Folk Yeah!

Folk Yeah!

This week, we feature the latest book from Big Jim Griffith, the famed local folklorist and founder of Tucson Meet Yourself, as well as preview Meet Yourself which takes place this weekend.


Police Dispatch

Some guys in an SUV got away with reeking of weed—and even having a small amount of it in the car—maybe because they didn’t fail to amuse the cops who pulled them over (at least a little), according to an Oro Valley Police Department report.

Raising the Deep End

There have been several drownings in the DoubleTree Hotel's pool. Pima County Health Department said discussions are currently taking place about adopting the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code.

Three’s Company

With Democrat Shirley Scott giving up her City Council seat after six terms, three candidates are vying to replace her in southeast side Ward 4.

The Skinny

Could Sen. Martha McSally have picked a worse week to stand right next to Vice President Mike Pence as she works to win over the voters who rejected her just a year ago?


Dear guy on the far side of the political chasm: Things are getting out of hand, but I sincerely believe that you and I—two diametrically opposite people, politically—can do something about it.

Cultural As Folk

Big Jim Griffith, the famed folklorist who has made a career of studying the unique blend of cultures in Baja Arizona and Sonora. At 84, he has just published his ninth book, Saints, Statues and Stories: A Folklorist Looks at the Religious Art of Sonora, gleaned from years of travel in the Mexican state that is Arizona’s neighbor.

Bite-Sized Culture

October in Tucson means it’s time for one of the most beloved—not to mention tasty—events of the year: the Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival. Every year, Tucson Meet Yourself focuses on bringing the community together through folklife traditions, such as cultural dances, art, music and food.

Living Legends

For our final introductory story, we move to the town of Aconchi on the Río Sonora, where the mission church once contained a life-sized crucifix with a black corpus, known both as Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas (Our Lord of Esquipulas, a Guatemalan devotion) and El Cristo Negro de Aconchi (The Black Christ of Aconchi; Griffith 1995, 87–108).

Crop Up

Once referred to as “the Devil’s lettuce,” farmers are lining up to grow hemp in eye-popping numbers, with a 550 percent leap in growing acreage in 2019 as 34 states have already licensed cultivation of a cannabis byproduct industry that is still in its infancy.

Pink of Health

This week, Tucson Local Media is celebrating earning 29 awards from the Arizona Newspapers Association’s annual competition. We also have a special cover section this week dedicated to the battle against breast cancer.

Tucson Fest

For 2019, TENWEST is being described as an “Impact Festival,” as opposed to an “Innovation Festival” as in previous years. While the 2018 festival sought to expand beyond business and into arts and education, the 2019 festival is more than an expansion. It’s nearly a reinvention.

Police Dispatch

A woman found reeking of weed and passed out behind the wheel of a running car was probably high on more than marijuana, according to a Marana Police Department Report.

Gourd Willing

Matt Harper’s pumpkin carving exploits caught the attention of the Food Network, which put him on a team of Halloween decorators who are competing in this year’s Halloween Wars.


Tom remembers when Smokey Robinson's music was the soundtrack to the parties of his youth.

Shameless Self Promotion

Under the leadership of publisher Jason Joseph and executive editor Jim Nintzel, Tucson Weekly and the Tucson Local Media family of publications brought home 29 awards in this year’s Arizona Newspapers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest and Excellence in Advertising competition, including 10 first-place awards.

Cannabis on Campus

No journey gets underway until the proverbial first step is taken and that happened last week in a cannabis symposium on the University of Arizona campus. Yes, a full day of discussion on the world’s oldest pharmacopeia that dates back to 2,700 BC, but today is still classified as a Schedule I drug by the feds.

Facing Cancer Without Insurance

The road to a cancer diagnosis and through cancer treatment is often something like being in a pinball machine moving in slow motion. Without insurance, there’s the added obstacle of figuring out how to pay for all of this.

A Guiding Hand

Through their Reach to Recovery program, ACS recruits breast cancer survivors across the country to work as volunteers. Based on information about their diagnosis, treatments and other characteristics, the volunteers are matched with current breast cancer patients, whom they schedule meetings with to discuss the patients’ issues and provide support from a person who has experienced it.

Capes of strength

A new exhibition at the Ventana Gallery at Roche Tissue Diagnostics is turning medical equipment into empowerment for local cancer patients.

Big Strides

Today, there are 3.5 million breast cancer survivors alive in the United States. Due to an increase in awareness, prevention methods, mammograms and free screenings, more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before!

Events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Here are several events this month in honor of breast cancer awareness.

Bursting With Pride

This week, Jeff Gardner gives you the lowdown on what’s happening at Pride this year; Emily Dieckman tells an amazing story about gay adoption; Jamie Verwys gets a kick out of an LGBT-oriented self-defense course; and Lee Allen takes a look at what’s happening with Tucson’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Hack the Vote

Punctuated by honks of support from cars passing through the intersection of Congress Street and Granada Avenue, individuals took to a makeshift podium on the street corner to speak about why they believe it’s imperative that the federal government invest in voting machine security and ensure that every vote in the 2020 election is counted and properly audited.

Police Dispatch

A University of Arizona student who’d been smoking a lot of weed was, well, basically just too high.

Schoolhouse Funds

Although the state government started putting dollars back into public education, school districts like Amphitheater Public Schools continue to turn to nearby homeowners to fill the funding gap so local kids can receive a quality education.

The Skinny

A coalition of interests is about to roll out against Sanctuary City initiative.

