ Read More ]

The Skinny

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Secret emails, fear of a bugged office, 911 calls: the greatest hits of Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller Ally in Wonderland Secret emails, fear of a bugged office, 911 calls—the greatest hits of Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller… [ Read More ]

Police Dispatch

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

A man driving through a T.J. Maxx parking lot had a scuffle with strange man who damaged his vehicle. Foothills Area July 15, 12:14 a.m. A man driving through a T.J. Maxx parking lot had a scuffle with strange man who damaged his vehicle, a PCSD report stated.… [ Read More ]

House Race

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Three candidates are seeking two House seats in next week's Democratic primary in Legislative District 10. Three candidates are seeking two House seats in next week's Democratic primary in Legislative District 10: State Rep. Stefanie Mach is working to hang onto her seat and two political newcomers, law professor Kirsten Engel and campaign strategist Courtney Frogge, have jumped into the race following state Rep. Bruce Wheeler's decision to retire rather than seek another term. The competitive district encompasses eastern and much of central Tucson has been represented by Democrats in the Legislature, alth [ Read More ]

Dust Devil

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Epictetus! Epictetus! You were a Greek slave, Epictetus! Epictetus!… [ Read More ]

Fall Arts Preview: Miscellaneous Fun

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Oh Tucson, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. First, your fall season. Er, wait. We don't have a fall season, but we do have a Fall Arts Preview Oh Tucson, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.… [ Read More ]

Fall Arts Preview: Theater

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

To borrow freely from our friend Forrest Gump, theater in Tucson is like a box of chocolates. To borrow freely from our friend Forrest Gump, theater in Tucson is like a box of chocolates. It contains many assorted treats, and although you can often learn to identify what looks like your favorites, you still take a chance in your selection.… [ Read More ]

Fall Arts Preview: Visual Arts and Dance

2016-08-25 01:00:00.0

Politics are everywhere in this endless election season, and local artists and arts organizations—painters, dancers and actors—are doing their part, jumping in with timely works that offer pungent political commentary. Politics are everywhere in this endless election season, and local artists and arts organizations—painters, dancers and actors—are doing their part, jumping in with timely works that offer pungent political commentary. Painter Alfred Quiroz, a UA prof whose big canvases have long aimed sharp criticism at sugar-coated versions of U.S. history, opens a major show at the Universit [ Read More ]

World View Case Moves Forward After Motion Denied

2016-08-24 14:57:00.0


On Monday, Aug. 22, Judge Catherine Woods heard oral arguments regarding Pima County’s motion to dismiss the suit brought by the Goldwater Institute that challenged the legality of the World View Enterprises deal. Pima County was represented by attorneys Regina Nassen and Andrew Flagg, while the plaintiffs were represented by attorneys Jim Manley< [ Read More ]

Win Tickets to See the Diamondbacks on Friday

2016-08-24 12:39:00.0


You know the drill: Enter below to win tickets to see the Diamondbacks vs. Reds game on Friday, Aug. 26 at 6:40 p.m. We'll contact the winner midday Thursday and they'll have to pick the tickets up from our office either Thursday or Friday before 5 p.m.

Good luck!

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Quick Bites: How Do Ya Like Them Apples?

2016-08-24 09:36:00.0

Southern Arizona doesn’t offer that prototypical American autumn (duh). Our fall is more “monsoon-fed-weeds-taking-over-our-yards” than “trees-changing-color-all-around-us.” And more, “Gee, it’s finally going to be cooler than 100 degrees!” than, “Quick, the kids need new jackets!” Even our back-to-school dates are different from in most other states.

But it’s still apple season.… [ Read More ]

The New York Times is Telling the Story of How Tucson Became an 'Unlikely Food Star'

2016-08-23 15:00:00.0


If you ask me, anyone who thinks Tucson's culinary successes are unlikely hasn't been paying attention. Well, it seems as though some folks are taking note now.

