Monday, May 20, 2019

Pima County Dems Hosting Green New Deal Panel They Think Is Important for Some Reason

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 3:14 PM

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The Pima County Democratic Party and the Real Progressives are hosting a forum on the Green New Deal titled "How Are You Going To Pay for That?"

We received a press release regarding the forum, which will feature Fadhel Kaboub, a Denison University associate professor of economics and president of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity who will address the costs of the proposal to reduce the United State's greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2030.


We get that climate change is an urgent issue but maybe next time, you can wait to get the canned quote from Pima County Democratic Party chairwoman Alison Jones before you send the press release?

If you're interested in attending, the free forum is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the UA's Institute of the Environment, 1064 E. Lowell St., room N120. RSVP here.

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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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The Story In Pictures | L7

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 1:17 PM

In 1988, with the release of their self-titled debut, L7, these metal-edged punk badasses helped usher in the era of grunge. With a new album in tow, Scatter the Rats (Blackheart Records), 20 years in the making, L7 brought their “Proto Prototype” sludge to the Rialto Theatre on Mother’s Day, May 12.

“We’ve been doing this for 36 years,” announced bassist Jennifer Finch. “And we’re just getting started.” Lead singer/guitarist Donita Sparks added with a smirk, “Saucy grandmothers.”

Demure in stark contrast to the notorious incident at the 1992 Reading Festival, after a raucous crowd, frustrated over “technical difficulties” stalling the band’s set, began to lob mud onto the stage. In remonstration, Sparks countered by removing her tampon on-stage. Throwing it into the crowd, as she yelled, “Eat my used tampon, fuckers!” As the gods of rock sighed.

Albeit, older, these AARP eligible grandmothers are far from being stuck in a “Holding Pattern.” As evidenced on “Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago.” Full of piss and vinegar, this track imagines President Trump tweeting as his beloved country club falls under siege. “Making fun of your government is a tradition older than this country, and that’s what this track is about,” quips Sparks.

Adding to their inscription in the pantheon of rock, L7 unblushingly proclaimed, “I Came Back to Bitch.” And, “Burn Baby” they did.

Mexican garage-punks Le Butcherettes bloodied up the stage first.

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An Odyssey of Homers: Jessie Harper Helps Lead Arizona Softball to Super Regional Round

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 11:43 AM

Arizona junior shortstop Jessie Harper hit three home runs in the Wildcats' 12-3 win over Auburn in the NCAA Softball Tournament Tucson Regional championship game on Sunday, May 19. - CHRISTOPHER BOAN
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  • Arizona junior shortstop Jessie Harper hit three home runs in the Wildcats' 12-3 win over Auburn in the NCAA Softball Tournament Tucson Regional championship game on Sunday, May 19.

The Arizona Wildcats sent a sellout crowd of 2,705 softball fans home happy Sunday after dispatching Auburn University with ease.

The Wildcats (45-12) advanced to next weekend’s NCAA Softball Tournament Super Regional, after beating Harvard (5-1) and Auburn twice, by scores of 2-1 and 12-3.

Sunday’s matinee provided the final hurdle for Mike Candrea’s team, with junior shortstop Jessie Harper powering the Wildcats to a one-sided victory.

Harper smashed three home runs in the team’s win on Sunday, becoming the first Wildcat since Hallie Wilson in 2009 to accomplish such a feat.

The junior belted her first of three in the game’s third inning, smashing a two-run home run that gave the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.

The Tigers would answer back in their half of the third, scoring three runs on an error, a triple and a home run.

That would be it for the Southeastern Conference power, however, as junior Wildcat pitcher Alyssa Denham found her groove in the circle, limiting the Tigers to four hits in seven innings of work.

Candrea’s squad put Auburn away for good in the game’s fourth inning, scoring six runs on four hits, with redshirt junior Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza hitting a three-run home over the batter’s eye behind the center field wall.

Harper continued her tear from there, hitting two home runs, in the sixth and seventh inning, driving in three more runs to give the Wildcats a nine-run margin.

Harper finished the day with a 5-for-5 mark at the plate, driving in five runs for the Wildcats in the one-sided romp.

Palomino-Cardoza finished the day with two hits and four RBIs, while Rylee Pierce and Hannah Martinez had two hits apiece for the Wildcats.

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Claytoon of the Day: No Wiggle Room For Women

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 10:56 AM

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Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, May 20

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 1:30 AM

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Haiku Hike. Tucson celebrated its first annual Old Pueblo Poems literary competition this year, with 20 winning haiku posted on signage along Congress and Stone in downtown Tucson. They were selected from 977 entries, mostly from Tucson, but more than 100 hailing from across 12 different states. And May is your last chance to head downtown and see them! The “haiku hike” is about half a mile long—or 1,000 steps, for those of you with FitBit goals to meet. How often do you get to take a walk and read poetry the whole way? Just look for the acrylic signage in planters along Congress and Stone and take a self tour. They can be viewed from dawn to dusk every day until June 1. Free. Details here.

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Vinyl Night: Dark Side of the Rainbow. Celebrate the Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd's classic "Dark Side of the Moon" with Casa Video and Casa Film Bar tonight. Two copies of the classic album will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to charity. It is sure to be a psychedelic evening.  7 to 10 p.m. 2905 E Speedway Blvd. Details here.

Brew Haha Comedy Presents: Ellen Doyle. Get your laugh on Tucson, it's time for our town's longest running independent comedy showcase. Brew Haha at Borderlands Brewery features headliner Ellen Doyle with Tim Maggard, Rich Gary, Autumn Horvat and more. Fun fact: dogs on leash are welcome at this show! 8 to 10 p.m. 119 E Toole Ave. Details here. 

Events compiled by Tirion Morris, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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XOXO: Where to Rock Monday, May 20

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Depicting aspects of his childhood, while rebuking Trump Administration policies, the title track, “This Land,” takes a hard look at racism in America. Drawing inspiration from Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land, ” this Austinite comments, “It’s like the ‘Pledge of Allegiance.’ When you’re kids, everybody’s together. You don’t see differences until you get older. People influence you to think about other people a certain way. I just want to get back to singing that song like we were kids again.” Guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr. unleashes a Texas tornado of wickedness at the Rialto Theatre. The Peterson Brothers are in tow. Details here.

Five years of constant touring with Albert Collins and then 10 years with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers turned this Stratocaster-wielding guitarist into a fire-breathing monster. Eight solo albums later, Coco Montoya delivers the blues hardest truths at 191 Toole. Details here.
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Local Rapper and Singer Release Catchy Collab

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2019 at 4:24 PM

Tucson artists Zco and Jesus Valenzuela join forces on "Ayy, Let's Be Alone Together." The song is a vibey fusion of rap and pop in which the rapper and singer admit to wanting more in life and wanting to spend it with a special someone.

Zco proudly reps Tucson ("I'm that Jew with the flow. I'm Tucsonan. I'm waiting to blow.") in the midst of his vulnerable bars. The uptempo beat and Valenzuela's vocals offer a coolness that will surely be needed in the upcoming, hot summer months. Check out this summer banger below and on Spotify.

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