Friday, March 22, 2019

"Electrical Hypersensitivity" to be Discussed at Films Screenings around Tucson

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Magda Havas, associate professor at Trent University, will attend multiple film screenings across Tucson documenting the phenomenon of electrical hypersensitivity, a purported sensitivity to electrical and electromagnetic fields, which may cause numerous negative symptoms.

The first screening, Generation Zapped, takes place at The Loft Cinema and investigates "the potential dangers of prolonged exposure to Radio Frequencies from wireless technology". A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring a presentation by Havas, and a Q&A session. This free screening is co-sponsored by the Electromagnetic Safety Alliance and the Pima County 5G Awareness Coalition.

Screening and presentation dates:

Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m.
The Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
Screening of the film Generation Zapped, with a panel discussion to follow
Free and open to the public

Monday, March 25, 6:30 p.m.
Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association Town Hall
5230 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
5th Generation Wireless: How Do Changes in Federal and State Policies Impact Our Neighborhood?
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, March 27, 4 p.m.
University of Arizona College of Public Health
Drachman Hall, Room A120, UA North Campus
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity
Free and open to the public

Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Tucson Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Road
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Our Love Affair with Wireless Technology”
$5 in advance, $7 at the door, students free with student ID

19 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: March 22 to 24

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 1:30 AM

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Borderlands Turns 7. Borderlands Brewing Company is celebrating its seventh birthday, which I guess makes it one of the older breweries in Tucson. They’re planning a whole weekend of celebrations for the occasion, including performances by the local bands Black Cat Bones, Zero Miles to Empty and Kevin Pakulis. Participating food trucks include Blacktop Grill and Substance Coffee Diner. Festivities run from Friday, March 22, to Sunday, March 24. 119 E. Toole Ave. Details here.

Goliath: A Story Retold. So, we all know the story of David and Goliath. I say “David,” you say, “Go, underdog!” I say, “Goliath,” you say, “Booo!” But wait a minute! No one ever really heard Goliath’s side of the story, did they? In this show, choreographer Ashley Bowman has used the music of recording artist, songwriter and composer Zack Hemsey to tell that story. In this version, he’s a lonely, wandering anti-hero, just trying to find his own purpose in a world full of mythical creatures and discoveries. In David, he finds a powerful foe who provides the key to understanding. Goliath is danced by Marquez Johnson, David is danced by Jeffery Griffith, and a cast of eight dancers supports. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23. 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. Pre-concert talk with the choreographer begins a half hour before showtime each day. Saturday night performance will be ASL interpreted. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. $32. Details here.

Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair.
The Fourth Ave. Street Fair is one of those events that makes you hyper-aware of how quickly time is moving… didn’t we just have the winter street fair? Oh, that was four months ago? What year is it? How old am I? It’s the perfect way to soothe your angst about the passage of time, and also the perfect way to spend a March afternoon in Tucson. It brings more than half a million people to our sweet desert town, and brings you a perfect opportunity to get some shopping done for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and all those spring weddings and birthdays coming up. 10 a.m. to dusk Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24. Fourth Avenue. Free. Details here.

Spring Break! Family Fun Day at the Farmer’s Market. Trail Dust Town and the Heirloom Farmers Markets are hosting a day full of fun for kids, families and anyone who enjoys food. So, everyone! Fifteen local vendors, live music, face painting and a kids’ area with hula hoops are just some of the offerings. They’ll also have $6 wristbands to provide unlimited access to the Ferris wheel, carousel and train. Many of the gift shops will be open as well, and Trail Dust Town’s newest neighbor, Millie’s Pancake Haus, will be serving breakfast and lunch. Let the games begin! 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 22. Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. Free. Details here.
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The Illusionists. People on fire! People being cut in half! People making stuff disappear! People finding your card in really strange places! If you don’t think you like magic shows, maybe you just haven’t been to a really cool one yet. And The Illusionists, a direct-from-Broadway show featuring five of the world’s best illusionists, has shattered box office records all over the world with how good it is. So this would be a perfect example of a “really cool one.” Should you check it out? Abracadab-duh. 8 p.m. on Friday, March 22. 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. $10 off for students and $5 off for seniors and military (except for seats in the Gold Circle). $19 to $90. Details here.

