Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cinema Clips: Colossal

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM


Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis gloriously upstage two kaiju monsters in Colossal, a science fiction monster mash that features many twists and a psychological/emotional river that runs mighty deep. Hathaway outdoes herself as Gloria, an NYC writer who gets herself kicked out of her boyfriend’s (Dan Stevens) apartment for constant partying and being somewhat “unmanageable.” She winds up in her hometown sleeping on an inflatable mattress where she bumps into Oscar (Sudeikis), a friend from childhood.

Oscar, an overly sweet and generous guy at first glance, immediately seeks to help Gloria out, giving her a job at his bar and showering her with furniture for her sparse home. This seems to be the setup for a strange romantic comedy between Gloria and Oscar with science fiction/horror as the background.

Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo has something much different in mind. Gloria awakens one morning after much drinking to discover that a giant, lizard-like creature is attacking Seoul, Korea. After examining some YouTube and news programs, she realizes that the monster seems to be mimicking her mostly drunk body movements half a world away. Yes, the monster is the manifestation of her self-loathing, out of control, alcoholic ways, and it’s taking lives in Korea. She feels more than a little bit guilty about this.

Things get weirder when an equally large monster robot shows up next to Gloria’s monster and appears to be the manifestation of Oscar’s anxieties. Oscar is far more into the notion of having a monster under his control and starts playfully taunting Gloria. The two monsters wrestle it out, and their battles become more intense as Oscar and Gloria begin to have bigger and bigger problems in their newly reborn friendship.

While the movie has plenty of fun with giant monsters beating each other up, it has even more fun with mystery that is Gloria and Oscar. It becomes an introspective, and even scary look at messed up relationships and, more prominently, severely messed up dudes and their manipulative ways.

Laughing Stock: How to Play With Kids? FOMP!

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM

FOMP engages kids and families in silly fun. - PHOTO BY JEREMY SHOCKLEY
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  • FOMP engages kids and families in silly fun.
Zack Armstrong already is known to a generation of Tucson kids for his play in Wonderfools and Emergency Circus, and a host of smarter-than-they-need-to-be birthday clown appearances. It turns out he was also an improv pro all along, having trained with Chicago’s storied iO Theatre as well as with clowning genius Avner Eccentric, star of the ‘80s adventure hit movie, Jewel of the Nile.

FOMP (Friends of Make Pretends), features Armstrong with a team of kid-friendly improvisers, combining all his favorite things – clowning, improv and the unfettered laughter of children—into an original theater experience for families. The show is at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 13, and every second Saturday of the month, at Tucson Improv Movement, 329 E. 7th St. Admission is $5, or $20 for families of five or more, at the door or at tucsonimprov.com

“It's important that parents enjoy it every bit as much as kids do,” Armstrong says. “Kids learn through play and helping. I think showing parents that grown folks can play also is useful.”
Armstrong describes the show as, “interactive and collaborative storytelling”—acting out stories, creating conducted stories, acting out scenes. “We might act out fairy tales. We might act out a whole fairy tale in 60 seconds. We'll invent a story from scratch based on the audience suggestions. We invite kids onto the stage so they can participate with us.

“It's just a fun environment where kids can have a theatre experience, but still be kids. They don't have to sit in their seat. They can walk around. They can come up to the front of the stage. As long as they aren't interfering with the game, they can be themselves.” He also notes that being part of the theatre experience exposes kids to theatre in a way that could make them lifelong fans.

As for his own enthusiasm for FOMP, Armstrong, who is also a fifth-grade English teacher, says, “I kind of feel like I never grew up. I like to be silly. I like to do silly voices and make up silly stories, and my sense of humor seems to jibe with kids’. They make me laugh, and I just really love the energy that I get from them.”

Next in Armstrong’s vision is a plan to engage refugee children and kids on the autism spectrum in improv games where they can learn to better interpret and express communication that doesn’t require language.

