Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

Posted By and on Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 2:41 PM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Easter

Good Friday Cross Procession & Easter Sunday Sunrise Service. If you’re looking for a truly reverent way to spend Easter weekend, consider joining the Los Dorado Orphan League as they conduct the 51st annual procession up Sentinel Peak Friday evening. They’ll meet in the lower parking lot of Sentinel Peak at 4 p.m., and start the journey up the mountain to mount the cross at 5 p.m. Pastor Marvin Temple from Calvary Chapel leaders the procession, and the group will keep vigil through the night and through Saturday. Around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Pastor Temple will hold a sunrise service atop the mountain, in both English and Spanish. The son will rise with the sun! 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30 and 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 1. Free.

Easter ExtravaganZOO. Maybe your favorite part about Easter is the animals—the little Easter eggs laid by special Easter hens, the Easter bunny, Peep candies shaped like chicks. If so, then head over to the Reid Park Zoo on either Saturday or Sunday. Kids can meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs (you get special prizes if you find a gold one!), learn about the zoo’s animal ambassadors and turn their eggs in for a special treat bag at the end. And no need to fear, parents of egg-crazy 10-year olds and less coordinated 3-year-olds! There will be age-specific egg hunting areas to ensure fun for everyone. Enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham and fresh fruit, then visit the zoo and watch the animals enjoying their Easter treats. Mimosas and bloody Marys will also be on-deck for purchase. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. $35 adult nonmembers, $30 adult members, $25 child non-members, $20 child members. Register online at reidparkzoo.org.

Easter Weekend at Old Tucson. Old Tucson is special every weekend, but this weekend it’s especially affordable, with buy-one, get-one-free admission all weekend. Kids can enjoy the petting zoo, adults can enjoy musical revues that come complete with saucy can-can girls and every one can enjoy train rides, a vintage carousel, live stunt shows and living history tours. If you really want to get into the Easter spirit, head over early on Easter Sunday to catch Cowboy Church from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. Normal prices are $19.95 for adults and kids 12 and up, and $10.95 for kids 11 and under, with discounts for seniors, military, Pima County residents and groups. This weekend is buy one, get one free!

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Easter Event and Egg Hunt at the Children’s Museum. Maybe Easter Sunday doesn’t work too well with your schedule. No worries! The Children’s Museum of Tucson is doing Easter a day early, and they’re packing it to the gills with fun activities. Decorate your own bunny ear headband, take a photo with the Easter bunny, try out bunny bowling, compete in egg and spoon races, play with chick and bunny puppets, make Easter scratch art and—of course—participate in an egg hunt. If you’re lucky, the kids will be so worn out from this event that they won’t wake you up at the crack of dawn on Easter morning. 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, March 31. Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 Sixth Ave. $9 for adults and children.

Shows

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Women in Jeopardy. It’s the divorcee power hour in Live Theatre Workshop’s latest show—but hold the wine and ice cream. When Liz gets a creepy new dentist boyfriend, her friends (and fellow divorcees) Mary and Jo are suspicious. The guy’s not just weird. In fact, once his hygienist mysteriously disappears, they start to suspect he might be a serial killer. The mishaps and pratfalls that follow in this Wendy MacLeod play are nothing short of hilarious. Opens Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. and runs Thursdays through Sundays through May 5. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. $18 to $20, or $15 March 29 and 30.

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Bolder

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 10:09 AM

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What's gotten into these teachers?

That #RedforEd protest on March 21 was great and all, but it was supposed to be a one-and-done, right? Teachers got to wear those nice, new red t shirts. They went to the Capitol. They told legislators and the press, "We want decent salaries! We want more funding for schools!" They got their few hours of fame. Time to pat themselves on the back and return to their crappy salaries and underfunded classrooms.

That's what they were supposed to do, based on recent Arizona teacher history anyway. Instead, they came out the next Wednesday for another #RedforEd rally and demanded a 20 percent raise.

A 20 percent raise? Are you out of your minds?

The next day, the rally was getting positive press all over Arizona. And CNN. And ABC. And Education Week. And who knows how many other national news outlets.

Who designed those kickass red shirts anyway?

Meanwhile, Ducey's bully pulpit looked more like a kiddie stool. "Hey, c'mon guys, look at me. You know, the governor? I gave teachers a one percent raise, and there's more where that came from. I managed to pass a tax bill that means, well, it means schools won't get any more money, but they won't lose any either. That's something, right?"

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Claytoon of the Day: Doctor Suck Up

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM

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Time Market Owner Purchases Rincon Market

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 1:00 PM

A beloved corner market is in new hands
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Rincon Market, a beloved small market on Sixth Street and Tucson Boulevard that has been open since 1926, is about to get a revitalization as Time Market owner Peter Wilke has stepped in as the new owner. Wilke has lots of plans to keep up the reputation for quality food and refreshments, as well as a comfy hangout.

So far, celebrated fishmonger Yuri Rabayev is staying on board but butcher Ben Forbes hasn’t decided whether to stay or go, seeing as negotiations are still in the works.

Wilke wants to extend what he does in the 4,000-square-foot arena of Time Market to the 14,000 square feet of Rincon by adding an artisan bread program, scratch bakery and a charcuterie option. The salad bar, deli and grocery section will remain intact, but may get a facelift. Another upgrade will be their coffee area and selection.

