Best jazz. If you like the funky originality of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, better buy your tickets.
If the Flecktones' previous stops in Tucson are any indication, tickets may be long gone when these boys take the stage. The group, which has opened many tours for the Dave Matthews Band and often plays with Chick Corea and Branford Marsalis, is an Old Pueblo favorite.
This time, the band arrives sporting a couple of brand new Grammies, including best contemporary jazz album for the Flecktones' Outbound.
Rollingstone.com calls Outbound "fearless musicianship." Pioneering banjo player and band leader Fleck says the album represents a commitment to innovation.
"We've been together so long as a group we don't want to start making the same album over and over again," he said.
The concert begins at 8 tonight at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $15-$25. Charge by phone (321-1000) or visit the TCC or Hear's Music, 2508 N. Campbell Ave. For more information, call 327-4809 or visit www.inconcert.tucson.az.us.
See "As the Flecktone Turns," page 46.
Dreaming up reality. Is life a dream? So who then, is dreaming us? Could God be the greatest dream (or dreamer) of all?
Pedro Calderón de la Barca's Spanish Siglo de Oro masterpiece, La Vida Es Sueño (Life is a Dream), explores such eternal questions.
Sueño, an English adaptation by Obie Award winner Jose Rivera, awakens the audience in 1635. Prince Segismundo, heir to the Spanish throne, is imprisoned at birth because astrologers have predicted that his reign as king would result in the country's ruin.
The play, which previews tonight at Borderlands Theater, unfolds to ask questions about honor, freedom, life and dreaming.
Critics say Rivera's adaptation, directed by Barclay Goldsmith with movement by Eva Tessler, adds flavor to the story and structure of the original.
"Rivera has reclaimed Calderón's florid use of metaphor and made it his own, spliced with science, sarcasm and sweetness," says Ed Morales of American Theatre.
Tonight's show begins at 7:30 at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Other performances, which begin at 7:30 p.m., are scheduled for April 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. A 3 p.m. matinee is scheduled for April 8. Tickets are $8 to $16, available at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave., and the PCC box office. For more information, call 882-7406.
Spring clean-up. Forget spring cleaning, dust off your shopping sneakers and get down to the Tucson Museum of Art.
The ninth annual Spring Artisans Market, in the museum's main courtyards, features the works of more than 130 artists.
Check out the great variety of exquisite handmade goods, including ceramics, jewelry, wood, metal, leather, photography, furniture, watercolor and mixed media.
The event at the museum also offers a chance to see 10 new galleries displaying collections of Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial and Latin American folk art in the renovated Stevens House.
The market runs today through April 8 at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. For more information, call 624-2333 or visit www.tucsonarts.com.
See the feature article, "Goodbye, Columbus," by Margaret Regan, beginning on page 14.
Authentic forgeries. In conjunction with Arizona Theatre Company's world premier of Inventing Van Gogh, Etherton Gallery has asked local artists to get a bit inventive themselves.
More than 20 artists have been encouraged to fake and forge Van Gogh's work to reveal a complexity of references made possible by one of the most impassioned artists of the 19th century.
The son of a Dutch pastor whose paintings inspired the Expressionist movement, Van Gogh is known for his bold, harmonious color effects and simple but memorable compositions.
Van Gogh Fakes opens today and runs through May 31 at the Temple Gallery, 330 S. Scott Ave., upstairs in the Temple of Music and Art. An opening reception is planned for 6 p.m. April 13. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and during performances. For more information, call 624-7370.
Stepping up to the altar. Find the snake goddesses, bull vaulters and priestesses and you're in the right place.
The University of Arizona Dance Division, ranked among the country's top dance programs, promises to deliver again with Premium Blend.
The show launches with John M. Wilson's Heritage of Earth, featuring images of the Minoan culture of ancient Crete set in motion.
Get ready to change gears as Twisted Tango by Amy Ernst turns up the heat in a humorous take on the classic tango, inspired by the music of Astor Piazzolla. Ernst exaggerates the confining elements of tango and pushes and twists them into a whirlwind of quirky athletic extremes.
The UA Dance Ensemble also plans to perform a great range of intriguing numbers, including Borrowed Baroque, Modern Cool, Red Spectrum and April Preludes, April Fugues.
