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HERE TO STAY: The spoken word scales new heights with a Tucson appearance by Grito Serpentino, a Chicano grassroots group from San Jose, California.

This young band of Latino writers and performers has transformed the classical Chicano and Nuyorican poetry forms by incorporating rap, funk and other music into a new performance-oriented music teatro, performance art with "a good helping of chicanismo."

Their highly stylized, bilingual poetry with rhythm and attitude represents a fresh voice the San Jose Mercury News calls "a thought-provoking array of poetry against a backdrop of diverse musical styles."

Show time is 8 p.m. in the PCC Black Box Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $5, based on ability to pay. For details, call 322-9021.

ALTERNATIVE EXIT: The Alternate Routes media series puts a wrap on its summer season with The Arizona Show.

This juried program of independently produced film, video and digital works by artists statewide includes plenty of eccentric works, ranging from documentaries to experimental digital projects. Themes are likewise wide-ranging, from a documentary about disability and the wheelchair life, to a video essay on the disappearance of grizzlies, explorations of sexual identity, and several short fictional narratives.

Alternate Routes is presented by the UA Dept. of Media Arts, in collaboration with several university and non-university groups including Pan Left Productions and Access Tucson.

The free screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, in the UA Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 202, at the northeast corner of Speedway and Mountain Avenue. For more information, call 621-7352.

GETTIN' ALONG: In this contentious world, there seems to be a battle raging everywhere you turn. That's why it's crucial to at least keep peace on your home turf.

That's where PRO Neighborhoods comes in. They'll host a free workshop called Resolving Conflict in Neighborhood Work, with input from Our Town Family Center's Community Mediation Program.

The discussion tackles the root causes of neighborhood conflict, various types of mediation and their appropriate use; how to achieve effective neighborhood collaboration; and using volunteer mediators. Events are free and open to all.

PRO Neighborhoods is short for People, Resources and Organization in Support of Neighborhoods. This civil-minded partnership between the City of Tucson, Pima County, the United Way of Great Tucson and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona offers technical assistance and small grants in the greater Tucson area. Gatherings such as this are offered throughout the year to build harmony all over the Old Pueblo.

Join them from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, in the Northwest Neighborhood Center, 2160 N. Sixth Ave. Call 882-5885 for details.

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