Thursday, January 16, 2020

Where to Rock, Thursday, Jan. 16

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Average White Band
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Widely regarded as one of the finest soul, funk and R&B bands in the world, snippets of their songs have been repurposed by the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Nas, TLC and many others making them the 15th most sampled act in music history. From Scotland, the Average White Band "Cut the Cake." At the Fox Theatre...

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music's Night Two sees the St. Lawrence Quartet exploring how Joseph Haydn's influence—Haydn was one of Beethoven's prominent music teachers—may have manifested in Beethoven's middle and late quartets. At Leo Rich Theater...

With echoing vintage keyboards (Wurlitzer organ and Fender Rhodes electric piano) and lush layers of vocals mashed together with fey Americana noir and pop song structures, this Portland singer-songwriter has coined a new genre: Dream country disco. Megan Diana is at Club Congress. With Soda Sun, Jillian Bessett and Emby Alexander...

Bringing together renowned jazz artists with local musicians, The Secret Jazz Series is a three night parallel jazz program during Tucson Jazz Fest. Night One: Hard Bop Night sees saxophonist Mike Monynihan, bassist Thøger Lund and drummer Casey Hadland back "The Secret Weapon" on piano. At El Crisol (formerly Exo Bar)...

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Things to Do, Thursday, Jan. 16

Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 1:00 AM

Mineral Madness. This event up at the Desert Museum is the perfect way to whet your appetite for the big Tucson Gem and Mineral Show that is coming up. Or, if you're looking for something a little less overwhelming (and, in many cases, cheaper prices), this might even be a good alternative. Check out rock-bottom prices (seriously, they start at 50 cents, and kids can collect some for free) on these mineral and fossil treasures, including special sales of fluorescent minerals, quartz crystals and chalcedony, fossilized shark poop, "decorator" rock and new gem stone donations. There's thousands of specimens that will appeal to everyone from serious collectors to folks who just think rocks are pretty. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. $21.95 ages 13 to 64, $19.95 seniors, $9.95 youth, free for members and kids under 3. Discounts available for military and Arizona/Sonora residents. (Special preview for Desert Museum members from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16).

Copper Rock Craft Eatery Grand Opening. Alvernon Way's Doubletree Hotel is getting a new eatery with Copper Rock, which features a wide variety of foods from Chef Alan Lambert. Dishes range from Ahi nachos to Greek salad to ribeye and a wide selection of specialty burgers. The menu also includes multiple vegan and vegetarian options. But where Copper Rock really shines is their drink menu, featuring more than a dozen specialty cocktails, as well as plenty of wine and beer. While Copper Rock Craft Eatery has already served up dishes for a few specialty events, this is their official grand opening event, and that means you can get 30 percent off your meal, excluding alcohol. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16. 445 S. Alvernon Way.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sheriff ID deceased driver in police chase

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 1:29 PM

According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, 52-year-old Brian Hieb died at the scene of a collision on North La Cañada and West Emerine Drive after fleeing from a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Around 9:46 p.m. the night of Jan. 14, sheriff’s deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop at La Cañada Drive and West River Road. The suspect vehicle did not stop and fled northbound on La Cañada, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.

After sideswiping another driver, the suspect collided into a guard rail on the east side of the roadway.

Hieb was the single occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Claytoon of the Day: Fun With White People

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 12:30 PM

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Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick Says She's Taking Leave of Office To Enter Alcohol Recovery Treatment

Posted By and on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 11:01 AM

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick: "I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence."
  • Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick: "I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence."

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick announced today she was taking a leave of absence from the office to enter treatment for alcohol addiction.

“Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence,” said Kirkpatrick in a prepared statement.

Kirkpatrick, 69, said the decision was precipitated by a serious fall that will require physical therapy.

Kirkpatrick is up for reelection following her first term representing Southern Arizona’s Congressional District 2, considered one of the most competitive in the country. She had previously represented Congressional District 1, which includes Oro Valley and Marana as well as Flagstaff and eastern Arizona.

“I am finally seeking this help after struggling to do so in the past, and I am ready to admit that I, like countless other Americans, suffer from this disease,” Kirkpatrick said in her statement. “Hard work and determination—which have brought me success in life—have not been enough to win this battle. Other than being a wife, mother, and grandmother, the most important job in the world to me is representing my fellow Arizonans. I know I must get better in order to do my best in each of these roles.”

Kirkpatrick said her offices would continue to run in her absence.

“During my absence, my congressional offices in Washington and Arizona will be fully operational, processing all constituent requests, meetings, activities and correspondence,” Kirkpatrick said. “My positions on all recorded votes will be submitted to the Congressional Record and made publicly available.”

Kirkpatrick’s 2020 campaign manager, Michael Sheridan, said Kirkpatrick remained committed to running for reelection this year.

“Congresswoman Kirkpatrick is very grateful for all the outreach and support she’s received,” Sheridan said. “Ann wants her constituents to know that she is standing by them 100% and fully intends to run for reelection this fall and hopes to earn the support of all voters across her district.”

Two of Kirkpatrick’s potential Republican opponents wished her well in her effort at recovery.

“Alcoholism is a serious disease many Americans and their families face daily in our nation,” said Republican Brandon Martin in a Facebook statement. “It's a difficult decision for individuals to address and admit they need help. I'm happy to hear, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, is seeking professional help to combat her illness and is taking the steps necessary to recover. I wish her, and her family the best as she begins her journey to a full recovery.”

