Thursday, August 30, 2018

Don't Get Sad. Get Mad!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 3:26 PM

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Supporters of education should be seeing Red right now.

We need to be Red-hot angry over the decision by Ducey's Supreme Court, backed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, to take the Invest in Education initiative off the ballot.

We need to be more #RedforEd than ever.

We need to rid Arizona of Red/Republican politicians who vote in lockstep with their rich backers, ignoring the needs of our children. Throw The Sons Of Bitches Out! To paraphrase a slogan Republicans loved in the 60s: "Arizona: Love its children or Leave office." Don't let the Capitol door hit your asses on the way out.

If we can't campaign for Invest in Ed, then we campaign hard for candidates who promote a progressive education agenda: David Garcia for Governor, Kathy Hoffman for Superintendent of Public Instruction and all the other state and local Democrats who are facing uphill electoral battles. It doesn't matter if they were your first choice in the primary. They're your first choice now. The future of Arizona education — hell, the future of Arizona — is hanging in the balance.

Don't get sad. Get mad! And do something about it.

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Which Luis Gonzales Is Running for the Pima Community College Board?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 3:03 PM

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Luis Gonzales is running for the Pima Community College Board of Governors District 5. But contrary to what some voters might think, this is not a re-election campaign.

Although that seat is currently held by a Luis Gonzales, he's the former state lawmaker who handily won his 2016 campaign over the establishment-favorite attorney Martha Durkin.

The Luis Gonzales running in the November elections is the former Pascua Yaqui tribal councilman and husband of Sally Ann Gonzalez, the Legislative District 3 Representative who just won her primary for the state Senate and goes into the general unopposed.

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PCC-Board-Member Luis Gonzales is a longtime political ally of Sally Ann Gonzales, publicly criticizing U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva after he threw his support behind Sally Ann's primary opponent, Betty Villegas.

PCC-Luis said he’s been telling people he knows that he’s not running, but hasn’t made a public statement about it. He said voters are pretty intelligent, and he believes they’ll research their candidate as well as read about it in the news and go to forums.

“In so far as voters being confused, I don’t know if that’s good or bad,” he said. “Like any elected official out there, you may have your retractors.”

He said he encouraged former-tribal-council-member Luis to run for the seat. This Luis couldn’t be reached for comment on whether he thinks voters might be confused about which Luis Gonzales they're voting for or whether he has any plan to make it crystal clear.

Sally-Ann-husband Luis Gonzales' opponent for the PCC District 5 seat, Debi Chess Mabie, said she thinks voters might be confused, but she understands people can't help having the same name.

This article was updated to include comment from PCC Board Member Luis Gonzales.

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The Lineup: What's Happening in Tucson This Week!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 2:55 PM

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Claytoon of the Day: Google Gestapo

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 9:50 AM

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Four Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, Aug. 30

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Bike Art Auction. The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists are holding this auction at the Catalina Brewing Company for all things bicycle art! David Grant is the featured artists, but you’ll also see works from Rudi Cycling Art, Bicibits, Lisa Reeves, V. Valdez Photography and DukesSaguaros. Artists will donate part of their sales for the night to SDMB, and Catalina Brewing Company will donate $1 per pint between 6 and 9 p.m. SDMB hopes to use the funds to build some new trails. Plus, the Jersey Grill food truck will be on hand serving up hoagies. There’s bike art! There’s brews! There’s Boar’s Head meat! Don’t live with the regret you’ll feel if you decide to sit this one out. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. Catalina Brewing Company, 6918 N. Camino Martin, #120, Marana. Details here.

Wonders of Worlds–Real and Imaginary. A new month means a new show from the Wilde Meyer Gallery, and this time around they’re focusing on work that transports you away, both visually and mentally. With works that emphasize the beauty and wonder of good ol’ nature as well as secret invented places created by artists, this is an exhibit with an effect that’s almost as good as an actual weekend getaway. You’ll see works by Linda Carter Holman, Ka Fisher, Connie Townsend and Andrea Peterson, just to name a few. Showing throughout September, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Don’t miss the art walks from 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday as well. Wilde Meyer Gallery, 2870 E. Skyline Drive. Free. Details here.

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Mhysa is more than just another angry black woman. “I’m not giving up my rage/But I need joy so much more.” An established sound and performance artist with Philadelphia’s SCRAAATCH, Mhysa’s solo effort, Fantasii, honors Black history, is influenced by femme empowerment, and twinkles with spiritual transcendence. Working from her rich Philadelphia roots, Mhysa samples her grandfather’s blues and blankets them in a shimmering layer of synth and chimes in “Glory Be Black.” Later, she summons the sexual musicality of heroes Donna Summers and Janet Jackson in the strip-club banger “Strobe.” Working within the EDM idiom, Mhysa weaves and samples disco, R&B, rap, ambient and techno influences together, creating a language of inter-textuality across decades of dance club floors. This is substantial and important black music, soulful and ethereal at once, created by a woman who has survived struggle to arrive at a well-earned higher place. Thursday, Aug. 30, HOCO Fest, Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress. $20. 16+. hocofest.com. —B.S. Eliot. Details here.

Bear Down Fridays. Welcome back, Wildcats! Get down to Main Gate Square to celebrate the kickoff of the 13th season of Bear Down Fridays, where local restaurants and stores offer food  specials, happy hour pricing, discounts, giveaways and themed activities. Every Pep Rally begins at 6 p.m. with the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, UA Poms, Twirlers and Flags, plus plenty of other UA guests. It’s Tucson’s way of begrudgingly saying, “school’s back in session.” 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. 814 E. University Blvd. Details here.

Events compiled by Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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