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Monday, January 30, 2017

Redbubble Is Your New Best Friend

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 10:25 AM

A phone case with an intergalactic kitten. A coffee mug with enough turquoise cactuses that it practically screams "Tucson." Laptop case stickers with quotes from your favorite sitcom or Netflix binge. Even products with the campaign logos of whatever political statement you want to make. It's all on Redbubble, and once you peruse their site, you'll be convinced it just "gets" you.

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Redbubble is an online marketplace that sells art designs from more than 400,000 independent artists. This artwork can be placed on your pick of clothing, phone cases, stickers, wall art, home decoration, stationery and bags for a relatively low price. With as many options as you have for artists, it is near impossible to not leave the site with items emptied from your shopping cart and on their way to your home.

My last order from Redbubble consisted of 10 laptop case stickers that encompass the essence of my personality and interests perfectly, and the entire order was only $15.66. The best part of the order, being so incredibly busy as many of us are, was that it took me approximately 20 minutes maximum to find all these unique designs and consequently fall in love with them. They were delivered in both a protective and aesthetically-pleasing envelope.

click image My laptop case with nine of the 10 new Redbubble stickers. All of the stickers are from this creative company except for the "This is Tucson" cactus and the large "Love, Cherish, Protect" Mount Lemmon sticker on the right. - JESSICA SURIANO
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  • My laptop case with nine of the 10 new Redbubble stickers. All of the stickers are from this creative company except for the "This is Tucson" cactus and the large "Love, Cherish, Protect" Mount Lemmon sticker on the right.

I can personally vouch for these stickers' high quality, too. My laptop has now ventured to school, home, work and a friend's apartment for about a week now with these new bad boys and I have noticed they seem to be scratch-resistant and won't be peeling any time soon.

Personalize that phone case, laptop case, reusable water bottle or anything else your heart desires with this company. I'll definitely be a returning customer.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

7 Ways to Have a Better Day

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Marches, "alternative facts" and avalanches, oh my! This year has been quite the roller coaster so far, and it's only been about three weeks. If the commotion of this unpredictable world is making you feel overwhelmed or stressed, here's a list of seven random acts of kindness you could do today and one day for the rest of a week to make someone else a little less stressed. Chances are, you'll feel a little happier too.

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1. Pay for the person behind you in a drive-thru. It may be a cliche, but it's probably one for a reason. So pay it forward. Maybe that person will too, and then everyone in that Starbucks drive-thru will just start his or her day infinitely better.

2. Buy your mom flowers for no apparent reason. Moms are the life forces of this planet; she deserves flowers.

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3.  Cook your roommates (or your significant other, or even just yourself) a nice dinner. It will brighten another person's day that you put in the effort, even if that just means boiling noodles. I know Chick-Fil-A always beckons, but take a walk on the slightly more nutritious side.

4. Make your best friends a playlist for their next road trip or work commute. They'll embarrass themselves during the 60 seconds of red-light dance parties to songs you hand-picked for them. True friendship.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

How Not To Read The Onion

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Reading the confused comments under The Onion articles is one of my favorite past times. Please enjoy these randomly chosen reactions of reading satire literally as much as I have.

The people who were appalled by SeaWorld's new specialty:


The people who had some serious concerns about an ice lawsuit:



Perfecting the intricacies of the frappuccino is truly a tricky business.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

You're a Wizard, Harry: A Harry Potter Ball at Your Favorite Barnes & Noble

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

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Have you always known you're a witch or wizard at heart? Well, shed your muggle-ness for an evening of holiday celebration and magic at your local Barnes and Noble for the Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball.

Barnes and Noble locations across the country will hold a Yule-ball inspired dance party at all stores in the U.S. on Friday, Dec. 9 from 7-9 p.m. Muggles of all ages are welcome to join in on the holiday fun. 

Whether you want to come in your best-dressed, as your favorite Potter character or in your Hogwarts uniform, there will be festive activities to celebrate all things Potter.

Because of the obvious popularity of this free event, Barnes and Noble said customers should call their local store ahead of time for capacity limits or special instructions.  

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Fifth Annual Rock Lottery with The Flycatcher

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

It's a unique night of local music and it's something you've never heard before. The Flycatcher, a local bar and small-time music venue on Fourth Avenue, will host Tucson's fifth annual rock lottery to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
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The concept is simple: Gather 25 of Tucson's local musicians and fashion them into five musical groups, which are selected all by chance. Each group will be sent off to different practice locations across town and will have only 12 hours to create a band name, write four original songs, learn a song to cover and perform all five pieces to a Flycatcher audience.

All of the musicians chosen for this rock lottery comes from all walks of life and musical genres, according to The Flycatcher's official website. The hope is to highlight the unique musical styles within the Tucson community and bring together new genres while still maintaining the styles of each musician.

Where: The Flycatcher, 340 E. 6th St.
When: Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.
How to get in: Be at least 21; $5 admission at the door and/or bring two non-perishable food items to donate, all proceeds go to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gobble Some Finger Foods With Pivot Produce in Celebration of Tucson's Local Eats

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Tucson food fiends unite, a food party is only a few days away.

