Friday, October 19, 2018

Downtown Developers Announce Plan for a New Hotel Tower

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The developers of downtown’s AC Marriott plan are unveiling their plan for a new $88 million hotel project on Broadway and Fifth Avenue that will incorporate two new Marriott brands, as well as the historic Rialto Theatre.

The 16-story hotel, which could be under construction in a year, will incorporate Marriott’s Moxy and Element brands and include a multi-million-dollar remodel of the Rialto. The Moxy will have 109 rooms, while the Element will feature 140 rooms.

“We end up with three hotels who cater to three different types of guests that are all under 150 rooms, so they qualify as charming and boutique,” said developer Scott Stiteler, who is undertaking the project with his partner on the AC Marriott, Rudy Dabdoub. “And then they all work together. There's something for everyone.”

Stiteler said the success of the AC Marriott encouraged him to pursue this new project across the street. Marriott executives are also pleased with the AC, according to Stiteler.

“They see that Tucson is cool,” he said.

Marriott’s Moxy brand focuses on what hotelier calls “fun hunters” who are seeking a minimalist style, while the Element brand offers a space for travelers who are looking at longer stays, with fully equipped kitchens and similar amenities.

Stiteler said he’d be requesting tax abatements from the Rio Nuevo Board and the city of Tucson as part of the financing for the project.

The hotel will essential meld with the Rialto Theatre, allowing guests to attend shows without leaving the property. Stiteler envisions a lot of synergy between the two properties, including the possibility that guests who check into the Moxy will be able to look through a glass wall at the band playing on the stage of the Rialto.

Curtis McCrary, the executive director of the nonprofit Rialto Theatre Foundation, said he was thrilled at the possibility of a remodeled Rialto, especially since the plan includes new offices and green rooms for artists. The current office and green room, which the Rialto Theatre Foundation now rents from Stiteler, will be demolished to make room for the hotel.

The Rialto Theatre Foundation, which will continue to own the nearly century-old theater, is on the verge of completing its own capital fundraising campaign, with a goal of a million dollars. But even that was not going to make the kind of difference that the partnership with Stiteler will.

Once completed, the theatre will boast new mezzanine seating, a multi-level ground floor, new bars and many other improvements. Visiting artists will find much better accommodations in the new green rooms, including showers and other R&R facilities.

But during the estimated two years of construction, the Rialto will have to close its doors. Fortunately for music fans, McCrary has already found an alternative location: The Corbett Warehouse at Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street, just east of the Sixth Avenue underpass. The warehouse, which is also owned by Stiteler, will serve as the Rialto’s temporary home.

McCrary said he was thrilled by the possibility of what the Rialto will become when it reopens.

“As H.I. McDunnough said in ‘Raising Arizona,’ this seems like the solution to all our problems and the answer to all our prayers,” McCrary said.

Fletcher McCusker, the chairman of the Rio Nuevo downtown redevelopment board, said that the hotel and Rialto project “might just be the most exciting thing to ever happen in downtown Tucson. Scott Stiteler has been and remains a game changer.”

Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, who represents the downtown area, said the hotel strikes him as a great project for downtown. Kozachik led the fight to stop a major hotel project after he was first elected to the Tucson City Council in 2009 that would have been backed by city taxpayers, but he likes the way private developers such as Stiteler have been moving forward with new hotel projects in downtown.

“We did the right thing in being patient and letting the market catch a wave,” Kozachik said.

Kozachik called the notion of having the Rialto temporarily located at the Corbett Warehouse “ultra cool.”

“It'll give us time to make needed upgrades to the Rialto, keep the Rialto programming going and show that an entertainment use of the Corbett Building makes sense on that side of downtown,”

Kozachik said the project shows how far downtown Tucson has come in the last decade.

“Back in 2008, 2009, 2010, the city and Rio Nuevo and the Legislature were all litigating and trying to one-up the other,” Kozachik said. “Developers were caught in that mess and everyone was a loser. Now the city, developers and Rio Nuevo are all pulling in the same direction and the impacts on downtown resurgence is clear to anyone who cares to take a look. We've turned a significant corner relationally, and everyone is seeing the results.”

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Parents: VOTE! (For Education)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 3:30 PM

No one has a greater stake in Arizona education than parents of school-aged children. No one. Except maybe parents of children too young to attend school who will be in kindergarten in a few short years (It'll be sooner than you can imagine!). And people who are planning to have kids, whose future children will enter school within a decade. All of you are going to gain or lose based on the results of the upcoming elections.