Pride and Joy

History runs deep at this year’s Tucson Pride, and not just because this year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which are widely regarded as the catalyst for the modern fight for gay rights in the United States. More than a festival, for 2019, Tucson Pride is expanding into education and historic preservation.

The Most Traditional Family You've Ever Met

The perfect gay lifestyle, as far as Steve Zeidman was concerned when he came out in 1989, involved a condo, a boyfriend and a golden retriever. “That,” he says, “was sort of a complete gay family.”

Fighting Back

A local Krav Maga studio aims to protect people through a series of free, self-defense classes specifically catered to the LGBTQA community.

A Strong Voice

Tucson’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Chamber of Commerce is an advocacy group with economic muscle.

Who’s a Feel-Good Boy?

In 2018, consumers spent $48 million on hemp-derived CBD products for their pets, according to New Frontier Data, a global analytics firm specializing on growth in the cannabis industry. By 2022, the data firm expects that number to grow to $298 million in industry sales. 


After a couple days of fall-like weather, we forget all about how nasty the summer was. So, with all the good times just ahead, I think I’ll shed some negativity.

Sanctuary Skirmish

This week we invited Tucson Families Free & Together campaign director Zaira Emiliana Livier to argue in favor of prop 205 and Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik to argue against it.

Police Dispatch

After being thrown out of the University Medical Center, a bum-baring woman—apparently psychologically, not physically, afflicted—wanted to be left alone but didn’t want to leave, according to a University of Arizona Police Department report.

Fighting Words

After an outpouring of anger, along with a rallying cry for justice from the University of Arizona’s student body, two white undergraduate students were arrested for an attack on a black student last week. 

Second Chance

As the city grapples with a crashing market for recyclable materials, several big changes are on the horizon, including a reduction of collection service to every other week and a warning that residents who continue to throw trash into their recycling bins may lose the service altogether.


I’ve lost 100 pounds once and 80 pounds a different time and it just goes right back on. I hate being a cliché. I’m going to do it one more time just to show myself that I can. No surgery, no medication, and, alas, no Popeye’s Chicken.


Proposition 205, also known as Tucson Families Free and Together, is a citizen-led “sanctuary city” initiative that intends to limit Tucson Police Department officers’ ability to work on immigration-related policing and collaborate with federal immigration agencies, such as ICE and CBP.

Vote No on Prop 205

Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik writes why you should vote no on Prop 205.

Vote Yes on Prop 205

Zaira Emiliana Livier, a campaign director for Tucson Families Free & Together, writes why you should vote yes on Prop. 205.

Mainstream Meds

Once the federal Farm Bill of 2018 got passed, the one containing a provision that legalized the non-psychoactive cannabis that gives up CBD, the whole CBD market took off like a rocket because with newly emerging scientific data, the potential of CBD and other hemp products appears to be endless.

Now and Then

Jim introduces the latest Tucson Weekly.

Police Dispatch

A man who’d clearly not breakfasted gave new meaning to the term “hangry” when caught stealing an armful of convenience-store junk food by University of Arizona cops, according to a UA Police Department report.

Letter Degrade

It turns out that publicly dismissing the LGBT community as a collection of “perverts” and “degenerates” might not be great for your professional career.

Troubled Dreams

Two years after the trump administration announced plans to kill Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program still has a pulse—though advocates worry about how long that might last.

Smoke Signals

If you want an idea of how far the idea of legal cannabis has come, just check out the day-long symposium on marijuana being held on the University of Arizona campus under the aegis of the UA College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Science, and the BIO5 Institute.

A Dying Institution

By the time we left the hospital five days later, Sophie had both the official Trisomy 21 diagnosis (so-called because Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs when a third 21st chromosome appears during conception) and a referral to a pediatric cardiologist for a heart defect.


You don’t have to be mentally ill to become a mass shooter

In Your Streams

Jim introduces the content of the latest edition of Tucson Weekly

Sex Talk

Tucson’s largest school district may soon introduce changes to their sex education curriculum that some families see as an affront to their cultural and moral values. But supporters of the new material say it could improve the ability of students to make key life choices and better understand their bodies.

Digital Debate

For a long time, publishers—who have the rights to print and digital copies of their books—have sold their econtent to libraries at a higher price than what an individual buyer might find online.


While most media outlets were focused on the Democratic primary, the other person in the race was making a move that would greatly strengthen his position heading into the general election. For, on that same day, Independent candidate Ed Ackerley went to court and had his name legally changed to NOT Regina Romero. Suddenly, we have a race.

Tech highway

As the Arizona Department of Transportation finishes up work on their I-10 Picacho Widening and Improvement Project, they are also introducing their Dust Detection and Warning System.

Police Dispatch

A “dude” who’d been hanging out on the couches at the University of Arizona’s Student Union was caught masturbating in a restroom there, according to a UA Police Department report.

Weekend At Donnie’s

Here’s something that many think but few state—the President of the United States is, mentally speaking, rapidly falling apart before the nation’s eyes.

Saints Alive!

A collection of sordid, introspective stories from Arizona suburbs and elsewhere are coming to a streaming service near you! Twelve short films based on Tucson Weekly writer Brian Smith’s book Spent Saints will land on Amazon Prime later this month.

The Skinny

Tucson city councilmember Regina Romero won the three-way Democratic primary for mayor of Tucson last Tuesday, Aug. 27, overpowering former state lawmaker Steve Farley and downtown developer Randi Dorman.

Double Whammy

Vibe: Chill and welcoming Strains: Dozens of sativa and indica strains sold in quantities from a gram up, with pre-packaged flower deals and pre-rolls available.


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