GOING SOLO. An unusual cast of performance artists comes together for Voices From the Margins: A Singular Festival of Uncommon Artists.
Part of UApresents' solo performance series, the shows feature four "daring and innovative" solo talents on four successive nights.
The series begins tonight with "Romo Sierra Tango," featuring Rinde Eckert. An actor, singer, composer, writer, director and dancer, Eckert has won high praise for his multi-media theatre pieces with groundbreaking companies such as the Paul Dresher Ensemble and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. This one-man show hurtles Shakespeare's Romeo through time and space, resurrecting him as an anguished spirit on the ghostly battlefields of World War I.
Performances continue with "Preaching to the Perverted," by Obie Award-winning playwright Holly Hughes; "Jaywalker," a blend of stand-up and storytelling by Marga Gomez; and "Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop" with theatrical impresario Danny Hoch.
"Rinde Eckert: Romeo Sierra Tango" is at 7 and 9:30 tonight in UA Centennial Hall, inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Series continues at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets for each performance are $25, with discounts for seniors, students and UA employees, For reservations and performance schedule, call the Centennial Hall box office at 621-3341.
HOUND SOUNDS. Traditional Scottish music with a modern bite trots into town with Old Blind Dogs.
Through wildly powerful fiddling and rich percussion, the band builds a remarkably thick wall of acoustic sound. The Dogs include Jim Malcolm on vocals, guitar and harmonica; Jonny Hardie on fiddle and mandolin; Rory Campbell on Scottish pipes, whistle and vocals; Buzzby McMillian on electric bass and cittern; and percussion -- including reggae and African riffs -- by Shetland Islander Paul Jennings. (See "The Jig Is Up" in last week's issue of The Weekly for details.)
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $14 and $12, with a $1 discount for TFTM members, available at Hear's Music, Antigone Books, and by calling 327-4809.
URBAN SPRAWL. There's no better place for prime people-watching than the Fourth Avenue Street Fair. Toss in a couple of cold Buds, a few curly fries, a touch of melody, and you're talking sensory nirvana.
This annual party sprawls across the weekend with some 400 fine crafts booths, tons o' eclectic chow, and entertainment ranging from rock 'n' roll to palm readings by New Age navel-gazers.
With four stages roaring along, this year's fair promises to be a true urban blockbuster. The musical menu includes Jim Tilden, Al Foul and The Shakes, Marshal Jones and Jupiter Dave, among many others.
The street fair overtakes Fourth Avenue today through Sunday between University Boulevard and Ninth Street. Call 624-5004 for details.
BORDER LINES. If you think battling our nation's Goliaths is tough, try Mexico, where corruption in the halls of officialdom and big business is rife. That's what the people of Cumpas are up against, as they attempt to rid their little Sonoran town of a Molymex metals refinery that has killed crops, left citizens with horrific blood-lead levels, and is suspected for causing a spike in local birth defect rates.
Cumpas is only about 100 miles south of Agua Prieta, but seems worlds away as residents seek assistance from north of the border. Fortunately, that gap shrinks tonight with the arrival of several denizens of the beleaguered town, guests of honor at a community discussion and dinner hosted by the Tucson-based Southern Arizona Alliance for Economic Justice. Speakers include Rosa Maria O'Leary of Alianza Civica and Armando Gallego from the Committee for the Environmental Defense of Cumpas. Both have been jailed for protesting the refinery.
Potluck discussion meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Quaker Friends Meeting House, 931 N. Fifth Ave. Bring a hot dish to share. For details, call 623-7306.
FAERY FUN. Bask in the twinkling glow of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle's premiere Faery Festival.
With the help of top writers Charles de Lint, Terri Windling and Ellen Steiber, this all-age party invites "all who believe in the world of fantasy, myth and legend" to join them in a "faery wonderland for irresistible merriment." The party includes sorcerers, dragons, elves, pixies and more wizards than you can shake a wand at.
Festival begins at 7:30 tonight, and continues at 1 p.m. tomorrow, in Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle's Toys, 4811 E. Grant Road. Tickets are $10, $5 for children, and available by calling 326-0188. Reservations are required.
LANES O' LOVE. Show your affection for all creatures great and small at Cops and Kids: United Against Animal Cruelty.
This fundraising bowl-a-thon pits TPD, the Pima County Sheriff's Department and Humane Society folks in a stiff competition, with proceeds going to anti-cruelty initiatives. All kids ages 18 and under are invited to play. Highlighting the hijinks is Moose, a boxer-mix who bowls with his well-toned snout. Prizes galore and plenty of pizza round out the proceedings.
Bowling begins at noon in Lucky Strike Bowl, 4015 E. Speedway Blvd. Advance registration is $10 by phone at 321-3704. Registration is $15 at the door.
RED-HOT REVIEW. Catch a spicy performance when New Kiva Motions Puppet Theatre presents Hot Chiles.
Geared for kids ages 5 and up, the capsicum-laced extravaganza features a story of true cowboy adventure, chile-on-the-street interviews, and the famous bilingual rap ditty "Hot Chiles." Audience members are invited to participate in this peppery treat.
