Monday, May 20, 2019

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, May 20

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 1:30 AM

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Haiku Hike. Tucson celebrated its first annual Old Pueblo Poems literary competition this year, with 20 winning haiku posted on signage along Congress and Stone in downtown Tucson. They were selected from 977 entries, mostly from Tucson, but more than 100 hailing from across 12 different states. And May is your last chance to head downtown and see them! The “haiku hike” is about half a mile long—or 1,000 steps, for those of you with FitBit goals to meet. How often do you get to take a walk and read poetry the whole way? Just look for the acrylic signage in planters along Congress and Stone and take a self tour. They can be viewed from dawn to dusk every day until June 1. Free. Details here.

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Vinyl Night: Dark Side of the Rainbow. Celebrate the Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd's classic "Dark Side of the Moon" with Casa Video and Casa Film Bar tonight. Two copies of the classic album will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to charity. It is sure to be a psychedelic evening.  7 to 10 p.m. 2905 E Speedway Blvd. Details here.

Brew Haha Comedy Presents: Ellen Doyle. Get your laugh on Tucson, it's time for our town's longest running independent comedy showcase. Brew Haha at Borderlands Brewery features headliner Ellen Doyle with Tim Maggard, Rich Gary, Autumn Horvat and more. Fun fact: dogs on leash are welcome at this show! 8 to 10 p.m. 119 E Toole Ave. Details here. 

Events compiled by Tirion Morris, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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XOXO: Where to Rock Monday, May 20

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Depicting aspects of his childhood, while rebuking Trump Administration policies, the title track, “This Land,” takes a hard look at racism in America. Drawing inspiration from Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land, ” this Austinite comments, “It’s like the ‘Pledge of Allegiance.’ When you’re kids, everybody’s together. You don’t see differences until you get older. People influence you to think about other people a certain way. I just want to get back to singing that song like we were kids again.” Guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr. unleashes a Texas tornado of wickedness at the Rialto Theatre. The Peterson Brothers are in tow. Details here.

Five years of constant touring with Albert Collins and then 10 years with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers turned this Stratocaster-wielding guitarist into a fire-breathing monster. Eight solo albums later, Coco Montoya delivers the blues hardest truths at 191 Toole. Details here.
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Local Rapper and Singer Release Catchy Collab

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2019 at 4:24 PM

Tucson artists Zco and Jesus Valenzuela join forces on "Ayy, Let's Be Alone Together." The song is a vibey fusion of rap and pop in which the rapper and singer admit to wanting more in life and wanting to spend it with a special someone.

Zco proudly reps Tucson ("I'm that Jew with the flow. I'm Tucsonan. I'm waiting to blow.") in the midst of his vulnerable bars. The uptempo beat and Valenzuela's vocals offer a coolness that will surely be needed in the upcoming, hot summer months. Check out this summer banger below and on Spotify.

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Afternoon Cartoon: Alabama Law

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2019 at 4:03 PM

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All Bets Are On: On Arizona Softball, the NBA Draft Lottery and the Preakness Stakes

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2019 at 3:06 PM

All Bets Are On is back with an action-packed podcast that covers the gamut of local sports information.

Co-hosts Christopher Boan and Tyler Vondrak tackle Arizona softball's NCAA Tournament regional at Hillenbrand Stadium this weekend and whether Mike Candrea's squad can return to the Women's College World Series.

The duo then tackle this week's NBA Draft Lottery, which saw the Suns tumble to the sixth pick, defying the odds. The pair cover whether Phoenix is the most cursed pro sports market in America and what can be done to rebuild its standing nationally.

The pair finish Friday's show with a segment on Saturday's Preakness Stakes, with Vondrak donning his Picks of the Dragon hat to choose a few contenders in Baltimore.

Vondrak also discusses the controversy surrounding the conclusion of May 4's Kentucky Derby, which led to race winner Maximum Security's disqualification.

Tune in each Friday for a new segment of the Weekly's only sports podcast. 

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Steve Farley Advocates For Turning Schools Into Community Schools

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2019 at 1:55 PM


When the New York Times carried a story about the progress students have been making in the "I Promise School" started by LeBron James in Cleveland, I put the article in my "Post about it when you have a chance" pile. Two weeks later, before I wrote about it myself, mayoral candidate Steve Farley used LeBron's school as a starting point for one on his Ideas For Tucson emails, titled "Turning our public schools into community schools." The email began,
LeBron James has rightfully received a lot of publicity for the work he is supporting at previously failing Cleveland public schools — work that is producing astonishing results.
In the email and on his website's Ideas page, Farley embraces the idea of turning schools into places where families can benefit along with their children, places which provide "GED classes, basic healthcare, low income bus passes, use of the computer lab, career counseling, microlending, and job training for parents as well as kids." The city, he wrote, can be a partner in creating and implementing a community school approach to education.

Farley got it exactly right.

Before I go further, I need to say, this isn't an endorsement of Farley's candidacy. Both he and Regina Romero are strong candidates. I definitely want one of them as mayor, but honestly, I'm not sure which of them would do a better job. What I'm endorsing is the idea of forging a partnership between school districts and city government to bring the community school idea to Tucson. Farley deserves credit for featuring that idea in his campaign.

People in city government like to say they are strong advocates for local public schools, but too often, city governments and school districts remain separate entities with too little overlap.

The community school concept is a way to bridge the gap between the two institutions. City government is ideally situated to coordinate a coalition between a school district and governmental social services, businesses, nonprofit organizations and volunteers. A program can be ramped up gradually, school by school, service by service without incurring large costs for the city or the school district. In other words, it's doable, even with a cash-strapped district and a city on a tight budget. And the payoff can be significant.

Bringing services for underserved families inside the school walls makes those services more accessible to families and helps parents buy into their children's educations. When individual parents become involved in their children's schools, when they become members of the school family, the parents benefit and their children's chances of succeeding inside and outside the classroom improve.

I can't think of anything Tucson's city government can do which would be more beneficial to our schools than working with a district to move toward the community school approach.

I know Regina Romero is an advocate for strong public education and she has endorsements from members of the local and statewide educational community, but looking through her platform (It's a good platform, by the way) and reading her emails, I haven't seen concrete ideas for ways city government can have a direct impact on our schools. It would be great if she publicly embraced the community schools idea or something similar.

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Decision on The Bike Ranch Tabled to Tuesday, July 2

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2019 at 1:18 PM

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A decision by the Pima County Board of Supervisors on whether to move forward with a Mixed-Used Permit for The Bike Ranch has been tabled to early July, according to one of the resort's co-developers.

Kelley Matthews, who designed the bike-centered property with her husband, Peter Lasher, said on Friday that the Board will convene on the permit on Tuesday, July 2.

The reason, according to Matthews, stemmed from the Board's packed schedule for their meeting on Tuesday, May 21—the original date scheduled for the hearing.

The Weekly discussed the resort development, which is slated to be built across from the main entrance to Saguaro National Park-East, earlier this week.

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Claytoon of the Day: Jared Does Immigration

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2019 at 11:15 AM

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