So, my advice to parents is, VOTE! If you have a mail-in ballot sitting around beginning to gather dust, pick it up, fill it out and mail it in. No stamp required. If not, there's early voting at the polls. And there's November 6.

Vote for your children, which means, vote education — whatever that means to you. More on that later.

I figure there are about 400,000 of you parents with school-aged children registered to vote. (I'll explain how I arrived at that ballpark figure at the end of the post.) If you vote at 35 percent, which is typical for non-presidential elections, that's 140,000 ballots cast. Some of you who normally sit on the sidelines could, and should, decide this election is important enough to make the extra effort. If the number goes to 50 percent, that's 200,000. If you double your voting rate, you'll be pushing a quarter million.

Parents are an electoral force to be reckoned with. If you split along party lines as usual, not much will change. But if you vote for candidates who are long-time supporters of public education, not candidates-come-lately who, after years of bashing "failing schools" and "failing teachers," have decided it's politically expedient to say our schools deserve a little more money and support, you can be game changers.

I know what it means to me when I say, "Vote for education," but it may mean something different to you. Here's a thumbnail guide you can use to decide what you think "Vote for education" means.

Vote Democratic if you believe our public education should be fully funded, that Arizona should no longer occupy the nation's bottom rung in per-student funding.

Vote Republican if you don't want to "throw money" at failing schools and failing teachers because more money doesn't translate to better schools.

Vote Democratic if you think charter schools need more oversight and regulation to get rid of the bad actors and profiteers.

Vote Republican if you think the current lax charter rules and regulations are just fine, that we should let the "invisible hand of the marketplace" work its magic.

Vote Democratic if you think our two backdoor private school voucher programs, Tuition Tax Credits and Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, take money away from public education and favor wealthy families who would send their children to private schools anyway.

Vote Republican if you like the idea of vouchers for everyone who wants them.

Whatever you decide, parents, VOTE!

A Number-Of-Voting-Parents Note: Maybe the numbers are out there somewhere, but I didn't find them. So here's how I got to 400,000 Arizona parents of school-aged children who are registered voters.

Start with a million K-12 students. Estimate 2.5 children per family, figuring the range from big families and those with one child. That comes to 400,000 families. Estimate 1.5 parents per family. Now we're at 600,000 parents. Estimate a third of the parents either didn't make the effort to register or aren't citizens and can't vote. That leaves 400,000 parents of school-aged children who are registered voters.

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Usain Bolt Trades Track for the Soccer Field

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When you think of athletes that have professionally succeeded in more than one sport, you think of Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders or Jim Thorpe. But what about Usain Bolt?

Everyone knows the Jamaican athlete for his historic and relentless dominance of the 100m sprint category over the past decade, but did you know that he has now scored a couple of goals for a professional Australian soccer club?

That’s right! Bolt, legendary Jamaican sprinter, scored two goals in his first start for the Central Coast Mariners and helped them to victory in a friendly game 4-0 win over Macarthur South West United on Friday.

Bolt was practically gifted his second goal after miscommunication between Macarthur South West’s goalkeeper and defender set him up for a tap-in in front of the empty net. His first goal, however, showed more of how his speed could translate into a deadly weapon for a striker in soccer. For the first goal, Bolt was able to outrun and outmuscle the defender to a through-ball, before impressively and cleanly slotting the ball past the goalkeeper with his left foot. It wasn’t the easiest shot to finish either.

Bolt became vocal about his desire to play professional soccer after his retirement from athletics in 2016, noting Manchester United as a dream location. He has since participated in several trials with different levels of teams, including Borrusia Dortmund in Germany and Strømsgodset in Norway.

The Jamaican has been training with the Australian side since his 32nd birthday, on Aug. 21, but currently does not have a professional contract with the team. Hopefully his performance against Macarthur South West can help him kick start his professional soccer career and become a part of the elite group of athletes to play two sports professionally.

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Kickoff Homecoming with Lighting "A" Mountain 5K Fun Run

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On Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m., the UA Alumni association has partnered with UA Campus Recreation, Faculty Fellows, Housing & Residential Life and Campus Health for the Lighting of “A” Mountain 5K Fun Run event.

Formally known as Wildcats to the Rescue, this event supports a local cause as all participants are invited to donate non-perishable food items or a monetary donation to help students on campus.

All the proceeds will go to the UA Campus Pantry which works to reduce food shortage and insecurity in the Wildcat community. The theme for the event is Bear Down! Go Cats!

