Monday, November 27, 2017

Laughing Stock: Let's Talk About Sex, Baby

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 3:20 PM

Sari Baliak of Phoenix headlines Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby, Nov. 30 at Club Congress. - MATT SANTOS
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  • Sari Baliak of Phoenix headlines Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby, Nov. 30 at Club Congress.
“From an intellectual academic level,” says Rebecca Tingley, a fine arts Ph.D and former cast member of Chelsea Handler’s show, Girls Behaving Badly, “I have been exploring how things surrounding women and their sexuality is always a secret.

“If you have an abortion it's a secret. If you're having your period it's a secret. If you are a woman that’s sexual, that’s supposed to be secret.” And, as we lately have been reminded, repeatedly and deeply disturbingly, molestation and harassment are always secret. Until they aren’t.

“Being able to talk frankly about sex from a female perspective demystifies it,” Tingley says. As a veteran New York and LA standup comic, she decided, “Let's just make a comedy show about sex so we can talk about whatever we want.” The result, Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby, debuted successfully in October, and returns to Club Congress from 8 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30. Doors open at 7:30; admission is $3.

Tingley’s wheelhouse is “feminist comedy,” a genre that undermines the dour stereotype of feminism with a fun-house mirror perspective on the culture that’s spawned it. “Feminist comedy is a nice niche,” Tingley says. “But I also wanted (the sex show) to have broader appeal

Her concept evolved over a year’s worth of weekly counsel from ballet moms at the studio where she enrolled her daughter. She describes them as ‘very progressive women,” who happened to have family ties to Hotel Congress.

“I told them about my idea,” Tingley says. “What could we do that would just be across the board something people would talk about? How could we draw people to it as a fun thing to do? Go laugh about sex! Have some drinks downtown!”

The outcome was a talk show, with Tingley in the Johnny Carson role, sidekick Tammy King as Ed McMahon and Tucson favorite Randy Ford as what Tingley says is a cross between Doc Severinsen and Vanna White. Tingley opens the show, then leads a segment called “Catching up with Tammy,” wherein she queries King, just divorced after 25 years, about her latest discoveries in the single life. “I describe her as going through puberty again,” Tingley says.

Four guest comedians do ten -minute sets, then field questions from the audience about sex. Phoenician Sari Beliak, headlines the show; Tucsonans Josiah Osego, CJ Lundblad and a special guest round out the evening.

“We really are talking about sex and we want comics to do jokes that are headed that way.”

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Fill the Truck! Suddath To Host Food Drive on Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Won't you chip in and help the needy among you in Pima County?
  • Won't you chip in and help the needy among you in Pima County?
Do you enjoy stuffing trucks and/or helping those less fortunate than yourself in Pima County?

If so, boy, are you in luck! Local moving company Suddath Relocation Systems of Arizona is teaming up with Move for Hunger—a nationwide nonprofit organization aiming at ending hunger that's collected more than 9 million pounds of food in the U.S. and Canada, respectively.

The two are teaming up to host a food drive to deliver food to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona next Tuesday.

Their goal is to collect as many food items as possible from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Broadway Road Safeway location (1940 E. Broadway) to help stock the shelves of the food banks.

The organizers ask that people bring any unwanted non-perishable food items from their home, or that they purchase said items when shopping that day.

Keeping food on the plates of Baja Arizona residents is of extra importance, given the 145,000 people in Pima County alone that face hunger, including one in four children.

For more information, visit the Suddath Gives Back page, or contact event organizer Rob Sowinski at (602) 252-5566.

Community Radio KXCI Giving Nonprofits a Boost for Giving Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM

KXCI Executive Director Cathy Rivers is helping nonprofits raise money on Giving Tuesday and showing off the station's shiny new studio at Hotel Congress. - COURTESY KXCI
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  • KXCI Executive Director Cathy Rivers is helping nonprofits raise money on Giving Tuesday and showing off the station's shiny new studio at Hotel Congress.
Local independent rock-and-roll station 91.3 KXCI is bringing the heat for this year's #GivingTuesday Celebration.

The station, in partnership with several local nonprofits, will broadcast from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. next Tuesday from its studio inside the Hotel Congress.

The goal of Tuesday's event, according to station Executive Director Cathy Rivers, is to help other nonprofits raise the funds vital to their very livelihood.

Rivers knows full well how difficult it can be for small nonprofits to raise those funds, especially with so many national and international emergencies occurring.

She hopes the day-long effort will help build a better Tucson, and help illustrate to the community how vital the organizations are to the city's livelihood.

Rivers knows how tough it can be to motivate the community to donate funds, given the station's turbulent fundraising drive this fall.

"Ultimately we knew we would be alright because Tucsonans always come through for us," Rivers said.

The station's generosity in helping other nonprofits is nothing new, as they've donated $220,000 worth of Community Impact Announcements to 100 local organizations.

Tuesday's event is merely the most recent example of that drive to help the city grow and thrive, Rivers said.

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Blue Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 1:30 AM

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Hi, I’m Blue!

I am a 1-year-old girl waiting for my fur-ever family! I am a sweet girl that has Valley Fever. When I get adopted the nice dog-tor here said that I can take 6 months of medication with me! Valley Fever has to be treated for 6-12 months but can require lifetime therapy. For more information visit this website, or call your veterinarian.

Bring any dogs or kids that currently live in your home to meet me at HSSA Main Campus at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. You can also give an adoptions counselor a call for more information at 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

Lots of Love,
Blue (846486)

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