Monday, February 18, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, Feb. 18

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Brain and Brews–Science Trivia. In the mood for a little bit of learning on a Monday night? How about with a side of beer to make the knowledge go down easier? Head over to Borderlands to hear from Kevin Cross about the science of music for the first hour of this event, then test your science knowledge with five rounds of science trivia for the second hour. By the time the trivia comes around, the beer will have you feeling plenty confident. And confidence is really half the battle when it comes to trivia. 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18. Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Ave. Details here.

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Adult Painting Class. Head on over to Bianchi's Italian Restaurant on Monday nights for some painting fun. Get there a little early and enjoy happy hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m. and then start painting at 6:30 p.m. once you are feeling a little creative. Bianchi's Italian 3620 W. Tangerine Rd. Marana. $25. Details here.

Strait Country: A Tribute to the music of George Strait. Kevin Sterner and Strait Country will be performing the critically acclaimed “Tribute to the Music of George Strait.” Get your cowboy boots on and boogie as these musicians recreate the arrangements that you know and love. The band includes the sounds of Strait as they perform in his vocal style and play pedal steel guitar and fiddle. Tickets to the show range from $12 to $23. The Gaslight Theatre 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. 6 p.m. Details here.

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

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

It Is Finally Here! The 2019 Tucson Weekly Cannabis Bowl!

Posted By on Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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With 4/20 on the horizon, it’s once again time to crown new winners in the Weekly’s fourth annual Cannabis Bowl! As in previous years, we are asking readers to let us know their favorite dispensaries, budtenders, concentrates, edibles and more.

Deadline to cast a ballot is midnight Sunday, March 17.

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A few ground rules:

• In the Best Budtender category, please include the name of your favorite budtender as well as the name of the dispensaries where they tend bud.

• When voting for best concentrates and edibles, please sure to name a brand and not a strain.

• We have a new essay question: Tell us your favorite strains of flower in 100 words or less! If we really like your essay, we’ll run it in our 4/20 edition.

• You can only vote once—and we can catch multiple votes from the same IP address, so don’t bother trying. Stuff bowls, not ballots!

VOTE NOW!

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Arizona Reaction to Trump’s Border Emergency Splits Along Party Lines

Posted By and on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 3:26 PM

“A border wall already runs up to both sides of the River Bend Resort & Golf Club in Brownsville, Texas. Erected in 2006, this part of the wall stands 18 feet and ends abruptly along a busy highway, leaving a gap several miles wide. Much of the most-recent border wall construction has been in Texas and California.” - PHOTO BY MINDY RIESENBERG | CRONKITE NEWS
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  • “A border wall already runs up to both sides of the River Bend Resort & Golf Club in Brownsville, Texas. Erected in 2006, this part of the wall stands 18 feet and ends abruptly along a busy highway, leaving a gap several miles wide. Much of the most-recent border wall construction has been in Texas and California.”

Arizona lawmakers’ reaction to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national border security emergency on Friday split along party lines, with Democrats blasting the move as “fear-mongering” that sets “a dangerous precedent.”

Republicans praised the president for taking action they said is needed to “protect American lives.”
Trump’s declaration came just hours after Congress passed a budget bill that included $1.375 billion to fund construction of more border wall, well below the $5.7 he had been demanding. In response, he declared a state of emergency, which allows the president to shift funds between accounts.

White House officials said Friday the emergency would allow the addition of about $6.6 billion to the money Congress allocated, bringing border wall construction funding to about $8 billion this year.

In a Rose Garden announcement Friday, Trump said the declaration is needed because “we don’t control our own border.”

“I’m going to be signing a national emergency,” Trump said. “We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”

The declaration is almost certain to be challenged in court – a fact Trump referenced in his speech – but he said he has the authority and is confident he will ultimately win. He said presidents over the last four decades have declared 58 national emergencies and some governors have declared border emergencies, including former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano.

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All Bets Are On: Christopher Boan And Tyler Vondrak Break Down Arizona Basketball

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 2:10 PM

All Bets Are On co-hosts Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak return for their weekly segment on the state of Arizona basketball, the Pac-12 and the nation.

The dynamic duo dissect Arizona's 83-77 loss to Utah and preview the team's game in Boulder on Sunday against the University of Colorado.

They also cover whether anyone can knock off the Washington Huskies in the conference title race, before discussing possible Final Four picks.

Vondrak closes this week's podcast with his patented 'Picks of the Dragon,' covering the college basketball games he's riding with during the weekend.

Tune in each Friday to hear Boan and Vondrak riff on the latest information in sports, building an audio-centric tour de force for the Old Pueblo's only alternative weekly. 

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An Arizona Voucher Q&A

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 12:19 PM

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Republican legislators are at it again. They are trying to increase the number of students eligible for private school vouchers. That's in spite of voters saying no to voucher expansion in 2018.

It's a good time to take a close look at the world of vouchers by asking questions and answering them. Let's begin.

In 2018, the popular vote in Arizona went against voucher expansion. Was it close?
Nope. When all the Prop. 305 numbers were counted, vouchers went down by 30 points: 65 percent No to 35 percent Yes.