This event includes a Kitty Run (a Kid’s Run) and the first 300 participants get a T-shirt. There will be raffle prizes and awards for the best costume pair, best stroller and best overall costume for both kids and adults. And of course, access to the Lighting of “A” Mountain.

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At 3 p.m. there will be registration at Old Main followed by the Kitty Run at 3:30 p.m., the 5K Fun Run at 4 p.m. and the Celebration at the Lighting of “A” Mountain at 5 p.m.

This event is free with parking at Main Gate Garage and will serve as the official kickoff to Homecoming! The run will take place at Old Main and will loop six times near Old Main to Cherry Ave and conclude with free pizza at the celebration on Main Gate Garage to watch the Lighting of “A” Mountain.

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Say Hello to the Cutest Treats in Town

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM

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The Hello Kitty Food Truck (yes, there is such a thing!) will be stopping in Tucson for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 20. There will be exclusive goodies including giant Hello Kitty Chef Cookies, a lunchbox with confetti popcorn, and Hello Kitty plush toys.
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Other best-selling items include thermal bottles, keychains, a 5 piece macaroon box set, headbands and t-shirts. 

Since 2014, the Hello Kitty Food Truck has catered to thousands of visitors across the U.S and has visited 60 cities, including major cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, Chicago and New York.

In 2018, the food truck expanded its traveling destinations and will now visit Boise, Idaho and Omaha, Nebraska as well as our hometown of Tucson.

Find the Hello Kitty Food Truck at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr., on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more updates on Hello Kitty Cafe Truck’s upcoming appearances and whereabouts, visit their Facebook Page.

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25 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: Oct. 19-21

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Native Seeds SEARCH Annual Fall Veggie Plant Sale. Fall is here, and so are all the deliciously squash-y, sweet potato-y, cinnamon-y flavors that come with it. Check out the red acre cabbage, Brussels sprouts, rainbow chard and snowball cauliflower at this sale, as well as a ton of other veggies. Not to mention spices like calypso cilantro, Greek oregano and thyme. Once you have enough to fill your fridge and pantry, fill the rest of your house with the plants they’ll have on sale, like season-appropriate wildflowers, established Chiltepin plants and seed-grown ocotillo. Should you go? Your answer should be an autumn-atic yes. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 21. Also open at 9 a.m. on Friday for members only. New and renewing members get a one-time 15 percent off their entire purchase. Native Seeds SEARCH, 3061 N. Campbell Ave. Details Here.

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Tucson Roadrunners vs. Rockford IceHogs. This Illinois team is coming down to the Old Pueblo to play two games against our home team, who, in terms of which species are more comfortable in the desert, definitely has the home team advantage. On Friday, Oct. 19, Proforma is sponsoring a magnetic schedule giveaway, for the organized or wannabe organized among us. It’s also College Night, so you can get one ticket, two drinks and a hat for just $25. And Saturday is all-you-can-eat night, for those among us who are hungry, or who like a challenge. The package includes popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, water and soda. (See the website for more info on both specials.) 7:05 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $10 to $61+. Details Here.

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. Bless the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation for managing to bring some of the best blues artist around down to the Old Pueblo. For Terry Hanck, who spent 15 years with the Elvin Bishop Band and another 15-plus making music on his own, it actually won’t be his first time in Tucson. The Florida-based musician says he writes the kinds of songs you think you’ve heard for years, and, if you’ve ever sat down with the music by the likes of Fats Domino, B.B. King or Ray Charles, you’ll know exactly what Hanck is talking about once you hear him play. He’ll be accompanied by Mike Blommer on guitar, Steve Grams on bass and Glenn Velardi on drums—all members of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. House of Bards, 4915 E. Speedway. $12 in advance or $5 at the door, with discounts for SABHF and KXCI members. Details Here.

Suspiria. This is a Cinderella story of a cheesy exploitation film that got a little too artsy and  wound up being a revered horror classic. Suspiria tells the tale of a new girl at a mysterious (and possibly dangerous) dance school. It has enough deaths and suspense to please any horror fans and enough interesting camera work to please any film snob. Plus, the iconic prog-rock soundtrack elevates it into the realm of ethereal. The Loft Cinema invites you into the bloodbath! Catch it ahead of the upcoming remake. 10 to 11:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6. Details Here.

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Arts in the Plaza Fine Art Festival. If you’re looking for a way to feel fancy, heading to St. Philip’s Plaza is always a good idea. But even more so this weekend, because they’re hosting this limited-capacity, juried art festival with metalwork, jewelry, ceramics, photography, acrylic, mixed media, sculpture and even more media. Designed to highlight the talent of local fine artisans in the region, it doubles as an opportunity to fill your house up with gorgeous art that will have your friends saying, “Where did you get that?!” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21. St. Philip’s Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave. Details Here.

