Friday, February 15, 2019

An Arizona Voucher Q&A

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 12:19 PM

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Republican legislators are at it again. They are trying to increase the number of students eligible for private school vouchers. That's in spite of voters saying no to voucher expansion in 2018.

It's a good time to take a close look at the world of vouchers by asking questions and answering them. Let's begin.

In 2018, the popular vote in Arizona went against voucher expansion. Was it close?
Nope. When all the Prop. 305 numbers were counted, vouchers went down by 30 points: 65 percent No to 35 percent Yes.

Wow, a 30 point spread. Isn't that surprising, especially in a red state like Arizona?
Actually, no. Vouchers were on the ballot in Utah in 2007. Utah is redder than Arizona, but the vote margin was close to the same: 63 percent to 38 percent.

OK, that's another example. How about voucher votes elsewhere?
Vouchers have gone down every time they've been put in front of voters, and never by less than 20 points. Counting our vote in 2018, vouchers are zero for seven nationwide.

Lots of states have vouchers. Does that mean all of them have been put in by their legislatures?
Yes, all state voucher programs were voted into law by state legislatures. Arizona's two voucher programs — Tuition Tax Credits (1997) and Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (2011) — were created by our legislature. So were all the revisions which increased the amount of voucher money and the number of students who qualify.

Why do people vote against vouchers?
One reason is not many students attend private schools. In Arizona, it's about 4 percent of the student population. With 1 in 25 students in private school, it's not surprising people aren't excited about sending tax dollars in that direction.

Really, that few students?
Yes, really. In 2014, the most recent year where I could find good data, about 45,000 Arizona students were enrolled in private schools out of a total of about 1.2 million students. Those numbers are approximate, of course, but they're close.

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Man Dies In Custody at Pima County Jail

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 11:22 AM

On Thursday, Feb. 14, just after 2:00 p.m., a "use-of-force encounter" at the Pima County Adult Detention Complex resulted in the death of 53-year-old David Ray Maxwell. The corrections officer involved, Jason Hubert, was placed on administrative leave immediately following the encounter, as is standard protocol.
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Hubert was was not injured during the encounter, and has been employed with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department since October 2007. The incident is currently being investigated by Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is unable to release any further information at this time and the department is in the process of notifying the inmate’s next of kin.

According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, "Detention Complex have limited Force Options available to them. Such Options are limited to Officer Presence, Verbal Communications, Soft Empty Hand Control techniques, Pain Compliance techniques, Oleoresin Capsicum spray, and Hard Empty Hand Control techniques. At this time the investigation is still ongoing."

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Laughing Stock: Wear your roller skates on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Gilbert Gottfried's already sold out his early show at Laffs Comedy Cafe on Wednesday, Feb. 20. - ARLENE GOTTFRIED
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Congratulations to all involved in the first CATcomedy520 LOL Crawl. Mark your calendars for the next one, Sunday, Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2020. Meanwhile, follow CATcomedy520 on Facebook and CATcomedy.org on the web for Tucson comedy shows.

This month, we’re being treated to a string of top national standup comics.

Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour comes to the Tucson Convention Center at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Wong catapulted to the national scene with her 2016 Netflix feature Baby Cobra. In 2017, she drew record crowds to eight shows at the San Francisco Masonic. In 2018, she voiced and produced Netflix’s animated Tuca and Bertie, starred in a Netflix movie she co-wrote, and wrote a book coming out on Random House this year. Tickets are $37 to $63 via Ticketmaster.

