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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Laughing Stock: Still More Comedy at The O, Fitzsimmons Spotlights Local Laughs

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2019 at 5:14 PM

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Andy Andrist redux, Bruce Jingles, Amy Miller, Caitlin Weierhauser at the O

Bruce Jingles brings his smart observations, eloquent storytelling and pitch-perfect comedic timing to The O on June 1. He’s the second half of a weekend double-header doubling down on The O’s commitment to creating an uptown jazz and comedy club.

The Unbookables’s Andy Andrist headlines at 8 p.m. on May 31. Tickets for his show, a free-associative trip through his kaleidoscopic mind with side-trips to the floor, may still be available for $8 via Eventbrite.com, or you can pay $10 at the door.

It’s Jingles’ first visit to Tucson, and he performs at both 7 pm and 9 pm on June 1. Tickets are $10 via Eventbrite and $15 at the door. A favorite in Southern California’s stand-up comedy stomping grounds, Jingles plies relatable tales of everyday life with, for example, law enforcement, stereotyping, and weed. He drives them cheerily home with impersonations of people audience members may recognize from their own lives.

Jingles is a popular podcast guest and a fixture on USO tours. He’s been seen on ABC, VH1, TMZ, NUVOTV, and two Showtime specials, and he appeared in the 2008 dark comedy Driving Bill Crazy. His live comedy album, Bruce Jingles: Comic, released by RBC Records, can be found on iTunes, Pandora and Spotify.

The O keeps rolling on Wednesday, June 5 with Amy Miller, Caitlin Weierhauser and Steve Hernandez. According to her bio, headliner Miller was one of Comedy Central’s Up Next comics for 2018, and was a breakout favorite in Season 9 of Last Comic Standing. She’s also appeared on the Adam Carolla Show, Viceland and the Doug Loves Movies comedy podcast. Most recently she guested on the Stephen Colbert Show.

Miller describes her comedy as “personal, political, and 100 percent authentic.” She earned her comedy stripes in the Bay Area, but began attracting more widespread attention when she moved to Portland’s rich and even more diverse comedy scene.

She won the title Portland’s Funniest in a 2015 competition sponsored by Helium Comedy Club and was voted Portland’s Funniest Comedian in both 2013 and 2015 by readers of the independent Willamette Week. She was the first woman to top either, let alone both, of those contests.

Her album, Solid Gold, is available on the prestigious Kill Rock Stars label. Her podcast, Who’s Your God, with fellow O linep member Steve Hernandez, is at libsyn.com. She’s performed at numerous comedy festivals, including SXSW, Bridgetown, Big Sky and the San Francisco Sketchfest.

L.A.-based Weierhauser describes her comedy as social commentary with “coach vibes and … unhinged enthusiasm, often political, frequently personal and entirely too tantrum-prone.” Naturally she was cast in a Disney movie. It’s Timmy Failure, being readied for the 2020 debut of the new Disney streaming service, Disney +.

Weierhauser was voted one of the top three performers at Big Sky Comedy Fest and has performed for Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, and the All Jane Comedy Fest.

Also from L.A., Steve Hernandez founded the popular LA bar show, Chatterbox Comedy Night. He was featured as a Field Correspondent on I Love You, America! With Sarah Silverman and appeared in Comedy Central’s Corporate.


Local First Arizona kind of spells LAF

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Tucson’s favorite cartoonist and raconteur David Fitzsimmons hosts a comedy show at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at Borderlands Brewery. Admission is $5 at the door or in advance via squareup.com.

The event wraps up a Local First Arizona Roadshow hosted from 4 to 7 pm by the Rialto Theatre at its offshoot entertainment venue 191 Toole. It’s at the other end of the block from Borderlands.

LFA-member the Comedy Alliance of Tucson (full disclosure: I am its founder) organized the comedy show to include, besides Fitzsimmons: Roxy Merrari, host of Comedy at the (Surly) Wench; Monte Benjamin, known for clean comedy rooted in his experiences as a black American; Matt Ziemak, co-host of the monthly Brew Ha Ha comedy show at Borderlands; Mo Urban, stand-up comedy coach at Tucson Improv Movement, founder of a half-dozen local comedy shows and frequent guest in Arizona comedy festivals; Alex Kack, a leader in CAT, producer of this show and host of several local comedy shows, and Josiah Osego, a popular guest in comedy shows in Phoenix and all over Southern Arizona.

Ever the joker, Borderlands Brewing Company co-owner Michael Mallozzi says, “Running a business is no joke! But that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh! Join us for the Local First Arizona Roadshow to support your local businesses because you can’t spell laugh without LFA.” (Just don’t overthink it.)

Michael Peel, Southern Arizona Director of Local First Arizona, says the LFA Roadshows, which are free to the public, are a new program to get business members out in the community, like farmers’ markets promoting products and services. Peel says, “We create fun and engaging ways to connect local businesses to the community on a regular basis and keep more dollars in our local economy. 

Peel and Mallozzi have been advisers in the formation of the Comedy Alliance of Tucson (CAT), seeing it as a means to expand the local business sector using comedy as a draw. Since it was established last year, CAT has worked with local businesses to create more opportunities for comedy in Tucson, promoting existing shows and venues while encouraging new ones. The organization promoted its first CATcomedy520 LOL crawl last January and currently is networking and pursuing initiatives with FEATS-AZ, the Marana Chamber of Commerce, Visit Tucson and TEN WEST as well as Local First.

