Monday, January 30, 2012

'500 Years of Chicano History' Available Free to Local (Former) Mexican American Studies Students

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Publishers of the book 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures, one of the books banned from the Tucson Unified School District's now dismantled Mexican American Studies classes, is offering 1,000 books to TUSD Mexican American Studies students:

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Sean Getzwiller, Propping Up Tucson Poker Yet Again {UPDATED}

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

It's been a pretty good eight months for Sean Getzwiller.

The former Tucson-area resident, who learned to play poker at the local casinos (as well as the underground games) while also riding the wave of the region's rising and falling real estate market, made his fourth deep run in a major tournament since June by finishing third late Monday in the World Series of Poker Circuit championship event at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The $1,600 event, which began on Friday with more than 600 players, paid Getzwiller a little more than $89,000.

Though that money pales compared to the $611,000 Getzwiller earned for winning at World Series of Poker bracelet last June, yet another strong finish in a high-profile event helps solidify him as one of the top up-and-coming players in the game.

I'd like to say my limited interactions with Getzwiller taught me how to play as well as he does. Unfortunately, all I learned was how to throw a $1 chip from one table onto the other.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Lull at Club Congress Tonight

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Some Love from A Lull on Vimeo.

You're in for double the fun at Club Congress' show tonight at 6:30 p.m. A Lull bring their winter 2012 tour to Tucson along with the band, Deleted Scenes..

There's something about A Lull that reminds me of Iron and Wine - and that's a good thing. The alternative-rock band uses softer vocals that blend in with their songs' melodies and varying rhythms. Here's what Ilene D. Palacios with Gozamos says about their album, Confetti:

The flavorful ingredients of this album are adventurous and diverse. There are elements of Ambient, Noise, Folk and Shoegaze all in an Experimental concoction. Each beautifully crafted song also contains complex layering of instruments and sounds, such as echoed pieces, industrial beats, fuzzy percussion and complicated harmonies. A Lull also music-ifies random sounds like breaking bottles, the crunch of garbage bags and what I think is an old ringing phone. The end of “Water & Beasts” seems to do opposite and use instruments to emulate an accidentally melodic printer rhythmically rolling out pages.

For more information, visit the Hotel Congress website.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

PCC's Flores' Retirement Papers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 8:54 PM

According to an e-mail sent to all Pima Community College employees and faculty at 4:30 p.m. today, Chancellor Roy Flores announced his retirement at the end of the year.

Last year certainly wasn't the easiest for Flores, who faced strong criticism for ending PCC's open-enrollment tradition. As a result, the college lost the opportunity in October 2011 to host a White House Hispanic Community Action Summit when community members put pressure on the White House to change locations. (The Summit has been rescheduled the end of this month on Monday, Jan. 30, at Sunnyside High School. To register go to go.usa.gov/nj1).

In October 2011, Flores underwent triple-bypass surgery.

Along with the e-mail sent to PCC staff today, Flores included an attachment that detailed the college's accomplishments since he took charge of the college almost nine year ago.

Read Flores' letter and accomplishments after the jump.

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Let's Watch a Short Film About Pork Products

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Allan Benton lives in Tennessee and makes ham, bacon and other pork products that chefs in New York City go crazy for. University of Mississippi Media Documentary Projects made a film about the craftsman who became a star and it's an interesting look into what can happen when someone dedicated their live to creating something of quality. Plus, it makes me really want some ham.

[HT: Eater]

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Guest Opinion: Is Jeff Rogers Abusing His Office?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM

While the Pima County Democratic Party might not have a face, it certainly has a voice. I am writing of course of Jeff Rogers, the twice-elected Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party.

The duties of Chair are as follows:

The County Chair shall preside at all meetings; make appointments to committees; make temporary appointments to offices which have been vacated… and generally do all and everything necessary to aid in the election of Democratic candidates, and to promote successful organization and operation of the Pima County Democratic Committee.

In sum, the Chair is to administrate the Party, raise money and groom potential candidates. The Chair is also a member of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is allowed and authorized to express policy position on issues of local, state, and national import. Nowhere, however, in the bylaws, is the Chair authorized to decide who is, and who is not, Democrat enough for the Party’s taste. Nowhere in the bylaws do the words “Chair” and “duly appointed demagogue” appear within the same sentence.

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Citizen Cope Plays the Rialto Saturday Night

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The word "raw" doesn't even begin to describe the musical style of Clarence Greenwood, aka Citizen Cope.

Though he has been compared to artists like Neil Young and Van Morrison, Cope's music has that "different" but brilliant style—the kind you don't hear every day. And while his music is often classified as blues or soft rock, it doesn't seem to mimic anything in particular. It's a mixed-genre of its own.

Cope plays songs that you can't help but bob your head and tap your foot to. He writes lyrics that someone would purposely choose to listen to because they sound real and emotional.

Don't miss his stop in Tucson on Saturday at 8 p.m. For ticket info, visit the Rialto Theatre website.

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The Next Food Truck Round-Up Is This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

These Food Truck Round-Up events are growing at an exponential rate. The first one had like a half-dozen trucks and the one this Sunday, Jan. 29, has nearly 20. The organizers are also looking to hold more events near the University of Arizona, Marana and other locations, so be on the lookout for those in the coming weeks.

I must say that Tucson's food-truck fleet has really come into its own. It seems like just yesterday when we were talking about how cool it would be to have a regular mobile-food festival and now they have become a reality. The trucks get more and more interesting with every passing month, too.

Also: Keep checking back here for more Food Truck Diaries entries in the coming weeks. We've got some good ones on the way.

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