Thursday, September 29, 2011

Catching Up With 47 Scott

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

I remember when 47 Scott was getting ready to open and murmurs rippled through the local food scene that the location was cursed, that no eatery could succeed there. Boy were they wrong.

The last time I sauntered into 47 Scott it was packed, and I mean PACKED. Deciding to wait out the storm, I headed next door to the intimate little cocktail bar Scott and Co., where people were lined up for drinks and the bartenders were slinging them as fast as they could make them.

Ah, sweet success. Anyway, Travis Reese, one of the owners of the eatery, says the patio area is finished and that he's started offering late-night dining. They also just debuted their new fall menu, and put out a fresh cocktail menu at Scott and Co.

If you haven't had this places pomme frites, which come sprinkled with rosemary, you simply must. Paired with one of the amazing cocktails crafted by nationally known mixologist Ciaran Wiese, it's an experience you will not soon forget.

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Jeff Biggers: "At What Point Will the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice Be Summoned for an Investigation?"

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 2:30 PM

In writer Jeff Biggers' latest article, he points out not just how disgusting John Huppenthal's recent remarks were in front of the Pima County GOP comparing Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American Studies program to Hitler's Nazi Jugend paramilitary organization, but the continuing error Huppenthal and his supporters make attacking Mexican Americans.

One of the areas of Chicano history the classes cover are the contributions of Mexican Americans during World War II — the largest of any ethnic groups during that time. Biggers points out Huppenthal's comments arrive a week after the 61st anniversary of Medal of Honor award winner Arizona war hero Sylvestre Herrera.

Biggers then asks what many are almost, almost tired of wondering: When will the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice finally intervene?

While Huppenthal, who aired a controversial radio ad last fall that he would "stop la raza," is no stranger to inflammatory speech making, this latest episode comes on the heels of Attorney General Tom Horne's recent charge that the Mexican American Studies program "must be destroyed" and shocking testimony by a Tea Party activist at a Tucson school board meeting with his scenario for "civil war."

At the same time, Huppenthal recently endorsed the recall campaign of disgraced Senate President Russell Pearce, who has openly associated with neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations.

The questions beg: Have the extremist Arizona politicians and their Tea Party supporters gone too far in their witch hunt of the Ethnic Studies Program, and at what point will the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice be summoned for an investigation?

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Now Open: The Polish Cottage

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM


The Polish Cottage at 4520 E. Broadway Blvd. is open and serving up a nice menu of traditional Polish food.

I spoke with owner Robert Stawicki this morning and he says he’s serving up five kinds of pierogi, stuffed cabbage, Polish sausages, potato pancakes and all sort of other great Polish eats. He’s also brought in a nice supply of Polish beer, vodka and liquor.

Stawicki was involved in Amber Restaurant and Gallery until 2009 when he sold his share. He opened his first restaurant in Warsaw, Poland, in 1998.

Prices range from $5.50 to $9.50. Call 891-1244 for more information.

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Major League Soccer to Return to Tucson

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 1:30 PM

The panel at the Desert Cup announcement at Kino Sports Complex.
  • The panel at the Desert Cup announcement at Kino Sports Complex.

It's definitely nice to see Kino Sports Complex in use (even if I still grumble that it should be located downtown), and as part of what looks to be a busy 2012 for the facility, FC Tucson announced that four Major League Soccer teams will participate in a four night tournament held between February 22 and March 3. Two additional teams could also come for spring training, but not play in the tournament. Four fields at Kino will be converted for a month, and with the stadium which will be set up soccer-style for the tournament itself, will all be returned to baseball form.

Nelson Rodriguez from Major League Soccer was optimistic that this second go-around for the Desert Cup (which brought over 10,000 fans to its final night this year at Hi Corbett) could be the start of an expanded presence in Tucson for the league, including 12-14 teams here for spring training, player combines, a soccer convention, and community interaction.

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Pima County Denies Permit to Rosemont Mine

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM

A win for the anti-Rosemont Mine crowd as Pima County denies the Rosemont Copper Company a air quality permit, although they can appeal or reapply:

Pima County, Ariz. (Sept. 29, 2011) — Pima County’s Department of Environmental Quality has denied Rosemont Copper Company’s air quality permit application.

The company was notified by messenger on Sept. 28.

The application was denied because Rosemont failed to provide information that would show it could comply with air quality regulations required by the state of Arizona and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Information provided by Rosemont Copper Company during the permit process indicated there was a difference between Pima County code and federal regulations. Therefore Pima County had no choice but to deny the permit application as written.

Rosemont Copper can reapply for an air quality permit and demonstrate that it can meet federal and county regulations to operate an open-pit mine in Pima County.

It can also appeal the denial by Pima County to the Pima County Air Quality Hearing Board within 30 days.

The county issued a draft air quality permit to Rosemont Copper on Aug. 30, 2011 and opened a 90-day public comment period. The comment period will be closed as a result of the permit application denial.

Pima County DEQ staff has logged all public comments received during the open comment period. The comments will be considered as the process moves forward.

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Portugal. The Man = Awesome

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM


Maybe I'm biased... well I know I'm biased, but Portugal. The Man could possibly be one of the coolest bands making music today. Something about the psychedelic/experimental combination of John Gourley's pitchy vocals and hollow-body guitar paired with a keyboard and catchy beats... well it's hard not to like.

My favorite thing about these guys though is their acoustic sessions. Scattered amongst quirky videos and time lapse drawings, the band has recorded several sans-amp tracks and posted them on their Vimeo account. In my humble opinion, any group of people that can make inarguably good music without the help/modification of technology are definitely worth noting as awesome. Plus, keyboardist Ryan Neighbors plays a ridiculously miniature toy piano with a funky twang to it that makes the sessions that much better.
Portugal. The Man will be performing Sunday, Oct. 2 at Rialto Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets will be $15 at the door (if there are any left).

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Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I don't personally see a lot of comic criticism and discussion, but I suspect that this video has one of the rare mentions of NAMBLA regarding the genre. Also, Eric and Arnie talk about the new Batman comic, which they like. So there's that, too.

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Tucson Police Arrest Owner Of 'Suspicious' Vehicle That Tied Up Downtown

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM


We now have a name attached to the “suspicious” box truck parked downtown that had Tucson police all aflutter on Wednesday. We also have an arrest of said vehicle owner.

Sahuarita resident David J. Mitchell, 50, has been booked on a misdemeanor charge related to his violating a court order that said he couldn’t be around weapons and ammunition. That’s just what authorities found in his truck after hours of evacuations, street closures, bomb-sniffing dogs and bomb robots.

Mitchell’s truck had been parked outside the U.S. Bankruptcy Court downtown, and sparked suspicion. No information has been given to explain why Mitchell had all of those guns and bullets with him, or why he was downtown.

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