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BREAKDOWN/BREAKTHROUGH. The Carport Theater is putting on this community performance event they’re describing as “metaphysical vaudeville,” which, as far as we’re concerned, should be a more common type of vaudeville. Through audience participation in a series of scenarios—one in which a young girl’s life is torn apart and she’s reborn as a she-wolf, one in which a betrayal is revealed, one in which someone recognizes an urgent, unmet need—the show tackles major issues like finding meaning and happiness. One of the lines in the show, for example, is, “Does my suffering offend? It may. Suffering offends both the one who tells and the one who listens.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. The Carport Theater, 3614 E. Presidio Road. Free, but reservations required, and can be made at carporttheater.com. Details here.
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The Secret Garden. We could all use a story about flowers and growth and redemption right about now, right? And we could especially use it in musical form. The story of little Mary Lennox’s search for the secret garden, and the life lessons, lifelong friends and life force she finds within herself along the way, is a timeless classic. Based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this Tony Award-winning musical will have you feeling happy and hopeful. 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, and March 29. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and March 30. 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, and March 31. Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. $20 GA, $15 seniors/students/military, $10 kids 12 and under in advance. Prices increase $5 at the door. Details here.

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Heather Hardy Band. Heather Hardy has been playing piano since she was six and violin since she was nine, and has been featured on more than 200 albums in her career. Now, the blues artist is based in Tucson, where she plays with her band (though she spends several months of the year performing in New York). The band is playing at Monterey Court in this fundraiser for TIHAN, a local network of religious, secular, corporate and nonprofit organizations that provides support for people in Tucson living with HIV. It’s some seriously good music for a seriously good cause, so come on down to support and enjoy! 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 22. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café, 505 W. Miracle Mile. $20 donation—or whatever else you’re able to give on top of that! Details here.

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Vegan Brews & BBQ at Crooked Tooth. Southern Fried Vegan is bringing their signature sustainable flavors to Crooked Tooth Brewing. Their soul food menu includes fried chickun, BBQ, mac ’n’ cheeze. jambalaya, beer-cheeze battered Beyond burgers, Cajun corn, totchos and more. 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23. 228 E. Sixth Street. Details here.

Speakeasy Party. While prohibition of alcohol was tossed out long ago, our fascination with the era is anything but. Espresso Art Café is hosting a special speakeasy party where you get to look the part, and drink the part as well! This annual party includes live music, dancing and drink specials. So you better dress up in your most dapper of attire and head on down before the Great Depression strikes! 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, March 23. 942 E. University Blvd. Details here.

WineDown with Wildlife. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is hosting their first wine festival! At the soiree, you’ll get to sip the best local and regional wines and celebrate World Wildlife Day at the same time. Wine producers include: Page Springs Cellars, Del Rio Springs Vineyard, Deep Sky Vineyard, Elgin Winery, AZ Hops and Vines, Lightning Ridge Cellars, Sonoita Vineyards and more. Also included are local foods, stargazing, live music and photo booths. Sponsored by Tucson Foodie. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. 2021 N. Kinney Road. General admission $40. Details here.
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Illusionist Rob Lake. Rob Lake has appeared and disappeared in front of audiences all over the world. Named “The Top Illusionist in the World” by Caesars Entertainment, Lake also appeared on season 13 of America’s Got Talent, and in 2008, he became the youngest magician in the world to receive the Merlin Award, the magic community’s highest honor. So yeah, he’s a pretty big deal. And who doesn’t love watching an entire man and entire motorcycle disappear from a stage in a blaze of fiery glory, or to watch someone safely be cut into several pieces? Don’t miss the magic. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Desert Diamond Casino–Sahuarita, 110 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita. $32.50 to $52.50. Details here. 

Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona. No, it’s not monsoon season yet. It’s Davis-Monthan’s free air show and open house! See aircraft like the Air Force Thunderbirds, an A-10 Thunderbolt and a 22 Raptor, and watch a demo by U.S. Customs & Border Protection. The Red Bull helicopter and skydiving team will also be around to ooh and awe over, as will a shockwave jet truck. Big names in the world of aerobatic pilots, like Kirby Chambliss, Kent Pietsch and Vicky Benzing will be soaring through the air overhead, making you wonder why you never ended up pursuing your childhood dream of becoming a pilot. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23 to Sunday, March 24. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, 5405 E. Granite St. Free. Details here.
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The Works of Andrew Lloyd Webber & Stephen Sondheim. The phaaaaantom of the opera is theeeeeere. And so is Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Joseph and his amazing technicolor dreamcoat; and Rose and Louise from Gypsy. Musical theater nerds unite! The works of two of the art form’s most iconic trailblazers are coming to the stage in one night full of incredible melodies, brilliant lyrics and an audience full of people who will probably be singing along. TSO and a cast of Broadway singers will perform selections from Webber and Sondheim’s works that will have you getting ready to join a local theater troupe. 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $15 to $96. Details here.

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Tohono Chul Spring Plant Sale. Maybe you’re good at keeping plants alive. Maybe you’re not. But hey, the only way to get better at something is to give it another try, right? With more than 1,200 species of plants, the Tohono Chul Spring Plant Sale is bound to have something sturdy enough to thwart even the most notorious “I forgot to water them for three weeks!”ers. You can even select specific blooming vegetation to attract local cuties like butterflies and hummingbirds. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24 Propagation Area at Tohono Chul, 7211 N. Northern Ave. Free admission during the sale. Details here.

The Urban Garden Festival + Plant Sale. Hosted by the Tucson Botanical Gardens, this event is dedicated to reconnecting people to their food while viewing (and purchasing) plants. There will be cooking demonstrations, food vendors, live music and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. $15. Details here.

Park Fest 2019. The Palo Verde Park Neighborhood Association is hosting their inaugural Park Fest event, a celebration of music, food and community connection. Park Fest 2019 features four music stages and three food trucks. The music lineup includes Chuckwalla, Paul Martin, Alégrate and more. Participating food trucks are Haus of Brats, Food Groupie Cafe and The Curry Pot. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24. 425 S. Mann Ave. Details here.

To Kill A Mockingbird. Turner Classic Movies’ Desert Hollywood chapter is screening the film adaptation of Harper Lee’s groundbreaking novel for their Big Screen Classics series. This multiple Oscar-winning legal drama features a powerful performance by Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and a young Robert Duvall and Boo Radley. This event also includes a film discussion after the screening. 4 to 7:40 p.m. Sunday, March 24. At the AMC Loews Foothills 15. 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. $15. Details here.


The Greatest Showman Sing-Along. The Fox Theatre is showing a special screening of this recent musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum. More than a single-along, the Fox is also hosting a circus-inspired pre-show event, including fortune-telling Zoltar, mask fun for kids, a raffle and a museum of living oddities and curiosities. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24. 17 W. Congress St. $5. 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, March 22 to 24

Posted By and on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 1:00 AM

March Mayhem features 21 Dreams, Oversic, Noise Field, In Lessons, Sinphonics, Gila Byte, Heroes Reunion. At 191 Toole. Details here.

On “Because I Can” this folksy crooner issues a caveat. “And you can take any part of me/Just know you are also leaving with this heart of mine.” Leila Lopez stirs the senses at Crooked Tooth Brewing. Details here.
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The Royal Agaves bring a jazzy sound drenched in sexy sax and groove to the House of Bards. Details here.

Emerging from Las Vegas, a city known for its glitz and glamour, Bravo Delta’s intelligent modern rock has exploded on rock radio. At Club XS. Mark Slaughter and Wild Side open. Details here.

This Orange County post-hardcore band are ready to take “Fists To Walls.” Takers Leavers will bludgeon the House of Bards. Elk Grove and Zero Miles to Empty take part in the demolition. Details here.
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Natty & The Sunset head Westbound at Mercado San Agustin Annex. Details here.

The ever prolific Gabi Montoya leads her conglomerate of folk/soul/blues/rock project, Juju Fontaine, to Arizona Beer House. Details here.