Peel says, “Expect different themes and a rotating cast of LFA members and partners each month spotlighting and celebrating what makes our community so unique.” 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Jellywink is Back!

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM

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On Saturday, May 25, 2019, Jellywink Boutique made its return to Tucson and celebrated with their "Grand Opening" event. 

Previously owned by Ally Booker, new-owner Erin Voss stepped in and has brought back the welcoming, inclusive vibe of this unique sex toy shop.

Those 18 and up can walk in and find educational books, attire and of course, sex toys!

Shop-owner Voss offers uplifting words and knowledge.

The store can be found on 416 E. 7th Street.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

City High Student Raises $1,600 for Local Charity

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2019 at 4:08 PM

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For her 16th birthday, Tucson City High School student Isabella Parisi did not ask for presents. Instead, she said any money that would be spent on her should instead be given to children in need.

Parisi and her family worked with Pay It Forward Tucson, a local nonprofit, to host an event to benefit children in need. In total, the May 18 event raised $1675.81 for Raising Special Kids, an Arizona nonprofit dedicated to helping children with disabilities. The fundraiser included an art show from multiple local painters, performances by folk musician Peter Dalton Ronstadt, and more.

“Since she was young she has given back to the community, however, this year was one of the most special events,” said Isabella’s mother Rebecca.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Pima Animal Care Center Needs Foster Parents

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 4:43 PM

The Pima Animal Care Center finds itself in a hairy situation as summer approaches in Tucson this year.

The center is in need of foster parents who can take in some of the shelter's dogs and cats, so they can clear out kennels in the facility, according to PACC Communications Specialist Nikki Reck.

For more information on the four-legged animals that can be fostered and/or adopted, go to PACC's website

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Board of Supes Officially Decide to Push Back Bike Ranch Decision

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 3:42 PM

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Members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to table a proposal to vote on the proposed Bike Ranch resort.

The Weekly previously wrote about the proposed property, which is the brainchild of local developers, Kelley Matthews and Peter Lasher.

Tuesday's 4-1 vote in favor of tabling a vote on the property means the property will be decided upon on Tuesday, July 2—as the Weekly reported last Friday afternoon.

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Pima County Pools Open on Saturday, May 25

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 11:19 AM

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It's hot as hell in Southern Arizona, with temperatures inching closer and closer to that mystical 100-degree mark.

Luckily, the Pima County Natural Parks & Recreation Department plans on offering sweet relief, in the form of opening the County's nine public swimming pools on Saturday, May 25.

Four pools, in Wade McLean, Northwest YMCA, Manzanita and Ajo, will be open through Labor Day (Sept. 2), while the other pools will remain open until local school districts open in August.

Swimming lessons are being offered at the county facilities, costing $20 per session, with the first session starting on June 3.

Novice Summer Swim Teams at all Pima County Pools will meet through the summer, with a $20 fee for the entire summer. Registration for the teams is open until June 7, or until that squad fills its allotted space.

For more information on the county's pools and the wonders they offer, go to www.pima.gov/pools

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Decision on Bike Ranch Might Be Decided Tomorrow But Probably Not

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 2:03 PM

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The Weekly may have jumped the gun with last week's report that the Board of Supervisors will delay a planned vote the fate of a permit for a proposed Bike Ranch next door to Saguaro National Park-East.

Developer Kelley Matthews, who designed the bike-centered property with her husband, Peter Lasher, said on Friday that the Board will delay the vote on the permit on Tuesday, July 2.

But Pima County Communications Director Mark Evans cautioned that the proposal remains on the agenda for tomorrow's meeting, although the Board would well grant Matthew's request to delay the vote until July 2. The board could also decide to move forward with the hearing.

"We're expecting a lot of interest in this agenda item and if a lot of people come to the meeting, the Board may hear the item in order to allow the people to address the Board if they wish," Evans said in a text message . "Whether the Board will take action or grant the continuance after the public hearing is at the discretion of the Board. Usually, the Board grants the continuance." 

The Weekly reported on the resort development in last week's print edition.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Not-to-be-Missed Author Events at The Library

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2019 at 1:31 PM

Looking for something fun to do at your library? Mark your calendars for three author events at Dusenberry-River and Joel D. Valdez Main Libraries.

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Linda Strader

Saturday, May 18, noon to 1 p.m.
Joel D. Valdez Main Library

Author Linda Strader will discuss and sign copies of Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love, and Courage. The book follows the personal and physical challenges she had to overcome as one of the first women to work on a fire crew for the U.S. Forest Service, a career where women were generally not welcome in 1976.


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Kate Stewart
Thursday, May 30, 6–7 pm
Dusenberry-River Library

Book launch of Kate Stewart's A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport. Stewart's captivating tale tells the unconventional story of librarian Ruth Rappaport. Inspired by her childhood in Nazi Germany, where books were burned and banned, Rappaport spent the rest of her long life devoted to liberating books for the readers of the world.
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Marge Pellegrino and Kay Sather

Saturday, June 8, 3–4:30 pm
Dusenberry-River Library

Former Library Writer in Residence and longtime customer favorite, Marge Pellegrino returns with local author Kay Sather to launch their new book Neon Words: 10 Brilliant Ways to Light Up Your Writing. Enjoy readings, a raffle, a short film, and a fun make-and-take activity from the book. Customers will also be treated to mesquite cookies and prickly pear lemonade while they last.

Books will be available for sale at all three events. Call the info line at (520) 791-4010 for more information. 

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