Cmdr. Mark Kelly and his Endeavour crew aboard the International Space Station talked with kids from Gridley Middle School on Friday night. Hosting the event is Michael Drake, who was just named principal investigator of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that the UA Lunar of Planetary Lab will be running for the next decade or so.
The shuttle crew is back aboard Endeavor and is scheduled to land early in the morning of June 1.
It was a tough game for the Tucson Padres last night as they fell to the Salt Lake City Bees, 10-2.
But they've got a chance for revenge tonight—and it's Bark in the Park night at Kino Stadium, so you can bring your dog to the ballpark! Details here.
Tim Hagerty of the Padres has the details from last night's game:
One night after winning by ten runs, the Tucson Padres lost to Salt Lake 10-2 Saturday at Kino Stadium. Salt Lake scored nine runs on 14 hits against Wade LeBlanc, who suffered his first loss with Tucson. LeBlanc pitched 4.1 innings, striking out three and walking one. Kevin Richardson’s grand slam highlighted a five-run fifth inning for Salt Lake. Salt Lake’s Jeremy Moore was 5-for-5 in the win.
The Padres scored once in the first inning on an RBI single by Jarrett Hoffpauir after Will Venable singled and stole second base. After scoring in the first, the Padres didn’t have a baserunner reach second until the eighth inning, when Jason Bulger left two Tucson runners on base.
Andy Parrino was 3-for-4 for the Padres, and Hoffpauir, Jesus Guzman and Guillermo Quiroz had two hits each. Aaron Cunningham was 0-for-4, ending an 11 game hitting streak. The Padres bullpen was strong in the lopsided loss, with four different pitchers (Deduno, Munter, Hynes, Perdomo) combining to throw 4.2 innings without allowing an earned run
Next Game: Sunday, 7:00 pm — Tucson RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-4) vs. Salt Lake LHP Scott Kazmir (0-1)
The Tucson Padres clobbered the Salt Lake Bees last night, 11-1. The Memorial Day weekend homestand continues tonight with a post-game fireworks show, so if you aren't going to see Flor de Muertos at The Loft, you sure should be heading to Kino Stadium. Oh, and tomorrow night, you can bring your dog out to Bark in the Park. More details on the promotions here.
The Padres' Tim Hagerty has details from last night:
Matt Buschmann threw the first complete game in the brief history of the Tucson Padres Friday, as the Padres beat Salt Lake 11-1. The Padres scored four runs in the first inning against former San Diego Padres pitcher Brian Lawrence, and the offense continued with two more runs in the second and three in the fourth, all to the line of Lawrence.
Buschmann had two previous complete games in his career, including a complete game loss against Salt Lake in 2009. Friday he allowed just one run on six hits, striking out four without walking a batter. He threw just 97 pitches in the game. Buschmann said getting ahead in the count was the key to his success Friday. “I threw my two-seam fastball in the strike zone,” said Buschmann. “I was getting strike one and I was able to get in a rhythm.”
As for the Padres offense, newcomer Will Venable led the way. He hit two home runs and an RBI triple. After collecting just one hit in his first two games after being optioned from San Diego, Venable exploded Friday for four RBIs. Five other Tucson players had multiple hit games — Aaron Cunningham, Anthony Rizzo, Jesus Guzman, Matt Clark and Luis Martinez. The ten-run win was the largest margin of victory the Padres have had this year, eclipsing the nine-run win over Iowa Sunday.
Next Game: Saturday, 7:00 pm — Tucson LHP Wade LeBlanc (4-0, 5.08) vs. Salt Lake RHP Eric Junge (2-3, 3.90)
The big bonus: A performance by Calexico, who provided the soundtrack for the film. (Director Aaron Schock told the audience he couldn't imagine the film without Calexico's contribution.) It was a delightfully raw set that included favorites like "Across the Wire" and "Crystal Frontier," along with a soulful cover of Bob Dylan's "Goin' to Acapulco," which seemed appropriate to the evening, and the haunting lullaby "All the Pretty Little Horses," which is probably getting some play in Joey Burns' household, seeing as he's the new father of two twin girls. Congrats, Joey!
Circo is playing all next week at The Loft, so if you've got time for a movie, make it this one.
Tonight, The Loft's Calexico-themed double-feature continues with the premiere of Flor de Muertos, director Dan Vinik's documentary that looks at Tucson's All-Soul's Procession, the ever-climbing number of people dying in the desert as they attempt to cross into the United States, and the general attitude toward death in the Mexican culture. It's all set against Calexico's spectacular 2009 Dia de los Muertos concert at the Rialto Theatre. Word is: Members of Calexico will be back tonight to talk about the film with Vinik and others, but they won't be performing.
