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LONG-RANGE LENS: Former Los Angeles Times photographer José Galvez has spent decades documenting his heritage. Now 50 of his best pieces celebrate his time on earth in Fifty for Fifty, a new exhibit in the Tucson Museum of Art.

Starting with his extended family, Galvez soon branched out to cover aspects and events of the world from a Latino perspective. From Chicano demonstrations against the Vietnam War to a cousin's quinceñera, he's always been on the edge of the action with his camera focused. During his 10-year stint with the Times, Galvez continued this documentary project, eventually landing a Pulitzer Prize for his work.

Fifty for Fifty: Photographs by José Galvez continues through June 18 in the TMA, 140 N. Main Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 624-2333 for details.

PAST HAUNTS: In the summer of 1999, members of Desert Archaeology uncovered the former homesite of Francisco Solano Léon and his family. They found a porcelain teapot, jewelry, religious paraphernalia and other artifacts. The discovery also provided an excellent chance to study Tucson's Mexican heritage through the trappings of one family.

The find also resulted in The Léon Family Legacy, a new exhibit in the Arizona Historical Society's Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House Museum. Born here in 1819, Francisco Léon served as a Mexican soldier and later became an Arizona territorial legislator and local civic leader.

The fascinating display includes the various artifacts, along with Léon family photos and other information from the AHS archives.

The Léon Family Legacy continues through June 30 in the Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave., in the TCC complex. For details, call 622-0956.

FLORAL VERSE: Enjoy fine verse among the flora with Poetry at Tucson Botanical Gardens on Sunday, April 14.

Today's reading features Alison Deming and Pamela Uschuk. A former director of the UA Poetry Center, Deming boasts numerous awards for her poetry and nonfiction. Uschuk recently published her first book-length collection of poems, Finding Peaches in the Desert.

Food and beverages will be served.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and the reading begins at 6 p.m. in the TBG, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Advance tickets are available for $5 at the TBG gift shop, Antigone Books, Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea, and the Book Stop. For information, call 326-9686.

PATCHWORK PUZZLER: Earlene Fowler signs her new book, Seven Sisters, at Clues Unlimited.

Coincidentally, this is the seventh Fowler whodunit to feature folk art museum coordinator and ex-rancher Benni Harper. And like her other mysteries, it takes its title and plot -- in this case, families torn apart by divided loyalties -- from a quilt pattern.

Fowler is a three-time Agatha Award nominee, and currently a contender for the much-coveted Edgar Award.

Earlene Fowler appears from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, in Clues Unlimited, 123 S. Eastbourne, in the Broadway Village at Broadway Boulevard and County Club Road. Call 326-8533 for details.

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