Monday, January 23, 2017

Atticus Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM

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Hi, I'm Atticus!

I'm a handsome 3.5-year-old boy and I need a new home! I was found as a stray so the Humane Society of Southern Arizona doesn't know a lot about my history, but they do know that I am very playful and cute!

I've been getting along well with my kennel mate by initiating play and roughhousing a little bit. I'm a big boy so I need a home that has ample space for me to get my daily exercise! I would benefit from a having a family that enjoys going for walks, runs, hikes or bike rides!

I need a home, but if you aren't looking to adopt you can still help homeless pets like me by donating to HSSA's fund to build a new home!
They are asking people like you to help them raise 3 million dollars! Click here for more information about the new shelter and how you can help today! www.hssaz.org/building

If you want to give me a home give HSSA a call at 520-327-6088 ext. 173 for more information!

I hope to see you soon!

Lots of love,
Atticus (761837)

American Babylon: The Women's March on Washington and a Trump Inauguration Protest

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 3:46 PM

American Babylon traveled to Washington, DC over the weekend. Here's a peek at the Women's March on Washington and an inauguration protest:


Cinema Clips: Julieta

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 9:05 AM



Writer-director Pedro Almodovar’s latest is one of his more quiet, introspective films. It also has the characteristically good looks and great performances his movies often have.

Julieta (Emma Suarez) appears ready to move with her boyfriend (Dario Grandinetti) and start a new life in a new land. A chance meeting with an old friend (Michelle Jenner) changes her mind. She leaves her relationship, takes up her old apartment in Madrid, and starts penning letters to her long lost daughter.

The film then switches to flashback mode where a younger Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) meets her daughter’s father on a train, and they embark on a complicated life together. That flashback eventually leads to the present and an ending that might frustrate a high percentage of its viewers.

Suarez and especially Ugarte are good here, keeping the movie from being too melodramatic with finessed performances. This one isn’t as original or captivating as past Almodovar works, and it’s certainly lacking in humor.

Still, it holds you for its running time, and the actresses are very impressive.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

At least a 1/2 a Million New Friends at the Women's March in DC!

Posted By on Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 10:00 PM

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Amazing day! We heard there were 500,000-800,000 people joining us at the Women's March on Washington

We apologize for not posting during the day but overall we heard everyone had problems reaching the internet...

Here's our summary of the March on the ground.

Priscilla: Immediately when we reached the Washington Mall area, we saw a lot of people giving their perspective on Donald Trump and how he treats women, especially from all the speakers.

Ella: There was chanting from the crowd with lots of different chants. Chants like: "show me what democracy looks like" and "thank you Obama" and "thank you Michelle."

Priscilla: The weather was dark and in the morning we couldn't see the Washington Monument through the fog. We arrived at the Mall around 8:30 a.m. and stood at 4th and Independence.

Ella: It was humid and damp and our Arizona shoes/feet got cold and chilly.

Priscilla: Ashley Judd was my most memorable speaker. She read a poem from memory. It was inspirational and she said everything from her heart.

Ella: She had such confidence and all agreed it was really passionate. Michael Moore was really funny and was talking a long time and they had to cut him off to get him to stop talking. Everyone agreed that he was talking to us like a friend. He gave us ideas of what we could do, like call our legislators every day for 100 days.

Priscilla: We didn't like getting surrounded by tons of people next to the street and three out of four of us felt like we might pass out. We went up by a building and we met new friends and we played games to relax after the crowd-stress and we waited for the crowd to thin.

Ella: It was cool because so many people felt the same way and the signs inspired me.

Priscilla: Some signs were shocking but still accurate.  

Here are some pictures we took today! We are exhausted from our long day. We had to call to get a ride back to my Uncle's because the subway was sooo full that it stop letting people in. We met a lot of new people today from all over the country! We aren't alone, that's for sure.

We'll post more tomorrow! Thanks for reading about our awesome day.
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Editor's Note: Priscilla and Ella, ages 12 and 9, are Tucsonans traveling to Washington DC for the Women's March on Washington. Ella is a 4th grader and likes playing volleyball, traveling, playing with her cats, and designing clothes. Priscilla is in 7th grade and loves gymnastics and television. The comments section is going to remain closed on their posts.


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Tucson Marches for Equality

Posted By on Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 9:46 PM


Women, men and children filled the streets of downtown Tucson to denounce Donald Trump's rhetoric and behavior. One day after Trump took office, the Women's March took to the streets, in almost 700 cities worldwide, with a message of equality for everyone.

