Saturday, August 24, 2019

Laughing Stock: Volkswagen, lowrider, school bus and more laughs

Posted By on Sat, Aug 24, 2019 at 10:15 AM

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Hick-Spanic, Red-Nexican tequila-maker

Alex Reymundo arrived like a lowrider on the national comedy scene with Paramount Pictures’ 2002 release, The Original Latin Kings of Comedy. The feature-length stand-up format showcased Reymundo along with George Lopez, Paul Rodriguez and Cheech Martin of Cheech & Chong. Their jokes revolved around cholo themes and send-ups of related cultural tropes.

Reymundo’s first one-hour special, the award-winning 2007 Hick-Spanic, and its follow-up, Red-Nexican, have aired on Showtime, Comedy Central and Netflix, attracting a melting pot of demographics.

He had started his career touring with long-time friend Ron “Tater Salad” White. Reymundo has said he met White while serving him a Tequila and Budweiser as White stepped up to his own amateur comedy debut. The pair now owns and operates Number Juan Tequila, billed as “a small batch, hand crafted, award-winning Tequila.”

Eventually, Reymundo discovered the thriving Latino comedy scene in L.A. and began touring with Paul Rodriguez. Now, he’s a writer, producer and actor as well as a comedian.

Reynaldo performs at 191 Toole at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24. Seats are $20 to $25 via eventbrite.com. Incidentally, Cheech & Chong play the Fox Tucson Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 7. Tickets are $47.50 to $117, including service charges, at Foxtucson.com.

True Confessions at Estrogen Hour

Host and producer Nancy Stanley and Mary Steed have raised more than $25,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with their (approximately) quarterly comedy show, The Estrogen Hour. Along the way, their contributions to Tucson’s, um, robust female comedy scene have been priceless.

The next Estrogen Hour, dubbed True Confessions, is at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, August 25. Tickets are $15 via https://pages.teamintraining.org/az/ashvle20/MSteed or at the door in very limited numbers.

Besides Stanley, the show features Corrina Eklund, Suzie Sexton (aka Suzie Agrillo); Linda Ray (me), Cathy Sproul, Christine Peterson, Shirlene Brown, Charlotte Bellflower, Jennie Bennett, Ashley Daltrey, Ariel Fisher, Claire Maguire and Mary Stuntz. Bios and photos are on Facebook at Estrogen Hour: True Confessions.


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Friday, August 23, 2019

PACC Takes in Over 50 Animals in Hoarding Case

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 1:53 PM

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The Pima Animal Care Control Center took in 57 cats and one dog late Thursday night during a response to a hoarding case at a home near East Valencia and South Houghton Roads.

The case is currently being investigated by the Tucson Police Department and many of the animals that were removed are undergoing medical evaluations.

According to a Pima County press release Friday, the conditions within the home were poor. There was no visible water left out for any animals, trash and animal waste covered the floors and there was no working electricity in the home.

The PACC’s clinic team said the cats are suffering upper respiratory infections and the dog appears to be in good condition, though it had matted fur.

Once the animals are in good health, they will put up for adoption.

Currently, the shelter has 1,421 animals in need of adoption and takes in between 50-100 animals a day.

To learn more about pet adoption or fostering through the Pima County Animal Care Center, visit their website.

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XOXO: Where to rock this weekend, Aug. 23 - 25

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 12:50 PM

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Friday, Aug. 23

"People Are People." No? '80s Monsoon captures the essence and spectacle of, what for some amounts to, "The Holy Trinity" of English electronic/post-punk/art rock bands—Depeche Mode, The Smiths and David Bowie—in their heydays. Strange Love, This Charming Band and Electric Duke evoke a likeness to truth. All-ages fun at the Rialto Theatre.

Diluvio, Santa Pachita, Salvador Duran, Aztral Funk y mas bare their Hearts for The Barrio: A Community Benefit for Petroglyphs at 191 Toole. Proceeds to aid this emporium after sustaining the bulk of the fire damage when a two-alarm blaze erupted in the Lost Barrio Historic Warehouse District in May.

