Thursday, December 8, 2016

Nine Questions: DJQ

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 10:45 AM

MAXWELL GAY
  • Maxwell Gay
Producer and sound provider DJQ's mission is to enlighten people with the sounds of the barrio. From bring the revolutionary sounds of the 70s to his music, to playing G-FUNK to set the ambiance at a party, Q will always bring the music him and his people have been and continue to listen to.

What was the first concert you attended?
The Sonora Santanera, bro. Cumbia straight up. They were old man, old old. The women was still shacking her rump on stage too. That was in Boise, Idaho with my parents. It was a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

What was the first album you owned?
The first hip hop album I owned was The Sound of Revenge by Chamillionaire. But the first album in general was this disco compilation that my dad had and he gave it to me. It had Curtis Mayfield, Donna Summer—just old disco hits.

What are you listening to these days?
My cassette adapter broke, so I made myself mix cds of all my favorite hip hop jams. There two mix CDs, on them is like Gang Starr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, the homie MIKE CHEKC local talent, Combine Vibes also homies in town. But for whatever reason man, there are 19 tracks on both of them, I always get stuck listening to the one Big Pun song I have. "Twinz, Deep Cover" I thinks its called. The one where he's like "In the middle of Little Italy, little did we know dilly do diddly."

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
You know what? At this point, I feel like I am more accepting of stuff but, I guess noise man. I don't know if it's popular but I just don't understand noise.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I would love to see Funkadelic, man. George Clinton and his posse. To see how those dudes get down. Them or Sun Ra.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Indie pop, indie pop, man. Marina and The Diamonds and like, I mean it doesn't guilt me as much but I know to my hip hop homies and DJ friends I wouldn't play that shit to them. I wouldn't show them that or tell them I got this sample from that.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
I think the song that I would love for people to play at my funeral... "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by The Smiths. That's the one.

What artist changed your life and how?
A Tribe Called Quest, man. The positivist in their lyrics and what they were going back too—summoning all types of different people. Like on their second album, the "Excursions" track, the sampling on that is ridiculous and they had The Last Poets on that and they are a big influence on me too man. Like their general idea of sampling the stuff that their parents had in their record collection and turning that out.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Between Super Fly by Curtis Mayfield and To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar. I think "Super Fly" is my favorite album of all time.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Quick Bites: A Healthy Kind of Bar

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 2:06 PM

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“Let’s just get a sandwich or something.”

The latest commercials for national chain Panera Bread pooh-poohs this phrase. But if you ever visit Tucson’s own long-beloved Food Conspiracy Co-op—especially for its ready-made snacks and meals (notably, but not limited to, sandwiches)—you might be saying it more frequently, with gusto, to your friends (and/or yourself … to each their own inner dialogue).

Because yes, the Co-op’s Conspiracy Kitchen—one of Tucson’s latest, greatest “grocerants” (noun: in-store diner offering cooked dishes and take-out prepared foods)—has just opened a “sandwich bar” (noun: like a salad bar, but for sandwiches).

On the menu? All sandwiches on the existing Conspiracy Kitchen made-to-order menu (e.g., the tempeh BLT, egg-salad sandwich, roast-beef-provolone-and-green-chile panini)—but at the bar, they’re made by you. So if you want your a hummus wrap—but toasted, on sourdough rather than in a sprouted-wheat wrap, with sprouts, not lettuce—just grab your ingredients from the bread, protein and veggie sections and make it yourself. And grab a salad or other side dish while you’re at it.

The sandwiches all cost the same, sure, but now you can have the power.

(We admit when we first heard “sandwich bar,” we hoped it referred to a bar that also specialized in sandwiches. But maybe that’s coming next.)

The Conspiracy Kitchen Sandwich Bar, 412 N. Fourth Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 624-4821 or visit their website for more info.

