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TALK ABOUT ISSUES. Kimberly Fox's multimedia sculpture involves some pretty heavy stuff.

Like what?

Like the natural cycle of a relationship--Fox says those are birth, life, death and reincarnation--love addiction, and a biracial lesbian relationship affected by social marginalization and disdain.

Fox sums up her work with a wordy title: "The Reincarnation of Anna Arkadyevna Karenina: Soul Mate-Checkmate." She says the sculpture "embraces the dichotomy between the joy of relationship and the suffering of relationship death."

While it almost seems like this piece should be larger than life, it is at least life-size, measuring an impressive 6-foot-1. It's a three-dimensional self-portrait made of resin and fiberglass, which results in a translucent effect. The work also incorporates layers of text, photographs and various objects.

Check out Fox's intriguing work at the Shane House Gallery, 218 S. Fourth Ave., in an opening and reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Additional showings are scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. on July 7, 14 and 21. For more information, call 629-0994 or 622-1917.

LOCAL POET TO READ. UA grad Richard Siken joins standout poet Joshua Poteat for readings Friday.

The University of Arizona Poetry Center recently announced that Poteat is the winner of the Poetry Center's 2001 summer residency program.

Poteat received his MFA in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has been published in several journals, including Columbia and Lullwater Review. Poteat is also the recent winner of the Marlboro Prize.

Poteat's appearance will also feature readings by local poet Richard Siken.

Siken is a graduate of the University of Arizona MFA program in poetry. He has published his work in several distinguished magazines, and his poem "The Dislocated Room" was selected to be included in The Best American Poetry 2000.

He is the recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts grant and a Pushcart Prize. Siken is also a founding editor of Spork magazine.

This is the ninth year of the summer residency program, which provides a $500 stipend, a quiet place to write for one month and access to the extensive special collection of books, periodicals, audio-visual recordings, photographs and broadsides at the Poetry Center. Entries are received from across the country and juried anonymously by a selection committee.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. For more information, call 626-3765 or visit www.coh.arizona.edu/poetry.

GET IN GEAR. If you've never taken a Platypus camping, listen up.

If you've been hiking or camping much in Arizona, you know how important hydration is.

But forget those clunky old canteens out in the garage; drinking water is serious business these days. A Platypus is a great collapsible water bag that weighs next to nothing.

Check out Gearing Up for Hydration, a free event at Summit Hut to find out how much to drink, how often, and how to carry all that water. Lessons cover the basics of staying properly quenched, the difference between water filtration and purification, sports drinks/electrolytes, and different ways to carry and drink the right beverage for you.

You may even win hydration gear from Platypus by Cascade Design during the event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. For more information, call 325-1554 or visit www.summithut.com.

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