If you want to go, you'd better call ahead to make sure there are still tickets left. Last night's show was a sell-out. Details here.
I can't bring myself to push the play button. Someone tell me if this is as bad as I fear.
To restore order to the universe, Radiohead performing "Paranoid Android", on Later with Jools Holland:
And Weezer from long, long ago, performing "Suzanne":
I'm not making the claim the Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor is the coolest guy around, but his blog post about why he's not boycotting Arizona (his show broadcasts from Flagstaff on June 4) is an interesting read:
Suddenly one night last week there was a tidal wave of emails urging us to cancel the June 4 broadcast in Flagstaff in line with a boycott of Arizona —— I hadn't been aware of any boycott, but evidently there is one —— by people opposed to the new state law authorizing state troopers to stop the cars of people who appear to be Mexican and asking to see their papers.
The suddenness of the onslaught of mail (from people who were "shocked" or "horrified" or "outraged" by the idea of "A Prairie Home Companion" going to Flagstaff) suggested an organized campaign and many of the letters seemed to have been copied from a form. None of them tried to argue that our cancellation would actually affect real people in some positive way; mostly they were just plain angry righteous letters.
I questioned our decision to do a show in Flagstaff months ago, the day after Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the parking lot in Tucson and I spoke to our friends in public radio in Flagstaff and, while they completely understood my concern, they argued that Flagstaff is a hotbed of moderation, a college town, a very different place. Cancellation of the show would hurt the Flagstaff station financially. It would be a slap in the face. And I think that now is no time for public radio to retreat in the face of extremism. And the Flagstaff station is a loyal friend. So we're going to go.
The law in question strikes me as reminiscent of the old East Germany, but at the moment it is making its way through the courts and isn't affecting anybody.
I did plenty of boycotts back in the day ——- boycotted green grapes, non-union-made clothing, refused to buy a Volkswagen because it was after all a car sponsored by Hitler ——- and I don't mind people urging me to boycott whatever they think needs boycotting, but the bullying tone of the mail we got last week is something I resent deep in my Midwestern soul.
Instead of boycotting Flagstaff, I am going to protest California's inhumane overcrowding of prisons ——- 140,000 inmates in prisons designed to hold 80,000 ——- by boycotting California wines. (I don't drink, but it's the gesture that counts.) I am going to punish Wisconsin for its denial of collective bargaining for teachers by boycotting Harley Davidson. No hog for me. I am going to teach the Japanese a lesson about nuclear power plant safety by avoiding sushi. And show the French how I feel about sexual assault of hotel employees by refusing escargots. Call me a wild-eyed idealist but those are my positions and I am sticking to them. You can make your own decisions. But if I run into a guy on a Harley eating an escargot sushi while drinking a Napa Chardonnay, I am going to give him what for.
Hank Stephenson of the Nogales International has a story for you: Three Nogales businessmen go to a state border security committee to ask for the committee to recommend to the federal government that more customs employees are hired to decrease the wait time at the Nogales port of entry. This wouldn't cost Arizona a cent, and in fact, the current situation is likely to cost Arizona money. Since the Nogales entries have the second-longest wait time in the country, companies using the port have threatened to move to Texas to increase their productivity. Outside of even commerce, legal visitors to Arizona spend millions of dollars in Arizona each year, so encouraging them to come in instead of stalling them at the border for hours might be a good idea. So, what would you guess the representatives of a state strapped for cash would do in this situation?
Although he’s been advocating for the federal government to increase Border Patrol and the National Guard on the border for years, the Republican co-chairman of the committee, State Sen. Al Melvin of Tucson, said he wouldn’t so much as sign on to a resolution (essentially a post card to Congress) showing his support for increased staffing at the ports.
The problem could be solved by moving the railroad tracks to the outside of town and using double-stacked trains to relieve traffic on the ports, Melvin said. Besides, the problem should be solved by the private sector, not the federal government.
“I don’t think we need more government employees, I think we need more private sector employees,” Melvin said after the committee meeting.
When asked how private sector could take over the ports, Melvin couldn’t elaborate. When a reporter pointed out that border security is a federal responsibility, he said the feds haven’t done it.
Last week, in discussing Treme and one-season wonder Terriers, I mentioned how both have excellent main title sequences. I love opening credits, and posting them kicked off a bi-annual binge on my part, where I re-watch all my favorite openings. I figured I'd share them after the jump.