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Thursday 22

MASTERWORKS FINALE. An interesting mix of Aaron Copland, Silvestre Revultas and Georges Bizet is on the ticket tonight.

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra's principal clarinet player, Abby Raymond, plays Copland's Clarinet Concerto in the final "Masterworks" concert of the season. The show is called Music with Verve. Copland's concerto was commissioned by the King of Swing himself, none other than Benny Goodman.

Raymond, who has held positions with the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, Chile, joined the TSO this season. She has also performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra. TSO audiences will remember her opening solo in last fall's performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Conductor George Hanson opens his concert with Copland's Music for Movies suite. Copland produced scores for six feature films and for many years was the only American concert-hall composer to have won an Academy Award, which he did for the William Wellman film The Heiress. The suite draws from three Copland-scored films, The City, Of Mice and Men and Our Town.

From there, Hanson will move on to Revultas' Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca, a tribute to the famed Spanish poet and dramatist who died at the hands of Franco's troops.

Bizet's exuberant Symphony in C wraps up the performance. Bizet was just 17 years old, still a student at the Paris Conservatory, when he composed the symphony. It took him about a month to write it. Fast work, but the piece was forgotten for about 80 years, until 1935, when it received its first performance.

The Music with Verve concert is presented at four locations, with tickets costing $18:

· Tonight, 7:30, at West Center Auditorium, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley. Call 520-625-0288.

· Friday, 8 p.m., at Canyon del Oro High School, 25 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley. Call 520-797-3959.

· Saturday, 8 p.m., at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Blvd. Call 882-8585.

· Sunday, 2 p.m., at the Pima Community College Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Call 882-8585.

THE REAL CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE. I used to live right down the soggy road from the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe. Fremont, a funky little neighborhood in Seattle, seemed to me after a few pints of Redhook to be exactly that.

Not so, apparently. As a Tucson group would have it, The Exact Center of the Universe is actually a play, a comedy that tells the tale of a passionately possessive Southern matriarch, her canasta-playing friends, her beloved son and the bride his mother doesn't approve of.

After the Great Quake of '01, Fremont is probably just a cracked shell of its former glorious self, so do yourself a favor and just see the play.

Invisible Theatre originally planned to present the play through March 18, but has added four additional performances: 7:30 tonight, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16-$20, and are available at the box office, 1400 N. First Ave. (northeast corner of First and Drachman). For tickets and more information call 882-9721.


Friday 23

WHAT'S UP, DOC? The battle between good and evil doesn't get any scarier than Jekyll and Hyde.

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of the doctor and his alter ego comes to life again tonight at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall.

One of Broadway's biggest hits, Jekyll and Hyde features a book and lyrics by two-time Academy Award-winning lyricist Leslie Bricusse and a score by Grammy-nominated composer Frank Wildhorn.

From the epic ballad This is the Moment to the brilliant acting that brings the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde character to life, this show captures the intensity of the tale as only romantic musical theater can.

Jekyll and Hyde opens tonight at 8 at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Performances also are scheduled for 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $26.50-$35.50 and are available at the TCC box office, Ticketmaster outlets including Robinson's-May and Wherehouse, and by phone, 321-1000.

THAT'S THAT, THAT'S THAT GROOVE. Abba to Queen, Jim Taylor's got it covered--and a Tucson living legend thinks Taylor's more than worth your time.

"I've hardly ever stood next to somebody that has that kind of music in their body. ... His pitch is incredible, his rhythm is precise as can be and he's got that groove in his body," said Linda Ronstadt, who performed with Taylor in a tribute to band leader Nelson Riddle.

Taylor is the interim artistic director for the Reveille Gay Men's Chorus, which will be reprising some of its more popular concert numbers in two shows, in a program called Classically Reveille.

The chorus will scale Aaron Copland's Zion's Walls and soar with Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Other favorites include Broadway tunes, Lida Rose and The Music Man.

The 35-member group performs at 8 tonight and Saturday at the Pima Community College Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets at the door are $15. Advance tickets are $12, available at Antigone Books, Rainbow Planet Cafe and Tucson Trunk, or by calling the Reveille Hot Line, 617-3100.

TUNED INTO PAINTING. Check out a visionary artist with an ear for good music.

Painter Jay Kyle Petersen may be the perfect match for recording artist-composer Riki Newell. Newell will present his sound paintings while Petersen feels the vibes and dips into his oils to paint the scene.

Newell's three recordings to date include de Light, de Light, too? and Translation. Peterson's national exhibit record includes an appearance at the inauguration of President Clinton in 1993.

The Spirit in Concert starts with classical guitarist Bryan Smith performing his Baroque-style compositions. The concert is part of the 64 Days of Non-violence World Peace Project.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Science of Mind Center, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd., Suite 15. Tickets are $15 at the door. Advance tickets are $12 at Enchanted Earthworks, 2980 N. Swan Road; Metaphysics World, 2559 E. Broadway Blvd.; and the Science of the Mind Bookstore.


Saturday 24

BLUEGRASS AND BEYOND. Can you eat potato salad and dance at the same time?

Before you start thinking about your uncanny ability to walk and chew gum at the same time, think zydeco.