Brian Regan performs at the Fox Tucson Theatre at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Vanity Fair is a fan, and Entertainment Weekly calls him “your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” In 2018 he delivered the first Netflix special of his 30-year career, tenderly named "Nunchuks and Flamethrowers." Regan is a frequent guest on The Tonight Show and appeared regularly on Letterman.Tickets are $37.50 to $74.50 via Foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com

Fried Chicken and Latkes with Rain Pryor features at Leo Rich Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Legendary TV producer Norman Lear is adapting for television this one-woman show created by his casting director, Rain Pryor. The daughter of comedian Richard Pryor, she is half Jewish and all entertainment.Tickets are $10 via SquareUp.com

Brew Haha Comedy Showcase Presents: Black Chicks and Pink D*cks! at 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18. This collective of top black female comics promises “A stand-up comedy show featuring open minded strong black women who are coming for your inheritance.” They’ve won top reviews in their travels. Tickets are $10 via SquareUp.com.

Tucsoncomedy.com Presents Gilbert Gottfried at Laffs Comedy Caffe in two Wednesday shows, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Update: the 7 p.m. show is sold out.) This mean, dirty and relentlessly hilarious jokester was the subject of documentary last year that let fans see his softer, more human side. No worries! The mellow Gottfried won’t be showing up at Laff’s. Gottfried’s long-time fans who may have caught his act only on TV or in arenas can enjoy the 360 degree Gottfried experience in the uniquely intimate setting of Laff’s, where even newcomers to comedy can watch the master up close. Tickets are $25 at Eventbrite.com

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Claytoon of the Day: White House Simulators

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM

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Last Minute Giveaway! Arizona Baseball Opening Day

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 9:04 AM

It's the moment Arizona Baseball fans have been waiting for, it's opening day! And we have your chance to go to the game tonight for free!

Enter to win a pair of tickets or a family pack of four to tonight's game at Hi Corbett Field.

Can't make the game today? Don't worry, we also have tickets for Sunday's game as well! Make sure to specify which game and how many tickets you are entering the giveaway for.

Winners must come to the Tucson Local Media office (located at 725 N. Mona Lisa Road) before 5 p.m. today to collect their tickets. If you can't come and get them, don't enter! It is fine for a family member or friend to pick up tickets for you. Good luck!

23 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend, Feb. 15 to 17

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 1:30 AM

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1912 Beer x Daniela’s Cooking Churro Pairing. Who says you have to be at an amusement park to enjoy one of the finest desserts humans ever came up with? 1912 Brewing and Daniela’s Cooking are teaming up for a beer and churro pairing night. It’s time to add a crunch to your growler, cinnamon to your sour. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. 2045 N Forbes Blvd., suite 105. Details here.

Two-Year Anniversary at Sand-Reckoner Vineyards. Sand-Reckoner is taking the whole weekend to celebrate their birthday. So this means drink specials, new wines and music. On Friday, Feb. 15, it’s an all day happy hour featuring music from Miss Olivia and the Interlopers. On Saturday, Feb. 16, Sand-Reckoner is unveiling some of their new wine, Malvasia Pet-Nat, with music from Beth Daunis & Friends. Sunday, Feb. 17, they are featuring a guest bartender, plus a fundraiser for Native Seeds. Friday, Feb. 15, to Sunday, Feb. 17. 510 N. Seventh Ave., Unit 170. Details here.
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Tucson Craft Beer Crawl. It is back! For one day, downtown Tucson is going to turn into more of a craft beer-obsessed madhouse than it already is. The crawl features beers from nearly every brewery in Tucson: 1912, Barrio, BlackRock, Borderlands, Catalina, Corbett, Crooked Tooth, Dillinger, Dragoon and we’re only at the letter D! Aside from breweries, venues include the classic Fifth Avenue Beer Garden, Hotel Congress and R Bar. Playground Bar & Lounge’s upstairs patio will also be hosting 1912 Brewing, Dillinger Brewing, and Mother Road Beer. There are two types of tickets: You can start from the north or from the south. A percentage of proceeds benefit the Arizona nonprofits, including the Watershed Management Group. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. 55 N. Fifth Ave. General admission is $40. VIP is $70. Details here.