Show time is 3 p.m. in the Red Barn Theatre, 948 N. Main Ave. Tickets are $3, or $5 for two children. Call 883-9085 for information.
PESCADO PARTY. Take a dip in the musical depths when Fishbone glides into town.
Veterans of plum gigs ranging from Lollapalooza's main stage to appearances on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and MTV, Fishbone is still traveling the high road. After two gritty decades, core members Angelo, Wood and Dirty Walt remain firmly in the groove with their signature blend of rock, punk, soul, funk, ska, word-jazz and reggae. And they haven't stopped growing: "Right now, Fishbone is going through another period of reincarnation," Angelo says. "We're remaking ourselves like Freddie Krueger, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, ya know? Re-re-rising.
"It's that whole new blood-transfusion, Frankenstein job, and it always takes a little time to adjust to a new organ. But it's happening, and we're ready to go."
Easing the transition is guitarist Tracey "Spacey T" Singleton, a veteran of Black Rock pioneers Sound Barrier and Mother's Finest. According to reports, Spacey T can slip deftly from the "shredding, freakazoid power of his idols Eddie Hazel and Jimi Hendrix to chop out crisp, cut-glass rhythms." Spacey puts his latest experience this way: "I learned about 45 Fishbone songs in, like, two days!"
Opening the show are Slightly Stoopid, Too Rude and M.C. Rev. Fun Yung Moon.
Catch the wave at 7:30 p.m. in the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Advance tickets are $18, available at Zip's University, Congress Street Store, CD Depot, Guitars Etc. and Strictly CDs. Tickets cost $20 at the door. Call 887-4351 for details.
SIPPING SOIREE. Enjoy steaming serenity when Lhasa Tizer hosts The Spirit of Tea.
"In the simple art of tea, the ancient sages recognized the mysterious, eternal Tao," Tizer says. "The mystery of tea lay in its unique ability to awaken the senses while it soothed the body. Drinking the magic elixir engendered a deeply reflective state of equanimity as it fostered feelings of kinship with one's fellow beings, and an appreciation for all of nature."
Quite a burden for delicate little leaves. But Tizer, an accredited wellness and nutritional counselor, is up to the task with 15 years of tea and meditation practice under her belt.
Catch the Spirit of Tea from 1 to 4 p.m. today. Cost is $25. For reservations, location and other information, call 321-3670.
COSMIC DEBRIS. Sure, we all blow up from time to time. But even the nastiest human tantrum pales when compared to intergalactic furies.
Enter Dr. Philip Pinto of the UA Steward Observatory. Tonight, he discusses disturbances on a grand scale as part of the observatory's ongoing lecture series. And we're talking ongoing as in some 76 years of thought-provoking discussion. As always, participants get to catch skyward glimpses through a 21-inch telescope following the presentation.
Free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Steward Observatory, Room 210, on the UA campus north of the main Mall and west of Cherry Avenue. Call 621-5049 for details.
LYRIC SOUL. The poignant world of verse comes alive tonight when Chax Press and POG present a poetry reading with Julia Blumenreich and Gil Ott.
Blumerich's work has been published in Texture, Raddle Moon, Brief, 6ix, Gallery Works, Chain, and a plethora of other literary journals. She teaches elementary school in Philadelphia, and boasts a literature fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Awaiting publication of his new book, Traffic, Gil Ott already has several titles to his credit, including Maize, The Children, For the Salamander, within range, and The Whole Note. He is founder and director of Singing Horse Press, now entering its 23rd year of publication.
Reading begins at 7 p.m. in Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. A donation is suggested. For information, call 620-1626.
BIRD BRAINS. Gaze upon our feathered friends and learn scads about them on early morning walks hosted by the Southern Arizona Bird Observatory.
SABO's hikes traverse the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area near Sierra Vista, and Carr Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains. These three-hour nature outings begin an hour after sunrise, when birds are most active.
San Pedro walks take off each Tuesday, today through May 30, and July 4 through September 19. Carr Canyon treks are each Thursday from April 6 through June 1, and July 6 through September 21. Cost is $12, $8 for SABO members. For times and other information, call (520) 432-1388.
EXPERIENCE REVEALED. "The human experience of religion, love, death and hope" is painter Catherine Eyde's subject matter, and she displays these trappings of human existence in a new show at the Etherton Temple Gallery.
Her most common motifs, including skeletons, birds and iconic women in variously colored vestments, are now joined by rabbits and doves. To Eyde, these images are "meant to take the viewer on a surreal journey through the lives of the characters," and take on a life that is halfway between abstraction and symbol.
Catherine Eyde: Recent Paintings continues through April 8 in the Temple Gallery, on the second level of the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and prior to performances. For details, call 624-7370.
HIGH STRUNG. Join the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music when they present the Vogler String Quartet.
Ranked among the best of many fine string quartets currently emerging from Germany, the ensemble tackles several works, including "Minimax" by Paul Hindemith, "Quartet, Op. 3" by Alban Berg, and Beethoven's "Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major."
Show time is 8 p.m. in the TCC Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are $15, $5 for students, and available by calling 577-3769.