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Thursday 19

SEASONAL STRINGS. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra goes south with Mexican flair, featuring acclaimed guitarist Sharon Isbin.

She'll perform Manuel Ponce's joyous Concierto del Sur for guitar and orchestra. The Boston Globe calls her playing "colorful, enormously supple and graced with remarkable technical resources." Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim says Isbin is "a true soceress, an incomparable master of guitar."

The TSO will also tackle works by Arturo Márquez, Silvestre Revueltas and Carlos Chávez." The show "offers a view of Mexico's rich musical heritage from the classical era up to the 1990s," says conductor and music director George Hanson.

Pre-concert talks are at 7 p.m., followed by performances at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow in the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $10.75 to $33, and are available at the TSO box office, or by calling 882-8585.

LEAPS OF FAITH. UA dancers go bebop with their Jazz in AZ Open Concert.

The ninth annual showcase will feature choreography by faculty members Sam Watson, Susan Quinn, Amy Ernst and Michael Williams, and guest choreographer Richard Havey of Zurich.

The "short and sweet" program includes the premiere of "Purple Suspenders and a Yellow Tie," a high-spirited tap piece put to music by Ingrid Lucia, and "Flying Neutrinos," a stylistic swing piece by Neutrinos. Also on the roster are Watson's wild comedy "Tsetse Fly" and Quinn's "Swingle Singers," a lyrical jazz dream piece.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. in the UA Crowder Hall, on the southeast corner of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway Boulevard and Park Avenue. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors; they're available at the UA fine arts box office, or by calling 621-1162.


Friday 20

DARKNESS REVISITED. Philip Glass joins the Kronos Quartet to revisit the Dark Prince with a performance of the 1931 Dracula film score.

This unique performance and screening "redefines the movie," Newsday says, "giving dignity and romanticism to Lugosi's penetrating gaze."

Glass produced the work at the request of Universal Pictures, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Tod Browning's horror classic. "Many films have been made based on Dracula since the original in 1931," Glass says. "However, none is equal to the original in eloquence or the sheer power to move us."

Show time is 8 p.m. in the UA Centennial Hall, inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Tickets range from $16 to $28, and are available at the Centennial Hall box office, or by calling 621-3341.

COURTING DANGER. Interpersonal intrigue and lots of hanky panky meld in Christopher Hampton's Les Liasons Dangereuses, presented by the UA Repertory Theatre.

Directed by Brent Gibbs, this drama sets sex, power and strategies of seduction within the porous confines of a decadent morality tale. Culprits in this furtive scheming are the cynical Marquise de Meurtuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, who plot their vicious sport of sexual conquest against innocent victims.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow in the UA Laboratory Theatre, on the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway Boulevard and Park Avenue. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, October 26 through 28, and November 2 through 4. Matinee performances are 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 29 and November 5, and Saturday, November 4. Tickets are $18, $16 for UA employees and seniors, $12 for students, and are available at the UA fine arts box office or by calling 621-1162.

INNOVATIVE STEPS. Ballet Tucson moves through an inventive repertoire with Dance and Art.

The evening will showcase talented local artists including Steven Derks, Georgia Schwartz, Craig Clements and Pasqualina Azzarello, in collaboration with the Ballet Tucson Dancers.

Show times are 7 p.m. today and tomorrow in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $15, and are available by calling 623-3373.


Saturday 21

BRAU-ABOUT. Strap on your lederhosen and hit the trail with the Tucson Volkssport Walking Klub.

Today these dedicated trekkers will host a 10-kilometer stroll through the extensive pecan groves near Sahuarita. And best of all, it won't cost you one thin deutschmark.

The hike runs from 8 to 11 a.m., beginning at the Country Valley Pecan Company Store, 1625 E. Sahuarita Road. Call 298-4340 for information.

LEAPING LEOTARDS. Ballet Arizona leaps into its new season with Autumn Repertory.

Performances include "Serenade," George Balanchine's first work created in the United States. It's a ballet of "pure beauty and classicism" set to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. Also featured will be "Company B--Songs Sung by the Andrews Sisters," and the premiere of artistic director Ib Andersen's first work for Ballet Arizona.

Show time is 8 tonight and 2 p.m. tomorrow in the UA Centennial Hall, inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Tickets range from $16 to $38, and are available at Ticketmaster or by calling (888) 322-5538.


