If you're heading to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show at any point, you might consider stopping at Mercado San Agustin for a bite or three. The market has MaFooCo, Animal Farm, Guero Loco's Bubba-Que and Cyclopsicle and other food trucks down there on a roatating basis to serve the nearby gem-show crowd.
In other food news at the market, the cool little outfit Sonoran Sno Cones has added a juice bar at the request of those who wanted more healthy things to eat, and a nice cup of fresh juice is a great way to kick off any day. If you're headed down to the gem show early, you might consider having a breakfast burrito at Taqueria El Pueblito, too. It opens at 7 a.m. and the burritos are big and tasty.
As I mentioned a few days ago, the deadline to register to vote in for the Arizona Presidential Preference Primary is tonight at midnight. If you want to vote on February 28th for one of the Project White House candidates, you'll need to either be a Republican or Green by the end of the night.
Since we love democracy here (and we're generally sick of being broke), the Tucson Weekly staff is now largely comprised of Republicans and we're so excited:
Editor Jimmy Boegle:
Me, finally embracing my Southern Baptist roots:
Not pictured, Irene Messina, who left her registration confirmation at home.
The last time the Tucson Weekly interviewed LuisCarlos Davis in May 2009, his documentary 389 Miles: "Living the Border", had just won the Golden Iguana audience award for best film at the Puerto Vallarta International Film Festival. Since then, Davis' documentary that explores the complexities of life along the Mexico border starting from Douglas, Arizona and ending in San Luis, Sonora, has been seen by audiences overseas and across the country.
Davis said he presented this work at leadership conferences, medical schools, and journalism, media arts, and communication departments, movie theaters, film festivals, jails, juvenile centers, and alternative schools. "All places where people come from different backgrounds and beliefs."
"In these difficult times we are living it is important to increase our points of view on the reality that we are living in our border of Arizona and Mexico," Davis said.
To help that effort, Davis' documentary is now aavailable in its entirety on YouTube. Currently, Davis, who was born in Nogales, Sonora and raised in Noglaes, Arizona, is writing two screenplays. Davis was also recently selected by the Spanish Embassy and Fundacion Carolina as one of 15 Hispanic leaders from the United States to visit Madrid, Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastian to learn about the culture, politics, economics and social issues of Spain and explore the international relationship between the U.S and Spain.
Arizona Sen. Steve Smith of the town of Maricopa announced today that he would seek a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives rather than take on Arizona Sen. Al Melvin of SaddleBrooke in the new Legislative District 11.
Smith sent out a press release blaming the whole situation on the Independent Redistricting Commission, which was evidently supposed to deliver safe Republican districts for all sitting senators.
But Smith may not avoid a primary fight. At least two Southern Arizona Republicans—Adam Kwasman and Bob Westerman—are looking at running for the two House seats in LD11.
Smith's decision comes days after Westerman indicated he might be interested in the race, as The Range reported on Friday.
Smith's press release after the jump:
If you were planning on visiting local art/fun collective Powhaus' website today, you will likely encounter the image above, which will likely be somewhat confusing to you, as they are not a anti-Israel organization. Turns out the group's site was hacked over the weekend, and Powhaus' spokesperson Kitty Katt McKinley assured me via Facebook that their alien associate Kitty Quasar is on duty "promising to retaliate against the terrorists."
However, it should be noted that Powhaus do have an event coming up on Feb. 11th, as part of the Rialto's gem show festivities. The first in a series of promotional videos for GEM is below:
The Ninth District Court-appointed special master is in Tucson examining Tucson Unified School District and it's failed desegregation plan. Former Tucson city councilman Steve Leal recently shared his perspective asking "How will TUSD be made to do now what they historically have shown that they do not care about and have refused to remedy?":
Things make sense again. Now that the Ninth Circuit District Court ruled that the prior Federal Court ruling was in grave error regarding Tucson Unified School District relationship and entire handing of the desegregation responsibilities. In fact, the Court of Appeals Opinion states, " The district court's own findings are fatal to its determination that a school district has achieved unitary status." The Opinion made clear that T.U.S.D. has not yet accepted the principle of racial equity.
The Judge further stated, "Accordingly, we do not hesitate to do so here. We reverse the court below and order it to maintain jurisdiction until it is satisfied that the School District has met its burden by demonstrating—not merely promising—its “good-faith compliance . . . with the [Settlement Agreement] over a reasonable period of time.” Id. at 498."
The main question as I see it is, how will TUSD be made to do now what they historically have shown that they do not care about and have refused to remedy?
By Courtney L'Ecuyer
Eric Firestone paced back and forth between each painted bird and inspected their position. He wore a tattered blue jean button-down shirt, with a plaid tie and green Converse sneakers. He could have easily been mistaken for a janitor, when in fact he’s been in the art gallery business since age 22.
Firestone, 40, is the mastermind behind The Boneyard Project: Return Trip, an exhibit that debuted Saturday, January 28, 2012 at The Pima Air and Space Museum.
Not that it isn't fine in its own right, but those expecting gastropub-style food might be underwhelmed. It appears much more like sports-bar fare - including numerous references to motorcycles on the menu, which screams sports or biker bar - and what decor there is looks like what one finds on the walls at a Famous Sam's. It has only been open a month though, so it's anybody's guess as to what the future may bring.
The beer selection is all the usual suspects - again, almost identical to what you find at a pub, not a gastropub - which seemed to be plenty to keep the almost packed house happy this Saturday. It appears the surrounding Continental Ranch neighborhood needed such a venue, and Jackson's Gastropub and Grille looks to be fulfilling that need just fine.
But as we basked in the bright glow of four enormous televisions tuned to ultimate fighting and the karaoke guy started warming up his gear, it felt so much like a sports bar that I wanted to run outside and peel the letters "gastropub" from the banner affixed to the exterior. With a few new letters one could rearrange the sign to say "sportsbar," which would be a better explanation of what's happening inside anyway.