Friday, April 19, 2019

Send in the Clowns

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 4:31 PM

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They say the circus arrives without warning, but what happens when the circus blows its top?

That’s exactly what happens in Quirkus Circus & the Missing Ringmaster, a new addition to the family series at Live Theatre Workshop.

The show attempts the impossible, seeking to create a storyline that can be enjoyed by the youngest members of the audience while also entertaining adults. And while it has moments of perfectly walking this tightrope, it also comes dangerously close to toppling in others.

Under the direction of Kristian Kissel, the players seamlessly mix their interactions with one another and the audience. The choreography and sets are simple but add just enough flourish to take the audience to the big top.

Quirkus Circus is an excellent way to introduce young children to theater. Running at just 45 minutes, it’s participatory, light and overall highly enjoyable.

Quirkus Circus & the Missing Ringmaster is playing at Live Theatre Workshop on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. through June 9. You can buy tickets on their website,, or by calling the box office at (520) 327-4242.

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Results-Based Funding: Watch This Budget Item

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 3:51 PM


It's coming up on state budget time, which means it's time to start looking at budget numbers while they're still in flux. For me, that means looking at education numbers. Right now, what we have is Ducey's budget proposal, so that's the place to begin.

I'm starting with Ducey's Results-Based Funding proposal. That's the extra money a select number of schools will get because they have shown "results." During its first two years, the program, gave out just under $40 million a year. Ducey wants to more than double the funding this time around. He's proposing $98.3 million, a $58 million increase.

The overall education budget is starved for cash, as it has been for years and will continue to be so long as Republicans run the government. Ducey's proposed Results-Based Funding increases the pain for most of the state's schools by taking $98.3 million out of their budget, money which should be divvied up among all district and charter schools, and hands it to a select group of schools.

If a school wants a piece of the RBF pie, the best thing it can do is serve a wealthy community. That's because schools with an "A" state grade are assured of making the list, and "A" schools are disproportionately in high rent areas. The proposed budget's extra cash will enlarge the pool of schools. That means even more schools in wealthy communities will make the cut.

Ducey has added a new wrinkle this year. His proposal would give some of the funding to "B" schools which serve low income populations.

By adding the "B" schools, Ducey hopes to leave the impression that he needs the $58 million increase for the added low income schools. It's not a lie exactly. That's where more than half of the new money will go, but plenty of it will go to expand the number of schools in high rent areas as well.

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All Bets Are On: Sean Miller Dodges FBI Trial, UA Softball's Historic Season and More

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 1:13 PM

Co-hosts Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak are back to discuss the Sean Miller testifying news, the Arizona softball team's resurgence and the future of college football.

The first segment of Friday's show breaks down the day's news that Sean Miller and LSU coach Will Wade will not testify in the trial of Christian Dawkins, and the news' impact on the Arizona program.

The second segment covers the Arizona Wildcats' 18-game win streak in softball and Mike Candrea going for his 1,600th win at Arizona.

The third segment breaks down the Tucson Roadrunners' record-breaking attendance and their season finale loss to the San Diego Gulls, which cost them a spot in the AHL Playoffs.

Finally, the duo discuss the New York Times' story on Colorado football, and whether football's physicality and danger can mesh with collegiate athletics.

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Rialto Hotel Deal Dead

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 10:17 AM

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A proposed $88 million hotel project that would have incorporated the downtown’s historic Rialto Theatre is dead.

Developer Scott Stiteler, who announced the plans last October, told the Weekly that he couldn’t find a way to make the project work, saying that urban development involves many challenges.

“It's very different than buying a piece of land and developing something on the periphery of a community, because you're dealing with usually very small sites and a lot of neighbors and viewpoints,” Stiteler said. “To get everything you want in a building that's gonna last for a long time and make an impact for the surrounding area, it's not easy."

The proposal would have put two Marriott hotel brands, Moxy and Element, on the parcel of land behind and to the west of the Rialto Theatre. It would have injected millions of dollars into a makeover of the Rialto’s interior as well.