Tucson Stained Glass Brings Color to the Old Pueblo

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 10:21 AM

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In Tucson Stained Glass, bright glass items hang from the ceiling. The front windows display stained glass projects previous students and artists have completed, no one similar to any other. There are birds, cacti, animals, flowers, and kitchenware. Shelves of multicolored glass plates line the store, flanked by glassmaking supplies and equipment. And in the rear, a kiln and many work tables are laid out, with people hard at work on their next stained glass projects. This is the store Estelle Flores has created.

“All the tools and equipment are here for people to work on their projects, and do whatever they need to do to get done,” she said.

The shop, located at 4444 E. Grant Road in Tucson’s Garden District, is involved in more than just the sale of stained glass. The store offers many classes, and even does out of shop work on buildings around Tucson.

“We have done some church restoration, many years ago we did four very large stained glass windows for Valencia Middle School, for their library,” Flores said. They have also worked on many homes in Tucson.

Flores has been interested in stained glass for decades, and the shop was born out of her passion.

“Stained glass I got into back in 1985, very haphazardly through some friends that I knew at the time,” Flores said. She took a free class and fell in love with the art.

She said she was unable to devote much of her time to stained glass until she started working at another shop in Tucson. Partnering with another stained glass shop owner who has since retired, they opened Tucson Stained Glass in 2005.

The classes the shop offers are intended to teach many levels of making stained glass. The shop even offers a free glass cutting class to get people started. “Within two hours, you’re gonna know all the nuances you need to know,” Flores said.

In the free class, students will learn about different methods of glass cutting, curves, how to plan patterns, as well as time saving techniques.

“Once you do that, go into whatever aspect of glass one wants to go into.” she said. “You are ready. You’ve got the fundamentals, and you’ve got the main arsenal of tools you need to do whatever else it is you want to do”.

Her son, Adrian Flores, learned the skill from her, and has learned a lot from being in the shop himself.

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Cinema Clips: Loving

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 9:24 AM


Written and directed by Greg Nichols, this film recounts the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose interracial marriage was ruled illegal by the state of Virginia in 1958, banning them from the state and sending their lives into constant turmoil. Put on probation with the threat of 25 years in prison if they were caught together in Virginia, they were forced to live a good portion of their married life in exile.

The movie covers their lives from the time they decide to get married due to Mildred’s pregnancy, through the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional in 1967. So that’s nine years that two people lived their lives in America as convicted criminals simply for being two consenting adults who married.

The law banning interracial marriage was abolished in many other states as a result of the ruling, and the Loving case was used as an argument in last year’s ruling to allow for same sex marriage.

Simply put, when it comes to the institution of marriage and what it stands for here in the states, you might not ever find a more historically important couple than Richard and Mildred Loving.

Joel Edgerton, who delivered a terrific performance in Midnight Special (also directed by Nichols and released this year) is a sure Oscar contender as Richard. His face is one of constant pain and confusion, as if always saying “Really, you have to be kidding me!” The moments when Richard gets to smile and laugh in the film are like drinking a pitcher of iced water while another is being poured over you on a 110-degree day. Ruth Negga, a relatively unknown actress, is equally wonderful as Mildred, a woman who must sneak the birth of her baby in Virginia under the stress of possible arrest. Like Edgerton, hers is a performance of quiet reserve, made all the more powerful by her expressive face.

This is one of 2016’s best films.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gen. Michael Flynn, Conspiracy Tweeter and Trump Whisperer, Is a National Security Risk

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 4:30 PM

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There's no way Gen. Michael Flynn has the temperament or judgement to be Trump's national security advisor. It's far more frightening that Trump lacks the temperament and judgement to be president, but that's all the more reason he needs a stable, competent person whispering in his ear. Trump is on course to be our least knowledgeable president, a man with a 20 minute attention span who tends to adopt the viewpoint of the last person he talked to. His national security advisor, whose job is to sort through the information and opinions of cabinet members and governmental agencies, then present it to the president and help him figure out how to respond to international crises needs to be an honest man capable of distinguishing fact from fiction and able to arrive at cool, rational conclusions.