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AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 10:55 AM

After declining to inform the public of where she stands on the Zombie Trumpcare bill, it appears that Congreswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ02) is fully behind it, according to AP reporter Erica Werner, who reports that McSally told her GOP colleagues it was time to get this "fucking thing" done.

The House is set to vote on the legislation today. The Hill is following the action on Congressional Hill.

Indivisible Southern Arizona is planning a "death march" on McSally midtown offices at 4400 E. Broadway at 5 p.m. today.

Here's New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait's take on this fucking thing:
The heart of the bill is the same one that was polling at under 20 percent and failed two months ago: a near-trillion dollar tax cut for wealthy investors, financed by cuts to insurance subsidies for the poor and middle class. They have added a series of hazily defined changes: waivers for states to allow insurers to charge higher rates to people with preexisting conditions and to avoid covering essential health benefits, and a pitifully small amount of money to finance high-risk pools for sick patients.

The implications of these changes are vast. The Brookings Institution notes that if a single state eliminated the cap on lifetime benefits for a single employee, then employers in every state could actually follow suit, thus bringing back a horrid feature of the pre-Obamacare system, in which people who get hit with expensive treatment suddenly discover that their insurer will no longer pay for their care. This would affect not only those getting insurance through Medicaid or the state exchanges, but also through their job.

The ambiguity of the details is the strategy. Republican leaders have been “assuring centrists that the Senate would make changes to allay their concerns and insisting that few states would actually use the waivers allowing higher premiums for pre-existing conditions,” reports The Wall Street Journal. Sean Spicer says it would be “literally impossible … to do an analysis of any level of factual basis.” Representative Fred Upton told reporters that if the Congressional Budget Office says the bill is underfunded he will push for more money — after it passes his chamber.

They are rushing through a chamber of Congress a bill reorganizing one-fifth of the economy, without even cursory attempts to gauge its impact. Its budgetary impact is as yet unknown. The same is true of its social impact, though the broad strokes are clear enough: Millions of Americans will lose access to medical care, and tens of thousands of them will die, and Congress is eager to hasten these results without knowing them more precisely. Their haste and secrecy are a way of distancing the House Republicans from the immorality of their actions.




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The Weekly List: 15 Things To Do In Tucson In The Next 10 Days

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 1:00 AM

Your Weekly guide to keeping busy in the Old Pueblo.

Cinema

Sesame Street Live. Elmo Makes Music. Calling all parents with little kiddies who love Sesame Street's favorite puppet: You won’t want to miss Elmo’s upcoming visit to the Tucson Convention Center. The Sunny Seats package even includes premium seating and a meet-and-greet before the show. Don't forget your camera and notebook for autographs! Each meet and greet will last about 20 minutes. 2 -5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. $37.80.

Clueless. The first time you hear that cinematic masterpiece Clueless is actually based on Jane Austen's Emma, you might be tempted to take a leaf out of protagonist Cher's book and declare, "As if!" But it's true. The Loft Cinema is offering you a chance to reconnect with this obviously timeless love story/literary masterpiece this weekend with two showings of Clueless. 10 p.m. Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6.

First Friday Shorts. The Golden Gong Year-End Showdown. Another year of First Friday Shorts is going out with a golden-gong bang! Fan favorites from the last year will duke it out for all the glory of Golden Gong trophies and $1,000. But the night doesn't end there! As soon as a winner is crowned, a fresh round of First Friday Shorts starts. Enter a short film for a chance to win $200 that night and a chance at taking home the Golden Gong yourself next year. Because its going to be a long night, only six new films will have a chance to compete for that night's $200 prize, so get your film in early. 9 p.m. Friday, May 5. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6.

Cactus Drive In presents Raiders of the Lost Ark. While the glory days of drive-in movie theater may have faded into memory, you still have the occasional chance to experience the wonder of watching a movie unfold on the big screen from the comfort of your front seat or tailgate. The Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation is presenting the latest in its ongoing drive-in movie series with the rip-roaring adventure of Raiders of the Lost Ark on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4. It happens in the parking lot of the Tanque Verde Swap Meet, 4100 S. Palo Verde Road. Suggested donation is $15 per vehicle, so pile in and make it a bargain. More info on the Cactus Drive-In Theatre Foundation Facebook page.