“We put our heart, soul, and pocketbook into it,” said Stiteler. “We spent $750,000 on the plans for this, which we will lose. Maybe not entirely, Jim, because we learned a lot. We know more about the 22,000-square-foot parcel and the theater and the structure of the theater. So maybe all is not lost, because probably no one understands the development potential of that site, strengths and weaknesses, better than we do. I love that block, so I'm not going anywhere, and we have big investments across the street on the other two blocks. We will do something great there one day.”

Rialto Theatre Foundation Executive Director Curtis McCrary said he was disappointed that the plans fell through, but the show would go on.

“Everyone was hopeful that the dream as outlined could be realized and it would have made for huge improvements to the theater and that would have been a really great thing,” McCrary said. “While it's disappointing, it's not really going to affect anything in terms of what we do or are doing or will continue to do.”

McCrary said the nonprofit Rialto Theatre Foundation, which recently wrapped up a major capital campaign that has allowed the theatre to revamp its bathrooms and make improvement to the heating and cooling systems, will now decide how to best use its remaining resources on less-ambitious improvements than the makeover promised by the hotel project.

“Now we can instead take the actions that we were otherwise planning to take to bolster the structural needs of the theater,” McCrary said. “And then we have significant funds left and might be some opportunity to raise a bit more funding, because it's a 100-year-old theater. The million dollars is going to be able to help us accomplish certain things but there are lots of needs.”

A rendering of the proposed 16-story hotel property project that has now been canceled. - COURTESY ILLUSTRATION
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  • A rendering of the proposed 16-story hotel property project that has now been canceled.
Since the project isn’t moving forward, the Rialto won’t be relocating its operations to the Corbett Warehouse on Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street for two years during the hotel construction process.

The Corbett Warehouse is owned by Stiteler, who says he’ll be turning his focus to that parcel next while reconsider what can be done with the property surrounding the parcel.

Stiteler and his various partners have developed a number of downtown projects, including the AC Marriott at Broadway and Fifth Avenue, as well as the Rialto Building that is now home to the Connect co-working space, Diablo Burger and other restaurants; the neighboring block that houses Hub and Playground; and the One North Fifth apartment building. He says he will continue his downtown development efforts despite this setback.

“I won't rest until I complete the four blocks that I have the opportunity to develop, with a vision that I think is good for what we're doing, for the community, the neighborhood,” Stiteler said. “They're four really important blocks, and two of them are in a great place. … We better get it right. And sometimes getting it right means you have to walk away from something and revisit it later.”

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24 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: April 19 to 21

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 1:30 AM

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Spring Break! Family Fun Day at the Farmers Market. Were you planning to take the family over to Trail Dust Town this weekend anyway? Well, now, you should make sure to, because they’re going all out this Friday, with 15 local food vendors, live music, face painting and a whole area just for hula hooping! In honor of Earth Day, they’ll also have plenty of themed games for the kids. $6 wristbands will provide unlimited access to the Ferris wheel, carousel and train, to keep the kids busy while adults check out the gift shops and vendors. Millie’s Pancake Haus is open for breakfast and lunch, as well! 8 a.m. to noon. Friday, April 19. Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. Free. Details here.

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Pima County Fair. From carnival games to a beer fest to an exhibit on the pharaohs of Egypt, you’ll find there’s something for everyone at the fair—there always is. Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 28. Gates open at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The carnival starts at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 11300 S. Houghton Road. $9 GA, $5 youth 6 to 10, free for kids 5 and under with the purchase of a GA ticket. Admit discount day is Monday, April 22, with $2 tickets for all ages! Details here.

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The LeBoeuf Brothers. When your last name is LeBoeuf and you’ve got a brother, what are you to do but end up as a precocious jazz duo? With Remy on the saxophone and Pascal on keyboards and composing, these two have won accolades like the Independent Music Awards’ best Jazz Album and Best Eclectic Album, and took first place in an international songwriting competition in 2010. They’ve performed all over the country, and now they’re coming to Tucson. They’re holding a free clinic at Utterback Middle School at noon on Saturday, April 20, at which everyone is welcome. But the main event is their performance, where they’ll be joined by bassist Giulio Xavier and drummer Christian Euman. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19. Utterback Middle School Theater, 3233 S. Pinal Vista. $15 adults, $10 students/seniors. Details here.