Wow, a 30 point spread. Isn't that surprising, especially in a red state like Arizona?
Actually, no. Vouchers were on the ballot in Utah in 2007. Utah is redder than Arizona, but the vote margin was close to the same: 63 percent to 38 percent.

OK, that's another example. How about voucher votes elsewhere?
Vouchers have gone down every time they've been put in front of voters, and never by less than 20 points. Counting our vote in 2018, vouchers are zero for seven nationwide.

Lots of states have vouchers. Does that mean all of them have been put in by their legislatures?
Yes, all state voucher programs were voted into law by state legislatures. Arizona's two voucher programs — Tuition Tax Credits (1997) and Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (2011) — were created by our legislature. So were all the revisions which increased the amount of voucher money and the number of students who qualify.

Why do people vote against vouchers?
One reason is not many students attend private schools. In Arizona, it's about 4 percent of the student population. With 1 in 25 students in private school, it's not surprising people aren't excited about sending tax dollars in that direction.

Really, that few students?
Yes, really. In 2014, the most recent year where I could find good data, about 45,000 Arizona students were enrolled in private schools out of a total of about 1.2 million students. Those numbers are approximate, of course, but they're close.

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Man Dies In Custody at Pima County Jail

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 11:22 AM

On Thursday, Feb. 14, just after 2:00 p.m., a "use-of-force encounter" at the Pima County Adult Detention Complex resulted in the death of 53-year-old David Ray Maxwell. The corrections officer involved, Jason Hubert, was placed on administrative leave immediately following the encounter, as is standard protocol.
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Hubert was was not injured during the encounter, and has been employed with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department since October 2007. The incident is currently being investigated by Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is unable to release any further information at this time and the department is in the process of notifying the inmate’s next of kin.

According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, "Detention Complex have limited Force Options available to them. Such Options are limited to Officer Presence, Verbal Communications, Soft Empty Hand Control techniques, Pain Compliance techniques, Oleoresin Capsicum spray, and Hard Empty Hand Control techniques. At this time the investigation is still ongoing."

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Laughing Stock: Wear your roller skates on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Gilbert Gottfried's already sold out his early show at Laffs Comedy Cafe on Wednesday, Feb. 20. - ARLENE GOTTFRIED
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  • Gilbert Gottfried's already sold out his early show at Laffs Comedy Cafe on Wednesday, Feb. 20.
Congratulations to all involved in the first CATcomedy520 LOL Crawl. Mark your calendars for the next one, Sunday, Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2020. Meanwhile, follow CATcomedy520 on Facebook and CATcomedy.org on the web for Tucson comedy shows.

This month, we’re being treated to a string of top national standup comics.

Ali Wong: The Milk and Money Tour comes to the Tucson Convention Center at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Wong catapulted to the national scene with her 2016 Netflix feature Baby Cobra. In 2017, she drew record crowds to eight shows at the San Francisco Masonic. In 2018, she voiced and produced Netflix’s animated Tuca and Bertie, starred in a Netflix movie she co-wrote, and wrote a book coming out on Random House this year. Tickets are $37 to $63 via Ticketmaster.

Brian Regan performs at the Fox Tucson Theatre at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Vanity Fair is a fan, and Entertainment Weekly calls him “your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” In 2018 he delivered the first Netflix special of his 30-year career, tenderly named "Nunchuks and Flamethrowers." Regan is a frequent guest on The Tonight Show and appeared regularly on Letterman.Tickets are $37.50 to $74.50 via Foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com

Fried Chicken and Latkes with Rain Pryor features at Leo Rich Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Legendary TV producer Norman Lear is adapting for television this one-woman show created by his casting director, Rain Pryor. The daughter of comedian Richard Pryor, she is half Jewish and all entertainment.Tickets are $10 via SquareUp.com

Brew Haha Comedy Showcase Presents: Black Chicks and Pink D*cks! at 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18. This collective of top black female comics promises “A stand-up comedy show featuring open minded strong black women who are coming for your inheritance.” They’ve won top reviews in their travels. Tickets are $10 via SquareUp.com.

Tucsoncomedy.com Presents Gilbert Gottfried at Laffs Comedy Caffe in two Wednesday shows, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Update: the 7 p.m. show is sold out.) This mean, dirty and relentlessly hilarious jokester was the subject of documentary last year that let fans see his softer, more human side. No worries! The mellow Gottfried won’t be showing up at Laff’s. Gottfried’s long-time fans who may have caught his act only on TV or in arenas can enjoy the 360 degree Gottfried experience in the uniquely intimate setting of Laff’s, where even newcomers to comedy can watch the master up close. Tickets are $25 at Eventbrite.com

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Claytoon of the Day: White House Simulators

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM

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Rosanne Cash & Her Band – She Remembers Everything

The Fox is pleased to welcome back to our stage, Tucson Favorite Rosanne Cash. This time, she’s… More

@ Fox Tucson Theatre Wed., Feb. 20, 7:30-9 p.m. 17 W. Congress St.

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