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CERAMICS SALE. Check out this ceramics and pottery sale for some great buys on handmade pottery, sculptures and one-of-a-kind clay creations.

The sale, held every spring and fall, benefits educational activities including visiting artists and field trips to national conferences. It's sponsored by Associated Students of the University of Arizona Art/Clayworks Club and Graduate Ceramics Alliance.

If you're not sure, consider this: If you buy a cup at the sale, organizers will fill it with coffee.

The sale is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Ceramics Studio, 1200 N. Mountain Ave. For more information, please call Aurore Chabot at 621-3136 or visit www.arts.arizona.edu/art.

POPULAR POPULIST. Spend an evening getting to know the guy who wrote If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us Candidates.

Jim Hightower, one of the country's most outspoken authors, speaks his mind with a healthy dose of humor. His is a ticklish straight-talking, anti-establishment approach.

Hightower is doing "Breaking the Rules," a benefit for Primavera Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting economic and social justice.

The evening with Hightower begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $25 and are available at Antigone Books, Silverbell Trading, Reader Oasis and Primavera Services. For more information, please call 882-5383.

THE MEASURE OF A MAN. What is the measure of a man's life?

Is it success? Love? Friendship?

Ray Henriques has them all, and more, but just lately, the sum of all these things is not enough.

But Ray is hardly alone in his quest for more, a deeper meaning to it all. His lover, Jesse, has a deadline for his search--death by AIDS.

And there is Mike Tedesco, a married father of two, who is looking for the heart of masculinity.

These characters and their crossing lives form the background for Felice Picano's Onyx, a multifaceted exploration of love, motivation and the sometimes hollow center beneath a polished surface.

Picano, whose other books include Like People in History and The Book of Lies, will be reading from Onyx and signing copies of the book at 7 p.m. Friday at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. For more information, please call 792-3715.

MONTHLY BIKE SHOW. Turn out to Kickstart Grill Friday for its monthly motorbike show.

The exhibition of motorcycles - everything from American big twins to foreign cruisers, is a great way for enthusiasts to feed the need and novices to learn more about motorcycling.

Owners who want to enter their bikes should do so between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday evening. The exhibit opens at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the evening. Livewire provides the music at Kickstart, 8987 E. Tanque Verde Road. For more information, please call 760-3013.

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