Monday, July 27, 2015

Leo Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:30 PM


Hi everybody! My name is Leo and I'm on the hunt for a new family. I am the perfect dog, if I do say so myself. I'm great on a leash, a perfect lounger and I'm already house trained. What more could you want?

I'm not too picky when it comes to my new home. I'd really love a family that could take me on a good walk or two a day. After all, I have a physique to maintain! I do a perfect job of manning the grill, but hold a zero tolerance policy of talking during the football game. I enjoy actions movies and rom-coms, but don't tell the ladies.

All joking aside, I'd really love a new home. I've been waiting for some time now and the staff all tell me that my family is waiting just around the corner. If you think we're soul mates, please come and meet me. 
Leo—5-years-old —Pit Bull Mix—M—#798406

More Thoughts on Harper Lee's Two Versions of Racism in America

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:47 PM

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When I wrote my earlier post comparing Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird with her just-released earlier novel, Go Set a Watchman, I was relying on a number of reviews and analyses I had read about the new book. I hadn't gotten my own copy yet. Since then, I've read Watchman, which reinforced the perspectives I got from others and added to them. Watchman isn't a great book—it probably isn't even a very good book in its published form—but it's an intelligent book with sharp analyses of attitudes in the south during the 50s, specifically after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional in the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision. The contrast between the versions of the south and the pervasiveness of racism portrayed in the two books is what most resonates for me—the glossy, airbrushed version in Mockingbird versus the wrinkles-and-all version in Watchman. My general takeaway from the contrast between the two books is, we need to grow up about the way we perceive racism in this country—how substantial it is, how much it underlies the way we as individuals perceive the world and the way our society functions. We need to look racism directly in the face, acknowledge it and do whatever we can, not to eradicate it completely since that's impossible, but to lessen its impact by working to correct its most destructive aspects.

Genuine spoiler alert: I'm going to be talking about Watchman in some detail, so if you plan to read the book and don't want it pre-summarized and analyzed, this is a good time to stop reading.

In Watchman, a 26-year-old woman who is living in New York returns to her home town in the south for a visit. At the beginning of the book, the town and its inhabitants appear to be as she remembered them, especially her father Atticus Finch whom she idolized as a child and continues to idolize as a young adult. In her eyes, Atticus was a man who transcended his time and place, someone who saw beyond race and class, whose judgement was absolutely fair and even handed unlike most white inhabitants of the town, including some wonderful but flawed adults she knew growing up.

As the book continues, she begins to see that Atticus isn't the man she believed he was. To her horror, she finds he's a segregationist and something of a bigot. He's against school integration and making it easy for southern blacks to vote—or he's against doing those things right away, anyway. He wants changes to happen in their own sweet southern time, not on the timetable set by the Supreme Court and the N.A.A.C.P. To paraphrase one of today's much-used phrases, for Atticus, White lives matter, but Black lives — or at least the quality of black lives — don't matter nearly as much, especially if improving their lives has a negative impact on the privileges he and other southern whites have come to expect as their birthright.

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Sample Russian Beer and Cuisine at Special Kalina Dinner

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 9:09 AM

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  • Russian food + Russian beer = Event you should go to

There's still some time left to try out Downtown Kitchen + Cocktail's limited time Around the Globe menu foray into Moscow, but, in case you didn't get your fill of unique Russian fare in that menu tasting (or if you mess up and miss it completely since it ends on August 3), you should head over to Kalina Russian Cuisine and Tea House on Friday, August 7 for a tasting menu of both Russian food and beer.

While the food menu for the night is all Russian, with dishes like pellmell with ground lamb (Russian ravioli) and stroganoff over mashed potatoes, the beer will sample brews from Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine. 

Here's the full menu:


The five course tasting menu is $33 all inclusive at Kalina (8963 E. Tanque Verde #210) beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can make reservations online through the restaurant's event page.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Zona Politics: Bernie Sanders Speaks! Plus: Ash and Rogers Talk Sanders, Trump, Planned Parenthood & More!

Posted By on Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 3:41 PM

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On this week's episode of Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel: Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has a one-on-one conversation with Sen. Bernie Sanders about his presidential campaign during last week's NetRoots Nation conference in Phoenix. (Special thanks to Five Steps Forward/NetRoots Nation for sharing their footage of the interview.) Then Nintzel sits down with Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash and attorney Jeff Rogers to talk about Sanders, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the latest efforts to discredit Planned Parenthood and more. Watch online here or check us out on our new station, CW Tucson, at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 26. That's Channel 8 on Cox and Comcast and Channel 58 on DirecTV and the Dish Network.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Listen to Matt Rendon of The Resonars' New Psych Project Called Butterscotch Cathedral

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Between recording some of my favorite locally made records released this year at his studio Midtown Island and fronting the pioneering Tucson rock group The Resonars, Matt Rendon's also got a little something else up his sleeve. Rendon's new project, called The Butterscotch Cathedral, is a high-concept full psych experiment that, from the first listen, actually teleports you to the UK in the mid-to-late '60s, rather than simply appropriating the sound.

National music blog Brooklyn Vegan released the first track from The Butterscotch Cathedral, drawing ties to both The Who and Beach Boys instantly. Truthfully, from that first song, it seems like the project and forthcoming album could comfortably nestle its way into Piper-era Pink Floyd or even The Beatles circa Sgt. Pepper as well. See for yourself:

Although we're going to have to wait until October to snag a copy of The Butterscotch Cathedral's self-titled debut, which will be released via Trouble in Mind (Jacco Gardner, Mikal Cronin, Del Shannon, etc.), Rendon also released a promo video for the project. Hopefully both "Flood of Mendoza" and that acid trip of a promo will hold us all over until then, but I doubt it. Anyway, without further ado:

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Another Good Thing

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 1:10 PM

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In an effort to end the week on a high note, here's another good thing to follow the Couple of Good Things I posted about yesterday. By the way, I was accused by a few commenters of being kinda Pollyanna-ish in that post, making too much of a  big deal about small advances. One commenter said, "Let's not step over a dollar bill to pick up a nickel," a phrase I'd never heard before but which I will repeat ten times today so it becomes a permanent part of my vocabulary (I should mention, however, a google search indicated that the phrase usually talks about dimes, not nickels. Inflation, dontcha know). But sometimes, I just gotta take good news where I can find it.

Today's good thing is our ex-Gov. Janet Napolitano, now President of the University of California, announcing that she's raising wages of some workers in the U.C. system to $15 an hour.
Napolitano announced the move a day after Los Angeles County — the nation's largest government agency — agreed to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in all unincorporated communities by 2020. Los Angeles enacted a similar plan earlier this year, becoming the largest city in the nation to do so.
Let me mention the limits of Napolitano's move before commenters do. It will only affect about 3,200 U.C. employees, not everyone currently making less than $15 per hour. Still, it's a small step forward in the struggle against income inequality. I honestly didn't expect the movement to raise the minimum wage to gather this much momentum this quickly, but I'm happy that it has.

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Look at all These Cool People Doing Their Best of Tucson Ballot

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Vote. Everybody is else is doing it. 

These guys have some serious opinions about Tucson's Best Farmer's Market.
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