Saturday, November 30, 2013

First Ever Indian Art Fair at the Whistle Stop

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Be sure to stop by and check out the Indian Art Fair happening at the Whistle Stop Depot on, 127 W 5th St, Sunday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is $5 and you can go in and out at your leisure. There are plenty of art pieces for sale, trinkets and Indian Fry Bread.

It's fun, check it out - but bring cash!

Visit or like their page on Facebook here.

AZ Illustrated Politics: Talking With Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 3:01 PM

On last night's AZ Illustrated Politics: Mayor Jonathan Rothschild talked about the new policies and practices related to the Tucson Police Department's enforcement of SB 1070; the lessons from the November city elections; the city's initiative to house homeless veterans; his support for the city's speedcams; and more. Then Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll talked about the EPA's concerns about the proposed Rosemont Mine; the shooting of a mountain lion at Colossal Cave Mountain Park; his support for an increase in the gas tax to boost road repair in the state; and allegation that fellow Supervisor Ally Miller has made about corruption and extortion within the county's Development Services Department.

Friday, November 29, 2013

"Merry Twistmas, Tucson!" Diaper Benefit and Radio Show

Posted By on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM

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I have been waiting all year for the 94.9 MIXfm Christmas Radio Play, “Merry Twistmas, Tucson." The annual live performance and recording is Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.

The story is an original play written by the Star's David Fitzsimons. 
Visits from alien spacecraft, martians and a festive Chupacabra mark the journey of main characters Marge and Tom as they vie to win first place in the Winterhaven Festival of Lights Decorating Contest and ultimately understand the true meaning of Christmas. This musical extravaganza promises to keep everyone from tots to seniors on the edge of their seats and tapping their feet.
The cast includes Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Police Chief Chief Villaseñor, TV news anchors (I hope KGUN 9's Guy Atchley reprises his Keebler elf performance) and various MIXfm DJs. I'm going to play Detective Alvarez! The score and effects will be provided by Diane Van Deurzen and Lisa Otey. 

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

We are thankful for these guys ...

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 8:45 PM

The Sand Rubies: Bruce Halper, Winston Watson, Ken Andree, David Slutes, Rich Hopkins
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  • The Sand Rubies: Bruce Halper, Winston Watson, Ken Andree, David Slutes, Rich Hopkins

... and Howe Gelb and Calexico and all the other Tucson musicians, and venue managers, which is just about all of them, who seem to come together out of thin air on their own dime to prop up our community spirit whenever a crisis finds it slagging, and to raise money for endless causes throughout the year, including each other's medical bills and the loss of anyone dear to us.

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Word Odyssey - Thanksgiving Edition

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The strangest Thanksgiving image we could find.
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  • The strangest Thanksgiving image we could find.

It’s time to feed your inner nerd.

It’s that time of year that we think of turkeys and pumpkin pie, falling leaves and chilly nights, the Macy’s parade and ….football. Yes, Thanksgiving is upon us.

We wouldn’t have Thanksgiving if it weren’t for the Pilgrims, and there’s a story behind that name. No, the term “pilgrim” did not mean “people with an astounding lack of fashion sense.” Let’s get serious. The word pilgrim traces back to Latin “per”, meaning beyond, and “agri”, meaning country. So that peregrinus meant foreigner—someone who traveled outside his native country. In Old French “peregrinus” was corrupted to “pelegrin”, and further corrupted in Old German, and then to English, so that we wind up with pilgrim. In English the usage evolved to mean someone who journeys to a holy site, usually in a foreign land, as when Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Now it’s true that the Pilgrims, who were dissenters from the Church of England, when boating to the Americas on the Mayflower, were making a religious journey. But they never called themselves Pilgrims, nor did anyone else. Their Governor William Bradford wrote a book containing one tiny reference to their group as pilgrims, lifting it nobly from the Bible (apparently from Hebrews11:13 in the King James version, which was published just before their departure from England; my Revised Standard version uses exiles rather than pilgrims). But the term didn’t get any play until over a century and half later when a Boston Forefathers’ Day celebration romantically referred to them as pilgrims. Daniel Webster later publicized them as pilgrims, as did writers and poets, and the term then stuck. So, pilgrim, as John Wayne would say, that’s how we got pilgrims.

After pilgrim, the word most closely connected with Thanksgiving is that funny bird, the turkey. I’d wondered whether the name turkey could be related to the nation of Turkey, but I couldn’t think how they could possibly be connected. Turkeys are a New World bird, and the Turks didn’t have a whole lot going in the way of American colonies. But oh, the convoluted route by which words sometimes originate. Here’s how it happened.

When the first colonists from England arrived, they mistook the wild fowl we know as turkeys for a smaller guinea hen that was imported to Europe from Madagascar, off the East coast of Africa. Despite coming from Madagascar, these guinea hens were called turkeys because they were imported by traders through the land of the Turks. So, turkey was mistakenly applied to the New World bird. Ironically, the Turks themselves call the bird hindi, as in “India”, which they probably got from the French, who called it poulet d’inde—meaning fowl from India, so-called because the bird was from the New World, which they mistakenly thought that was the Indies. Wow.

Another staple of the Thanksgiving diet is the hallowed pumpkin. That comes from French “pompon”, which the English borrowed while dropping the French nasal pronunciation, and attaching “kin”, which is a diminutive from Dutch. Why the diminutive? Maybe back then all they had were cute little pumpkins, not the county-fair sized ones we have today?

Another traditional Thanksgiving food is squash, which is from the language of the Narragansets, in the Algonquin language family. In Narragansett, squash meant green things that may be eaten raw. Today most of us prefer it cooked, or better yet, just hand me a second helping of mashed potatoes and dressing, and I’ll skip the squash altogether, then get ready to watch the Detroit Lions, God bless them, get walloped.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Margaret Cho Postpones Arizona Shows

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM

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Funny lady Margaret Cho announced that she  "regrettably" has to postpone her  Dec. 4 show at the Rialto Theatre. Cho, on her blog, said the reason for the cancellations were "due to circumstances beyond my control." Luckily, Cho intends to reschedule as soon as she can.

Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.

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Five Tucson Dive Bars for the Thanksgiving Blues

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

This list is no particular order, so you choose which establishment you feel is worthy of your abundant time.

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The Buffet Crock Pot & Bar: Looking to get an early start to your Thanksgiving day drinking marathon? The legendary bar that's located in the Iron Horse district will be open as early as 6 a.m. Don't like turkey? You should try a delicious hot dog that's been boiled (in beer) all day in a "formerly-almost-state-of-the-art crock pot." There will be a Thanksgiving potluck at 6 p.m. Bring your left overs and good times.

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Wu-Tang Affiliate Arrested For Attempted Murder

Talk is cheap.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I guess they weren't lying when they said, "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuttin Ta F*ck Wit."

Killarmy's Killa Sin has been charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Apparently,  Killa Sin (real name Jeryl Grant) shot Darnell Brown numerous times in the chest. According to HipHop DX, Brown's injuries weren't fatal.

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