Despite the morning rain, an estimated 5,000 gathered in Armory Park to hear speakers like Planned Parenthood outreach organizer Melissa Garcia and Rep. Kirsten Engel. Tucson Police Department estimated 15,000 people total participated in the march.

"It's time to get angry again," Engel said to a cheering crowd. She pulled on a pink hat in solidarity with the marchers. "Love is what keeps you fighting so tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow are better days."

More came as people began to march to the Joel D. Valdez Library, carrying signs, singing, laughing and chanting: "This is what democracy looks like." An estimated 10,000 people showed up to march, reminding each other of their shared values and that they're not alone.

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Introducing Priscilla & Ella

Posted By on Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Hi Everyone! We are Priscilla and Ella. We are 12 and 9 years old, from Tucson AZ and we have been fortunate enough to travel to DC for the Woman's March in Washington D.C. We are excited to be at the Women's March and be a part of history! We hope to get more knowledge of what it is like to be an independent and strong woman in the U.S. today. And We will share our journey with the Tucson Weekly blog and have fun while doing it.

Ella is a 4th grader and likes playing volleyball, traveling, playing with her cats, and designing clothes. Priscilla is in 7th grade and loves gymnastics and television.

Talk to you soon! 




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Friday, January 20, 2017

T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch Begins in Earnest

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 2:31 PM

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From the election until today, we've watched Trump strutting and fretting in Trump Tower. We've listened to tales told by an idiot, full of tweets and fury, signifying nothing. Until today. Today Trump is President. Today he matters. And so T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch—Trump Human Rights Erosion and Termination Watch—begins in earnest.

Trump knows nothing about governing, but he knows how to wield personal and financial power. Driven by unbridled egomania and paranoia, he lives in a binary world; you're either for him, which makes you a "terrific person," or you're against him, which makes you an enemy. The way he treated people, organizations and businesses when he was a business man and the way he's written and talked about his rolling enemies list since his political career began are cause for alarm. Trump and his entourage could savage the institutions of a free press, free public speech and free assembly, and they could rob targeted groups of people living in this country of their basic rights, causing the country irreparable harm.

Sitting on one of Trump's shoulders whispering in his ear is a man who has aided and abetted the white supremacist movement and has a frightening global, nationalist vision of what the country should become. At Trump's other ear is a retired general and conspiracy theorist who was fired from his job in intelligence for his erratic behavior. As his megaphones, Trump has two Houdini-level verbal escape artists who lie, deflect, distract and threaten when they're confronted by an uncomfortable truth.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Laughing Stock: Roll Out the Welcome Mat

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM


This week’s comedy picks have never performed in Tucson before. They bring the funny in very different styles: Think El Charro vs. BKs, both of which they should visit.

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Johnny Beehner: Funny in any genre
Johnny Beehner mines laughs from everyday details no one else notices but everyone recognizes. In his anecdotes of family life, his craft has an almost microscopic focus, his jokes an elegant simplicity. Delightfully, his comedy also dissolves gender boundaries, reflecting sharing arrangements common to two-career households.

The relaxed character of Beehner’s performance, including improvised crowd work belies how much commitment and work are behind it.

Beehner started his career as an improv comedian with Marquette University’s vaunted Studio 013 Refugees (Fugees). He followed up in the cast of renowned iO Chicago, and now is working with UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) Los Angeles. UCB alumni include Parks and Recreation’s Amy Pohler, Funny or Die founder Adam McKay, and The Daily Show’s Ed Helms.

Beehner made his network standup debut on one of the last broadcasts of The Late Show With David Letterman. Although he enjoys the thrill of spontaneity and risk in improv team performances, he says he finds writing and performing stand-up more satisfying. When the applause comes, he says, he enjoys taking all the credit.

Lance Paullin opens for Beehner at 8 and 10: 30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20; and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Laffs is at 2900 E. Broadway. Tickets and information are at laffstucson.com. Artist information and videos are at johnnybeehner.com and lancepaullin.com

Dave Waite Makes Comedy Tuesday  at the Screening Room
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Dave Waite headlines in The Screening Room’s new Tuesday comedy series at 8 p.m., Jan. 24. He’s setting a high bar as the first touring comedian to share in Tucson’s current indie comedy boom. Waite’s network debut on the Jimmy Fallon Show revealed him as an archetype of that uncle you’d most like to duck out and smoke a joint with. His stories are self-deprecating, but from the perspective of the cheery scrapper and survivor we would all love to be if we didn’t have to feed the kids and make mortgage payments.

The Screening Room is at 127 E Congress St. Tickets are $5 in advance at tsrdowntown.com, or $8 at the door. Artist information is at davewaitecomedy.com.

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