NiteCall: Future Rave sees guest DJs Betty Blackheart and Self.Destrukt join resident DJ Mijito to drop massive synthwave/techno/electro/cyber dancefloor bombs at R Bar.

Digging through the crates to keep eardrums happy. Wooden Tooth Records' Vinyl Night happens in the beer garden at Tucson Hop Shop.

Performing music from his acclaimed album Desert Sounds—a cinematic ode to the desert Southwest—and material staged during the Night Rider Tour, The Jacob Acosta Band are at Harbottle Brewing Company.

With a known penchant for effortlessly dabbling in various genres, The AmoSphere's intention is to make bodies move at Monterey Court. Denver native singer/guitarist Zach Heckendorf is up to bat first.

Pool party? Indeed. Mama's House continues at Hotel McCoy. Resident DJ Mother Tierra spins an eclectic mix poolside.

Backed by some of Tucson's finest, Parisian guitarist Naim Amor's A Jazz Trio execute jazz classics with aplomb at Exo Roast Co.

Performing a soulful union of acoustic Música desde el Corazón, FebboFuentes are Westbound.

From Bozeman, Montana, out on the We Want More Summer Tour, vocal centric electro/soul duo Dash promise to have you "out on the dance floor, rocking out to the unknown" at Sky Bar. Locals Juju Fontaine and Sur Block add dimensionality to the lineup.

Following in the tradition of Lee "Scratch" Perry and King Tubby, Tucson's dub/reggae masters Dub Society skank at the Chicago Bar.

Dash Pocket, blazing up-and-comers, play Americana, folk and alt-country at The Parish.

The Eugene Boronow Trio spread bossa nova's heart-warming sound at La Cocina.

Euphoria unleashed. Specto Entertainment presents Back 2 School Edition: Featuring DJ sets by HouseKneckt, Slama B2B Billy Gatt, Gram B2B Bray, Cursor and Karli. Feel the bass shake the walls at Gentle Ben's.

DJs wei, Alex Anders, Lunarfluxx, Pins & Needles and Kody Black kick off another season of late night vibes (and debauchery, perhaps). Project Atlas: Episode III slams at Solar Culture.

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Saturday, Aug. 24

Seanloui presents his latest single, "Bad Things," a simply wicked R&B/Euro pop dance track at Wooden Tooth Records flanked by indie rockers The Rifle and Phoenix rising stars The Deadbeat Cousins.

Under the Sudden Sky, metalcorists Crown The Empire top the bill at Rage Fest with Attila, Veil Of Maya, Gideon and others at Encore.

A brass-propelled Latin fusion soundstream will resound from the rooftop, literally. Santa Pachita are at Playground Bar and Lounge.

Michael P. & The Gullywashers (Americana) ride their big "Pink Bicycle" onto the courtyard at Mercado San Agustin.

Armando Moreno, Crøøked Saints and Juju Fontaine rock at Club Congress, unabashedly.

Benefit Bash for the Hungry finds The Legion of Mario performing the music of Jerry Garcia at Public Brewhouse. Proceeds benefit Felicia's Farm to provide food for Tucson's homeless and vulnerable.

Blues vocalist/violinist Heather "Lil' Mama" Hardy and crew are at Monterey Court.

Blues Hall of Famer guitarist Mike Hebert accompanied by bassist Koko Matsumoto are at Button Brew House in Marana.

Mixing pop, jazz and classical compositions into their repertoire, this eight piece ensemble—comprised of a string quartet and rhythm section—offer a little something for everyone. Hall Full perform for the people at Exo Roast Co.

These desperados make a run for it. Country rockers The County Line kick up some dust at Whiskey Roads.

Country to the core. KIIM-FM 99.5 Country Night features Southern Reins in the Paradiso Lounge at Casino Del Sol.

"A Brain, A Beauty, A Jock, A Rebel and A Recluse." Yes, The Breakfast Club '80s Dance Party explodes with glorious nostalgia. DJ NoirTech spins the hits at the Surly Wench Pub.