Reata. Named after the Spanish word for lasso, this collaborative multimedia event combines film, photography and textile art into an experimental story rooted in the history of Arizona. Created by artists Cassidy Araiza, Marcea Decker and Ariana Lujan, this project examines the landscape of the desert, goth and cowboy subcultures, and the power of contrasts. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 19. At Wooden Tooth Records, 426 E. Seventh St. All ages. Free. Details here.
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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Free Outdoor Screening). True kindness deserves to be appreciated, and few people brought as much depthless kindness to the cold realm of television as Fred Rogers. Arizona Public Media, in partnership with Ben’s Bells, are hosting a free screening of this documentary of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and in his memory, they are also hosting some events for the public good. Before the screening, you can participate in a park cleanup with the Sam Hughes neighbors, and “Kindness Coin” making with Ben’s Bells. Be the good person Mr. Rogers knew you were! 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19. At Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Details here.
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Dramatic Shorts. This series of short films, all under half an hour, includes the tales of how a man spends his last free day before going to prison, what happens when the clone of a deceased teenager is returned to his parents, and more. 9:45 to 11:45 p.m. Friday, April 19. 127 E. Congress St. Details here.

Beers & Buds III–A Joint Effort at Tucson Hop Shop. For their third year in a row, Tucson Hop Shop, The Bennu band, and Botanica dispensary are celebrating everything they love about 4/20. There will be “an extensive cannabis-themed tap list,” plus live music and food trucks. What better way to celebrate Earth Day—or any other holiday that happens to fall on April 20—than enjoying festivities with your local comrades. 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20. 3230 N. Dodge Blvd. Details here.

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Easter ExtravaganZOO. Is it really a holiday weekend if the Reid Park Zoo isn’t throwing a special event in honor of it? Bring your own basket for an Easter egg hunt that starts at 8 a.m.—and keep an eye out for the golden eggs, which will get you special prizes. You can turn in your eggs for a treat bag sponsored by First Watch Café after the hunt. And you’ll get to meet plenty of the zoo’s animals—including the Easter Bunny, who we heard may be spending a summer sabbatical in Tucson. Delicious breakfast will be served! 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. $35 adult nonmembers, $30 adult members, $25 child nonmembers, $20 child members, $30 Easter. Special Adopt-An-Animal, free for kids under 2. Details here.

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Earth Day Festival at the Children’s Museum. Earth is something to celebrate every day! What’s cooler than a rock floating through space that has exactly the right resources to support all of the wonderful plants and animals that roam its surface—including the entire human race? Head over to the Children’s Museum to learn about ways to make our planet a healthier and greener place to live by recycling and composting, gardening, and getting out to enjoy nature. Local wildlife groups can also show you how to bring nature into your own backyard. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Tucson Children’s Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave. Admission to the museum is free all day! Details here.

Earth Day at Kartchner Caverns. There’s lots to celebrate about this big, beautiful Earth every day, but on April 20, we celebrate it a little extra. One of its coolest features: caves! Head over to Kartchner for a day full of presentations and interactive activities (like dissecting an owl pellet!) You’ll also get to hang out with live animals and make crafts. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by climbing right into Earth via Kartchner Caverns? 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21. Kartchner Caverns State Park, 2980 S. Highway 90, Benson, AZ. $7 per vehicle, with cave tour tickets being extra. Details here.

Buffalo Exchange Earth Day $1 Sale. If you’re ever feeling like the world is just too full of problems that you can’t do anything about, it sometimes helps to remember that, technically, treating yourself to a day of thrift-store shopping is helping the planet. But reusing existing items and upcycling old fashions, you’re supporting sustainability and putting a little bit less stress on our planet’s resources. So treat yourself, and the planet, this Earth Day, at Buffalo Exchange’s special sale: a selection of men and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories will be just one buck, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Humane Society of the United States. It’s cash only, and the clothes move quickly, so get your booty over to Buffalo—and into a cute, affordable, new (to you) pair of pants. Starts at 10 a.m. and goes for as long as supplies last. Saturday, April 20. Buffalo Exchange, 2001 E. Speedway Blvd. (plus all locations across the country, except outlets). Details here.
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Easter BOGO Weekend at Old Tucson. If you’re going to be celebrating Easter in Tucson this Sunday, then you have no choice but to celebrate Easter in the west. Why not make it the old, wild west? Old Tucson is offering a buy-one-get-one offer on admission for both Saturday and Sunday. Plus, Big Jake’s will have a special Easter Dinner on both days, with honey glazed ham, jalapeno scalloped potatoes, roasted cut corn, a honey butter biscuit and a drink for just $16.95 for adults and $9.50 for kids. Sounds irr-Easteresistable, right? 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21. Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. GA is $19.95 for adults and $10.95 for kids ages 4 to 11. Details here.