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Murder, Mayhem & Mobsters at The Dutch. If you’re looking for good food and a mystery (or an excuse to bust out that old suit you never wear), head over to the Dutch Eatery, where they’re pairing up with The Independent Distillery for a “whodunit” dinner party. Arrive in your finest clothes, and eat a three-course dinner with an interactive dinner mystery. Foods include: Beef Wellington, Vegetable Napoleon and more. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. 943 E. University Blvd. $59. Call (520) 792-6684 to reserve a spot. Details here.

Third Annual Tap & Bottle Beer Mile. Tap & Bottle knows you’ve been missing it, so the beer mile is back! Here’s your chance to drink four beers over the course of a mile. One beer for every lap you run. Is it a good idea? Well it’s certainly an idea! The beer is provided by Firestone Walker Brewing Co., and also includes food from Los Locos Tacos food truck and a Bloody Mary bar. The run occurs at their Westbound location in the MSA Annex. 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 17. 267 S. Avenida Del Covento. $15 for pre-race sign up. $20 day of sign up. 21+. Details here.

Joshua Bell. If you’re into classical music, it’s likely you’ve heard of Joshua Bell, who’s recorded more than 40 CDs and earned Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards along the way. If you aren’t deep in the world of classical music, on the other hand, Joshua Bell may just sound like Josh Peck’s first name combined with Drake Bell’s last name. Anyway, this guy has done everything from teach at MIT to perform on the Tonight Show and was named one of People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people. And he performs on a Stradivarius violin from 1713, with an 18th-century French bow. Don’t miss this performance, where he’ll be accompanied by Sam Haywood on the piano. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. $25 to $125+. Details here.

The Amazing Acro-cats Tumble Into Tucson. “I can die happy now!” exclaimed one audience member after seeing this show. And you can imagine why: This is literally a troupe of touring performing house cats who roll on balls, ride skateboards, jump through hoops and close out the show with a music performance. Tuna and the Rock Cats features Nola on guitar, Asti on drums, Nue on keyboard, Ahi on woodblocks, Albacore on cowbell, Buggles on trumpet, Oz on saxophone and a chicken named Cluck Norris on the tambourine. Chief executive Human Samantha Martin has saved more than 215 cats and kittens since she founded Rock Cats Rescue. Why would you miss this? 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Leo Rich Theater, 260 S. Church Ave. $20. Details here. 

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Girl’s Day Doll Exhibit. Hinamatsuri, or the Girl’s Day Festival, takes place every March in Japan, when Japanese parents display hana, or small dolls that represent an Emperor, Empress and attendant in honor of their pre-teen daughters. Many times, these dolls are family heirlooms. Girls hold parties with their friends and enjoy traditional foods each year until they’re 10, when the dolls are packed away to be someday passed on to the next generation of girls. Yume Japanese Gardens will be displaying their vintage doll set, over a century old, from Feb. 15 to March 16, so you, like multiple generations of young girls before you, can admire their beauty. Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way. Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. $13 adults, $10 seniors 65+, $9 students & military with ID, $6 kids 3 to 15 and free for kids 2 and under. Details here.

The Princess Bride. Keeping the love alive for one extra day, the University of Arizona is screening this fantasy/romance classic the day after Valentine’s Day. And better yet, it’s a free outdoor screening! What more is there to say about this beloved film? Well maybe, did you know some of the film’s actors, including Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant, said this was their favorite movie they ever performed in? Co-presented by Cats After Dark and UA Women and Gender Resource Center. 8 to 9:50 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. 1657 E. Helen St. Details here.

Family SCIFest.
Science is everywhere! Especially at this event at the Children’s Museum on Saturday, where there will be STEM demonstrations galore by groups like Society of Women Engineers Tucson and the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Check out the live animals, meteorites and hands-on demonstrations in everything from robotics to biology to environmental sciences to physics. Sid the Science Kid from PBS Kids, as well as characters and droids from the 501st Legion, will be around to remind kids just how cool science is. Museum admission is free all day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and SciFest is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave. Free. Details here.
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With Love, Marilyn. This special, four-night-only performance is all about one of Hollywood’s most iconic figures: Marilyn Monroe. In this one-woman show, she’s portrayed by Erin Sullivan, who has nearly 30 years of theater experience under her belt, including portraying Marilyn in Marilee and Baby Lamb: The Assassination of an American Goddess. Not to mention, Sullivan’s the playwright of this show as well! It takes us behind the scenes to a dress rehearsal for a show, where Marilyn is singing songs like “I Wanna Be Loved By You,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, through Saturday, Feb. 16, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $50. Details here.