The metallic gates of Hades shall part open to release something menacing. Epherum, Conquest Of The Aphids, Decrown The Heir, Sigils Of Summoning and Evasion defile the sanctity of Irene's Holy Donuts.

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Sunday, Aug. 25

True to form, country superstars Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band comprise The Outlaws & Renegades Tour. Pairs well with ice cold beer at the AVA Amphitheatre.

Who says one song can't make a career? The despair of obsessive love captured in "Wicked Game" (1989) triggered a domino effect: A supermodel-cast music video, a mercurial ride to No. 6 on Billboard's Hot 100, a spot in David Lynch's Wild at Heart and a balls-out cover by Finnish gothic metal band HIM. Feel the compulsion when Chris Isaak returns to The Fox Theater.

Hungover? Funk and eggs may be the remedy. Mik and The Funky Brunch serve it up at La Cocina.

Be tragic, or whatever else you may fancy. Tunes From The Crypt finds DJs Nullus and SET spinning goth and industrial from the '80s and '90s to darkwave and witch house from today. Darkness knows no bounds at the Surly Wench Pub.

As the low-watt drone of swamp coolers wears on, acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter/storyteller Kevin Pakulis and his Band offer relief at Borderlands Brewing Company.

The St. Andrew's Bach Society presents The Art of the Fugue with the acclaimed Amernet String Quartet at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

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Claytoon of the Day: How To Tell A Recession Is Coming

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 12:05 PM

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Local artists, We Want to Show Your Artwork at Joel D. Valdez Main Library

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 12:01 PM

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Calling all artists who live or work in Pima County!


Get ready for the next Call to Artists October 17–23. Submit up to five images as examples of your work—not necessarily the pieces you will show—and an artist statement of no more than 250 words. All types of media will be accepted and considered.

A jury—consisting of members of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, the arts community, and library staff—will convene in early November to go through submissions and select artists who will display their work in month-long shows at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library gallery during the 2020 exhibit season.

The Joel D. Valdez Main Library welcomes more than 40,000 visitors each month. This level of visibility is unheard of in a regular art gallery. The space is incredibly visible to a vibrant and growing downtown community.

During the Call to Artists, artists should enter their pieces via Submittable. JPG, TIFF, and PNG files will be accepted. If you don't already have a Submittable account, a valid email address is required to sign up.

Need help applying? Come to our drop-in help session on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Joel D. Valdez Main Library. Bring a flash drive containing your images.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Be simultaneously charmed, offended, and amazed at Gutenberg! The Musical!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 7:06 PM

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Weird.
Irreverent.
Meta.
Nerdy.
Genius.

That would be my laundry list of words to describe Gutenberg! The Musical!, written by Scott Brown and Anthony King, as the debut production for Southern Arizona Performing Arts Company. It’s the perfect show for the person who doesn’t take themselves, or their love of musicals, so seriously that they can’t have fun exploring the tropes and cliches often found in the world of theatre.

Gutenberg! The Musical! is a musical about making a musical. Writers Bud and Doug (played by Carson Wright and Tyler Wright respectively) perform a whirlwind mock-up of their show about the inventor of the printing press, Johannes Gutenberg and the kinda sorta, probably made up, wikipedia-sourced journey of his invention. The show starts with Bud and Doug introducing each other, the musical, and the fact that there are Broadway producers in the audience who hopefully will provide a nod of approval and a contract once they’ve seen the audition. As it progresses, Bud and Doug take on the roles of a variety of characters, delineated by a displayed cache of trucker hats emblazoned with the character’s name (Woman, Beef Fat Trimmer, Daughter, Gutenberg, Monk #2, and more).

Carson and Tyler portray their characters with a grounded humor reminiscent of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. There is a beloved earnestness and sincerity that permeates their comedic choices, making them believable and yet ridiculous (in all the best ways). This groundedness is what really sells the rest of the often cliched wrongness of the story they’re trying to tell. Carson has a fantastically confident agility about him that allows him to glide effortlessly between characters both in voice and in physicality. Tyler has a pointed seriousness about him that gives him the unique ability to deliver absurdity with beautiful patience, keenness and impeccable timing.