Sunday 22

PATH OF LIFE. Remember past and present victims of a vicious disease with AIDSWALK 2000.

Benefiting the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, and marking southern Arizona's largest fund-raiser, the trek travels along a 10-kilometer route at Rillito Park, and ends with live music and tons of delectable chow.

Registration is at 7 a.m. in Rillito Park, on the southeast corner of First Avenue and River Road. For registration and other information, call 791-9255.


Monday 23

KINGS OF SWING. Take a smooth cruise through musical time with the Kings of Pleasure, performing at the Gaslight Theatre.

Formed in 1996 by guitarist/singer Mike Hebert, the band fit snugly into the booming retro-swing scene. They went on to broad acclaim after touring gigs with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Royal Crown Revue. Their music has appeared on several "best of" compilations, and three of their own CDs. And they've become regulars at The Derby in Hollywood.

Swing with Kings of Pleasure from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Tickets are $8; $6 for seniors, students and military; $5 for children ages 12 and under. Get 'em by calling 886-9428.

PICTORIAL PAST. From 1906 to 1913 Norman Wallace lived in Tucson while surveying various railroad lines into northern Mexico. And from 1932 to 1955 he did similar work for the Arizona Highway Department.

Luckily for us, the surveyor habitually photographed his travels. Many of those images appeared in Arizona Highways, and are now revealed in The Photographic Journey of Norman G. Wallace, now on display at the Arizona Historical Society.

The show runs through mid-April in the Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For details, call 628-5774.

LEGAL EASE. Overwhelmed by our daunting culture of litigation? Say you don't know a tort from a bundt cake? Learn more about the wheels of justice at People's Law School, presented by the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association.

Each installment in this series focuses upon a particular legal quandary, featuring lawyers from both the prosecution and defense perspectives. Tonight's discussion is titled "Criminal Law and DUI." Speakers include Bruce Chalk of the Pima County Attorney's office, and defense attorney Mike Bloom.

The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the UA College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd. The cost is $30 for remaining sessions through November 13. Call (602) 235-9356 for information.


Tuesday 24

ARTISTIC ARBITRATION. Cultural and media boundaries are crossed in Meditation in Ink, now on display in the Unitarian Universalist Church.

The show features sumi-e, a form of oriental brush painting reflecting the unity and harmony of people with nature. Simplicity is key in this quiet, calming painting style. The work is created with simple materials including ink, water, rice paper and a bamboo brush.

Contributors are members of Sumi-e Artists, a local group practicing the genre's unique style. This includes capturing the subject's essence in the fewest possible brushstrokes, interpreting and embodying the expression of life force or chi, and achieving a silence of mind while working.

Meditation in Ink runs through November 5 in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 748-1551 for details.


Wednesday 25

INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE. Being a 19th-century member of Uncle Sam's Army was hardly a walk in the park. But it is today--literally--when the museum at Fort Lowell Park hosts The View from the Barracks, featuring timeless frontier photography from the Buehman and the Owen Wister collections.

"Buehman specialized in shots of enlisted men, particularly of the black troops coming through Tucson in the 1880s," says museum curator David Faust. Wister, who also gained fame as author of The Virginian, included plenty of architectural photography in his work, with countless photos of human subjects caught in the mix.

That style is most notable in an 1893 shot of Fort Bowie, which also revealed that the pioneers had their priorities firmly in place. "There was a fire at the post trader store," Faust says, "and the great thing about it is that they had a soldier in full dress, standing outside guarding the beer."

The View from the Barracks is on permanent display at the Fort Lowell Museum, located in Fort Lowell Park, 2900 N. Craycroft Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For information, call 885-3832.

THE ORIGINAL. Get your mitts on fine fresh grub and colorful crafts at The Original Downtown Farmers Market.

Held every Wednesday on the lawn of the Tucson-Pima Main library, this festival of local flora and fine art features everything from fresh breads and salsa to tamales, hometown honey, fresh produce, unique gifts and a plethora of creative visions.

"One of the points behind this market is to revitalize downtown," says organizer Alan Ward. "We think it gives this area a new sense of spirit, and a chance for folks to experience an ongoing market. And all of our art is required to be locally made."

The Original Downtown Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday on the Main Library lawn, 101 N. Stone Ave. For information, call 326-7810.

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