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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, launched at Hello Kitty Con 2014 as a way to offer “super-cute treats” to fans in the Southern California area, is coming to Tucson. Currently, there are two active Hello Kitty Cafe Trucks and one of them will be sitting at the La Encantada shopping mall for the majority of this upcoming Saturday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. 2905 E. Skyline Drive. Details Here.

32nd Annual Great Tucson Beer Fest. With an array of craft beer options from microbreweries and brewpubs, this is a night that should be fun for beer lovers of every kind. The festival will also have music entertainment and plenty of food options available from food trucks. This also serves as a fundraiser for the Tucson Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio reading service originally founded with the vision of giving visually-impaired people access to print media. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. 2500 E. Ajo Way. For the “Designated Driver,” general admission is $15. For drinkers, general admission is $40. 21+. No pets. Details Here.

Woods Memorial Library 50th Anniversary Celebration. Hooray! One of our beloved local libraries is celebrating a huge milestone. Fifty years worth of reading material and community events certainly calls for a party, and they’re doing it right with a ’60s car show, a memory tree, hula hoop lesson, a bubble zone and plenty of crafts. A DJ will be spinning music straight from the ’60s, and there will be book giveaways throughout the evening. And you can share your own memories of the library in a memory gathering workshop hosted by Marge Pellegrino. Happy Reading! 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave. Free. Details Here.

Love and Other Stunts. Dive into the fascinating life of Gary Kent, a Tucson resident, B-movie star and stuntman during the 60's. Kent was a stuntman for Jack Nicholson and has worked on more than 100 movies. This new film shows all aspects of his life from career to relationships and everything in between. Watch this 2018 documentary 7 p.m. Friday at The Screening Room as part of Tucson Terror Fest. 20. 127 E. Congress St. Details here. 

Wild Kingdom GLOW! Everyone knows that In ’n’ Out French fries are better animal style. But have you ever tried the Triangle L Ranch’s annual GLOW! event animal style? Now’s your chance! Put on your glowing-est outfit, and throw some animal elements into it if you like. Dress up as your inner animal! Dress up as an animal you thought up with your own imagination! Go for a more abstract animal look and just sort of “let your wild side out.” And, of course, enjoy Music on the Paths by hypnopad and Nancy McCallion from 7 to 9 p.m., main stage music from 9 to 11 p.m. by Al Foul and tarot card readings by Felicitas and Chad. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Triangle L Ranch, 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road, Oracle. $21.44 adults 13 and up, $12.86 kids 4 to 12 and free for kids 3 and under. Details Here.

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Anza Days at Historic Canoa Ranch. Happy 50th anniversary to the National Trails System, and happy grand opening and dedication to Canoa Lake! This calls for a party. So saunter on over to the Historic Hacienda de la Canoa Ranch for a day full of food, vendors, music and dance performances, presentations, and 4H exhibitors. And don’t miss the horseback rides! There’s nothing like spending a day outside (especially now that it’s cooling down) and enjoying a good, old-fashioned festival. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Historic Hacienda De La Canoa Ranch, Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. Details Here.

Boo Bash at Lincoln Park. Every night in October is the perfect night to throw a Boo Bash, but on this night, Tucson Parks and Rec and the PCC East Campus are teaming up to throw a Boo Bash for you so you don’t have to do it yourself! Stock up on Halloween candy to give out to trick or treaters at the trunk-or-treat, play some carnival games and be a part of the costume parade, which starts at 6 p.m. It’s the perfect way to give your costume a test drive if you’re still sorting out some of the finer details. There’s plenty of food available for purchase too, to keep your tummy from grumbling more loudly than a wailing ghost. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Lincoln Park soccer fields, 4325 S. Pantano Road. Free. Details Here.

2018 Tucson Classics Car Show. The Rotary Club’s classic car show is back for its 12th iteration, and they’re going big to celebrate, with more than 400 cars to ogle and drool over. There’s also plenty of food and a beer garden, so there’s nothing to stop you from staying at the show all day long. Plus, activities for the kids will keep the little ones busy, and a huge array of vendors will keep you busy if you need a sensory break from the overwhelming beauty of all the vehicles. Buckle up and enjoy the ride! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The Gregory School, 3231 N. Craycroft Road. Details Here.