Joseph Morgan shared a similar sentiment.

“I hope she gets the help she needs,” Morgan said.

Pima County Democratic Party Chair Alison Jones said the party “wishes Ann Kirkpatrick a speedy recovery from her fall. Almost every family is affected by the disease of alcoholism. We are confident Rep. Kirkpatrick, with the support of her family and friends, will get the treatment she needs while continuing to execute the duties of her office.”

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Bonnie Schock Named Executive Director At Fox Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 9:51 AM

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Hailing from the Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts in Red Wing, Minnesota, Bonnie Schock was selected to lead the Fox Theatre. She will begin her tenure March 9, 2020.

Schock said she is delighted and honored to join the Fox Theatre, built in 1930 in downtown Tucson.

“I believe in the performing arts as a space for community building, where we get to know ourselves, our neighbors, and our world better,” Schock said in a statement announcing the move. “And, after 30 years in this work, I have come to know that historic facilities play a particularly vital role in the arts ecosystem, for all the memories they hold and the connections they foster.

Schock has been the executive director of the Sheldon Theatre since 2015, and was found after a national search conducted for the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation Board of Directors. She will fill the position left vacant by former longtime executive director Craig Sumberg, who was recently selected to lead The South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, New Jersey.

“The Fox is truly a rare treasure - the kind of special place that works across time, as a tangible link between past, present, and future,” Schock said. “I am excited to begin work with the board, the vibrant Tucson arts and cultural community, the Fox's many and diverse supporters, and the skilled staff to build on the Fox's many past and current successes, and to imagine together a vibrant future."

The Fox announced that informal community meet and greet events are in the planning stages to welcome Schock to Tucson and the rest of Southern Arizona.

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Things to Do, Wednesday, Jan. 15

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 1:00 AM

Wine Dinner at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Romano’s is toasting the new year by reimagining some of their most beloved dishes in a four-course meal, each dish paired with an international wine. Courses include toasted cheese ravioli or formaggio garlic bruschetta, paired with Chloe Rose; roasted rosemary potato soup or arugula caprese salad paired with Benziger Chardonnay; short rib ravioli cacciatore or wild mushroom chicken fettuccine alfredo paired with Trapiche Malbec; and somehow even more! 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. 5100 E. Broadway Blvd. $45 per person.

Buqui Bichi Brewing at Caps & Corks. Buqui Bichi, the first craft brewery out of Hermosillo, Mexico, are stopping by Caps & Corks. They’re taking over four taps, and will also have cans on site for purchase: citrusy “Sahuaripa” IPA, the creamy and roasted Talega coffee stout, the Chúcata amber ale, and the malty and sweet 21 pale ale. Representatives from Buqui Bichi will also be onsite to talk about their beers. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Vivre Sa Vie (Free Screening). Celebrating the life of the late singer/actress Anna Karina, The Loft Cinema is screening this French experimental drama directed by Jean Luc-Godard. This character study, starring Karina, follows a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress but instead ends up a prostitute in a surreal spiral of dances and daydreams. Before the screening, enjoy a collection of Anna Karina music videos. Also, check out last week’s Weekly for an article on the life of Anna Karina. Screening in French with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. 3233 E. Speedway. Free admission, suggested donation of $5.

Reminiscent of classic drummer-led ensembles of yesteryear (à la Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Max Roach), Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom has established themselves as innovators creating a diverse sonic palette that is unmistakably modern. At the Fox Theater…

Paying homage to one of the greatest composers of all time, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music presents St. Lawrence Quartet performing two different Beethoven-centered concerts in two consecutive nights. Night One’s program inserts a John Adams’ composition, based on Beethoven fragments, between two Beethoven string quartets. At Leo Rich Theater…

  • Reverend Horton Heat
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A Tucson favorite, “The Godfather of modern rockabilly and psychobilly,” the good Reverend Horton Heat propels napalm gel, figuratively of course, into the audience at 191 Toole. Flanked by L.A. garage rockers The Buttertones, roots rock veterans The Paladins and a special appearance by double-neck guitar maestro Deke Dickerson

The Carnivaleros Trio, with their accordion-fueled zydeco-tinged Tex-Mexican riffs, will make boots scoot. At Public Brewhouse…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dem Mark Kelly Continues To Dominate Sen. Martha McSally on Fundraising Front

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 3:13 PM

The Six-Million-Dollar Man: Mark Kelly is way out ahead of Sen. Martha McSally in the dash for cash.
  • The Six-Million-Dollar Man: Mark Kelly is way out ahead of Sen. Martha McSally in the dash for cash.
Democratic challenger Mark Kelly continues to outraise Republican Sen. Martha McSally in what's sure to be one of the most competitive U.S. Senate races in the country.

Kelly announced today that he'd raised $6.3 million in fourth quarter of 2019, bringing his total haul for 2019 to more than $20 million.

Meanwhile, McSally boasted that she'd had her best quarter of the year between October and December. Even so, she raised just $4 million, bringing her total for the year to more than $12 million.

At the start of 2020, Kelly had $13.6 million in the bank, while McSally had $7.6 million, according to the campaigns.

The announcement came a week after a new poll from Public Policy Polling showed Kelly leading McSally by 4 percentage points, with 46 percent of voters supporting Kelly and 42 percent supporting McSally. The survey of 760 Arizona voters, conducted Jan. 2-4, fits the pattern of similar polls released throughout 2019, with Kelly holding a narrow lead over McSally.

More on the race in this week's Skinny column.

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