Let's ignore Flynn's famous temper and past inflammatory statements—except to note that when he was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, his subordinates referred to his questionable assertions as "Flynn facts"—and look at the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory which circulated during the last weeks of the presidential campaign. It was a fake news story, completely without basis. It was made up. It was a lie created to damage Hillary Clinton. And Flynn did his part to fan the conspiracy's flames.

The "Pizzagate" lie began right after FBI Director James Comey revealed that a new batch of Clinton-related emails were found on Anthony Weiner's computer. The "Pizzagate" lie was that some of the emails pointed to a child-trafficking ring run by Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta out of a pizza restaurant. The story flew around the internet and may have been one of the fake news stories that influenced the outcome of the election. It should have been old news after the election, but it made headlines Sunday when a man burst into the pizza restaurant with an AR-15 rifle, looking to investigate and expose the "scandal" himself. Fortunately, he didn't hurt anyone and is now in custody.

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Cinema Clips: The Eyes of My Mother

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:31 AM


Ever wondered what would happen to your kid if you raised her in the middle of nowhere with no friends and showed her how to perform surgery on decapitated cow heads?

Writer-director Nicolas Pesce has and, heck, he’s made a whole damned movie about it.

After a really strange guy (Will Brill) visits her farm home and a series of really bad things happen, Francisca (Kika Magalhaes) is left alone with nobody to talk to. Well, actually, she does have a pet, but we won’t go into that right now. Francisca has had very little social interaction over the years, other than with that pet, and she ventures out to see what the outside world is like. As it turns out, it would’ve been much better for a few people if she had chosen to just stay home and watch TV.

Shot in black and white and coupled with an effectively eerie score, this is old school horror. Like, early Wes Craven/Tobe Hooper kind of horror. Francisca turns out to be a memorable movie monster in this gothic fairytale, one that will leave you extra cautious about picking up those hitchhikers.

Pesce knows what scary is, and he certainly knows how to direct a scary picture. If you don’t like horror films already, I can pretty much guarantee you are going to violently hate this one. It’s nightmare fuel for sure. Pesce has certainly succeeded at what he has set out to do, and that’s to totally freak his audience out.

Available for rent on iTunes, Amazon.com and OnDemand during a limited theatrical release.

Monday, December 5, 2016

For More About Betsy DeVos' Priorities, Follow the Money

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 5:13 PM

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Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, and her husband Dick devote a chunk of their $6 billion fortune to funding the political campaigns of candidates who are for more charters, private school vouchers and the rest of the privatization/"education reform" agenda. The couple also has a family foundation which contributed more than $10 million in 2015. Politico looked over a copy of the Foundation's 2015 tax forms and listed some of the recipients. The money makes Betsy DeVos's priorities clear. She likes school choice in its many forms and has a soft spot for religious organizations. Here are some highlights from the Politco list.

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation is a primary funder of a reasonably recent news-format education website, The 74, begun by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, which is pro-privatization/"education reform" and pro-DeVos. The Foundation gave $400,000 to the website and another $400,000 to Brown's nonprofit, The Partnership for Educational Justice.

New York's Success Academies, a chain of charter schools, got $150,000. Success's founder, Eva Moskowitz, was being talked about as a possible Secretary of Education pick until she took herself out of the running. (Word has it she's angling for the New York City mayor job.)

The American Enterprise Institute is a major voice of the conservative movement. It received $750,000.

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Win Tickets to See The Nutcracker

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM

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Is it really wintertime without the classic beauty of the Nutcracker? Ballet Tucson says, "of course not!," and they're offering you a chance to see their version of the classic free of charge.

We're giving away two sets of four tickets, and winners can pick which show they want to attend. The options are:

Dec. 22., 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 23, 3 or 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 24, 1 p.m.

We'll be picking winners Wednesday, Dec. 7. Want to go with your three favorite people? Enter here:

Fill out my online form.

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