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In a celebration of local food and with hopes of meeting a fundraising goal, Pivot Produce is teaming up with four local businesses to throw an hors d'oeuvres party with local produce on Dec. 4 from 4-8 p.m. at Pueblo Vide Brewing Co., 115 E. Broadway Blvd.

Pivot Produce is a for-profit company that work to supplying food-based businesses with local produce near the Tucson-metro area. The company is a distributor for Arizona farmers' produce in hopes to alleviate the worry of selling and to keep farmers doing what they do best.

Get ready for some finger foods from local businesses like 5 Points Market and Restaurant, EXO Roast Co., The Carriage House and Welcome Diner. Pueblo Brewing, the hosting location, will feature its special beet-infused PV Pale Ale—proceeds of this limited-times brew will benefit Pivot's cause.

The company is working toward a $20,000 fundraising goal to keep Arizona produce flowing into Tucson's kitchens. If the company reaches its goal, it will be eligible for the USDA's Local Food Promotion Grant. See their fundraising page here.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Laughing Stock: Eddie Pence, Abby Louise Jensen, 'Set - Unlisted' and Wildcat Comedy

Posted By on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 at 3:23 PM


“You want to teach your kids about heartache and loss, buy a hamster,” Eddie Pence says. The line comes near the end of a series of laughs about how we think about our pets. For example, we panic when a dog “gets lost,” whereas cats just leave. “It’ll be back in a week with something dead,” he says.

Pence fashions laugh lines out of the familiar flotsam of 21st century dad life, and sometimes steals them directly from his toddler son. He’s performed at the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival and HBOs The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, and has appeared on Comedy Central and the Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Pence comes to Laff’s Comedy Caffé, this weekend, with shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26. Laff’s is at 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. Admission is $10 to $15 with a two-item minimum. Make reservations at Artist information is at

Public Defender Abby Louise Jensen is featured in the T.I.M. Soap Box performance at 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25. The Soap Box improv team spins scenes from true stories shared by each week’s guest. An attorney with the Pima County Public Defender, Jensen is vice president and general counsel at Southern Arizona Gender Alliance and co-chairs the Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. Before all that she parachuted into wildfires for a living.  The show is $5 at T.I.M. (Tucson Improv Movement), 329 E. Seventh St.,

Comedy impresario Matt Ziemak’s mind = blown. “This is my baby,” he said in announcing the event. “I thought of this idea when I was really lonely in L.A.“ Tucson Improv Movement debuts a comedy show he invented that melds improv and stand-up into a new format called “Set - Unlisted." In the performance, comedians do their routines and then improv teams, who have been kept out of the room, create scenes from fragments of the comic’s notes. Guest comedians for the premise’s debut are Mo Urban, Ali Musa, Rory Montserrat, Pauly Casillas and Ziemak’s co-host T.I.M. company member Leland Long. The show is $5

Wildcat Comedy, formerly on Mondays at Illegal Pete’s, returns on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. The show will benefit from fewer frat boys daring companions to take the mic. Opening comics are hosts Rich Gary and Matt Ziemak plus Dom Ditolla, Randy Ford, Charles Ludwig, Leland Long and yours truly. The Screening room serves beers, movie snacks and Empire pizza.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Laughing Stock: Laugh at the Patriarchy

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Alisha Ratan and Meredith D. Howell of Overtly Sensitive. - SHAUNTÉ GLOVER
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  • Alisha Ratan and Meredith D. Howell of Overtly Sensitive.

“I don't want to be disrespectful,” said Alisha Ratan recently in a Phoenix New Times interview, “but a lot of misogynistic humor gets a free pass. I think we felt more and more like, 'I feel less safe as a woman onstage, and in the audience.'"

In response, Ratan and a colleague, Meredith D. Howell, formed an improv team, Overtly Sensitive. The name refers to a phrase women would like you to stop saying when they make their feelings known. The duo pokes fun at “the patriarchy,” at the pitfalls and life hacks of millennial females and, in a recent show, at stress-relieving meditation, coaxing their audience into centering the heart chakra on the mattress of the body’s core.

Affiliated with the Torch Theatre in Phoenix, Overtly Sensitive will perform on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Comedy at the Wench, a monthly comedy showcase at Surly Wench Pub. The show starts at 9 p.m.
Also on the bill is Tucson favorite Steven Yanez Romo, host of the popular local talk show Romo Tonight Live. His concoction of chaos, hilarity and special guests was broadcast monthly from the Flycatcher until Romo recently moved to Bisbee. Fans will want to catch what may become a rare stand-up appearance in the Old Pueblo.

Writer and storyteller Em Bowen, salty army vet Stephanie Lyonga and Californian James Quinn round out the bill.

Tucson comics Roxy Merrari and Mo Urban host and perform in the showcase every fourth Tuesday, and an open mic every second Tuesday, at The Surly Wench Pub Bar and Grill at 424 N 4th Ave. Admission is free; a donation is requested. Artist information is available online.

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