Sinkers: An Original Work of Physical Theatre. The School of Theatre, Film & Television Studio Series is putting this show on as part of their Studio Series. It’s focused on physical theatre, and they brought in Wolfe Bowart, a physical theatre playwright, performer, educator, artist-in-residence and mentor to work with the BA theatre art students. They started rehearsals at the start of the spring semester, and let the performance piece evolve throughout. How would Bowart describe it? Well, he says it’s counterintuitive to describe something so visual with words. But he does add, “I’ve enjoyed watching as we solve the puzzles inherent in translating a theatrical form that is more about muscle than memory.” 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, through Saturday, April 20, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Building, room 116 (SE corner of Park and Speedway on the UA campus). $7. Details here.

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Horizons–Student Spotlight. The UA has a nationally reputed dance program that teaches its students ballet, modern and jazz in equal amounts. As dancers prepare to graduate and take the stage at professional venues all over the world, the School of Dance presents this concert as a culmination of all of their work here in Tucson. The student choreography and diverse perspectives will have the whole audience looking forward to what lies on the horizon for the dancers. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 24. 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 and April 27. 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd. $25 GA, $23 senior/military/UA employees, $12 students. Details here.

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Things I Know to be True. You kind of think, or at least hope, that being a parent will get easier when your kids are all grown up. And in many ways, it does get easier. But when it’s time for kids to leave the nest, and sometimes to push behind the confines of their parents’ loving expectations, things get tricky. This show at Arizona Theatre Company paints a portrait of Bob and Fran, working-class parents who have dedicated their lives to giving their children more opportunities than they had themselves. It takes place over the course of a year, in which we watch regrets come to life and many parts of their lives fall apart. Saturday, April 20, through Saturday, May 11, with showtimes at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on various days. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $41 to $66. Details here.

Doggie Shorts: A Furry Film Festival. The Loft Cinema is hosting a selection of the best shorts from The Bow Wow Film Festival, plus some of their favorite canine clips from around the internet. These clips are all 10 seconds to 10 minutes long from across the globe. Plus, You Sly Dog food truck will also attend the screening. Hosted by The Loft Cinema and Handi-Dogs assistance dog training program. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $20. Details here.

Inspired by the “divisive reactions” to Hawaii’s volcano tourism industry, this film follows a tourist who hires two “wannabe tour guides” to take her to an active volcano. The director set out to make a road film with authentic Hawaiian characters at the forefront. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20. 127 E. Congress St. Details here.

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Dragoon Anniversary. To celebrate their lucky 7th birthday, Dragoon Brewing Co. is hosting a party all week long. For seven days, they’re hosting daily raffles, food trucks and beer releases. And especially through this weekend, they’ll be tapping specialty brews from their cellar, selling new merchandise and hosting live music. 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 18, to Saturday, April 20. 1859 W. Grant Road. Details here.

Easter Brunch at Maynards Market & Kitchen. Regardless of your reason for celebrating Easter, you can rest assured this meal from Maynards is deserving of a “holy moly!” This brunch includes beef short rib, charred onion potato puree, scones, cauliflower velouté, lemon cornmeal pancake and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21. 400 N. Toole Ave. Reserve your spot online. Details here.

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Easter Brunch Buffet at The Horseshoe Grill. It doesn’t matter what day or what event, if there’s a waffle bar, it’s a party. Better yet, the Horseshoe Grill is hosting a waffle bar and so much more for Easter! This smorgasbord includes house-smoked BBQ brisket, prime rib, omelets, house-made desserts, fresh fruit, crab legs and more. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21. 7713 East Broadway Blvd. $49 adults/$14 kids 5 to 12 (children under 5 are free). Add $15 per person for endless mimosas! Reservations are encouraged, call: (520) 838-0404 or reserve online: Details here.