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Tucson Zombie Mud Run. Looking for a last minute opportunity to get really muddy, sweaty and spooky this weekend? Look no further than this undead romp through Buckelew Farms. This 5K will take you over walls, across monkey bars, through pipes and down slides as you try to escape from the zombies who have infiltrated the farm with all of your limbs (you’ll have two flags attached to you to represent your limbs) attached. Try the competitive team run at 3 p.m. if you’re competition-oriented, or consider the more laid back versions of the same race at 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. Or, if you’re 12 and under, try the Little Monster Mile. Prizes will be given for top finishers, best costume, most original costume, scariest costume and top survivors. Saturday, Oct. 20. Buckelew Farms, 17000 W. Ajo Hwy. $45, or $200 for a five-person team. Details Here.

Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End. If you were reading newspapers between 1965 and 1996, you probably read one of the 4,000+ columns Erma Bombeck penned about life as a Midwestern suburban housewife. She was also a longtime Arizonan, having moved to Phoenix in the ’70s. The Arizona Theatre Company is telling the story of how this journalist championed women’s rights and women’s lives with her delightfully witty, wonderfully truthful writing. Who says you can’t be a mom, a working woman and an artist all at once? Preview shows at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 23, through Thursday, Oct. 25, as well as at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. Regular shows at either 2 or 7:30 p.m. from Friday, Oct. 26, through Saturday, Nov. 10. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Regular tickets $41 to $76, preview shows $25 to $50. Details Here.

Critters. Return of the Jedi, Gremlins and Critters—for some reason, Hollywood got really into fuzzy little creatures in the ’80s. This is by-and-far the wackiest of the three. A series of monstrous martians run amok in the American farmland, devouring everyone they can. Fun! Part of the Screening Room’s Tucson Terrorfest. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. 127 E. Congress St. Free. Details Here. 

Nevada Smith’s Saves the Day! The Wild Hearts Rescue Ranch has organized an afternoon of “dinner, music, fellowship and fun in the name of healing horses.” With Nevada Smith’s Saloon offering their services and a plate only costing $7, this is a cheap way to have your stomachs filled with good food while learning about the horses and how to support their healing. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. 1175 W. Miracle Mile. $7 Details Here. Details Here.

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Menudo y Mimosas. A Sunday brunch that includes menudo and bottomless mimosas should not be something to ignore. “This will be the perfect opportunity to unwind, hang out with friends, mingle and make new homegirls, collaborate and leave feeling inspired and empowered,” for all Reinas. This social gathering and networking event is run by the Mi Reina Mobile Boutique and will have a braid bar, a selfie station, cake pops, music, a salsa station, cotton candy, art and fall fashion and accessories. Each attendee will receive a “swag bag” and will be entered to receive raffle prizes. 9 a.m. to noon. Sunday, Oct. 21. 1439 S. Fourth Ave. $36 Details Here.

Sixth Annual Membrillo Fest. Maybe you want to try something a little different. This festival is all about quince, including the venerable quince also known as a “membrillo.” Learn how to make tradition Sonoran meals with the “Madrina del Jardín,” Josefina Lizárraga. The director of the Kino Heritage Fruit Tree Program, Jesus Garcia, will then talk about the history of the quince and its importance to the traditional gastronomy for Southern Arizona and the Sonoran region. The festival, hosted in the Mission garden, will include food, refreshments and live music. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. 946 W. Mission Lane. Details Here.

Diana Madaras’ Adventures of the Heart. Local artist Diana Madaras is debuting three new series of paintings at her annual show. “Adventures of the Heart: Spirit Animals” tells the story of Madaras’ deep connection to animals, which started as a child when she lived in an apartment attached to her dad’s veterinary hospital. “California Coastline” was inspired by a trip to Bodega Bay in Northern California, where she painted on misty mornings, working with completely different light sources than she does in Tucson. “Back to Greece” was inspired by her recent trip to the country—a 15th anniversary celebration of when she went to a painting workshop in Greece in 1993 and decided to become a professional artist in the first place. All three series have her dynamic use of color and display her ability to maintain a signature style as she evolves as an artist. Reception 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Madaras Gallery, 3035 N. Swan Road. RSVP at 623-4000 or Details Here. 
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Arizona Insect Festival. Let’s get buggy! The UA Department of Entomology is hosting this totally free community event to give the community some hands-on experience in STEM, and to get some very literal hands-on experience with Hercules beetles, ocotillo caterpillars, giant whip scorpions and more. There will also be more than 20 booths with UA researchers presenting their research and community representatives like the Southeast Butterfly Association and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Check out bugs under microscopes! Look at bugs on display! Maybe even eat some bugs! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. ENR2 Building, 1064 E. Lowell St. Free. Details Here.

