Sing and Quote-A-Long Edition
The Labyrinth New Year’s Eve Party and Masquerade Ball!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 AT 11:00PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 • LOFT MEMBERS: $12
PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT ACCEPT PASSES OR GROUPONS FOR THIS SCREENING
Costume Contest at approx. 11:15pm; Film begins promptly at 11:45pm.
“Prepare to dance magic dance as we ring in the New Year and celebrate the great David Bowie with a late-night screening of the ‘80s classic, Labyrinth, in a brand-new interactive SING AND QUOTE-A-LONG edition, featuring custom onscreen subtitles that will help you live the fantasy with Jareth, Sarah, Hoggle and friends!
Through dangers untold and hardships un-numbered, we know you’ve been patiently waiting to party with Jareth and all his Goblin pals on The Loft Cinema’s big screen. Well, the 13th hour will strike enough! Featuring a Labyrinth Costume Contest before the movie (time to break out those capes and cod pieces!), pre-show Bowie music videos, fun props to use during the movie and a free champagne toast at midnight! And don’t forget to wear a “Masquerade Ball” mask less you miss out on all the magic! But fear not: we’ll also have a “make your own mask” table where you can craft your own mask on the spot, while supplies last!
The movie starts promptly at 11:45pm, so that Sarah’s introduction to the Labyrinth and the Goblin King’s 13 Hour Clock will happen right at the stroke of midnight!
Sulky fifteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is so resentful of her baby brother Toby that she hopes he will just disappear. Her dream becomes reality when goblins kidnap the boy–but Sarah unexpectedly finds herself horrified by the loss. So she sets forth to retrieve him, and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. To accomplish her goal, she will somehow have to reach the center of the fantastical Labyrinth where the wicked, baby-stealing Goblin King, Jareth (David Bowie, who performs two killer songs and wears one of the greatest leather jumpsuit/cape/cod piece combos of all-time) has imprisoned the lad. But the task is easier said than done, for the maze is filled with strange creatures, mind-bending puzzles and dangerous obstacles (like the Bog of Eternal Stench!) that threaten to keep Sarah apart from her brother forever! Directed by Muppet-master Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas and penned by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Labyrinth is a distinctive, beautifully designed (love that MC Escher-inspired staircase!), and often freaky dark fantasy for all ages. (Dir. by Jim Henson, 1986, USA, 101 mins., Rated PG)”
By Michael Bryan
Arizona has become one of the few states that are key to control of the U.S. Senate in 2018. With Flake declining to run for re-election and McCain facing the end of his life, both of Arizona’s Senate seats are in flux at a time when electoral tides are strongly disadvantaging Republicans. When McCain inevitably lays down his duties and resigns, one would expect there will be a wide field of both Democratic and Republican candidates vying for Arizona’s two open Senate seats.
One of the most salient players in this drama has remained purposefully and stubbornly obscure as to her next moves, however: Representative Martha McSally. While it is widely known that her ambition, and her current intention, is to move up to the Senate, she has remained stubbornly non-committal regarding launching a campaign for Flake’s seat in 2018.
She is certain to run for Senate; she has already recruited (and McSally’s political shop is running the nascent campaign of) Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO/President Lea Márquez-Peterson to try to succeed her. Since it seems certain that she plans on departing her current office for the Senate, but is passing up weeks of fund-raising and earned media in a primary against her main rival for the nomination for Flake’s seat, Kelli Ward, what could explain her current passivity?
McSally simply doesn’t plan to enter the primary for Flake’s seat. She expects to take over McCain’s seat, likely well before the primary election next year — probably before the end of this year.
Appointment to replace McCain provides several advantages to McSally. She would likely quash any primary challenge merely by occupying the seat, especially if she is perceived as McCain’s own choice to replace him. Even if she does not quash all opposition, incumbency conveys powerful advantages against both primary and general election challengers. Appointment to McCain’s seat also avoids an unpleasant primary contest with Ward, which would serve to further irritate the far-right Trumpian faction of Arizona’s Republicans, whom McSally has already irritated more than once.
Governor Ducey, likely with the knowledge and blessing of McCain, must be planning to appoint McSally to fill McCain’s seat when he resigns due to his failing health. It is unlikely that McSally would sit on the sidelines like this if she did not have assurances that the appointment to McCain’s seat was hers.
So, I make a few predictions:
- McCain will announce his immediate resignation from the Senate before or at the end of this session of the Senate on December 29, 2017.
- McCain will make it known that McSally has his support to be appointed to his seat.
- Ducey will appoint McSally to McCain’s seat.
- McSally will run for the remainder of McCain’s term in the 2018 election substantially or completely unopposed in the Republican primary.
From Perimeter Bicycling website for 106, 76, 54, 37 and 28 mile rides :
I apologize for the late posting but I have a good excuse. Been sick with bronchitis this week, so Even Bloggers Get the Blues. I also missed the Tugo Bike Share launch yesterday at Catalina Park.
Congrats to all riders.
This is a short one.
Our friend, John Huppenthal, has taken to commenting under a pseudonym again. This time, Thucydidees, an intentional misspelling of Thucydides.
I’ve made an executive decision here, at least for purposes of my posts. If John wants to comment using a pseudonym, he can do so, but it has to be “Thucky.” That’s the name we know him by here.
For those interested, Bernie Sanders’ team has a new video out, which includes a few clips from an obscure Arizona tax attorney. Were I not so technologically challenged, I’d have the video embedded here, but I’m afraid the best I can do is paste in a link.
Bernie Sanders’ Facebook page