Today, the New York Times published a  story detailing a bit about our Sonoran cuisine under the headline "Tucson Becomes an Unlikely Food Star."… [ Read More ]

What John Oliver Said About Charter Schools

2016-08-23 13:51:00.0

John Oliver and his staff clearly did their charter school homework. On Last Week Tonight last Sunday, Oliver discussed problems with the lack of vetting of people who open charters and the lack of oversight once schools are open.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Don't Think Twice

2016-08-23 12:43:00.0


An improv group called the Commune faces an uncertain future when their theater is closing and members of their team are faced with life changing events. Writer-director-actor Mike Birbiglia plays Miles, an improvisational actor in his mid-thirties who feels passed over, while Jack (Keegan-Michael Key) finds himself in line for a role on The Weekend (the film’s less copyright infringed stand-in for Saturday Night Live).… [ Read More ]

Food Truck Frenzy at Tucson Hop Shop

2016-08-23 09:00:00.0


Beer, food and friends. Three things that dissolve worries and leave one warm, hoppy and ready to take on another day.

Now it's one thing to go to the local bar for a drink and a bite and it's another to go to a place where the menu and the people making the food change from night to night. The Tucson Hop Shop at 3230 N. Dodge Boulevard offers such an opportunity. 

The wine and beer bar (they also fill growlers), located within the Metal Arts Village, has a mouthwatering line-up of different food trucks that will be there t [ Read More ]

Crooked Teeth and a New Brewery

2016-08-22 18:55:00.0

What do dwarves drink after slaying dragons all day? 

Tucson brewer Benjamin Vernon is pretty sure it would be his Dwarvish Ale, an earthy brew with a hefty oak finish that will be one of the debut beers when his Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. opens Downtown this fall.

Vernon has been working overtime—as in, every spare moment he has—to get the place cranking. First was the renovation of an old auto-service shop at 228 E. Sixth Street, near the corner of Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue.… [ Read More ]

Jazzy Needs a Home

2016-08-22 11:00:00.0


Remember me? I'm Jazzy!

I'm a 2.5-year-old girl and I've been looking for a home since April! I'm very scared in the shelter, so I can't wait to for my new family to find me and take me home!

I really need a home where I can be an indoor-only dog and get a lot of love.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Hell or High Water

2016-08-22 09:55:00.0


Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster all destroy their parts in this absolutely terrific modern western from director David Mackenzie.

Pine and Foster play two brothers who come up with a bank-robbing scheme to save the family farm, and Bridges is the soon-to-be-retired sheriff trying to stop them.… [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Transported by Tastebud

2016-08-19 10:00:00.0

“Road trip!”

This time of year, merely hearing that enthusiastic utterance may exhaust you. Which means you’ve likely already been on a road trip or two this summer.

But good news: There’s another kind of trip that takes absolutely no packing and only enough gas to get to East Grant Road.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Miss Sharon Jones!

2016-08-19 09:00:00.0

In 2013, soul singer Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a major operation and chemotherapy. Well, that didn’t slow her down much at all, as this documentary from director Barbara Kopple shows.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Little Men

2016-08-18 12:30:00.0


Friendships when you are younger are a big deal. Writer-director Ira Sachs is very much clued into this reality with this beautiful little movie about a family moving to Brooklyn after a relative has left them a home.… [ Read More ]

The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do in Tucson in the Next Seven Days

2016-08-18 11:42:00.0

It's Our Birthday!

Tucson is turning 241 this weekend. There's a plethora of ways to celebrate (a hike at Saguaro National Park, a bucket of eegees and a trip to Antigone Books sounds like a perfect Tucson day), but here are your more formal options: Celebrate "with a bang" at Presidio Museum (196 N. Court Ave.).… [ Read More ]

Win Tickets to See Black Bottom Lighters at the Rock

2016-08-18 10:21:00.0

Black Bottom Lighters are playing a the Rock (136 N. Park Avenue) on Friday, Aug. 19. After that band performs, Spahn Valley Ranch hands featuring Sean Raines from We Killed The Union, Jimbo from Border Town Devils and other special guests will take the stage.… [ Read More ]

Quick Bites: Go Plumb Local

2016-08-18 09:00:00.0



If you’ve eaten the food of award-winning Chef Janos Wilder, you know why he’s a local celebrity.… [ Read More ]

Is Prop 205 Right for Arizona?

