The Color Run is coming back to Tucson on Dec. 21 at the Pima County Fairgrounds and the Weekly is teaming up with the people from KIND Healthy Snacks (and while I generally dislike anything involving the world "healthy" especially considering I just ate an entire bag of gummy watermelon sour somethings, HAVE YOU TRIED THE APPLE CINNAMON PECAN BAR?) to give you and a friend free tickets to participate in the fun.
So, here's what you have to do: Go to the Twitter and hit @tucsonweekly AND @kindsnacks up with a tweet with your favorite song to run to. Bonus points if it included a color in the title (or get crazy with it and pick a song with a color in the title BY a band with a color in their name like The Big Pink's "Stay Gold!" BOOM!). Include the hashtag #kindawesome because the KIND people asked us to and they were nice enough to give us tickets so why not? We'll pick a winner on December 12 and you and the friend of your choice will be in the Color Run for free (a $90 value, which is something).
Attending City High School is a much different experience than if I had chosen to go to a public school. Charter schools in general have a different agenda, and being located in downtown Tucson provides even more of a chance to stand out among most high schools. Whether its by calling our teachers by their first name or gathering for a Whole School Meeting every Wednesday (yes, we can fit the whole school into one room), we always manage to set ourselves apart. Especially when, once a month, we have our Community Day.
Community Day was designed around the idea that students not only learn better when outside of the classroom and in their surrounding environment, but that they can give back, as well. A week in advance, we're sent an email in which we choose from a list of community organizations that we want to participate in that following Friday. The options include Ben's Bells, Ironwood Tree Experience, going down to the Las Milpitas farm, the Poetry center, and my personal favorite, Playformance.
I feel like food trucks are following me everywhere I go. I was walking to the Gangplank/Tucson Weekly HQ and there was a giant orange truck parked in on the south side of the Pioneer building. The truck reads "Cheesy Rider" in cursive. I was intrigued by the smell of toasty bread and downtown pollution. It was lunchtime and I was hungry.
The food truck theme is based off the Peter Fonda American road movie Easy Rider. There's a giant cartoon motorcycle rider pasted on both sides of the truck. "Motorcycle riders love it. They park their bikes next to it and take pictures," says 26 year-old Cheesy Rider co-owner and executive chef Robert Bruce. Bruce is a tall, dark and young culinary student at the Art institute. "We have only been around four months," Bruce said. Sean Scott, Chessy Rider co-owner, is a semi-retired financial adviser that had aspirations to go to culinary school, but that was until he tasted Robert's cooking. "I met Robert at a business event and I really liked his food. Both of us were looking for a change of pace so we went in to business together," Scott said.
There's word that a new drinking and eating spot is setting up shop in a spot at Broadway Village, the ages-old shopping center that has taken up the corner of Broadway and Country Club since 1939.
A liquor license application has been filed for the place under the name Sidecar Bar and Lounge. A representative for Commercial Retail Advisors, which handles the business of renting out the numerous spots at Broadway Village, also confirmed the opening, saying the doors of the new lounge should be open in early 2014.
In other news at Broadway Village, Cashew Cow is opening a retail location there. I contacted owner Jeremy Shockley today and he says his little and very interesting ice cream shop should be open sometime next spring.
Shockley was at some sort of an ice cream science class in Las Vegas when I got in touch with him, so suffice it to say that this man means business. Details to come but for now he says his "indulgently healthy" gourmet ice cream is of an ilk otherwise unknown to the Old Pueblo.
Longtime Republican political operative Emil Franzi takes aim at Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller in his new Inside Tucson Business column:
Since her election, Miller has combined the delusions of Moore and the cluelessness of Marsh without the personal charm of either. She seems driven by a pathological dislike of fellow GOP Supervisor Ray Carroll. She and her staff isolate themselves behind locked doors and rarely talk to anyone. What she tells people is often false and even bizarre. Paranoia lurks.
Miller attacked Democratic Supervisor Richard Elias for traveling to Israel “at the county taxpayer’s expense.” It was an American-Israeli Political Action Committee trip paid for by them. That erroneous cheap shot at Elias also insulted AIPAC.