On the Eastside, blues/rock/reggae will spill out of the Chicago Bar from the Brian Berggoetz Band. Details here.

The sultry sounds of Miss Olivia and The Interlopers bring light to the Surly Wench Pub. Details here.

Featuring an ever revolving cast of esteemed pickers, Freddy Parish’s monthly residency, Dry ’n’ Dusty, takes the listener on a musical journey from Bakersfield to the Appalachian Mountains. At Exo Roast Co. Details here.

Stay on your toes. From Phoenix, the menacing sounds of Las Chollas Peligrosas will dominate this installment of El Tambó. At Hotel Congress. Dirtyverbs and guest DJ Rebyl spin before, after and in between. Details here.
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Gird your loins! KFMA Day will take siege of the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. Leading the onrush: Post-grunge hard-rockers Shinedown, alt-rockers Papa Roach, English metalcorists Asking Alexandria and genre-hopping rapcorists Fever 333. Details here.
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Touching on various high notes from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, Tribute Takeover II finds Bucketfingers, Psycho 78, Ramonz, Wild Side and Cowboys ’N’ Hell exalt the music of Buckethead, Misfits, The Ramones, Mötley Crüe and Pantera. At the Rialto Theatre. Details here.

Homo La Flor: Queer Dance Party blooms at 191 Toole. DJs Mommy1ssues, Atlantis Moreupset, Robertitx, Daddy Slmbr Prty and Sissy Peniston spin. Details here.

Offering acoustic covers of modern bluegrass, folk and indie, October Intuition is at Saint Charles Tavern. Details here.
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Leila Lopez accompanied by bassist Brian Green entertain in the tasting room at Sand-Reckoner. Details here.

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and mandolinist Eric Hays (of Flagstaff’s Viola and the Brakemen) are at Crooked Tooth Brewing. Laura Jean and Keli Carpenter contribute sets. Details here.

Crazy Love unfetter their obsessive/compulsive sonic stylings at Passé during the Fourth Avenue Street Fair. Details here.

Galactivation: An immersive evening of art and sound promises a journey through the frequencies and live digital painting. Dance in a trance at Solar Culture. Details here.

In a fundraising event to benefit the Tucson Folk Festival, TKMA presents the Wayback Machine, JC & Laney, Sabra Faulk & friends (Petie Ronstadt and Bryan Matajecek) and the Jacob Acosta Band. At Monterey Court. Details here.

Bringing light and nostalgic euphoria, DJ NoirTech presides over the Desperately Seeking Susan ’80s Dance Party. At the Surly Wench Pub. Dress accordingly. Details here.
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These iconic composer’s works—Gypsy, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera—forever changed musical theater. Tucson Symphony Orchestra pays homage to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim. At the Tucson Convention Center. Andy Einhorn is at the podium. Details here.

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On “Aden” this noir country singer-songwriter defiantly proclaims, “I grew up my father’s daughter/He said don’t take no shit from no one/You’ll never see me cry.” When just a teenager performing at a California coffee shop, a stranger left her a small note with a big prognostication scribbled on a dollar bill. Bear witness as Jade Jackson ascends the fabled stairway at 191 Toole. The heart-rending country of Freddy Parish lends support. Details here.

Their vocals are ethereal, electronic dance beats spartan and lyrics introspective. Closely examining desire, fantasy and loneliness, Boy Harsher “Face the Fire” at Club Congress. Backed by BOAN. Details here.

Filling the void with melody, The Unday provide momentary solace at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair. Details here.
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Playing classic dub reggae, Dub Society spread an irie vibe at Royal Sun. Details here.

Veteran metallists Fates Warning—flanked by Push, Fire By Rank and Tribulance—cast rune stones at House of Bards. Details here.

