Our weekend recommendations:
Calexico is making one of those semi-annual appearances at the Rialto Theatre on Saturday night. They will rock the house, but you'll also want to see the mambo voodoo that is Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkestra. ¡Ay, Caramba!
It's the very best of First Friday Shorts at the Loft Cinema, as the winners of the last 12 months go head-to-head in a showdown of the best shorts by local filmmakers. Plus: pizza, beer and Max Cannon. Roll ’em!
More adventure: Dave Irwin has details on the Folk Fest, Steve Seigel has the scoop on the HOG Rally, and Margaret Regan recommends the work of Linda Conner at Center for Creative Photography.
Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen, who found himself at odds with the GOP elected establishment after narrowly winning the chairmanship a few years back, is now in a battle with Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. The Washington Times reports that Pullen, who is now treasurer of the RNC, is in front of a push to strip Steele of control of the GOP's purse strings:
Randy Pullen, the RNC's elected treasurer, former RNC General Counsel David Norcross and three other former top RNC officers have presented Mr. Steele with a resolution, calling for a new set of checks and balances on the chairman's power to dole out money.
This is what a party in meltdown looks like.
The funding fight comes on the heels of another open challenge to Mr. Steele's authority. Unhappy RNC conservatives secured the signatures to force the committee to convene next month's special meeting to vote on a resolution labeling Democrats as "socialists," despite the chairman's reservations about the political wisdom of the move.
Critics said the "socialist" resolution battle was a sign of Mr. Steele's rocky start as RNC chairman and his continuing struggle to assert control of the party's message since his election in January.
Hank Stephenson interviews Daniel Carrillo, a junior at Pueblo Magnet High School and president of a team that's built an award-winning robot, this week. Carrillo brushed off the notion that his robot might one day destroy humanity:
Are you worried about your robot becoming self-aware and taking over the world?
With ours, I'm not too afraid of that, because they don't have any artificial intelligence; it's us telling it what to do. It goes on what we tell it.
But isn't that just what you'd expect him to say, if indeed the robot was planning to enslave all of us?
Cue the Onion News Network:
Downtown's Rialto Theatre will debut its fancy new projection with Ashes of American Flags, a documentary about Wilco's 2008 tour that should whet your appetite for the band's June concert at Centennial Hall. And it's cheap! Two bucks will get you in the door. Details here.
Former City Manager Mike Hein visits Arizona Illustrated to talk about his surprise at being fired by the City Council and defend his record on downtown redevelopment after the jump.
Some photos from the Pima County Fair by local glass artist, Renee Wiggins...
Whatever you want, deep-fried and on a stick.
Clowns are freaky enough when they're not eating my refuse.
The Tucson Weekly-sponsored ride. (I don't recall green-lighting this!)
Painter, Bill Wiggins and I waiting to become hot dogs.
A new batch of images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been posted by the HiRISE team at the UA Lunar and Planetary Lab. This is the big central uplift of a large crater. Photo by NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.
An infomercial gets diced.
Hardened by a decade-long prison sentence for a minor offense, a newly-released John Dillinger assembles a likable… More