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Lighting of A Mountain. Happy Homecoming, Tucson! Maybe it would be more correct to say, “Happy Homecoming, UA!” But how separate are our city and our university, really? In celebration of this classic event, and of the cooler weather, the UA Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Ambassadors are making A statement. Making an A statement. A Mountain, always a beacon, will be even more like a lighthouse after the letter is all lit up. Enjoy free food and refreshments, hang out with Wilbur and Wilma and sing “Bear Down” with the alumni pep band and UA cheerleaders. It’s going to be lit. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Top floor of Main Gate parking garage, 815 E. Second St. Free. Details Here.

Tucson VHS Bazaar. Xpanded Universe and The Screening Room are getting together to celebrate “dead media.” What does this mean? They’re screening their favorite horror, sci-fi, fantasy and cult movies, all on VHS format, of course. Part of the Tucson Terror Festival. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Free. Details Here.

Back to the Future. The Cactus Drive-in Theatre is back, with a screening of one of our nation’s true all-time favorites. This screening goes towards raising money to afford land, a full-sized screen and other equipment related to purchasing a permanent drive-in movie theater. Vendors for food, drinks and snacks will be on site. 6:10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Tanque Verde Swap Meet, 4100 S. Palo Verde Road. $15. Details Here.

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This documentary is a “No DAPL” story, chronicling the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The movie will be preceded by the short film Akicita: The Battle Of Standing Rock. Hosted by Alliance For Global Justice and Pan Left Productions. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. 225 E. 26th St., Suite 1. Free but donations accepted. Details Here.

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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot, Ava Garcia and Jeff Gardner.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Three and Out: The Arizona Wildcats are heading to Los Angeles

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It's been a rough slog of-late for the Arizona Wildcats, who were beaten in Salt Lake City last Friday, 42-10.

The Wildcats find themselves at 3-4 for the year, with a 2-2 conference record, heading into a crucial road battle with UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

The Bruins (1-5, 1-2) struggled for most of the season, before crushing the Cal Golden Bears in Berkeley, 37-7, on Saturday night.

The two squads will square off in Pasadena at 7:30 p.m. local time, with the team's postseason fate resting on the result.

A quintet of Wildcats broke down the team's season and their matchup with the Bruins on Tuesday afternoon, covering a wide variety of topics.

Redshirt junior defensive lineman PJ Johnson didn't mince words when discussing the Wildcats' odds against Chip Kelly's Bruins squad this weekend.

"You don't want to underestimate anybody. It'll make you go into the game with the wrong mindset of we just attack this game like we attack every other game," Johnson said. "They're probably like real cocky right now. They destroyed Cal, we barely beat Cal. So, they probably think they got their stuff together and we suck right now so we got to come in and hit 'em in their mouth."

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My Pick For Superintendent of Public Instruction: Kathy Hoffman

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 2:15 PM

  • Kathy Hoffman
Kathy Hoffman and Frank Riggs are putting up a spirited fight to become our next Superintendent of Public Instruction. Their campaign websites are filled with educational plans and proposals, too many to list or discuss without getting so deep in the weeds, I'd never find my way out. The short version is, I like Hoffman's ideas far better than Riggs', but that doesn't tell you much.

So let's take another tack. Let's talk about hammers and nails.

No doubt you've heard the saying, "When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Even if the hammer you're holding isn't the best, or the only tool for the job in front of you, you're going to try and find a way to use it. You know that hammer. You like that hammer. It's the first tool that comes to mind when you have a situation you have to deal with before you consider other options.

It's the same with the ideas you tend to favor. They are going to be readily at hand when you're looking for solutions to problems you have to deal with. You'll call on them before you consider alternatives. Likewise with your personal and professional experience. You're going to lean on what you know to guide you.

So let's look at the hammer —actually the hammers — Hoffman and Riggs have in their tool belts which they would tend to favor if they became our next education superintendent.

Kathy Hoffman knows public schools. She knows early childhood education. She works with students with disabilities. She speaks fluent Spanish and Japanese. She understands the value of being bilingual and the importance of bilingual education.

If Hoffman becomes superintendent, her first instinct will be to seek out public school solutions to problems or opportunities she faces. She's going to think about Spanish (and other language) speakers as well as English speakers. She's going to consider students who have to overcome problems to reach educational success. She'll consider whether early childhood education should be a part of the solution.

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