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Texting Club Crawl®

This Saturday night (April 17) is our semi-annual Club Crawl® music festival.

For the uninitiated: Twice a year, dozens of bands fill up nearly every available venue and empty space on Fourth Avenue and Congress Street for a musical extravaganza that spills over into the next day.

With numerous places to enjoy music, how can you know what's going on throughout the various venues? Enter Broadtexter, a free service that sends text-message updates from on-the-scene correspondents.

Want to know which bands are attracting the most crowds? Where the shortest lines are? Well, here's how it works: Go to ClubCrawl.net, and look for the Broadtexter box with the orange header. (It'll be in the center of the page once you scroll about halfway down.) Fill in your name, number and carrier to sign up.

Our correspondents will be positioned throughout the event to let you know what's going on. Additionally, if you see something interesting, text us back, and we can broadcast it to the rest of the subscribers.

The day before the event, we'll send out a test message to make sure everyone is getting the messages and to give you one last chance to unsubscribe if you decide not to go. (A word to the wise: If you sign up but don't attend, you will still get updates telling you what bands are taking what stage late into Saturday night. And, please, don't call us "text Nazis" if you forget to unsubscribe.)

Become part of our Club Crawl® social network at ClubCrawl.net.


THE WEEK ON THE RANGE

The Range brought you an exclusive report from Playboy's appearance in Tucson to search for models for the upcoming "Girls of the Pac-10" photo spread. For more details, check out this week's TQ&A.

We broke the news that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had raised more than $490,000 in the first quarter, and we were the first newspaper to let you know that one of her potential GOP challengers, Jonathan Paton, had raised more than a half-million dollars; we debunked the Goldwater Institute's claim that average Arizonans had to work until Easter Sunday to pay their tax bill for the year; we let you know about the people scrambling to get appointed to Rodney Glassman's City Council seat after he resigned to jump into the race against U.S. Sen. John McCain; and we shared a bulletin from the Sierra Club about the bad environmental bills making their way through the Legislature.

We celebrated National Poetry Month with the help of Joy Harjo; highlighted Salvador Duran's performance at MAST boutique; and let you know that you could see Tucson Weekly arts editor Margaret Regan read from her new book, The Death of Josseline, at a CD-release party for Pablo Peregrina.

We also featured more terrific photography and videos from UA journalism students Alex Budish, Joshua Morgan, Andrew Bess, Emily Bowen and Rikki Mitchell.

In Artistic Range, we highlighted work by Ed Mell (at the Tucson Museum of Art), Dirk Arnold (who has a new saguaro sculpture celebrating Miracle Mile up on Oracle Road and Drachman Street) and Erika Parrino (at Rincon Market).


COMMENT OF THE WEEK

"So ... we can grow and smoke marijuana as long as it never passes over state lines?"

TucsonWeekly.com user "John Paradox," in response to a video of Sen. Frank Antenori explaining that Arizona has a constitutional right to manufacture anything—even a nuclear bomb—as long as the materials come from the state, and the product is used within state lines.


BEST OF WWW

To get you in the Club Crawl® mood we've got video at TucsonWeeklyTV.com of the Festival en el Barrio Viejo from a couple of weeks ago. Tucson staples Calexico, Salvador Duran and Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta performed at this outdoor event; some of these same musicians will pop up at this weekend's bash as well. Also, after Club Crawl®, you can catch acts you may have missed when we post videos of performances at TucsonWeeklyTV.com.

Also new online this week is video from the Eighth Annual Fiesta Grande Street Fair. The video takes you on a walking tour of the booths, music, food and cars on display in the westside neighborhood.

More by Nick Smith

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