Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Calexico: Inaugural Rock

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

It remains to be seen what kind of mayor Jonathan Rothschild will turn out to be, but I gotta say he's hitting the right first note by having Calexico play at his post-inaugural luncheon with his fellow council members. Joey, I'm sure the new mayor would love to hear that inspired cover of "Welcome to the Occupation" that you treated us to at the Luz de Vida benefit.

Rothschild gets sworn in at 10 a.m. Monday, along with Democratic council members Regina Romero, Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott, at the Tucson Convention Center. The party starts at 11 a.m. in the TCC ballroom, with lunch at noon. Details here.

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Talking Comics: Move to Bisbee Editon

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Eric describes part of this comic as "American Idol for superheroes" and there's an one-armed man involved. There's more to Eric and Arnie's review than that, but I don't want to spoil it. They brought notes this week, so they're SUPER PREPARED.

Also, Talking Comics co-star Eric Esquivel has a Kickstarter running for a comic he wants to publish called Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ. In one day, he hit his goal, which is pretty amazing but you can still get some cool stuff by kicking the guy a few bucks and then he can make more comics, which also might have blasphemous overtones (I mean that in the best possible way, I promise). Plus, you could say you helped fund a comic called Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ and how often does that opportunity come around?

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The Life of a Door to Door Meat Salesman Must Be Rough

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

A truck pulled into my refuge west of Tucson yesterday and a man got out and proceeded to deliver one of the better sales pitches I'd heard in a while. It would have had me reaching for my wallet if he hadn't been selling steaks and seafood.

Not that Larry Whiston's steak and seafood isn't top notch. Most of the reviews of the meat from his employer, Showcase Meats, are quite good, and the prices seem fair. Alas, this family eats almost no meat, and when I told that to Whiston I could see his heart sink. It was all I could do to hold up the two halves of an acorn squash I was preparing for dinner, as if to say, "No, really, I am a vegetarian. I am not brushing you off like the 57 people before me. My excuse is valid! Believe me!!"

So I told Whiston that I'd let people know they could have meat delivered to their doorstep. This seemed to lighten his mood a little. He said he delivers pork, chicken, seafood and steaks, and that his prices are lower than the supermarket's. He also said the business has a top rating from the Better Business Bureau. His cell phone is 870-1863, and if you call him he'll rush over in his little meat truck.

The life of a door to door meat salesman has got to be a rough one. Here's to you Whiston!

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The Bacon & Craeggs Challenge Has Been Defeated

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Probably surprising to no one, the person who managed to eat a "10 piece bacon plate, 6 sausage rounds, 6 eggs, 2 texas toast, 4 pancakes, and homefries (4 potatoes worth)" in under a hour was Tucson eating legend Cardboard Shell. Yeah, and she did it in nineteen minutes according to Bacon and Craeggs' Facebook page. Way to go, Michelle. I don't know how you do it, but somehow it's going to apparently take chorizo to stop you from defeating every food challenge concocted in this town.

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Grab Mom or Abuela: Help Out With Historic Photo Project

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 9:30 AM

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As part of a collaborative project between the Arizona Historical Society and the Pima County Public Library, Tucsonans who lived in Barrio El Hoyo, Barrio Viejo, Barrio Anita, the Dunbar/Spring and South Tucson areas before the "urban renewal" projects of 1960s, are invited to assist in the selection of historic photos of the barrios for a Centennial Photo Exhibit.

Grab Mom or Abuelita and head over to the Santa Rosa Library, 1075 S. 10th Ave., Saturday Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Google Maps Goes Under the Roof

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM

While this is only available for Google Maps on Android for now, the mapping of indoor spaces makes a lot of sense. I know how to get to the mall, but I often forget which level the Cinnabon is on. Not the Cinnabon by the food court; the employees there are stingy with the icing. The other Cinnabon, over by the Limited.*

More seriously, however, the demo video shows a map of an IKEA. That's actually helpful, since those places are more difficult to navigate than a corn maze. Go in for a box of cheap highball glasses and all of a sudden you're lying down on a demo couch trying to re-discover your will to live.

* I don't know if this actually applies to any mall in town. I just always like to know where the nearest Cinnabon is.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Congrats, Obama Haters...You've Got GQ on Your Side

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM

GQ's year-end "Least Influential People Alive" list by Deadspin contributor Drew Magary is an entertaining read, especially for the brutal takedown of MSNBC's Ed Schultz: "Hannity is a piece of shit, but at least he can get your average 85-year-old, gay-hating, gold-hoarding grandma to tune in. Then there are pundits like Schultz." However, it might surprise some people who earned to top spot as least influential, ahead of Tiger Woods' former caddy and failed-rapture-predictor Harold Camping. Congrats/condolences to America's most prominent undercover Muslim, Barack Obama:

Okay, so we're cheating a bit with this one. He did order the raid that wiped Osama bin Laden off the face of the earth. But then he used that surplus of political capital to let everyone in Washington stick a boot in his ass. This is a man who should be the most transformational figure of the century. Hell, he promised to be that. Instead he wields all the power of a substitute teacher at night school.

I thought for sure the lawyer who couldn't get a conviction for Casey Anthony might have earned the top spot, but at least GQ's choice should please some of the cranks in our comment section.


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Not a Great Move, BAE Systems

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM

If you're OK with feeling wildly infuriated by something you read today, check out Wired's story about how a defense contractor defamed a war hero for disagreeing with their policy of selling sniper equipment to Pakistan:

Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer is perhaps this country’s best-recognized war hero, a man who risked his life over and over again to save his buddies from a Taliban ambush. That’s why he’s the only living Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest award for valor — for his actions in Afghanistan or Iraq. It’s undoubtedly one reason why the defense giant BAE Systems hired Meyer after he left the Corps.

Then, BAE considered selling high-tech sniper rifle scopes to the Pakistani military. Meyer objected, given Islamabad’s um, unambiguous relationship with the terrorists and militants based in Pakistan. Then he quit. Suddenly, Meyer’s former bosses at BAE started calling the war hero “mentally unstable” and a drunk.

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When BAE didn’t heed him, Meyer decided to take a job with his old defense firm, Ausgar Technologies. But Meyer didn’t get the job. His supervisor at BAE, Bobby McCreight, allegedly e-mailed a Defense Department acquisition official to say Meyer was clearly traumatized from combat, “had a problem related to drinking in a social setting,” and even mocked Meyer’s forthcoming Medal of Honor award as his “pending star status.” The suit says an Ausgar official informed Meyer that he wouldn’t be rehired, thanks to the Defense Department official’s decision to pass McCreight’s assessment on to Ausgar.

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