Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Weekly Tate: Khalil Tate and Arizona Chomping at the Bit to Host Oregon State

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 6:37 PM

Arizona sophomore quarterback Khalil Tate goes deep with a pass against USC during the Wildcats 49-35 loss last Saturday. - STAN LIU | ARIZONA ATHLETICS
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  • Arizona sophomore quarterback Khalil Tate goes deep with a pass against USC during the Wildcats 49-35 loss last Saturday.

Have you missed out on watching Arizona’s gargantuan gunslinger Khalil Tate and find yourself with a bad case of buyer’s remorse as a result? Have you watched an Arizona defensive unit that starts five or more freshmen crush opponents in ways unseen in these parts since legends named Bruschi and Briggs roamed about?

If so, then boy are you in luck—as Rich Rodriguez, Tate and the prodigal sons of Southern Arizona will soon return to the lovingly dated confines of Arizona for a swan song of sorts this Saturday.

The Wildcats host a mystery wrapped in an enigma, to paraphrase the late Winston Churchill, in Oregon State, for the Wildcats final home game of the year.

The Beavers enter Saturday’s contest, which kicks off at 8 p.m., under interim coach Cory Hall, with a seemingly abysmal 1-8 record.

The present (and future) had a fatalistic outlook in Corvallis, especially after third-year coach Gary Andersen quit on his team—literally walking away from $12.6 million in guaranteed money.

Looks can be deceiving, however, as the Beavers have looked like a new team of-late.

They’ve come painstakingly close to winning their past three games—all coached by Hall—losing to Colorado and 20th-ranked Stanford by scores of 36-33 and 15-14.

The Beavers, in other words, are not a team that Rodriguez, Tate and company can overlook, and worthy of showing up for as a fan.

Rodriguez said as much during his weekly press conference on Monday afternoon, praising the Beavers’ recent resurgence and newfound confidence.

“…Getting ready for an Oregon State team that is clearly better than their record, and has been playing really good football the last several weeks,” Rodriguez said. “I thought our guys bounded back pretty well mentally. They understand what a big game this is going to be for our seniors, this coming weekend, our last home game. We want to put on a good performance.”

A feat to remember

Speaking of Mr. Tate—the Inglewood, California native did something during last Saturday’s 49-35 loss to USC that no other Pac 12 signal caller has in the 58-year history: Rush for 1,000 yards.

Tate, who ran for 161 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 26 attempts against the Trojans, has propelled himself into the Heisman Trophy debate.

Rodriguez doesn’t believe that Tate will be affected by the newfound hype machine surrounding his meteoric rise from backup to a bona fide celebrity on the West Coast.

“That’s a great individual award and everyone wants to talk about it,” Rodriguez said of the Heisman. “But I think even the guys that are in contention of it don’t worry about it as much as winning games.”

Take me out to the (football) game

Heisman or not, Tate and company have become a must-see attraction in town, already doubling their win total from last year’s sad season-long showing.

There are plenty of good seats left for the game, with the University’s ticketing site showing price ranges from $10 a ticket in the upper deck to $405 for a suite on the 50-yard line.

This is your last chance to catch Tate and company play in town, before the Wildcats close out its season with road games in Eugene, Ore., and Tempe (plus a bowl game at a to be determined location).

There’s a well-known derogatory thought around town that football is merely an unsavory appetizer to the real show in town, that being the men’s basketball team (of course).

There are plenty of others that deserve your attention come Saturday night, such as running back Nick Wilson—who’s weathered bruises, broken bones and broken hearts to quietly put up a solid senior campaign.

There’s 6-foot-7-inch South African lineman Gerhard De Beer, who has a legitimate shot at being the first non-kicker from South Africa to play in the NFL.

There are many others that deserve your praise, and to go out knowing that all of Tucson supports their blood, sweat (and mainly tears).

Rodriguez said as much in his closing remarks on Monday, as the long-time coach knows full-well what Senior Night means to players, as well as their friends and family.

“Saturday night will be a big, emotional night for our seniors, and then we have two on the road to finish out the season,” Rodriguez said. “We have to be ready to go.”

Here’s hoping Rodriguez and company aren’t the only ones to do so.

How to watch:
Arizona and Oregon State kick off at 8 p.m. from Arizona Stadium, with ESPN broadcasting the game live.

How to bet:
The bookies in Las Vegas have Arizona as a 21.5 point favorite over the Beavers, with the over/under at 71.5

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Laughing Stock: Creative Tucson Airs It Out Live

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Jay Light, featured in the premier of Airing It Out Live, Creative Tucson's new comedy show. - JAY LIGHT
  • Jay Light
  • Jay Light, featured in the premier of Airing It Out Live, Creative Tucson's new comedy show.
You’re invited to be the laugh track when Creative Tucson broadcasts its first live comedy show, Airing It Out Live, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov 11. Next week, the show will be posted on Creative Tucson’s YouTube channel, home of Tucson Weekly editor Jim Nintzel’s weekly broadcast, ZONA Politics; the comedy news show, 5 on 20, with Rich Gary, ContantCon’s Frank Powers and others; and scores of classic cartoons and movies.

