We wrapped up this week's Skinny before Tuesday's City Council meeting, where council members made more demands from the Rio Nuevo board regarding the downtown hotel.
The morning daily's Rob O'Dell has the details here.
O'Dell's summary of what the council now wants:
• Rio Nuevo must be the lead agency on the hotel, because that's what's specified in the legislation that created the new board.
• The hotel's guaranteed maximum price and the developer's fees must be lowered.
• Rio Nuevo must resolve issues relating to local contractors on the hotel - basically meaning the hotel must hire more local subcontractors.
• Additional money or guarantees must be secured from the hotel operator.
"Off 4th Avenue," by Gary Tenen, is on display in 4th Avenue in Focus, opening Oct. 1 and continuing through Oct. 31, at Café Passe, 415 N. Fourth Ave.
"Nurse Jackie," by Alexander Arshansky, is on display in Alexander Arshansky Is: An Extension of the Russian Avant Garde Movement, opening Oct. 1 and continuing through Oct. 31 at ART Gallery, 1122 N. Stone Ave.
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Wow, if the trailer is any indication, Precious Knowledge is going to be the powerful voice we need to help explain the importance of ethnic-studies classes in the Tucson Unified School District—and in any other school district.
Creators of the documentary have been working on it for two years, and they need help to complete the film in order to get it aired on the local Arizona Media PBS station.
You can read more about the filmmakers here, and you can find out about contributing to the film project here. The filmmakers need to raise $20,000 in order to get it aired on PBS, and so far, they've raised $520.
According to their website:
PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE is “the Arizona documentary” of the moment as Arizona is thrust into the national spotlight with its recent wave of anti-Latino legislation. Along with the harsh immigration bill SB1070 Arizona lawmakers passed HB 2281, giving unilateral power to the State Superintendent to abolish Ethnic Studies classes.
We have secured a commitment of funding from Arizona Public Media/KUAT, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). This is terrific as it gives us a good shot of having this documentary seen by millions of viewers on PBS, however, their financial support requires matching funds.
Ah yes, Rhino Pub—The bar at 1118 E. Sixth St. that closed some years back only to reopen as Belushe’s, Victory Bar and, most recently, Gooch’s Grill.
And now, all these years later, it’s Rhino Pub again. Steve Ketchum, the new owner, even found the original six-foot wooden rhinoceros mascot and put back in its rightful spot near the stairway.
Ketchum has also lengthened the bar, increased the number of seats and made it easier to see the 10 televisions from elsewhere in the restaurant. The menu has been pared down to pub-grub basics like burgers, brats, Italian sausages and a megaton of appetizers.
“We’ve also got the best wings in Tucson,” Ketchum said, before explaining that he deep-fries them before giving them the once-over on the char broiler. I’m not sure if that actually makes them the best in town, but you have to give it to a guy who has that much pride in his hot wings.
The upstairs is being converted into the Rhino Express, a café that will serve all varieties of coffee drinks, smoothies and pastries. It will also have an energy drink and juice bar when completed.
Ketchum is also working on fixing up and covering the patio, which he expects to have completed by later this year.
Right now, there are 19 beers on tap and a full bar. Happy hour goes down daily from 4 to 6 p.m. Karaoke takes place on Tuesday and Thursday, and the doors open at 10 a.m. on Sundays for sports action and specials on Bloody Marys and wings.
Call 867-8123 for more information.
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