From the unsullied mountains of the American Northwest, these sibling’s harmonica, upright bass and acoustic guitar-driven repertoire spans from heart-rending ballads to barn-burning bluegrass numbers. The Brothers Reed bring their Dreams Tour to the Monterey Court. Details here.
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With its origins deeply rooted in the Gypsy culture of Spain, this traditional art form presents the interactions between song, dance and guitar, executed on a percussive wooden platform. Cantante Olivia Rojas, guitarrista Ismael Barajas, cajonista Jason Martinez and bailarína Melani “Mele” Martinez are Tablao Flamenco. At Exo Roast Co. Details here.

Similar in concept to Porch Fest, Park Fest 2019—an alcohol-free/family-friendly event—features food trucks and four stages chockful of live music. With performances by Chuckwalla, Paul Martin, Alégrate, Dakota Williams and the Message, The Gunrunners, Dulcet Chimera, Denise Lane, Bunny Kirby, Kristie Cunningham, Jamie O’Brien, T Town Ramblers and more. At Palo Verde Park. Details here.



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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Laughing Stock: What Will Millennials Do?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 3:45 PM

Here’s Jeanne Robertson pretending to use a rocking chair like an old person. She’ll rock the Fox Theatre March 29. - JEANNEROBERTSON.COM
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Internet Sensational Grandma

“Granny gone viral” is Jeanne Robertson’s handle these days. That’s what a TV station dubbed her a decade ago when her collection of humorous, slice-of-life observations first blew up the internet. Just last Monday, her YouTube channel logged its 67 millionth view.

The stylish, 6’2” former Miss Congeniality brings her class act to the Fox Tucson Theatre at 7 p.m., Friday, March 29.

“I was in my 60s when I embraced the internet,” she says. Now 75, she says she owes her continuing success online, and in her theater show, to “clean, family appropriate stories that are humorous.”

Don’t call her a comedian. She may crack up a crowd, but until the internet found her, she had never stepped foot in a comedy venue. She’s plied her humor as a corporate guest speaker and, for a time, even presided over the National Speaker’s Association. She says that in the corporate world, the word “comedian” scares them to death.”

Her day job is not motivational training or workshops. She swoops in to break up an eight-hour drag of conference sessions with a rib shaking luncheon or dinner talk, dressed in spike heels and pearls.

Most often, she says, her stories show how humor can be an essential skill for sanity and success—“to look for the humor in everyday situations, to laugh at yourself and to influence the people around you to keep a sense of humor.”

And how does she find humor in everyday life? “I have made it a priority to look for humor every day. I get up around 5 a.m. and start looking for speech material. I believe people find pretty much what they’re looking for. There are people who never try to find the humor. Everything is negative. Maybe they just never enjoy what they do.”

But finding the humor is just a start. The homey, hilarious stories Robertson crafts around her finds are what’s propelled her to influencer status on the internet and turned a popular convention presenter into a “humorist” selling out packed houses.

Fun With Conspiracy Theories

Tin Foil Hat with Sam Tripoli comes to 191 Toole at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 29. In a world where daily headlines can’t possibly be real, conspiracy theories are almost comic relief. The Tin Foil Hat podcast gives our blown minds permission to laugh at the genuinely ludicrous. 

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How Did Edbuild Get Arizona's Per-Student Funding Numbers So Wrong?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 1:51 PM

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I have a column in the print edition of the Weekly discussing Edbuild's national study on per student funding. The fact is, Arizona does a reasonably good job of balancing its funding across districts, but Edbuild's study says Arizona's funding gap between predominantly white and nonwhite districts is the worst in the country — a $7,613 difference. That figure is wildly wrong.

This post is a short-version review of how badly Edbuild crunched the numbers. We're going to take a look at a hypothetical school district to see where Edbuild went wrong.

The Gulliver Valley School District is a small district with only two schools, Liliput School and Brobdingnag School. Because Liliput is in a sparsely populated area, it only has 47 students, and it spends $19,700 per student. That sounds like a lot of money, but it costs more to educate a small number of students.

Brobdingnag is in a more populated area. It has 2,425 students. Because of economies of scale, it is able to educate its students for $6,400 per student.

Here's a math problem. How much does Gulliver Valley District spend per student overall?

Now, you might decide to take the per-student funding number for each school and average the two. If you did, you would say the district spends $13,050 per student.

