Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tucson Weekly Dive Party at Music Box Lounge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM


So, we are confident that the eastside can handle Tucson Weekly's Dirty Thirty party from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Music Box Lounge, 6951 East 22nd Street.

We are throwing a monthly happy hour party every second Wednesday of the month.

We had a great time at the World Famous Golden Nugget. The staff was playing David Bowie and Elvis Presley tunes to celebrate their birthdays, and had some tasty cake with mousse frosting from Costco. There will be good free cake at every Birthday celebration.

There will be drink specials, and maybe we will get you free drinks. I'm not guaranteeing anything, but it could happen.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook and you share it with your friends.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Save Old Main Campaign Continues

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 6:08 PM

The $13.5 million campaign for the Save Old Main fund to support the renovation project continues. The UA employee site, Lo Que Pasa, just released this video along with this campaign/renovation update:

Before it sprawled across 387 acres, the UA was housed in just one building: Old Main.

While the University has grown in size over the decades, Old Main has remained standing, becoming a beloved campus icon and a reminder of how far the University has come.

Last summer, Old Main was emptied so a delicate process of renovating and restoring the 122-year-old brick building could move forward. On Oct. 1, the University launched a $13.5 million Save Old Main fundraising campaign to support the project. (Read more about the restoration efforts in this article.)

Renovations are scheduled to be completed this summer, with the building ready for occupancy in time for the fall semester.

To UA students and employees, Old Main is much more than just another campus building; it's the heart of the University. Many employees have fond memories of Old Main from when they were students or had offices in the building. In this video, they share some of those memories and talk about Old Main's significance to UA history.

Updates on the Save Old Main campaign are available on Twitter, at @SaveOldMain, and users can share their own memories by using the hashtag #saveoldmain.

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6 Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Here's what I think you should do this weekend.

There's two awesome concerts going on simultaneously tonight.

  • Photo courtesy of The Rock.

Cash Lansky and Marley B, this week's cover stars, are home after a month long tour through the US of A. You can catch the rising stars tonight at The Rock, 36 N. Park Ave. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $8 at the door.

  • Image courtesy of the Facebook event page.

Acorn Bcorn and The Resonars are opening for Seattle surfer punk rockers La Luz tonight at 191 Toole. La Luz was supposed to perform at Club Congress in November, but was forced to reschedule after losing all their musical equipment and tour van in a car accident with a semi truck. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for this all ages show. Click here for more details.

Here's what you should make time for the weekend of Feb. 1-2:


Chinese New Year: The year of the Horse starts this Saturday! Bring the family to the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road. There will be live performances, Chinese arts & crafts, games for kids and food for sale. $2 general admission, $1 children 6-12 and free for children 5 younger. There's free parking. Click here for more information.

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So Long (Again), Tucson Citizen

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Gannett Publishing, which clears more than $6 million annually as part of its partnership with Lee Enterprises and the Arizona Daily Star, decided today that its salary overhead — one full-time employee — was too much of a burden to its bottom line.

It announced today that it has shut down the community blog site, effective immediately. The site will become an archive-only site.

“We are pleased to continue as an important community resource for Tucsonans who want to research history and the traditions of their city,” wrote Kate Marymount, Gannett’s senior vice president/news for the community publishing division, on a note posted on the site.

Marymount did not respond to repeated efforts for comment about the status of the site during the months since a leadership transition occurred. Mark B. Evans, the editor of Wick-owned Inside Tucson Business, left his position as the administrator of in September. Since that point, Anthony Gimino, the sole paid casualty in today’s decision, ran into repeated roadblocks in an effort to revamp the concept.

“It’s certainly what I feared when Mark left. Gannett’s energies would be directed toward finding a way to shut it down, “ Gimino said. “I presented an alternative for the site, which was to make it a two-person sports-specific site with two full-time people and a talented group of bloggers including Andy Morales and Scott Terrell. Apparently, that didn’t gain enough traction for them. That idea was even endorsed by Mark, who thought it would be a good direction for the site.”

In recent years, had been plagued by increasingly frustrating technical issues. Behind the scenes, it wasn’t a priority for a web development staff focused more on devoting its efforts to the functionality of the Arizona Daily Star website, And Gannett made no effort to pursue improvements through other avenues.
“There were long-term technical issues,” Gimino said. “Mark (Evans) had been banging that drum as early as a couple summers ago. It wasn’t something at the top of Gannett’s top priority list to get a redesign of the site or get a fix for our more recent technical glitches. We were definitely at the bottom of their totem pole.”