Avalon Gardens Eggstravaganza. It’s an Easter Eggstravaganza: organic edition. Which is probably the best kind of Eggstravaganza there is. Don’t worry: There’s all the usual hayrides, pony rides, face painting and live music. There’s just also a super healthy, super delicious lunch buffet made with local organic food. There are also theater and dance performances by students from the Global Community Communications Schools for Teens & Children. And you get to tour Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage, to see their sustainable practices like permaculture, water harvesting, solar power and composting. 9 a.m. Sunday, April 21. Avalon Gardens, 2074 Pendleton Drive in Tumacacori. (Use the directions on their website, not your GPS.) $12 adults, $10 kids 5 to 17, $5 for kids 4 and under. Pony rides are $5 and face painting is $2. Ecovillage tours are $15/$5/free for respective age groups. Details here.
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Sundays in the Garden: UA Steel Band. If you love a good calypso piece, you’d better not miss this afternoon at Tohono Chul, where the UA Steel Band—one of the longest running collegiate steel bands in the country—will be serving up traditional Trinidadian music and works composed specifically for steel drum ensemble. Picture yourself: prickly pear margarita (or lemonade) in hand, sitting in the shade at the beautiful gardens of Tohono Chul, and letting yourself float away on the beat. Looks like your Sunday afternoon is set! 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Tohono Chul Performance Garden, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. $13 adults, $10 military/student/senior, $3 kids 5 to 12, free for members and kids under 5. Details here.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The Loft Cinema is celebrating Easter Sunday with a very special 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python’s satire of Biblical life. This un-historical comedy tells of Jesus’ next-door neighbor, featuring some of the troupe’s greatest scenes and compositions. 3 to 4:45 p.m. Sunday, April 21. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $10. Details here.

Moananuiākea: One Ocean One People One Canoe.
This documentary examines an historic Polynesian voyage in 1976 that reignited the Pacific culture of sailing and navigation. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21. 127 E. Congress St. Details here.
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Events compiled by Briannon Wilfong, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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XOXO: Where to Rock This Weekend, April 19 to 21

Posted By and on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Taking alternative and metallic influences and allowing them to boil into an unexpressed inner storm, Seether search for a “Remedy” for their ills at the Pima County Fair. Details here.

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Beginnings were humble for this jazz-fusion institution named after corkscrew-twisted bands of freshwater green algae: An ongoing Tuesday night jam session at a Buffalo nightclub—plagued by narcissism—is where it began. “Don’t forget the interminable solos we were taking,” recalls bandleader Jay Beckenstein. “We were the kings of self-indulgence. It came as a shock when word of our psychosis got out.” Earning them the right to charge a quarter at the door. Now, with 10 million albums sold worldwide, Spyro Gyra return to The Rialto Theater. Details here.

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Club 90s: NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys Night plays out on the dancefloor at 191 Toole. DJ Jeffrey spins. Details here.

Phoenix reggae rockers Fayuca make the short trek down I-10 to Club Congress. With support from Vana Liya, Santa Pachita and Desert Fish. Details here.

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Looking for something low-key? Jazz Late Night with Rafael Moreno is at Maynard’s Market & Kitchen. Details here.

While the rest of the world descends into madness, The Eleventh Annual SwedeFest 2019 provides much needed respite. Here’s the lineup: The Pangs, Underbutt & The Sideboobs, Fort Worth, Dos Muñoz and Dennis Moore. At the Surly Wench Pub. Details here.

And, the Spring Concert Series continues with singer-songwriter Katie Haverly & The Aviary displaying their formidable talents on the plaza at Hotel Congress. With Intuitive Compass. Details here.

Hailed as a consummate “rapper’s rapper,” Murs will take you on a Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable at 191 Toole. With Locksmith, Cojo and DJ EPS. Details here.

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Featuring Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Trapt, Saving Abel and Tantric, MuddFest 2019 provides opportunity to wallow deep in the mire at Club XS. Details here.

Trumpeter extraordinaire, Chris Botti breezes into the Diamond Center. Details here.

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“Young & Crazy” country singer/guitar picker Frankie Ballard declares that it’s a “Helluva Life.” Along with Carly “If My Name Was Whiskey” Pearce. At the Pima County Fair. Details here.