Into The Deep, an art pop-up. While you’re drinking and listening to live music on this Saturday night anyway, you might as well support some local artists, right? From the gorgeous polymer clay jewelry of Sigfus to Birdy Fyffe’s photography to the rustic ceramic pieces of Cinnasepia, you’ll be surrounded by lovely, handmade works. The Powder Room makeup artists and Tattoos by Hector will also be present. Bring cash for the bar, park in the big parking lot across the street, and fill your heart with art. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. District Photo Studio, 657 W. St. Mary’s. Details here.
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American Stories: Bill Owens, David Graham, David Hurn and Shannon Smith. A woman with long blonde hair looks back at the camera as the small boat she’s sitting on heads into the mouth of a whale (on a Disneyland ride). A sign that appears to be in the middle of nowhere portends, “Really Really Good.” A man, seen from above, is mid-jump into a river full of people in inner tubes. A couple standing outside their car on the side of the road look concernedly at a little boy who’s throwing up. This photography exhibit at the Etherton features American life as portrayed through the views of these photographers Show runs through Saturday, April 20. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment. Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Free. Details here.

Cruise, BBQ & Blues Festival & Car Show.
Maybe you’re not that into cars, but you are into science, or design, or figuring out how things work. So, in some sense, you are into car design, one of the most ubiquitous but overlooked art forms there is. At this Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance Event, join thousands of other people to enjoy live oldies music, great food and, of course, tons of gorgeous cars. Kids can do activities while parents guess who will win the awards given in 20+ categories, from best interior to best paint to best engine. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road. $5, with $1 discount for veterans and active duty military. Free for kids 10 and under. Cash only. Details here.

Tumamoc Hill 5K/10K.
Apparently, some people don’t think walking up Tumamoc Hill is difficult enough. And hey, maybe today is the day you try running or jogging up the mountain. But if it’s not, that’s OK, too. You’re free to walk the trail, because this informal event is open to people at all levels of fitness. Bring water, good shoes and, if you want, the Strava.com app so you can see what your time is. The event is free, and everyone’s going to the Mercado san Agustin for tacos, and Presta Coffee Roasters for coffee, after it’s over. Get those Saturday mornin’ endorphins going! 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Feb. 16. Tumamoc Hill, 1675 W. Anklam Road. Free. Details here.

What Happened, Miss Simone? The Tucson Black Film Club is screening this documentary on the life of jazz pianist and singer, as well as civil rights activist, Nina Simone. The screening is at the Dunbar African American Culture Center. Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, the daughter of a preacher, she changed her name to Nina Simone as a stage name when she decided to play “the devil’s music.” The film was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. 325 W. Second St. Details here.

2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films. The Loft Cinema is filling your week with special screenings of this year’s best short films. Whether they’re animated, live action, or documentaries, they’re worth your time (especially since they’re only a few minutes). Live Action Shorts: 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Documentary Shorts: noon Saturday, Feb. 16. Animated Shorts: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $10. Details here.