Cinema La Placita. Downtown’s Cinema La Placita has a new home in the spectacular plaza of the Tucson Museum of Art plaza. The outdoor movie series presents a different classic movie every Thursday all summer long. The series kicks off Thursday, May 4, with Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Next Thursday, May 11, it’s Thelma and Louise. Films start at 7:30 p.m. 140 S. Main Ave. Admission is $3 and includes the popcorn is free. More info at cinemalaplacita.com

Galaxy of Terror. Do you ever wonder what dreadful films the stars of Twin Peaks totally regret working on? Kick off The Stars of Twin Peaks Month at Mondo Monday with Galaxy of Terror. See Grace Zabriskie (you'll know her as Sarah Palmer) as Captain Trantor in this sci-fi suspense thriller where a group of astronauts are tormented by aliens wielding the scientists’ worst nightmares. 8 p.m. Monday, May 8. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $3.

Community

Paint Your Pet Pawtrait Fundraiser. Paint your fur baby with an optional flower crown and take home your new favorite portrait! An artist will sketch your dog or cat before you paint so you get the cutest version of your furry best friend. Part of the proceeds goes toward the SAANPR, the Nurse Practitioner Association. 6 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Gentle Ben's, 865 E. University Blvd. $40.

Catapalooza. Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary is a badass organization, with no mission more dear to their hearts than providing happy, healthy lives for the stealthiest of our four-legged friends. They're raising some funds for their felines when Stands With Fists
Saalythic, Blacklidge, WITHIN A DREAM, The Abstract, As We Watch Them Fall, Before I Die, Toylit and Tucson Maidens of Metal band together for a night of kitty love and dance music. All proceeds benefit the cats. 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Club XS, 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. $8.

Do This!

Centurions Party. An Oz-some Experience. The Centurions’ annual bash will take you down the yellow-brick road to fun, all to benefit the Big Brother Big Sisters of Tucson. The 21-and-older event will feature an Oz theme, so expect plenty of flying monkeys and pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Don’t forget your red ruby slippers, as there will also be a costume contest. 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 6. Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. $95.

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Sour Fest Guided Tasting with Peter Bouckaert at T&B. Ever try sour beer? Ever try Belgium beer? Well, here's your chance to do both and have a nice chat with brewmaster Peter Bouckaert, who will be giving a sour tasting guide in honor of Tap and Bottle's annual Sour Fest on May 6-7. Guests will have the chance to taste 15 different sour taps, including Rodenbach Grand Cru, French Oak Sour Saison, Imperial Coffee Sour Stout, La Folie, NBB Love Felix and NBB Love Blackberry Oscar. The tasting is from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6. Tap & Bottle, 403 N. Sixth Ave. $30 per person, including tax. For more details on all of Sour Fest, visit thetapandbottle.com.

Festival 520. You’re invited to Lululemon Tucson’s celebration of its fourth year in the Dirty T. Come sweat it out with up to 24 classes offered such as boxing, yoga and cycling. The day will start with a 5K hosted by Legacy Ambassador, Hazel Chase. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6. La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. Free.

Music

The Fallen Stars. If you're a fan of the first White Stripes record, the Fallen Stars will be your new favorite band. Mixing up a sonic medicine of Nashville twang with the train-derail rhythms and bluesy guitars of anyone weaned on Hasil Adkins, they add a dash of O.C. punk spirit and a world-weary survivor's gratitude that makes each tune relatable. The lead singer strains to reach notes in his best Graham Parsons (hair) shirt, and harmonies are often, but not always, nailed by a beautifully ordinary woman. “Should've seen the way I drive, must be someone by my side, sure am glad to be alive.” You could just as easily spark a J and join them in a campfire sing-a-long as watch them from the crowd, or from the backseat of a rusted old Pontiac rolling through forgotten America. This music is emotionally honest—human and fallible—and therefore capable of lifting us. Saturday, May 6, 6-7:30 p.m. at Bookman’s Midtown, 3330 E. Speedway Blvd. Also, Saturday, May 6, at the Tucson Folk Fest, on the Presidio Stage, At Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, half-block east of Old Town Artisans. Both events are free and all ages.