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Prop 205, which would decriminalize the use of marijuana for adults over 21, is a complex proposal. Prop 205, which would decriminalize the use of marijuana for adults over 21, is a complex proposal. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol officially met the signature requirement to be included on the November ballot.… [ Read More ]

Stoner Party

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

There have been a few too many "more of the same" type movies at theaters this summer. Flat, big budget blockbusters and sequels without an ounce of creativity or originality puking out of the Hollywood industrial complex, delivering an astounding amount of expensive, vapid horse shit. There have been a few too many "more of the same" type movies at theaters this summer. Flat, big budget blockbusters and sequels without an ounce of creativity or originality puking out of the Hollywood industrial complex, delivering an astounding amount of expensive, vapid horse shit.… [ Read More ]

Relationship Rigors

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Musical revues have been quite popular, especially in recent years. Musical revues have been quite popular, especially in recent years. They are not really plays—there's no plot or story as a whole; they are a compilation of songs built around a theme, or even the work of a particular composer/lyricist.… [ Read More ]

The Joy of Sex

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

The Venus of Willendorf, as any art history major can tell you, is one of the oldest representations of a naked woman. The Venus of Willendorf, as any art history major can tell you, is one of the oldest representations of a naked woman. Now renamed the Woman of Willdendorf, the carved stone figure, found in 1908 in Austria, may be 30,000 years old.… [ Read More ]

Studio Love

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Jon Rauhouse loves to record music in Tucson. Jon Rauhouse loves to record music in Tucson. You can't really blame the Phoenix-based multi-instrumentalist for recording at Tucson's WaveLab Recording Studio when he's got folks like John Convertino, Jacob Valenzuala and Joey Burns, among others, to record with, as they have all done multiple times.… [ Read More ]

Furious Island: AJJ

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

"We used to be cool and now we're P.C. bitch-asses." "We used to be cool and now we're P.C. bitch-asses." For a while, that was the sarcastic stock answer Sean Bonnette gave when explaining his band's decision to change its name from Andrew Jackson Jihad to AJJ.… [ Read More ]

Adios, Compadre

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

A gathering of the tribes was held Saturday at the ranch of a life long friend of the Ronstadt clan to remember a musician, historian, father and all around solid guy – Michael J. Ronstadt. A gathering of the tribes was held Saturday at the ranch of a life long friend of the Ronstadt clan to remember a musician, historian, father and all around solid guy – Michael J. Ronstadt. Ronstadt passed away Sunday, Aug. 7 in hospice care, surrounded by loved ones at his side, playing and singing music to carry him out of the world.… [ Read More ]

Golden Beer Ticket

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Casa Video and Casa Film Bar, 2905 E. Speedway Blvd., is screening Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory on Friday, Aug. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. to go along with an Arizona craft beer and cider, and candy pairing night. For more details, as if you really need any, visit the event's Facebook page. [ Read More ]

Rummage Rumba

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

The Wildcat Welcome Week Rummage Sale is Friday, Aug. 19 (8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 20 (8 a.m. to noon) at the UA Surplus Storefront, 3720 E. 34th St. This event was a collaboration with Residence Life and the Office of Sustainability that helped divert nine tons from the landfill during the UA dorm move-out before summer. There will be tables of clothing, shoes, dormitory housewares and much more.… [ Read More ]

Stella! Stella!