Given a suggested PG-13 rating; misogyny, antisemitism and abusive relationships are just some of the interwoven themes of the made-up musical, but because of the grounded portrayal by Carson and Tyler, and the truth of the tropes of which they’re making fun, I found myself laughing out loud again and again. OK, there may have even been a snort (or two). Reminiscent of shows like Book of Mormon and Avenue Q, the sometimes shock value of what was being sai, was absorbed by the sincerity of the actors’ spot-on delivery and the super clever, word-nerd level lyrics.

Carson and Tyler, billed as both directors and designers on the show, were able to do what few self-directed casts can achieve. Often it’s difficult to step outside of the creative brain to add a critical eye to the overall performance. But this production doesn’t suffer from that difficulty. The choreography is prudent, funny and a well-oiled machine. The finesse they display in telling both stories (both of the writers and the actual musical) while physically shifting hats, props, and each other, was incredibly deft and polished. All of this was accented and made even more magical by the actors’ incredible singing voices and their equally talented musical accompanist, Khris Dodge.

The show is being performed at Unscrewed Theater, known typically for its improv comedy. The sparse black-box style theater made for a perfect backdrop for the show. Lighting was sometimes lacking, but almost gave the overall intention of the show a bit more integrity as it’s intended to be a grassroots, self-produced show. There were a few times when there were props or choreography that took place on the proscenium or floor of the stage when I couldn’t see what was happening. This was only frustrating because I didn’t want to miss any of the action.

Go see Gutenberg! The Musical! Laugh at the jokes, sing the songs, and allow Carson, Tyler, and Dodge to simultaneously charm, offend, and amaze you with their utterly brilliant performance.

Gutenberg! The Musical! plays at Unscrewed Theater, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd., for only one more weekend with remaining shows on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2p.m.

Tickets are $25 general admission; $20 military, students, teachers. For details and reservations visit www.sapactucson.org, email boxoffice@sapactucson, or call 520-780-6119.

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There's Still Time to Catch Gutenberg! The Musical!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 12:43 PM

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WHY RESEARCH HISTORY WHEN YOU CAN MAKE IT UP?

In collaboration with Not Those Wright Brothers and Unscrewed Theater, this hit two-man musical spoof is back by popular demand after being nominated for a MAC Award in 2018.

Two desperate songwriters perform a backers’ audition for their new musical about Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud Davenport and Doug Simon (portrayed by real-life brothers Carson and Tyler Wright) sing all the songs and play all the parts in their hilarious historical epic!

Who: Some adult content, PG-13 recommended
When: Thursday, August 22 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 24 – 2 p.m.
Sunday, August 25 – 2 p.m.
Where: Unscrewed Theater
4500 E. Speedway #39
How Much: $25 General
$20 Military, Student, Teacher
$75 for season tickets (4 shows)
All seating is reserved
Tickets: Website: www.sapactucson.org
Call: 520-780-6119
Email: boxoffice@sapactucson.org
David Shack, Box Office Manager

GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL!
CAST

Bud Davenport – Carson Wright
Doug Simon – Tyler Wright
Charles the Pianist – Khris Dodge
Originally Directed and Designed by
Carson and Tyler Wright
Original Production was presented in August 2018 at Catalina Foothills High School by Not Those Wright Brothers

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Investigation Underway in Corrections Officer Death

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 12:23 PM

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The death of Pima County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Officer Brian Krumm is currently under investigation.

Krumm, who served the department for 13 years, was found dead on Wednesday morning inside a secure area of the Pima County Superior Court building downtown.

The officer was on duty when he suffered a fatal gunshot injury at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the department.

Sheriff Mark Napier stated in a press conference last night that there is no danger to the public, and no suspects or persons of interest in this case at the time.

The investigation is ongoing and Napier said that they will release more information when it becomes available.

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The Musical World of Fairy Tales

Come celebrate and enjoy music from favorite fairy tale movies and musicals including Shrek, Wicked, Wizard of… More

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