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No Volcano. Like a fish born into a tank, No Volcano struggle against internal headfucks—aware that “free will” is but an illusion, autonomy impossible and, yet, complacency is somehow appealing. Tones vacillate between sardonic and sincere; they long for things that cannot be. They’ll never soar “like an eagle” or see snow out in the country, but will forever be stuck in Phoenix. Perry Ferrell and Frank Black’s bastard kid could cameo in No Volcano, worshiping apathy like Bad Religion does atheism. This Best of Phoenix 2018 band has everything a winning post-punk/nerd rock outfit could ever hope for: excess brain cells cut with dissatisfaction. Not to mention years of Arizona rock ’n’ roll cred (Trunk Federation, Colorstore, etc). Three albums deep, singer Jim Andreas shoots ideas atop chooga-chocka guitars, burdened with age-old dilemmas of independence versus compromise, “I wanna stay out later/But it’s a sad generator.” With Gem Show on Saturday, Feb. 16. Che’s Lounge, 350 N. Fourth Ave. 8 p.m. Free. 21+.—B.S. Eliot Details here.


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Violins of Hope (Third Annual Elizabeth Leibson Holocaust Remembrance Lecture) A lot of people agree that one of the saddest part of the nonstop sad-fest that is The Titanic is when the boat is sinking and death is staring them in the face, but the musicians on the deck keep playing. Such is the power of music and the resilience of musicians. The Violins of Hope is a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust: They’ve survived concentration camps, pogroms and many a long journey, and Israeli father and son Amnon and Avshalom have dedicated themselves to restoring them for this presentation of music, storytelling and multimedia. Fred Fox School of Music students and faculty will also perform music by Hans Winterberg and Daniel Asia. 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road. $18 GA, $54 reserved seating and reception. Details here.

The Gila Valley, Globe and Northern Railway Co. Do you know much about this particular railway? It was in operation for just 16 years at the turn of the 20th century, and stretched the 125 miles between Bowie and Globe. But we’re going to refer to railroad historian Richard Dick to tell us more about the matter. He’ll be the third speaker in the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum’s February speaker series and your chance to gain a whole new world of knowledge about the railroads that made today’s world possible. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N. Toole Ave. Free. Details here.

VintagePalooza.
It’s interesting to think about the VintagePaloozas of the future, where enthusiasts of early 21st century fashion and furniture will haggle over the prices of authentic LuLaRoe leggings and stainless steel refrigerators. But we digress. At this Cat Mountain Station event, you’ll get your pick of a wide variety of vintage items from tons of vendors, all to the tune of live rock music. While you’re there, check out Buffalo Trading Post across the strweet, which has a mix of vintage and new (or as we like to call it, future vintage) clothing, jewelry and housewares, as well as the Coyote Pause Café. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Cat Mountain Station, 2727 S. Kinney Road. Details here.
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 Good Festival Tucson. Sure, the title is a little vague, but sometimes it’s good to just celebrate goodness, right? This day full of yoga classes, health & wellness workshops, live music, vendors, beer and a wine garden is a seriously capital-G Good way to spend a Sunday. Take classes like TWERK Fuzion with Chezale, either before or after you visit the wine garden, depending on how good you’re feeling. Desert Yoga Productions & FoodInRoot are putting on this event. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Whistle Stop Depot, 127 W. Fifth St. $15, or free for kids 12 and under. Details here.

Chokehold.
Directed by Arizona filmmaker Brian Skiba, this action/drama follows a woman’s mission in seeking revenge on the mob for the death of her father. But how does she do it? By battling her way up the ladder of underground mixed martial arts. The Screening Room presents this brand new film, with MLB star and former Arizona basketball standout Kenny Lofton in person doing a Q&A after the film. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. 127 E. Congress. $12.50. Details here.

Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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XOXO: Where to Rock This Weekend: Feb. 15 to 17

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An exercise in philistinism? In January 2017, this violin virtuoso donned a baseball cap and rumpled shirt and played as a hum-drum busker in a D.C. subway station, performing one of the most challenging solo pieces ever composed effortlessly—Bach’s D minor Chaconne—on his 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin worth $3.5 million. Of the thousands of passersby, only seven stopped to listen. This doyen collected $32.17 in alms. Joshua Bell holds court at Centennial Hall. Details here.