Despite the frustrations, had some standout contributors. In addition to Gimino, whose coverage of UA sports has been the best in the city for years — Evans calls Gimino one of the finest sports journalists in the Gannett chain — the site also benefited from the efforts of Andy Morales, the city’s top prep reporter. Gimino singled out the efforts of other contributors, including pet blogger Karyn Zoldan and current events blogger Carolyn Classen.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t offer my appreciation for their work, for some of them for five years being unpaid by the site,” said Gimino. “Some of their work was remarkable.”

Said Gimino: “I’ve been laid off by Gannett before. That’s not new. It was also a great job with autonomy. I could cover the university as I chose. That’s certainly the fun part of it, covering this football and basketball team. I’ve still managed to write about sports, write about the university, so I hope there are some opportunities in that regard. I hope to continue writing, or talking, about Arizona athletics.”

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"Russian Men so Manly Every Day's a Pussy Riot"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I'm all for satire and Sochi-shaming, and even re-posting those bare-chested horse-riding Putin photos as often as possible. But this new video making the rounds on the internets is satire magic.

I foresee a special Winter Olympic opening held at the Loft with a sing-along. A girl can dream.

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Loving Our Libraries: Stop HB 2379

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM

All those hipster lists about best cities and all the cool restaurants and shopping areas—well, yada, yada. They've missed pointing out what know in Tucson, our libraries rule and we have some amazing librarians that seem to love dishing out those books and community in Tucson, too. You know who you are, and yep, we love you.

Anyway, if you feel the same, perhaps you should take some time this weekend calling our lovely state lawmaker and ask them as nicely as you can to stop HB 2379, introduced by Republican Justin Olson.

From our lovely librarians:

The bill would put levy caps on library districts and seriously impact budgets. ... The bill will likely go to Rules, caucus, Committee of the Whole, and possibly a floor vote in the House next week.

Librarians and advocates should email and call their legislators expressing opposition to HB 2379: special districts; secondary levy limits. AzLA opposes HB 2379, a bill that places levy caps on Library Districts. Under the bill, levy growth for library districts is restricted to the same percentage growth as the annual increase in the county’s primary levy limits (maximum of 2 percent plus new constructions, annually).

◾Ask your library advocates, friends and staff to email your Representatives by Monday, February 3rd, at 5:00pm. Legislative contact info:
◾Whenever possible, please copy or forward AzLA Legislative Chair Brenda Brown ( and and AzLA lobbyist Jessica Rainbow ( onthese e-mails
◾Follow-up with a call to make sure they received the email and offer to discuss the issue further

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How Do You Fix CPS?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

A community forum on the state of Arizona child care on Thursday night was met with an outpouring of concerns from Tucson residents, who urged lawmakers to fix access to resources under the state’s Child Protective Services umbrella.

Residents filled the ballroom at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, leaving few open seats and not enough time to hear from everyone.

At the event, jointly hosted by the Children’s Action Alliance and Child & Family Resources and other sponsors, organizers aimed to emphasize the need for preventative services so that CPS would be a last resort. David Higuera, the Children’s Action Alliance Southern Arizona office director, said that funding these preventative programs should be a priority.

“I think the biggest goal for tonight is that the legislature and the governor hear the community when we say loudly and clearly that we think the state can and should be doing more to prevent kids from ever reaching the point where CPS ever needs to get involved,” Higuera said. “To help families succeed, to help families stay healthy and strong.”

The event began with an opening statement from District 16 Rep. Leah Landrum Taylor, who mentioned the progress that’s been made since Gov. Jan Brewer implemented her CARE team commissioned to investigate CPS and address the roughly 6,500 cases that the department has overlooked. The collaboration from law enforcement in municipalities across the state and other organizations, Landrum said, made their effort a success that needs to continue.

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Grijalva: GOP Immigration Document "Emphasizes the Same Failed Crackdown Efforts That Have Torn Families Apart and Brought Us No Closer To a Solution"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Congressman Raul Grijalva responds to the statement of immigration principles that House Republicans are now hammering out:

Like many of my colleagues, I’m encouraged to see forward progress on immigration reform, but this document raises more questions than it answers and I wouldn’t be representing my constituents effectively if I didn’t say so.

The entire country knows an enforcement-only strategy is doomed to failure. Unfortunately, this document emphasizes the same failed crackdown efforts that have torn families apart and brought us no closer to a solution. Immigration reform proponents already believe the Senate bill’s additional $43 billion in unnecessary border militarization spending is too much. Republicans seem to believe it’s not nearly enough. The public has a right to know where this money is coming from, how it’s going to be spent, and how it advances the interests of border communities sick and tired of drones, wire fences and a siege mentality.

We’ve been waiting two and a half years for something as simple as a set of principles, so I’m obliged to ask—what is the followup? What is the Republican end game? They have rejected any notion of a conference on S.744. We’re left to wonder—what kind of bill do they want? Will it includes all or parts of the divisive, politicized SAFE Act? What will these principles lead to?

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