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Marianne Dissard. Rich dynamic soundscapes swirl and unfurl around a breathy but commanding voice. You could be at the helm of a pirate ship steered by a siren, or homeless and helpless save for some passionate voice on the radio. If she were Mexican she’d be feminismo, but as a French chanteuse in Tucson, Marianne Dissard is surreal, unafraid to embrace the absurd, and the heart and intellect. Ably backed by Tucson locals (including guitar hero Annie Dolan) whose flare for frontera mystique perfectly backdrops the sultry syllables of the French language itself, Marianne's music, as corny as this sounds, offers up a mirror through which to look at ourselves. There’s an essence across language and culture that unifies Americana vitality, Norteño heartbreak and raw French sex appeal coupled with philosophical underpinnings that only brooding, cigarette-rich hours can conjure. "Tu-(t)sahn" she breathes. The name of our old town has never sounded quite so compelling as it does on her lips. Club Congress, 311 East Congress on Monday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. 21+.

Handsome Ghost. With a popped-up soulish voice like Color Me Badd that lifts atop Maroon 5-like hooks, Handsome Ghost should be sound tracking a falling-hard montage in a PG-13 popcorn flick. Or at least enjoying his one-hit, VH1 song like Dog's Eye View, another middle-of-the-road "indie" pop band from Boston. With hints of Caribbean-inflected grooves circling back to the bland yet weirdly flavorful realm of Jack Johnson and his ilk, perhaps it's the distracting autotune/vocal coupling effects or the too-bright synthetic drum fills that keep Handsome Ghost forever small time. This music ain’t indie rock, more like radio pop with a bad producer. But listen with eyes closed and picture a stripped-down, acoustic version of any song, and you’re suddenly sipping overpriced latte inside Starbucks. The lyrical clichés will sound deceptively profound, and you’ll hum the chorus, and when the sugary caffeine hits your system, the world will suddenly feel like a better place. It’s the law of suburbia. With Frances Cone on Thursday, May 11 at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. $14. 16+

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Dweezil Zappa, Fifty years of Frank. Yes, Dweezil Zappa plays whatever the fuck he wants, and this Cease and Desist Tour 2017 raises a not-so-subtle middle finger at DZ's two younger siblings over the fair use/copyright infringement of the Zappa Plays Zappa name. But make no mistake, this is the same amazing tribute band the eldest Dweez has been leading since ’06. With a reputation for playing almost two-and-a-half-hour shows and a history of Zappa musical guests from Terry Bozzio to Steve Vai sitting in, ZPZ is the closest thing many of us will ever get to experience the genius of old Frank live. While the cover band sometimes tackle whole albums, this tour gives the virtuosic band musos the liberty to cover anything—raging guitar solos, sweetly harmonized doo wop, cringe-worthy novelty songs or true psych symphonies magical enough you don't need drugs to trip. What? Friday, May 5, at Rialto Theatre, 318 East Congress. $33-$69. 8 p.m. All ages.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

You Need to Hear Lando Chill's Killer New Joint

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Lando Chill talks to wind. - COURTESY JEFF WEBER
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  • Lando Chill talks to wind.

"Break Them Shackles,” the new single from Chicago-via-Tucson's Lando Chill, dropped Tuesday at all the usual digital outlets (Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, SoundCloud and Bandcamp). Say thank you.

The jam features an Asian vibe set by a beguiling Chinese stringed instrument (a kin) that kicks off the intro, and recurs as motif throughout. Groovester Chris Pierce locks in a wicked-yet-laidback bass groove over sampled sounds and voices, before Chill’s sweet street rhymes and effortless flow takes centerstage.