Tucson’s favorite psychedelic cumbancheros XIXA are at Club Congress. With support from “a radical collective of loosely organized artists, creators and criminals,” Ojalá Systems. Details here.
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The Rialto Theatre hosts Metal Fest XVI, featuring Then When, Sucker For The Sour, Sigils Of Summoning, Animate Echoes, Gutter Town, Exit Dream and Head Rust. Details here.

The Jacob Acosta Band provides the soundtrack for Harbottle Brewing first anniversary soiree. Details here.

Miss Olivia & the Interlopers share their jazz-inflected soul with all in the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner. Details here.

Southern rock, seared, and laid over a lush bed of Americana seasoned with a sprinkling of Cajun spices. Caleb & the Homegrown Tomatoes “chase clouds” at Monterey Court. Details here.

Featuring pianist Barry Douglas, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. José Luis Gomez is at the podium. At the Tucson Convention Center. Details here.
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Dig out your best ’80s finery for a dose of post-Valentine’s Day campy fun and nostalgia. DJs Plastic Disease and NoirTech provide the soundtrack for the Pretty In Pink Themed Dance Party at the Surly Wench Pub. Details here.

Sky Bar is the site for a power country, blues hoedown. Featuring Hank Topless Band, Get Right Rounders and Chris Hall. Details here.

From the Appalachian Mountains to Bakersfield, Freddy Parrish traces the roots of country music in a monthly residency: Dry ’n’ Dusty at Exo Roast Co. Details here.

Jacques Taylor & The Real Deal drop a time bomb filled with old school, Motown and R&B at Casino del Sol. Details here.
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Punk rock/post-punk legend Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, Gun Club, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Sex Beat Dance Party) tops the bill at Chick Cashman presents A Love Hangover Pajama Party. With special guests Escape-ism (featuring Ian Svenonius and Alexandra Cabral) and ShuShu. Kon Tiki serves as launching pad. Details here.
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The infamous Tequila Taxi makes a stop—long enough for the Al Foul Trio to stumble out—into the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin. Details here.

From the City of Angels, angelic alt-pop trio Tangerine wake from a Fever Dream at Club Congress. Flanked by synth-loving indie poppers Chateau Chateau and Night Weather. Details here.
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Tejano singer/accordionist AJ Castillo headlines a Valentine’s Day Dance at Casino del Sol Events Center. With Dezigual and Louie Marinez y Myzterio. Details here.

On the heels of Rocking In The Rain, their latest release, Midnight Transit Co. storm into 191 Toole. With Beyond Words. Details here.

The Mafiatic Misfits, McNastee, King Dice, Trent Stark and LoyalT headline The Cali-Zona Love Tour. At CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen. Details here.

Equal parts talent and entertainment, Paul “The Piano Man” Jenkins tickles ivories at Hotel McCoy. Details here.
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It’s complicated. Phoenix alt-rockers No Volcano are “Coming Up Roses.” While “slob rockers” The Gem Show are repentant and “Never Going To Do That Again.” See for yourselves, at Che’s Lounge. Details here.

Not for the faint of heart, Musk Hog and Creeper Van do odiferous and suspicious things at Saint Charles Tavern. Details here.

No place is safe from the incessant techno rhythms of Disco Zombie nor the bass laden beats of FAIRYDVST. Project Atlas presents Dungeon Of Love at Solar Culture. Enter at your own risk. Details here.

Tokyo garage punks Your Pest Band rip and tear through a set at Owls Club. Lenguas Largas and Resonars only add to the mayhem. Details here.

Providing the beats and melodies and energy behind everything, Golden Boots and Feverfew occupy Che’s Lounge patio. Details here.
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Febbo & Fuentes play bilingual AmeriMexicana for the betterment of the human soul. At Public Brewhouse. Details here.

Faithfully capturing the interaction of cante (song), baile (dance) and toque (guitar), Tablao Flamenco present the music of the Andalusian Roma Gypsies of southern Spain. At Exo Roast Co. Details here.

Pop punks, from Tampa, Florida, Up From Here, top the bill at Sky Bar. With In Lessons and Something Like Appropriate. Details here.

