Friday, October 28, 2016

Cinema Clips: The Accountant

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 1:30 PM

This plays out like a deranged Batman-with-a-calculator action flick. Ben Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a high functioning autistic man who has managed to harness his extreme intelligence with numbers and physical tics down into the strangest of professions. By day, he’s your average accountant helping a farm owner find tax loopholes to save a few thousand bucks. At night, he’s some sort of accountant ninja who can take out a room full of mob guys with a dinner knife and some totally Batman forearm blasts to the face. Christian takes jobs laundering books for dirty folks all over the world and, while he does have a modest, sparsely decorated home, he also has a mobile man cave (or, should I say, Batcave) that keeps all the spoils of his riches—money, gold, Jackson Pollock paintings and, yes, collector’s items like Batman comic books. During one job trying to find missing money for a prosthetics company led by the guy from Dressed to Kill (John Lithgow), he takes a liking to fellow accountant Dana (the invaluable Anna Kendrick), and they conspire to find the missing money, which, of course, wasn’t really supposed to happen. Maybe I’m the only one who sees this movie as Batman doing taxes. Maybe that makes me some sort of amateurish idiot who likes movies that are actually a little on the bad side just because they play out in a weird way in his overreaching mind. If so, I say “Hooray!” to that. My ability to make a movie something else in my head means I have a better chance of making my movie ticket money well spent instead of blown dollars, like the money I blew on that The Girl on the Train piece of shit.

Mark Stegeman: For or Against Closing Schools? Or Both? It's Hard to Tell

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 12:47 PM

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Tim Steller has a worthwhile column for anyone who wants to learn more about the twists and turns of what he calls this "mean and ugly" TUSD board race. There's lots worth discussing in the column, but I want to focus on a short quote from Mark Stegeman where he kind-of denies wanting to close more schools, with one possible exception.
“I have said repeatedly, for several years, that closures are not on my agenda, with the possible exception of one high school, since we never reached the question of closing any of our 10 major high schools. It is also not on TUSD’s current agenda; it is a completely made-up issue.”
So, according to Stegeman, he has no closures on his "agenda." Interesting word, "agenda." It doesn't mean he's against more closures. It just means it's not foremost in his mind right now. Currently, he's not considering putting the issue on a TUSD board agenda. In the future? Who knows?

Except, he might seriously consider closing a high school, though since that's not on the "current agenda," it also shouldn't be talked about right now. He might bring it up soon, but not now.

He sums up by saying the whole closure thing "is a completely made-up issue.” The reason is, it's "not on TUSD's current agenda." Of course, board members are elected to four year terms, which means they'll be making decisions long after the "current agenda" is history, so their view on all issues related to the district, including school closures, is a real issue. But Stegeman doesn't want to discuss that right now.

I've written that I think Stegeman should be voted off the board because of his game-player's strategy of taking positions, not so much because he agrees with them, but more because he wants to create alliances to build a power base which will increase his influence in district decision making. His short quote in Steller's column with all its positions and half-positions is a good example. It allows Stegeman to argue that he's on anyone's side, depending on who he's talking to at the moment. If you're trying to figure out where Stegeman stands on the issue of school closures in the near or far term using this quote, you have your work cut out for you.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

We Made One-Fifth of a Lotería Deck For You

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Today's the day! The results are in for Best of Tucson. You can read up on the winners here, but you should pick up a physical copy and keep it in your glove compartment for the next time you find yourself in need of a veterinarian, comic book or a really good veggie burger. 

The other reason you should pick up a copy of the paper is to enjoy the lotería cards our in-house graphic designer Oliver Muñoz made for the issue. It's been a few years since we've had any made-for-Best-Of-Tucson illustrations, and we're pretty excited about it. 

Below is a slideshow of the 11 cards (we're just 43 cards short of a functional deck!) and the cover Oliver made for us.

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See Best of Tucson in its entirety here:

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Win Tickets to the Chiles, Chocolate & Day of the Dead Festival

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM


It's the end of October which, in my house, means diving head first into vats of chile and chocolate—and, of course, paying homage to those we've lost with Día de los Muertos.

To that end, Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte, is the place to be this Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29. Buy some chile plants and walk through the gardens enjoying Day of the Dead-inspired artwork, chile roasting, food and wine tastings, live entertainment and free Día de los Muertos-themed face painting, plus activities for the kids.  

Tickets are $15 ($5 for members, free for kids under 12), but we're giving away four pairs of tickets, good for either day. 

Want to win? Enter below. We'll get in touch with winners throughout the day.

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The Weekly List: 25 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 10:52 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Pick of the Week: Halloween & Día de los Muertos 

Nightmare on Congress - Halloweekend: Halloween is quickly approaching and Hotel Congress is hosting a different Halloween parties every night starting Frida through Monday, Oct. 31st with live music, alcohol and costume contests. There are a ton of events to attend over the four nights, so be sure to check the Hotel Congress website to view prices, times, age restrictions and activities for each event. Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress Street. 