Then the socially conscious Chill takes us behind the music and stabs at the heart of the lyrics to "Break Them Shackles,” telling us what they’re about: Many, many shackles/Ones that bind limb to anxiety and depression/Shackles that cuff themselves to neck like noose for not being black enough for some/ And too black for others. The shackles of poverty/Of society's assumptions about me and mine ...

"The song was produced by Andy Catlin [Lasso] and Tom Johnson [TTop] of Headlock, with Pierce playing bass. B3nbi, Altrice and Laísa Laii are other artists who have featured sounds and production on the album,” Chill tells Tucson Weekly.

The tune is from Chill's forthcoming sophomore album, The Boy Who Spoke to the Wind (Mello Music Group), which was recorded in Tucson, in Lasso's apartment.

“I wrote the song and the entire album. It was produced and curated by Lasso and I,” Chill adds.

The gifted 25-year-old draws his inspiration from art, music and the world around him; but first and foremost the wind. “Imagine being able to harness the idea of the wind not only being able to speak to you, but through you, sharing the wisdom and pain of those who have no voice,” Chill says, describing, perhaps, some of the ambiance of his new record. And like the wind, ”I have no direction truly, only to make the music I want to make, and be able to do whatever I can to help the world be a better place for us all.”

Lando Chill’sThe Boy Who Spoke to the Wind drops June 23.


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Song of the Day: Sedlmayr on J. Geils and 'Give it to Me'

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 5:02 PM

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I found out a few days back that John Geils Jr. had died. He was guitarist and namesake of the J.Geils Blues Band, Boston's unruly pack of mostly Jewish and all-white lovers of R&B, soul and blues.

The band dropped their first record in 1970, then began a crisscross of the U.S. and later the globe, building one of the hardest tour schedules of rock bands then or now. Then the slightly horrific '80s MTV onslaught cashed in the band's dues for big money, bigger fame and a wild change of musical direction.

Don't get me wrong, man. Sure, in those days when a song would repeat endlessly on radio and on the monolithic MTV i'd cuss, run to change stations or switch off the T.V. ... trying to juxtapose "First I Look at the Purse," "Whammer Jammer" or "Southside Shuffle" against the homogenized "Centerfold," "Love Stinks," and oh so many more.

But I understood that this band who shucked, jived, played every sweaty room that'd have them deserved to make that big payback that James Brown defines on so many levels.

I learned a long time back too that you're not handcuffed to a favorite group, singer or star as they define and redefine what music they make. Sometimes with bands I feel particularly loyal to, I buy their newest records out of respect—or a weakness for a nostalgia their sound brings me. Late at night I'll put that new record on and am disappointed in the majority of the songwriting, the interpretations I hear. But only a few people come to mind who constantly make music that still feeds the soul, and man everyone gets lost now and then, sells out, makes that live record that was tired the very night it was recorded.

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Do you recall the first time you tagged along with an older sister to her friend's house and asked if you could look at the record collection, on you knees, thrumming through each disc? I remember the yellow cover with playing cards in the title, the J. Geils Band Fullhouse, recorded live in their second home Detroit rock city.

I remember my detached opinion of the first few songs; after all, this group was pointing back to a time I wasn't part of. Their first three albums were heavy on covers, say The Valentinos' "Lookin' for a Love" from 1962 featuring Bobby Womack, who'd record it again in a 1974 solo release. "Homework" by Otis Rush or Motown's "First I Look at the Purse" penned by Smokey Robinson.

Lead singer Peter Wolf (who was so rock star he married Faye Dunaway), flamboyant with near-evangelical speed rants, rapping long before it was the code of the ghetto. Magic Dick on harp donning a huge red afro, looking like a hip Bernie, from Room 222.  And J. Geils, peeling paint from his electric guitar.  