But that's not right. You can't just average the per student cost of two schools when one has 50 times more students than the other. It's more complicated than that.

If you weight the funding figures for the two schools based on the number of students in each school, you come up with a figure of $6,653 per student for the entire district. That's the right answer.

Edbuild, for some reason, chose the first, overly simplistic way of arriving at the average per student funding over a number of districts rather than the second. That's why Edbuild's numbers are so wrong.

If you want to know more, go to my column in the Weekly.

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Claytoon of the Day: The Conway Mood Killer

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 10:28 AM

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, March 21

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 1:30 AM

Claire Hancock in the Artifact concert “Goliath—A Story Retold,” this weekend. - TAYLOR THOENES
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  • Claire Hancock in the Artifact concert “Goliath—A Story Retold,” this weekend.

Goliath: A Story Retold. So, we all know the story of David and Goliath. I say “David,” you say, “Go, underdog!” I say, “Goliath,” you say, “Booo!” But wait a minute! No one ever really heard Goliath’s side of the story, did they? In this show, choreographer Ashley Bowman has used the music of recording artist, songwriter and composer Zack Hemsey to tell that story. In this version, he’s a lonely, wandering anti-hero, just trying to find his own purpose in a world full of mythical creatures and discoveries. In David, he finds a powerful foe who provides the key to understanding. Goliath is danced by Marquez Johnson, David is danced by Jeffery Griffith, and a cast of eight dancers supports. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23. 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. Pre-concert talk with the choreographer begins a half hour before showtime each day. Saturday night performance will be ASL interpreted. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. $32. Details here.

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Spring Moon Flute Concert. Is there anything more Zen than the shakauhuchi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute whose sound is shaped by silence as much as by breath? Not that we know of. To celebrate the first night of spring, Paul Amiel, former music director of the Rogue Theatre, who spent a couple years living in Japan and studying this instrument, and who frequently performs with his ensemble Kyklo, will be playing a show at Yume Japanese Gardens. It’s a full moon the night before the event, so the traditional melodies will be floating through an air filled with almost-full moonbeams. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21. Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way. $18 tickets must be bought in advance. Details here.

Wild About Flowers Hike. For the serious lover of all things flowers, take a guided hike to see what's blooming in the desert.  You'll learn about and discuss pollination, flower habits and habitats. The hike will be two hours, water and sturdy shoes for hiking are recommended. 2 p.m. Saguaro East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. Details here.

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

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XOXO: Where to Rock Thursday, March 21

Posted By and on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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During the early 1990s, alongside The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim, this Las Vegan electronic music duo helped pioneer the big beat sound, inspiring tracks that still bang today. The Crystal Method are making The Trip Home. At 191 Toole. Details here.

Fronted by erstwhile Tucsonan Elizabeth Scarinzi, The HollyHocks bring their brand of alternative country/desert rock from Santa Fe to Che’s Lounge. With the mighty Greyhound Soul. Details here.

From Paris, DJ/producer Dustycloud holds down Resonance Monthly with mad sets of bass/future house at Gentle Ben’s. Details here.

This month’s installment of the smorgasbord of artistic expression known as Ladytowne features the comedy of Linda Ray, interviews with Najima & Tiera Rainey, Shannon Smith, Hannah Levin and the live music of Najima & Stripes520. At Club Congress. Details here.

More than 40 years into their career, these Latin icons have sold a staggering 60 million albums. Enjoying a resurgence thanks to YouTube and social media, exposing their music for a new generation to discover, Amanda Miguel y Diego Verdaguer are at the Fox Theatre. Details here.

Hot chicks playing cool surf. The Surfbroads perform at Free Third Thursdays at MOCA Tucson. Oh yeah, the museum’s current exhibit: Dazzled is a celebration of razzle dazzle, a military camouflage paint scheme used on British ships during WWI and WWII. Details here.

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During the 1990s, on the strength of chart toppers “Fly to the Angels” and “Up All Night” these glam-metallists sold more than 5 million albums worldwide. Mark Slaughter performs the hits and a few surprises. In the Paradiso Lounge at Casino Del Sol. Details here.

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