The 90-minute program’s debut features Los Angeles comic Jay Light, most familiar to fans of Comedy Roast Battles. Also featured are Tucsonans Rory Monserat, who cohosts with Cindell Hansen, a Tuesday open mic at Loudhouse; Ali Musa, who recently revived a long-standing comedy night at Mr. Heads; and newcomer Steena Salido, an Estrogen Hour favorite. Gary will host; a spotlight to be shared in future shows with Matt Ziemak, who guests in St. Louis’ comedy festival that weekend.

Gary says of the show’s genesis, “We were brainstorming ideas for our fall programming, and somebody suggested that I should do a comedy show at the station. I had been thinking awhile as how I would pull it off, then Matt told me Jay White wanted us to try and get him a show.” Gary and Ziemak now plan to produce the show monthly with known performers like Light.

Creative Tucson Studios, at 1100 S. 6th St., represents the rebirth of public access production following the demise of Channel 12. That project, innovative in the 70s, stumbled with the advent of cable TV and collapsed with the aggressive growth of the Internet. Tucson’s three production powerhouses, KXCI, Brink Media and Wavelab Studios arranged with the City of Tucson to continue public access to hands on training, production equipment and facilities to launch creative projects in streaming media. Airing It Out Live allows Tucson comedians a worldwide audience.


Don’t miss the Tucson Comedy Arts Festival 2017, with 30 improv teams from Tucson, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Chicago headlined by Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall, who will appear several times throughout the Fest. See last week’s Laughing Stock for more info. Details online.


Get tickets while you can to see Paula Pounstone at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Saturday, November 18. She’s touring behind her new book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness. Details and tickets are available online.

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Quick Bites: Dogs, Dinners and Docs

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Sips for Seniors. Seniors are the homemade popcorn of the canine world: completely underrated. Lots of people picture a spunky puppy when they think about getting a new dog, but consider the benefits of taking in a more mature mutt: they usually require less training, they’re as big as they’re gonna get, they’ve grown out of the hyperactive puppy stage, and they have lots of sage wisdom to share from their years of experience. So go adopt a senior dog! And after that (or instead of that), head over to Sentinel Peak for this event, where one dollar from every pint of beer sold will be donated to PACC to sponsor senior dogs and cats. Senior dogs will also be available for adoption on the patio, ready and waiting for your unconditional love. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Sentinel Peak Brewing Co., 4746 E. Grant Road. Free entry.

Pueblo Vida Brewing Third Anniversary. Three years of serving up brews deserves three days of celebrating, wouldn’t you say? And the brewers over at Pueblo Vida are going all out with guiding tasting sessions, brewery tours, anniversary can releases of three double IPAs, an anniversary toast, pints & poses yoga, and a free “Thank you a Brunch” brunch catered by BOCA Tacos. Fiamme Pizza Napoletana will be onsite Friday, and Hot Bamboo and cakes from 5 Points Market & Restaurant will be around Saturday. Friday they’ll be tapping “best of” infusions like a peach tea double IPA, a pineapple and coconut pale ale, an orange creamsicle double IPA and a s’mores porter. Let’s just say there's definitely more going on than we can fit in a quick bite. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Pueblo Vida Brewing Company, 115 E. Broadway Blvd. Prices for different events vary.

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The Weekly List: 30 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

Posted By on Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Theater and Shows

Popol Vuh: The Story of Seven Macaw. Pima Community College’s newest
production is a recreation of a Mayan creation myth, in which the Mayan hero twins must come to the rescue to end the reign of terror over the earth by corrupt Seven Macaw. They use cleverness, stealth, and their convenient abilities to shape shift in order to defeat the forces of evil, while the theater artists at PCC use enormous puppets, elaborate masks and a fusion of different dance styles to tell the story. Nov. 9 through Nov. 19. Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. ASL interpreters Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Black Box Theatre in PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. $18, discounts for students, seniors, military, PCC employees and groups.

UA Dance “Premium Blend.” UA Dance, considered one of the top dance programs in the U.S., presents its fall show at the Stevie Eller Theatre, the 300-seat auditorium which will allow the audience to experience the show on an intimate level. The ensemble contains 140 dancers and performs more than 40 times each year. In the past, they’ve presented works by the likes of Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. Don’t miss an opportunity to see some of best dancing around, right in your own backyard. 7:30 on Wednesday, Nov. 15 through Friday, Nov. 17. 1:30 on Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. Tickets must be purchased in conjunction with tickets for other shows during the season, so prices vary.

Jordan World Circus. Head on over to the circus, and don’t be late, because kids will be there, adults will be there, and the Hendersons will all be there, according to the Beatles. See the classic circus aerial act and performances, as well as tigers and elephants. Perhaps best of all, kids will have the chance to ride and pet different types of animals. Don’t be late! 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 1 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12. Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave. $10 to $30.


Art Now! Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Cultural Change. UA art professors Elizabeth Garber, Ph.D., Lisa Hochtritt, Ed.D. and Manisha Sharma, Ph.D. are coming to MOCA to talk about their new anthology, which examines the Pinteresting ways that the DIY movement for crafters, bakers and candlestick makers has shifted our social fabric. Could a focus on arts education, grassroots crafting and DIY social design be an important way to make strides toward social justice? Learn more at this casual, interactive lecture, and enjoy some light refreshments while you’re at it. 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. MOCA, 265 S. Church Ave. $10, or free for MOCA members.

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