Once a fixture on the local scene, alt rockers Sunday Afternoon are reuniting for a one-time only show on a Saturday night. At Club Congress. Details here.

Purveyors of surf/psychobilly/horror baptized in firewater and blood, The Mission Creeps provide the soundtrack for Día de las Luchas. Oh yeah, and there are luchadores: Lucha Libre champions Lord Drako and EJ Sparks top the bill. At the Rialto Theatre. Details here.

And, SwedeFest Day 2 continues at Sky Bar. Featuring the Jivin Scientists, Stauferland, The Good Little Thieves, Dennis Moore, Juju Fontaine, DASH and Atomic Sherpas and more. Details here.

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“With a hip hop the hippie to the hippie/The hip hip a hop, a you don’t stop the rockin’ To the bang bang boogie/Say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie the beat.” In 1979, “Rapper’s Delight” broke ground as the first single to introduce hip-hop to a mainstream audience. The effect was incendiary. Now, seminal rap artists the Sugarhill Gang, along with The Furious Five, roll the Rapper’s Delight 40th Anniversary Tour into the Rialto Theatre. DJ Jahmar International spins. Details here.

As an early pioneer of Atlanta’s trap scene, this rapper’s mixtapes have Been About The Benjamins. Now, Rich The Kid changes the ethos with The World Is Yours. At the Pima County Fair. Details here.

Improvisationalists Bumble Buzz push boundaries at Public Brewhouse. Details here.

Blending folk traditionalism with indie rock aesthetic, this Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter says of her 2019 release, “Placeholder wishes people were on the same wavelength, but unfortunately, it’s just never that simple.” Meg Duffy’s project Hand Habits are at Club Congress. Details here.
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Ducey Signs Revised Anti-Boycott Law

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 4:27 PM

A protestor holds a sign in support of the Boycott Divest Sanction movement against the Israeli government. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • A protestor holds a sign in support of the Boycott Divest Sanction movement against the Israeli government.
On Tuesday Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1167 into law. It's an amendment of a previous law that required all government contractors to certify they are not participating in the boycott, divest and sanction movement (BDS) against Israel or Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

That law, passed in 2016, was quickly challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union in court. They argued it violated First Amendment rights to free speech and protest.

U.S. District Court Judge Diane J. Humetewa agreed and blocked the measure, writing:
"The Court also finds that the balance of equities tips in favor of Plaintiffs [contractors]. Defendants [the state] will experience little to no hardship by enjoining the enforcement of a law that does nothing to further any economic state interest and infringes on First Amendment protections. Although generally barring discrimination on the basis of national origin is a legitimate state interest, the State clearly has less intrusive and more viewpoint-neutral means to combat such discrimination. Plaintiffs, on the other hand, have shown a likelihood of irreparable harm if the Certification Requirement is not enjoined. Moreover, public interest favors an injunction as the public has little interest in enforcement of unconstitutional laws."

The state appealed that decision to the Ninth Circuit Court, which scheduled oral arguments for the appeal on June 6. However, Arizona lawmakers successfully passed SB 1167, which avoids another loss in court.

The new law, introduced by Republican Senator Paul Boyer, "limits the anti-boycott certification to for-profit companies with more than 10 employees and government contracts worth more than $100,000," according to the ACLU. This means that many individuals and businesses who contract with the government are no longer subject to the certification.

BDS "works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law," according to the Palestinian BDS National Committee's website.

This new move is expected to make the anti-BDS law less problematic by decreasing the amount of contractors affected, but could still see further pushback from the courts.

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So Many Kittens! PACC Needs Foster Families

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 1:38 PM

Spring time brings bunnies and ducklings and, you guessed it, kittens! Kitten season is here at Pima Animal Care Center and they need foster families.

The shelter has taken in 338 kittens since the New Year, and springtime means more are on their way. PACC is looking for foster families to take individual kittens or litters home.

Foster orientations (recommended but not required) are from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Community Room at PACC, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, on the following dates:

•April 28

•May 5

•May 12

•May 19

•May 26

•June 2

•June 16

•June 30

•July 14

•July 28

•August 11

The shelter provides supplies for caring for foster pets. Puppies are also available and in need of foster families. 

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