Electric Six Keeps Moving Forward

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Electric Six Frontman Dick Valentine: "“We have to play ‘Danger! High Voltage,’ ‘Gay Bar,’ and ‘Dance Commander.' We’ll play a couple of new ones. It’ll be a great time in Tucson, as ever.”
  • Electric Six Frontman Dick Valentine: "“We have to play ‘Danger! High Voltage,’ ‘Gay Bar,’ and ‘Dance Commander.' We’ll play a couple of new ones. It’ll be a great time in Tucson, as ever.”

Electric Six frontman Tyler Spencer, aka Dick Valentine, will be the first to tell you that this wild and wacky experiment was never supposed to last. When the Detroit disco-rock troupe formed in 1996 as the Wildbunch, they were seen by many as a novelty at worst, a party band at best.

Many, many members and 22 years later, the band is arguably going stronger than ever. They have 16 albums in the arsenal, with a 17th on the way this year. And sure, the days of international hits singles such as “Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar” might be behind them, but mainstream global adoration has been replaced with the sort of cool factor that comes with rock & roll longevity.

That they’ve never gone away, that artistically they’ve developed into a tight-knit, truly unique hard rock unit, speaks volumes for the under-appreciated talent behind Spencer’s deceptively sleepy eyes. The man has had his demons in the past, but in 2018 he’s a force of nature. In fact, for the past few years the Electric Six has been putting out two albums per year.

“The whole idea of spending many months on one album doesn’t work for us,” Spencer says. “With the first few records, we didn’t have access to the sort of home recording technology that we do now.”

That’s quite a thing to consider: The only thing stopping the Electric Six’s prolific nature in the early days was the fact that the technology wasn’t keeping up with them. Now that they can turn out one album after another, they do.

Here’s the thing though—an E6 album is always good and usually great. This isn’t some conveyor belt of garbage, churned out at regular intervals to keep their modest but still enviable fanbase happy and spending. Rather, this is an artist, working with a group of great musicians, creating awesome rock ‘n‘ roll.


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Laughing Stock: Fresh Comedy at Congress

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM

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Pauly Casillas brings his innovative, audience participation comedy show, The Switch, back to Hotel Congress Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m.; free, 21+. The show’s lately run monthly at The Hut, and in Phoenix at the Crescent Ballroom, where it’s attracted a large following.

The Switch offers each of a dozen comedians a short set followed by a challenge to respond extemporaneously to prompts from the audience. The gimmick is that audience members, and others, anywhere, suggest the prompts via text. The cues are usually double-entendres, wordplay and other open invitations to off-the-cuff hilarity.

DJ Emoji Michael Medina opens the show. Comedians include Steena Salido, Mo Urban, Jesus Otamendi, Amber Frame, Ali Musa, Tony Kanani Bruhn, Rory Monserat, Matt Ziemak, Paul Fox, Josiah Osego, Eden Nault, Carson Paul, Roxy Merrari and Rebecca Tingley. Also, the very funny award-winning storyteller and Pima Community College writing professor Molly McCloy makes her standup debut.

“The switch is a great lounge show because it’s not controlled,” Casillas says. “I like it to be out of control and not like a comedy club because people are on their phones, they’re involved, engaged.
“Being funny on the spot—that’s the hardest thing the improv people do,” he says, “but comedians, you can tell who’s really just naturally funny and who’s packaged funny, because I’ve seen people do well in clubs …. But The Switch just boggles them. But it’s fun!”

Casillas could be taken for naturally funny, the go-to guy for the fastest laugh line. In a recent online race to the first joke about the Google car accident, he snapped, “I can kill pedestrians myself.” Too soon? Casillas philosophy long has been, “People will laugh at anything as long as its funny.” His own stand-up sets walk the laugh side of that line unfailingly.

He attributes some of that talent, though, to what you might call “environmental factors.” “I always was fat and I've always been funny,” he says. “Everyone calls you fat, so you have to come (back) with something fast and funny or else you lose the word war. So I just got a sharp tongue growing up. Then I was always the life of the party.”

“Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby”

Comedian and feminist Rebecca Tingley stars in her own talk show featuring Randy Ford, aka, the Southern Charmer, and a revolving cast of guest comedians. It’s Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby, a monthly sex-joke jam at Hotel Congress. Join the fun at 8 p.m.; 21+, $5.



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Claytoon of the Day: Roseanne Reboot

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 1:12 PM

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Looks Like It Was a Good Idea To Fight Big Data In Education

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 3:47 PM

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In 2013, the next big thing in education/technology convergence was inBloom, a nonprofit funded by $100 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The idea was to create a gigantic database filled with student information pulled together from school records. Private education companies could tap into the data to tailor educational software to individual students. The database would be watched over by the education division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and stored on Amazon's computers. Parents didn't need to give their consent for their children's information to be included.

What could possibly go wrong?

Seven states joined in. (Arizona wasn't one of them, by the way.) People on the left and the right went nuts about the intrusion into the privacy of students and their families. I was one of the people who wrote about of the potential dangers of Big Data amassing all this information on our children. In reaction to the uproar, the seven states pulled out one by one. Soon, inBloom, another one of Bill Gates' boneheaded, wrongheaded educational ideas, was gone.

In light of the growing revelations about the exploitation of personal data by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, it looks like inBloom's opponents were more right than we knew. Cambridge Analytica took a few wisps of data and created political profiles on hundreds of millions of Americans. InBloom would have 12 years of records about every student's family, school attendance, academic performance, health history, disciplinary and psychological history — a mind-boggling treasure trove of data. Private companies who gained access to this frighteningly rich data pool could mine it for personal, political and commercial gain. Bad actors could wield embarrassing or incriminating bits of information as weapons against students for the rest of their lives.

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