Miller keeps claiming that Supervisor Ray Carroll voted against her budget study sessions even though the official record indicates the vote was 3-2. Carroll - who has a long record of supporting fellow Republicans from Congressman Matt Salmon to former county assessor candidate Bill Heuisler - even co-hosted a fund-raiser for Miller.
Miller has aligned herself with some of the scurvier elements of the local GOP and several bottom-feeding talk show hosts. She was flanked at a recent appearance for Quail Creek Republicans with Carroll’s defeated opponent from the 2012 GOP Primary, Sean Collins, and former State Rep. Randy Graf who mouthpieced for Collins during one of the sleaziest political campaigns in local history.
A major connection between these folks is a scuzzy online hate sheet, the Arizona Daily Independent. They smeared Carroll with phony “corruption” stories but failed to produce any evidence claiming their “source” feared retaliation. Miller has done the same with claims of “corruption” in county contracts and attacked Huckelberry — again, with no evidence. As with Carroll, several talk gypsies chimed in, including 104.1’s J.T. Harris.
Harris, who hasn’t been here long enough to pronounce “La Canada,” is a self-appointed arbiter of local Republican purity. Besides Carroll, he’s trashed Congressional candidate Martha McSally, GOP National Committeeman Bruce Ash, and former State Sen. Frank Antenori. He regularly quotes from the ADI apparently unaware that its material, when not imagined, is plagiarized from genuine news sources like the Yellow Sheet of the Arizona Capitol Times. Harris uses ADI publisher Loretta Hunnicutt as a regular source and guest as he does Supervisor Miller.
Now, this is a story all about how Will Smith, Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro (AKA Carlton) reunited for a special moment on the UK’s Graham Norton Show. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air aired its final episode 17 years ago this week. The video starts off with Will and Jaden doing some freestyle, and then Will brings out Jazzy Jeff from the shadows. Literally. Will performs a nostalgic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sing along (I'm surprised I still remember the words) then Riberio jumps in and everyone starts doing the "Carlton."
This video makes me want to go to Bookmans and buy the entire Fresh Prince DVD collection because I don't have Netflix.The best part is when the camera pans over to Heather Graham and Bradley Cooper awkwardly dancing in the background. I can't wait to see their moves in American Hustle.
Congressman Raul Grijalva joined 27 other Democrats to urge President Barack Obama to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to all undocumented immigrants now in the United States.
Obama established the DACA program, which allows potential DREAM Act kids to be safe from prosecution and deportation, last year. But in a November speech at a fundraiser, he dismissed the idea of expanding the program in response to a heckler who demanded he stop deporting undocumented immigrants.
"What you need to know, when I'm speaking as president of the United States and I come to this community, is that if in fact I could solve all of these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so," Obama said. "But we're also a nation of laws. That's part of our tradition. … So the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws. What I'm proposing is the harder path, which is to use our democratic process to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve. But it won't be as easy as just shouting. It requires us lobbying and getting it done."
In a letter to Obama, Grijalva and his fellow Democrats said they "cannot continue to witness potential citizens in our districts go through the anguish of deportation when legalization could be just around the corner for them. We look to you to firmly contribute to advancing inclusion for immigrants by suspending deportations and expanding DACA."
"Every deportation of a father, a sister, or a neighbor tears at our social consciousness; every unnecessary raid and detention seriously threatens the fabric of civil liberties we swore to uphold," the letter reads. "We are talking about American families and American communities. Criminalizing American families or giving local law enforcement the responsibility to choose who stays and who goes, is not the right option.”
At the dawn of the 1930s in Berlin, the Nazi party quietly grows stronger. Set in the seedy underbelly of the infamous Kit Kat Klub, CABARET revolves around 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with a young American writer. A sub-plot involves a doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the enigmatic Master of Ceremonies, who serves asa constant metaphor for the tenuous state of late Weimar Germany.The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $18 or there's a cash bar open during Pre-Show and Intermission. You're probably reading this and saying, "Hey Henry! I'm reading this after the fact. You should have told me sooner." Don't worry because this awesome show is playing through December 22!
An exhibit of art prints of artworks involving bicycles and bicycling continues through Saturday, Jan. 4; free.… More