Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Loss Is at the Center of Cymbals Eat Guitars' Sound

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

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Loss is universal.

So even though Cymbals Eat Guitars created their third album with some very specific losses in mind, the intention was for listeners to find their own meaning in the songs, to connect the emotionally driven indie rock with their own lives.

In August, the New Jersey to New York quartet — guitarist and singer Joseph D’Agostino, bassist Matthew Whipple, keyboardist Brian Hamilton and drummer Andrew Dole — released LOSE, a coming-of-age album that sets its sights on some very serious themes.

“We were combing through the lyrics looking for a title and nothing seemed to fit. Matt suggested that and it seemed obvious,” D’Agostino says. “There are multiple meanings. There’s the personal loss that inspired the record. There’s the loss of enthusiasm for music you had when you were younger and everything seemed really meaningful. It’s also an invitation for people to lose it, to cast off whatever it is that’s keeping you in your box.”

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You Can Watch Last Night's Gubernational Debate (If You'd Like)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Strangely, you have to fast-forward to the 29 minute mark to actually watch it, but last night's debate on Phoenix's KAET between Doug Ducey, Fred DuVal and two guys who are just happy to be there is now online. Watch as Doug Ducey says he has no intent to fund Arizona's schools in accordance to the will of the Arizona voter or the courts! See Fred DuVal say he wants to run Arizona like California! Also, I think the other guys might have said things!

There's one more debate to come, this time only featuring the two frontrunners, on October 14 in Phoenix.

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The Community Food Bank Offers Gardening Tips Via YouTube

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I feel like I threaten to start a garden every week or so, generally right after spending more than I care to on produce at Sprouts, but hey...where do you even start such a venture here in the desert? Thankfully, the fine folks at the Community Food Bank have a new helpful video on gardening here in the Old Pueblo, plus they have a bunch of classes in October to help you take the next steps:

Soil and Compost Saturday, October 4
Rainwater Harvesting Thursday, October 9
Planting a Healthy Garden Saturday, October 11
Backyard Chickens Saturday, October 11
Garden Basics Intensive Tuesday, October 14
Water Saving Irrigation - Saturday, October 18
Wormania! - Saturday, October 18
Sustainable Design - Friday, October 24
Irrigating with Gray Water - Saturday, October 25
Diseño Sostenible - Saturday, October 25
Soil and Compost - Friday, October 31
All About Soil - Saturday, November 1
La Tierra y el Abono - Saturday, November 1
Planting a Healthy Garden - Friday, November 7
Seeds and Sprouts: Gardening for Kids - Saturday, November 8
Fruit Trees: Selection, Care, Pruning and Propagation - Saturday, November 8
Cultivar un Jardín Saludable - Saturday, November 8
Wormania! - Saturday, November 15
Home Canning, Freezing and Drying - Thursday, November 20

For gardening info and resources galore, check out the Food Bank's website.

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Arizona To Teachers: You'll Find Greener ($$$) Pastures Elsewhere

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Don't read any further. Just go to Howard Fischer's article, Arizona 6th worst in the U.S. for teachers. It's all there. However, if you want my take on his story and a quick summary of some of the facts and figures, read on.

Teachers don't go into the profession for the money. I've never heard any teachers, when asked what they do, answer, "I'm a teacher. Ka-ching!" But that's not to say that poor-but-honest teachers wouldn't like to have a little more change in their pockets.

A study reported that Arizona is 44th in its starting salary for teachers, and that accounts for the different standards of living in the states.

Median teacher salaries? Arizona is 48th.

And along with their low salary, Arizona teachers can look forward to bigger class sizes. True, that means more students to love, but ...

Recent reports say more than a third of Arizona's teachers leave every year (A TUSD administrator I spoke to estimated about half of those are retirees, which makes the actual "leavers" more like one in six). Arizona can't replace all of them. Hundreds of classrooms are staffed with long term substitutes, who will be replaced by other long term subs if districts can't find teachers to fill the slots.

I'm sure some of the leaving teachers move on to other professions, though the weak job market isn't exactly encouraging the exodus. But how many of the exiting teachers are finding students to love in other states where they can earn higher salaries, teach fewer kids, and maybe get a few classroom perks like boxes of Kleenex, crayons and — be still, my heart — paper supplied by the district? I don't know the numbers of those who have fled the state, but for teachers who are footloose enough to pack up and go, what could possibly convince them to stay?