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Yes, monsoons are still around, which makes it the perfect night to get New Orleans sultry with a screening of A Streetcar Named Desire on Thursday, Aug. 18 at Cinema La Placita, 115 N. Church Ave., from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Come celebrate Tucson's 241st birthday ... and the SunLink Streetcar's 2nd birthday with a cupcake and this classic movie.… [ Read More ]

Dancing with Saguaros

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

You know you love the saguaro, but if you really love them, you dance and celebrate their cactus goodness You know you love the saguaro, but if you really love them, you dance and celebrate their cactus goodness on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Human-Saguaro Centennial Ball, from 5 to 7 a.m. at Saguaro National Park West. To help celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at Saguaro National Park, event organizer Kimi Eisele is looking for volunteer performers with some movement agility to participate in this dancehall celebration, captured on video and in photographs, and incorpor [ Read More ]

Desert Nutrition

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Farm-to-fork or forage-to-fork? How wild you want to get? Farm-to-fork or forage-to-fork? How wild you want to get?… [ Read More ]

Five tips for staying out of trouble in the dorms

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

Let's face it: If you're a college student occasionally you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Here are some tips to help keep you out of trouble. Let's face it: If you're a college student occasionally you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Here are some tips to help keep you out of trouble.… [ Read More ]

State of Mind

2016-08-18 01:00:00.0

There is little means of escape, it often seems, from the pressure cooker that is our frightening global context, fed by increasingly violent wars and human suffering, fueled by the bubbling intolerance and fear that can only come when people split further apart on the spectrum of thought and opinion. It's a hard life out there these days. There is little means of escape, it often seems, from the pressure cooker that is our frightening global context, fed by increasingly violent wars and human suffering, fueled by the bubbling intolerance and fear that can only come [ Read More ]

Greg Miller Out At the State Board of Education

2016-08-17 16:42:00.0

Wednesday afternoon the press released the news that Greg Miller, current president of the state Board of Education, quit. Not only will he no longer be board president, but he says he plans to leave the board entirely.… [ Read More ]

Win Tickets to the Beach Blanket Be-Bop at the Gaslight Music Hall

2016-08-17 16:00:00.0

 
Good news if you've been meaning to check out the Gaslight Theatre's new sister-site: The Gaslight Music Hall (13005 N. Oracle Rd #165) is giving away tickets to see its summer musical revue the Beach Blanket Be-Bop show for each of its remaining performances. 

Enter below to win a pair of ticket to the performance of your choice. We'll get in touch with the winners for the Aug. 18 show the day of the performance, and the rest of the winners on Monday, Aug. 22.

Not lucky enough to win (or in need of more tickets than we're offering)?… [ Read More ]

The Countdown Is On: UA Is Headed Back Into Space with OSIRIS-REx

2016-08-17 15:00:00.0


The UA is headed back out to space with a new NASA mission in roughly three weeks.

Asteroid hunter OSIRIS-REx is scheduled for liftoff on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The pretty damn cool science mission, led by Principal Investigator and UA Professor of Planetary Science Dante Lauretta, will spend the next two years chasing down the near-earth asteroid Bennu.… [ Read More ]

Get Yourself a Scary Job (The Good Kind)

2016-08-17 14:04:00.0

Who wants to be employed in October? Well, I hope you were planning to spend the weekend beefing up your resume and working on your menacing growl, because you've got a job opportunity to get ready for. 


Nightfall, Old Tucson's annual scary fall attraction, is holding a hiring fair next Friday, Aug. 29 from 4-7 p.m.… [ Read More ]

Ducey 'Next Step' Watch: Day 89. "No More Reading Tea Leaves" Edition

2016-08-16 15:45:00.0

Bill Buckmaster went and did it. On his Aug. 10 radio show, Bill asked his guest, Doug Ducey, "What is the next step for getting more money into the classrooms?"… [ Read More ]

The Last Hurrah

2016-08-16 08:32:00.0

The twilight of summer is here (womp womp).

Upsides? Walking out the front door will soon no longer feel like accidentally opening a pre-heated oven.… [ Read More ]

Cinema Clips: Suicide Squad

2016-08-15 13:05:00.0


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a skunk blast to the face for most of us trying to have a good time with a superhero movie earlier this year. This has been established repeatedly—perhaps ad nauseam—in this here column.… [ Read More ]