Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Weekly Take: Khalil Tate and Arizona Welcome Luke Falk and Washington State

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Arizona redshirt senior halfback Zach Green runs the ball against Cal on Oct. 21, during the Wildcats' 45-44 win. - CHRIS HOOK FOR ARIZONA ATHLETICS
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  • Arizona redshirt senior halfback Zach Green runs the ball against Cal on Oct. 21, during the Wildcats' 45-44 win.

How do you frame a game against an opponent that beat you worse than any team since the Truman administration as a coach?

That’s the issue confronting Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff this week, ahead of the team’s Saturday game against mighty Washington State.

The Cougars are 7-1 this season, and still elicit screams from Wildcats fans, a year after their 62-point annihilation of Rodriguez and company.

That 69-7 defeat to the Cougars ripped the scar tissue that stitches together the hearts of Arizona’s small but fiery fan base.

Saturday represents the 380th day since that on-field trauma—when Wildcat faithful forced a new four-letter word into their lexicon—Falk.

Falk, in this case, refers to Washington State’s folk hero of a quarterback, Luke Falk, who torched Rodriguez’s woebegone defense, to the tune of 311 yards and four touchdowns.

How the worm turns

Fast-forward a year and change and you’ll see a picture that seemed utterly impossible at season’s start.

The Wildcats—yes, the very same bunch that was picked dead last in the Pac-12 Conference by my media brethren (yours not included)—enter with a 5-2 record, on a three-game winning streak.

Many among us would jump at the chance to label Saturday’s clash of the (unexpected) titans as a ‘revenge’ game, with a bloodthirsty Wildcats squad ready to slay the Cougars in front of what should be a packed peanut gallery.

Images of great Roman gladiators may flash across your cranium, with the scorned home crowd howling like a pack of emaciated wolves.

Well, don’t expect Rodriguez himself (or any of his players) to join in the fray, at least given his comments in Monday’s press conference.

“I talked about it, and I told the guys that somebody’s going to use the word ‘revenge’,” Rodriguez said. “And I said that that word’s used way too much. It’s like you’re defending your family or something like that—you got embarrassed in a football game.”

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Revenge game or not, the synopsis of the story here is that Arizona is a game away from bowl eligibility, in a year where Rodriguez’s very livelihood was staked to such a feat.

Such a mind-boggling sea change wouldn’t be possible without a gift from the football gods—with the gift in this case being a gazelle-like freak of nature from Inglewood, California by the name of Khalil Tate.

Tate, who I’ve already gushed about, is reason enough to scrape together enough pocket change to find a way into the musty confines of Arizona Stadium.

The other reason, shockingly enough, is that this year’s team has a hell of a roster, and faces its biggest (and best) home opponent of the year.

The game, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m., is part one of a two-week gauntlet for Tate, Rodriguez and the family band, before heading to the L.A. Coliseum for a game against a decimated USC Trojans team.

Rodriguez knows his team will be fired up, whether the fine folks of the Old Pueblo choose to watch or not.

He also knows how much of a difference a packed house can make, given the tall task of beating the vaunted Cougars.

“I think that redemption is probably a better word than revenge, but there’s no question that it’s embarrassing; terrible — every bad adjective that you can have about it,” Rodriguez said of last year’s debacle. “That was a long time ago, this is a completely different team. But we certainly have a lot to prove against those guys, that’s for sure.”

It’s not quite Carthage and sowing the land with salt, but it’s salty language nonetheless.

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The River Bride, A 'Fairy Tale For Adults,' Opens at ATC This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Leandro Cano, Hugo E. Carbajal, Sarita Ocón, Dena Martinez, Paula Rebelo, and Sean Burgos in Arizona Theatre Company’s The River Bride. - TIM FULLER
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  • Leandro Cano, Hugo E. Carbajal, Sarita Ocón, Dena Martinez, Paula Rebelo, and Sean Burgos in Arizona Theatre Company’s The River Bride.

The River Bride
 blends Brazilian folklore, poetic imagery and the excitement of young love to tell a story of two sisters in fishing village along the Amazon. Right before her sister Belmira’s wedding (to a man Helena feels was rightfully hers), fishermen pull a man out of the river who has no past, but who offers both women an enticing, if uncertain future.

The Arizona Theatre Company production of The River Bride, by Marisela Treviño Orta, opens in Tucson this Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The play made its debut at the 2016 Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and was the winner of the 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award.

Treviño Orta has a background in poetry, and received a master of fine arts degree in writing at the University of San Francisco. After serving as the resident poet at El Teatro Jornalero!, she found herself attracted to playwriting for the first time

“It felt so very welcoming and embracing and supportive in a way that I was like ‘this feels so right,’” she said. “And doors kept opening for me.”