Black Leather Zydeco is but one of the acts slated for the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association's Spring Folk Festival, the kind of evening billed as starting at 5:30 and ending at ???

It's a fundraiser-concert-barbecue featuring a "dynamic diva duo," Dede Wyland and Tammy Fassaert.

Wyland and Fassaert, who first teamed up at the International Bluegrass Music Association Conference last year, promise to deliver a performance that is big-time bluegrass, and then some.

Kicking off the show is one of Tucson's favorite musicians, Sal Vildivia, sometimes called "Tucson's Troubadour," with Jim Hewitt on fiddle.

The barbecue part of the deal includes burgers, hotdogs, beans and, of course, potato salad.

The feast is at Goddard Hall in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St., between Swan and Craycroft Roads. Tickets cost $12 at the door, $2 for those under 16. For more information, call 319-8599.

ART PARTY. Suck down an icy cerveza or sip on a salty margarita. Oh, come on. It's for a good cause.

Fiesta del Arte tonight is a fundraiser to benefit two downtown art galleries, Raices/Taller 222 Gallery and Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery. It's a chance to eat, drink and win works of art.

Activities include live dancing performances by Tucsonesses, a baille folkorico group from Sunnyside High School.

Food is courtesy of Maya-Quetzal, Papagayo's, El Charro Cafe, Cafe Poca Cosa, La Fuente and El Parador. Along with the great eats, ice-cold beer and tasty margaritas.

Show up and enter to win one of five art works by gallery members. Tickets are just $5.

The fiesta begins at 7 p.m. at Dinnerware, 135 E. Congress St. Tickets to the party are $25 singles, $40 couples, and $50 families. For tickets and more information, call Barbara Jo at 792-4503.


Sunday 25

NATIVE VIBRATIONS. Fuse Native cultural strains with jazz and you've got an American original.

The rhythms of the Redhouse Dancers' songs and dances will blend with vocal and instrumental scores of the Redhouse Band Jazz Ensemble in an afternoon concert.

The Redhouse Band, which has released Urban Indian, a collection of Native influenced creations, will perform in an event that also features varied displays of hand-made jewelry and crafts.

The event, which benefits the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish building fund, starts at 2 p.m. at ASDB's Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. Tickets are $12 adults, $7 for children under 13. Tickets are available at the door and at Hear's Music, 2508 N. Campbell Ave., and by calling 886-7651.

AND THE WINNER IS--YOU. Get ready for the red-carpet treatment.

You don't have to be in line for an Academy Award to make a grand entrance on the big night. The fourth annual The Envelope, Please! Academy Awards Gala begins with the spotlight on guests, who enter a Hollywood "wonderland" via red carpet.

Shell out $125 and you'll enjoy movie-themed tables set up by Tucson designers, a no-host cocktail hour and gourmet dinner, a star-studded silent auction, live entertainment, and a gala raffle.

But it gets better: While you're having a blast waiting for your favorite actors to win the movie industry's biggest prizes (telecast on four large-screen TVs), you'll be helping children served by a couple of Tucson agencies. The event benefits CODAC Behavioral Health Services and Child and Family Resources, Inc.

The Envelope, Please!, which organizers hope will net $125,000, begins at 5 p.m. at the Sheraton El Conquistador Turquoise Ballroom. For tickets and more information, call CODAC at 327-4505, ext. 168.


Monday 26

A TUBAC FIRST. Play hooky and take a drive to Tubac to see the art colony's first Native American Art Exhibition.

The exhibition features the quilts, kachinas, jewelry, baskets, pottery and textiles of artists from across the Hopi mesas. Also, local residents will be sharing more than 50 artifacts from their own collections.

The quilts on exhibit at the Tubac Center for the Arts are of particular interest. Missionaries and government school teachers introduced quilting to the Hopi people in the 1800s. Over time, quilts were woven into Hopi life and ceremony. Today, third- and fourth-generation quilters blend Hopi art and tradition into their work.

The Tubac Center for the Arts is non-profit. Admission is free. Center hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Special events are scheduled throughout the show. Call 520-398-2371 for more information.


Tuesday 27

ROCKIN' ROADTRIP. Need a break from Tucson's same old songs and dances? Planes, trains and motor coaches will take you on a trip through America's music hot spots.

Visit Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Jim Stafford Theatre in Branson, Mo., and the Grand Old Opry in Nashville in the American Music Showcase Trip.

The trip, March 27-April 9, includes all transportation and most meals. Cost for the Arizona Historical Society benefit is $2,995 per person. Space is limited. For more information and reservations, call 800-854-4080.


Wednesday 28

YOUNG WRITERS. They're poets, and they know it, although their feet are not quite long fellows.

Students from Tohono O'odham Nation, Yoeme Nation and Navajo Nation will read their original poetry today at the UA Poetry Center.

The event is the result of something called ArtsReach Focused Writing Workshops in which Native American students have the opportunity to work with local authors including Rita Magdaleno and William Pitt Root.

School districts participating in the ArtsReach program include Casa Grande, Indian Oasis-Baboquivari, Marana, Tucson Unified, San Xavier Mission and Sunnyside.

The readings begin at 7 p.m. in the Modern Languages auditorium on the UA campus. An informal reception follows the program. For more information, call 626-3765.

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