This English guitarist’s piercing, yet delicate, technique and execution have earned him a Top 20 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of Best Guitarists of All Time. Richard Thompson Electric Trio is at The Fox Theatre. Details here.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Randi Dorman Kicks Off Campaign for Mayor

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 3:09 PM

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“It’s time for us to not just fix the roads but make sure they lead somewhere,” Randi Dorman told a cheering crowd on Tuesday evening.

To kickoff her campaign for mayor of Tucson, Dorman laid out her priorities for office during a casual gathering at the Connect Coworking courtyard, complete with drinks and live music.


Originally from New York, Dorman worked in advertising with international brands such as Charmin, Crest and Old Spice for 15 years before moving to downtown Tucson in 2001 with her husband, Rob Paulus, an architect and developer. Together they formed R+R Develop, a local real estate development company.


In 2005 the couple worked to convert a closed ice factory into the residential Ice House Lofts on 17th Street. Now, R+R is in the process of developing mixed-use apartments, offices and retail spaces adjacent to the Trinity Presbyterian Church on Fourth Avenue and University Boulevard.


Dorman has served as the president of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson for over five years, and currently serves as the chairwoman of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. She hopes to bring her close relationship with the ongoing revitalization of downtown and knowledge of small business economics to the dais.


“We need to take the energy that we put into downtown and we need to start to bring that into the rest of the community,” she said.


Among Dorman’s interests is economic development, which includes supporting the growth of small and medium-sized businesses, making collaborations through job-training programs and creating a “robust annexation program” to bring in more state-shared revenues that are currently being given to the Phoenix area.


“Keeping our money in Tucson will enable us to pay for the things that create a better quality of life here,” she said. “And if we collaborate with the county, we can reduce redundancies in departments like Parks and Planning and Development Services and if we do that we free up money for our community.”


Dorman also had a hand in the DTP Connects program, which helped chronically homeless people living in the downtown area find housing opportunities and organizations that help with issues of poverty. She said her team was able to decrease chronic homelessness in the downtown area by 95 percent in a few months.


“In 2018 there were 300 chronically homeless in the City of Tucson, by the city’s count. There were 450 housing vouchers that went unused in 2018,” Dorman said. “We have to connect the people who are combating poverty with the great programs that already exist here as well as creating new ones to support the people really suffering in our community.”


Like other mayoral candidates, Dorman said climate change as an issue that demands attention. Her idea for an environment-friendly Tucson includes sustainable building practices.


“Urban infill, density in the core, where it belongs, and reusing old buildings are some of the greenest building practices you can do and I’m going to make them easier to do,” she said. “In addition, incentives for rainwater harvesting, solar installation, tree planting, energy-efficient home and building improvements—if we do those things we create jobs, improve the environment and improve our quality of life.”


If elected mayor, Dorman wants to start planning for long-term projects such as an expansion of the city’s public transit system and a high-speed rail to Mexico and the Arizona Sun Corridor.


“We have to make sure that we’re shovel-ready when funding opportunities arise, like they have in the past. We want to make sure that we’re going to be the first in line.”


Dorman sees the mayor’s position as the “glue that holds everything together.”


“Her greatest responsibility is to bring people together and lead with vision. She has to be the connector and the chief collaborator. And that’s what I do every single day in my normal business. Every single day I’m bringing people together, bringing ideas together, that’s what I love to do and that’s why I’ve wanted to be mayor for over a decade."


"I have spent an extraordinary amount of time sitting in city council meetings. There’s a wall of portraits of all of the men who have been mayors of Tucson in the past. All men. It is 2019 and it is time to make a change, it is time to think differently about what is possible for Tucson," Dorman said.


Ward 1 city council member Regina Romero is also in the race for the mayor’s seat, as well as former state legislator Steve Farley, advertising agency owner Ed Ackerley and a handful of fringe candidates. The primary election will take place in August.

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