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Laughing Stock: Oct. 29 and Other Trips, er, Tips

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 4:29 PM

Put on your roller skates Sunday night, Oct. 29, for two great charity comedy shows!

At The Whistle Stop, 127 W. 5th St., Tucson cartoonist David Fitzsimmons hosts an extravaganza to benefit Exodus Community Services, a local substance-abuse recovery program.

The evening includes a host of comedians: Nancy Stanley, Dave Membrila, Josiah Oswego, Unscrewed Comedy Theatre Improv, Elliott Glicksman and Fitzgerald himself.

There’s also a silent auction, and a feast provided by Vivaci, Kingfisher, Feast, Parish, Angelo’s, Lerua’s. Music by Kinda Kinks, a British invasion cover band, rounds out the fun. Tickets are $35.

Less than a mile away, at The Flycatcher, 360 E. 6th St, FST (Female Story Tellers) honcho Bethany Evans and her running buddy, artist Adela Antoinette, host a comedy show and silent art auction at 8 p.m. It’s The Best Medicine: Benefit Show to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The two organizers are raising money for an upcoming half-marathon benefitting the research center. Featured comedians are Nöel Hennessey, Steven Yanez Romo, Stacy Scheff, Nancy Stanley, Bridgitte Thum, Mo Urban and Matt Ziemak.

“There’s no cover charge, Hennessey says, “but donations are welcome. Art was donated by nine local artists, and 100% of the proceeds go to St. Jude.”

Puff, Puff, Laugh

Sam Racioppo hosts the new comedy showcase Puff, Puff, Laugh, monthly on the first Sunday at the 420 Club. The club’s new location is 3024 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 6. Admission is $5 or two cans of food for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

“We do 10-minute sets followed by a ten-minute truth or dare segment,” Racioppo says. Dares included “Call your parents and tell them you are expecting” and among the truths was, “What is the biggest lie you have ever told a significant other?”

Racioppo, new to the Tucson Comedy scene, wants to create an opportunity for local comics to perform in a no-alcohol environment. It’s a chance for comedy lovers to enjoy the benefits of their medical marijuana cards in community and laughter.

Unscrewed Theatre Workshops: TRIUMPH Nov. 3 - 5

Unscrewed offers four 3-hour workshops with Amanda Blake Davis and Celeste Pechous of top L. A. improv troupe, TRIUMPH! Both have extensive national credentials for improv, sketch writing and acting. Workshop topics are A Taste of Longform, The Initiation, The Supporting Role and The Two-Person Monoscene. Classes are $60, each or $200 for the weekend. Register online.

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Quick Bites: Macabre Miscellany

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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Yume Japanese Gardens Tea Ceremony. There’s something inherently mindful about drinking a cup of tea. You don’t drink it to help you move faster, like coffee, and the flavor is usually subtle, so as you slow down to focus on the taste, it feels like time slows down as well. In Japan, a tea ceremony is even more ritualistic, to the point where it’s a work of art that leaves a deep impression on participants. A master of “The Way of Tea,” will prepare a cup of matcha for everyone, and offer a traditional Japanese sweet to go with it. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Yume Japanese Gardens. RSVP by Oct. 24 to with name, phone number and number in your party. $15 plus Gardens admission fee ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 students and military, $5 kids 3 to 15, free for kids under two, free for members.)

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Quick Bites: Frightnin' Feasts

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Devil’s Night Dinner at Hotel Congress. Hotel Congress isn’t limiting its Halloween festivities to one night—they’ve got a whole Halloweekend thing going on. But this dinner, featuring Kenny Bang Bang the magician and a fire juggling (FIRE JUGGLING!) performance, is a can’t miss. Each of the four courses—See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil and Devil’s Dessert—are paired with a delicious Halloween-inspired cocktail. Chili vodka, blackberry-hazelnut agave, angostura bitters and St. George Raspberry Liquer will all be involved (albeit all in separate drinks) for a culin-scary adventure that’s sure to be the ghost delicious feast in town for the evening.

Feast with the Dearly Departed. Take this opportunity to honor your loved ones without the solemnity. Celebrate life, appreciate the preciousness of the people you love and dance the night away to Tucson High School’s Mariachi Rayos del Sol. For the sixth iteration of this annual event, Tucson Botanical Gardens is bringing in face painters, pan de muerto, sugar skulls and a Dancing Skeleton exhibit—which will feature papier mâché skellies made by local artists, community groups, and even you, if you want to submit one (call 520-326-9686 ext. *10 for more info on that). Feast on the food available throughout the gardens, including tacos, tamales, pallets, refreshes and limeade. The community-made Ofrenda lies at the center of the event, and all guests are welcome to bring notes and mementos to place at the ofrenda. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. $13 GA, $7.50 children, $10 member adults, $4 member children.

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