Night of Fright: The Pima Air and Space Museum is hosting a family Halloween event as Flight Central Hangar takes on a look of its own with spider webs and ghosts taking to the Hangar skies. The event includes "Ghoulish" games, pony rides, fishing for prizes and much more for all ages to enjoy. The Flight Grill restaurant will transform into Fright Grill for the night and will serve many delicious halloween dishes. 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Flight Grill, 6000 E. Valencia Road. $10 for adults, 12 and under free, free for members.

Feast With The Dearly Departed: It's tradition to celebrate the passing of a loved one with a feast—and the Botanical Gardens brings the community together to make that happen. This weekend, attend the fifth annual Feast With the Dearly Departed and enjoy music, pan de muerto and, of course, sugar skulls. Don't miss out. 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. General admission $13.

Chiles, Chocolate & Day of the Dead: Tohono Chul is celebrating Día de los Muertos Friday and Saturday, honoring those who have passed away with chile, chocolate and culinary delights. There will be food trucks, chile roasters, live music, chile plant sales, free face painting and plenty of activities for children at this family-friendly event. Tickets are available at the door and online. 9am-5pm Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 Tohono Chul, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte. $5 members, $15 public, 12 under free. 

Nightfall at Old Tucson: As October comes to a close we dawn upon the last weekend of the year that Nightfall will be at Old Tucson. Immerse yourself in a night full of scares as you make your way through the haunted town. It is the perfect way to get into the spirt of Halloween and have a boo-tiful night while your at it! Thursday and Sunday 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 to Sunday, October 30 Old Tucson, 201 S Kinney Rd. General admission $28, with discounts for kids.  

Rocky Horror Halloween Bash: Get ready for the late-night, double-feature Halloween party at The Loft Cinema. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a monthly tradition at the Loft but this time, it comes with a twist: it's the 38th annual Halloween Bash. Come dressed up as your favorite Rocky Horror character for your chance to win the $100 grand prize. The Loft will also ring in the Halloween season with pre-show games and more prize giveaways. 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Loft members: $5 General Admission: $6.

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Quick Bites: Halloween, Japanese-Style

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 9:30 AM


Yoshimatsu Healthy Japanese Eatery might be the last place you’d expect to be serving Halloween-themed eats—but you’d be wrong!

This locally owned, super-vegan-friendly restaurant is so authentically Japanese that the menu is written in choppy English and it serves some stuff that some Americans would find, well, not so yummy-sounding—like squid salad or fermented soybeans. But this place serves up so much variety that you’re sure to find something you like, be it the low-cal stir-fried tofu noodles or the more decadent bacon-and-onion Kushi Yaki skewers.

Anyway, in honor of All Hallows’ Eve this year, in mid-October Yoshimatsu started offering a Halloween Special: pumpkin ramen—a unique but great idea!—as well as Yuzu Miso Dengaku, or miso-glazed eggplant (whose relation to Halloween we’re frankly not sure about, but which we’ve heard is heard is delicious).

And if you haven’t been to Yoshimatsu for awhile, you might not even know two very important things about the place:

1. Yes, it’s open again—it reopened right across the street from its old location last spring!


2. It’s apparently one of Bernie Sanders’ go-to Tucson eateries: He was spotted there just last week, when he spoke at the university. We’ll get back to you if we get the scoop on what he ordered. (Politicians: They’re just like us!)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Four Tucson Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow Now

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 9:41 PM

In need of some local Instagram inspiration? Look no further. These four Instagram accounts have done an exceptional job in harnessing the unique essence of Tucson, while still maintaining their own personality. Great aesthetic and with a local focused—what could be better right? 

1. Tucson Fashion Week

Tucson Fashion Week may be over, but that doesn't mean that the fabulous photos have to stop. All throughout the year they post glamorous and high quality shots that would make any fashion lover proud. 

2. Tasting Tucson 
For all my Tucson foodies, this is the account for you. From sweet to savory, from fast food to high end, Tasting Tucson has the posts to make your stomach grumble.

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For Buckmaster Show Listeners (and Others), My TUSD Board Picks, Once Again

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:20 AM

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I'll be on the Buckmaster Show today (Wednesday) at 12:30 p.m., talking with Bill about education. Bill and I decided not to talk about the TUSD board race, which is getting uglier by the minute, with one exception. I'll be stating my picks for the board, and I'll be telling listeners if they want to learn why I made those choices, they can check here.

So, here's a link to the post where I discussed my three picks: Cam Juarez, Kristel Foster and Betts Putnam-Hidalgo.

The Buckmaster Show starts at noon on KVOI, AM 1030.

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Fanaux: Paintings by Hank Tusinski and Tim Mosman

Recent paintings and drawings by Mosman and Tusinski. Artist reception 5:30-7:30pm, Sept16 at Temple Gallery. Hours: 10-5,… More

@ Temple Gallery Fri., Sept. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31 Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave.

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