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Haunting Images of Homelessness on Display at Hotel Congress

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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The Hotel Congress lobby is hosting a powerful exhibition of photos by Jon Linton who aims to bring a bit of humanity to how we perceive those living on the streets:

From the press release:

In 2007, Jon Linton volunteered at a shelter to better understand the plight of those without a door to walk through at day’s end. He then began gathering imagery to document the homeless. Years of work have recently given rise to a large social media following, several exhibitions and a book entitled, I Have a Name. Mr. Linton still works actively in outreach and continues to collect stories and images from folks on the street

“One of the most poignant moments of this project came at the Project's inception. I asked the first man I had a conversation with his name, his reply put us both in tears, 'You have no idea how long it has been since someone has cared to ask me who I am ’, he said. The project became 'I Have a Name' in that
instant, said Jon Linton, photographer, creator and founder of IHAN.

The exhibition runs through November 10, with an artist reception scheduled for October 11. See more of the photos on the project's Instagram page.

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Nicolas Cage's "Left Behind" Remake Gets Recommendation-of-Sorts From Satan

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

As any regular reader of The Range knows, I am quite the fan of Christian film, so clearly I'm super psyched for the Nicolas Cage-fronted remake of Left Behind, opening this Thursday at several local theaters. Not super-psyched enough to actually pay for a ticket to the film which will likely offend both my cinematic and theological sensibilities, but at least somewhat happy for the comic relief this film will provide someday when I use a promo-code to rent it for free from Redbox.

The people behind the film are going all out to convince Christians that the movie isn't just an opportunity to cough up $10 for a few hours of entertainment, but actually an opportunity to keep your friends and family from having to experience the post-Christian hellscape shown in the film. Heck, they even got the Duck Dynasty guy to speak on its behalf:

Nice Nicolae Carpathia reference, guy who is inexplicably famous!

However, considering the spiritual importance of this film, it's clearly not enough to hope that a reality show star convinces the nation's faithful to bring the heathens they know to the theater. Sometimes you have to bring out the big guns...like the Prince of Darkness:

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Well, if that doesn't convince you, I'm not sure what will. I just only hope God gives us until the end of the weekend to separate the wheat from the chaff. It would be a cruel turn of events to rapture the true believers on Wednesday before the movie comes out, after all.

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Narco News TV: Gary Webb Tells His Own Story

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Please grab this week's Tucson Weekly when it lands in our stands Thursday. The cover, a story that recently ran in our sister alt-weekly, the Sacramento News and Review, is on the late journalist Gary Webb. Narcos News has been steadfast in writing about Webb, his work, his association with Narco News' School of Authentic Journalism and helping to promote the movie Kill the Messenger, a film starring Jeremy Renner as Webb.

The movie opens Oct. 10 across the county, and to further help promote Webb's work, Narco News is running a series of videos, interviews of Webb back in 2003's School of Authentic Journalism. Webb's story in his own words seems worth your time and more.

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The 'Inherent Vice' Trailer Is Amazing

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Inherent Vice, the new film from Paul Thomas Anderson, isn't coming out until Dec. 12 (although it may not get to Tucson until the wide release date on January 9, 2015), but the hype is starting to kick into top gear, mostly because it's directed by one of American film's greatest artists and based on a novel by reclusive genius Thomas Pynchon, whose work, including Inherent Vice, is largely unadaptable. It's a perfect storm of nerdish enthusiasm.

Thankfully, at least based on the trailer, the film seems like it'll be amazing.

Grantland had a blog post yesterday about the "Particular Anticipation" surrounding the film:

[Paul Thomas Anderson] is different. It’s impossible to guess what he’ll do with a film visually, narratively, or substantively. His reimaginings have only proven that point: There Will Be Blood was an adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s Oil! like a 747 is an adaptation of a biplane. And Inherent Vice is no Oil! The most screen-ready of Thomas Pynchon’s novels simply in that it isn’t 800 pages long, Inherent Vice is a meandering and phantasmagoric detective story that features very little detective work or story; most of what passes for plot is a sequence of conspiracy theories stacked up one on top of the other, until they begin to congeal. For that reason alone, it’s a classically American story — few other novels so closely resemble the million-car pileup that is our cultural consciousness — but it’s also written by one of the greatest stylists in postwar literature. Turning it into a movie requires two big decisions: (1) what of that stew-like story can be ironed into a “plot,” and (2) how to render the prose into something physical.

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