Back on my knees, I pulled out the band's Bloodshot album, with It's black-trimmed cover and ruby-red band pic. I slid the red-vinyl disc out and put the needle down on "Give it to Me," the single. A ska-like tempo with piano and harp trading time between the snare/hi-hat, which builds and builds until the chorus ("Why keep me cold, when it's so warm inside"), which kicks into a heavy organ solo. It comes up for air as Geils takes a funk riff straight off the J.B.'s; all chucku, chuckuas, the time changes with whistles and percussion as Magic Dick and Geils trade solos and the band slams this chartbuster home.

I salute John Geils, a black music fanatic who took fans—at least those listening close—back to doo-wop, dirty blues and soul through rock 'n' roll, and did it the hard way.

John Geils Jr. (RIP). - CARL LENDER
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In Memory of John W. Geils Jr.
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R.I.P.

Lindy’s New Location is Open and Awaiting its Food Network Debut

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Things are looking a little different on Fourth Avenue these days: Lindy’s Diner on 4th, a business of 13 years, moved to a bigger location—and they don't even have to change their name.

Lindy’s is now where Bumsted's once lived (and Bumsted’s isn’t happy about it, but as Lindon Reilly, owner of Lindy's put it: “We are trying to be respectful about it but we are also really excited for the new space.”)

The restaurant's reconstruction and cleaning process started on March 1 and is officially open.

Lindy’s is, of course, know for their menu of juicy, decadent burgers. Regular customers crave their burgers because of the toppings that go on it such as mac and cheese, guacamole, sour cream, bacon, and raspberry preserves. Yum.

That’s not all the exciting news for Lindy’s because Josh Denny, the host of Food Network’s Ginormous Foods, came to Lindy's to tape his show and try one of their infamous burgers. And it really sounds like he stopped in the right plave: Denny says his favorite burger topping is more burgers.

Reilly said Denny tried a new version of their three-pound burger with extra ghost pepper sauce and green chile. Denny travels all over America to find dishes large enough to feed an army and he makes it his goal to eat every bite.

If you want a chance to see your hometown featured on television, the episode will air on June 9, but that is subject to change, so keep an eye on your television schedule.

Lindy's has a new location and this one is a lot bigger. - GABRIELLA VUKELIC
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  • Lindy's has a new location and this one is a lot bigger.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 8:54 PM

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No question about it. Republicans with most of the power in Arizona are enemies of public education. They've demonstrated it over and over, for years. But what would they do to public education if they could do anything they wanted? It sounds like a simple question, but it's a tough one to answer. I'm going to take a stab at it.

We have to begin by defining our terms. "Public education" and "publicly funded education" are two different things. Public education is both funded and run by the public, with publicly elected school boards which have the power to make the final education and personnel decisions. Only school districts fit that description. Charter schools are a public/private hybrid, publicly funded but privately operated, answering to the owners and their appointed boards. At one time, private schools were both privately funded and privately run, but with the growth of vouchers, they're becoming kind of a charter/private hybrid, getting a whole lot of their funding from the public but having even less public oversight and control than charter schools.

Arizona's supporters of public education often say Republicans want to "dismantle" public education. I've always been uncomfortable with that term. It sounds too much like the plan is to take public education apart, piece by piece, until it's no longer there. To my ears, "dismantle" sounds a lot like "destroy," and I don't think that's accurate. About 75 percent of Arizona's school children attend public schools. Of the remainder, almost 20 percent are in charters and between 5 to 8 percent are either in private schools or home schooled. There's no plausible way to create enough charters and private schools to get take care of the 75 percent currently in public schools. I suppose districts could be made into collections of charter schools, an experiment currently being tested in a few cities in other parts of the country, but I don't see it happening here, at least not on a statewide scale. Public education is here to stay, and I think most Republicans are OK with that. They don't want to dismantle, as in destroy, school districts. What the want to do is damage, degrade and devalue them.

Regardless of the words we use to describe it, the question is, if Republicans had their way, what would the damaged, degraded, devalued public education look like? I doubt many Arizona Republicans have thought this question through and have a coherent answer, but if they did, I think it would go something like this.

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