The show at Crowder Hall in the music building on the UA campus starts at 8 tonight, with performances also at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and students. Tickets are available by calling the Fine Arts box office at 621-1162.
See "The Few, the Proud," on page 36 for more details.
ATC paints a pleasant closer. Arizona Theatre Company ends its 2000-01 season with Inventing Van Gogh, a powerful play that examines the legendary painter's turbulent, prolific last years.
Patrick, a young struggling artist, is blackmailed by an art authenticator to fake a Van Gogh--a replica of a "lost" self-portrait that possibly never existed. Even as he begins to paint the forgery, he struggles with betraying his beloved mentor and his former lover. Enter Van Gogh himself, to confide in Patrick and to instruct him in what they have in common as artists, and as men.
Inventing Van Gogh works on a couple of levels, raising some interesting questions, said ATC artistic director David Ira Goldstein.
"By combining a modern mystery about forgery, deception and obsession with events from Van Gogh's final years of fevered activity, the play reveals a rich and complex view of artists, their passions and the search for authenticity in all of our lives," he said.
The play previews at 8 p.m. tonight through April 12, opening to the press April 13 and running through April 29. Tickets cost $22-$35 at the ATC box office. Show times vary. For more information, or to charge tickets, call 622-2823.
Play ball! The Tucson Sidewinders swing into the first weekend of the 2001 season today.
The Portland Beavers are in town as the Sidewinders, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, launch an eight-game homestand at Tucson Electric Park.
After today's game, stick around for a free concert by the Jets, a family band along the lines of the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds. The Jets gave us such adult contemporary favorites as Make It Real and You Got It All.
The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Tucson Electric, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Tickets are $3.50-$8. For more information, call 434-1342.
Bikin' to Bisbee. Polish the bike and fire it up for a "mile-high" ride to Bisbee.
A charity ride starts at 8 this morning, when riders will gather for breakfast and live bluegrass at the Kickstart Grill on Catalina Highway near Tanque Verde Road.
Riders, who'll have their choice of three colorful "mile-high" routes to Bisbee, will mount up at 10 a.m.
In Bisbee, live music cranks up again, this time at Olde Tymers and St. Elmo's Pub. Departure for Tucson is set for about 2 p.m.
The first 350 people to register for the ride will receive a run pin at check in and free burger and fries when they get back to Kickstart, where the day ends with--you guessed it--more great tunes.
Entry fee is $15 for the Desert Survivors Mile High Benefit Ride, which funds Desert Survivors' programs for children and adults with disabilities. Pre-register by calling Kickstart, 8987 E. Tanque Verde Road, at 760-3013 or Desert Survivors at 884-8806, ext. 10.
Shoot some critters. A guy who says he likes to "add flesh and life to the dry bones" of scientific description will share his photography secrets in a slide show.
If you enjoy taking aim at animals, don't miss Up Close: A Lifetime of Observing and Photographing Desert Animals, a presentation by author-photog George Olin.
Olin's latest work describes his adventures in following foxes, raccoons, skunks, ringtail cats and other creatures on their nocturnal rounds. Olin will share his entertaining experiences in night photography.
Olin, author of House in the Sun and Mammals of the Southwestern Desert, is a founding member of the Tucson Audubon Society. In 1951, he and his wife, Irene, served as fire lookouts in Arizona's Huachuca Mountains. The following year, they put their knowledge of animals to good use in helping to found the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
The slide presentation at DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, is free and begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call the Tucson Audubon Society at 629-0510.
Jazzed up classical. If you like jazz or classical music, you'll find much to enjoy this evening. University of Arizona music professor Mark Rush teams up with Tannis Gibson, adjunct assistant professor of music and pianist, for a recital featuring classical works that have been influenced by jazz.
The duo begins with Stravinsky's Duo Concertante, a work from his Neoclassical period that is laced with an influence of jazz harmony.
The program also includes Ravel's Sonata, which was, in part, inspired by the composer hearing jazz performed in Paris. The second movement, titled "Blues," captures the sound of jazz in the early 20th century.
The great jazz violinist Joe Venuti directly inspired William Bolcom's Second Sonata, which is also on the program. It is a work filled with Venuti "licks" within a contemporary idiom.
Rush has performed in major concert halls throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Corcoran Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Gardner Museum and the National Gallery of Art.
Gibson's festival performances include the Bath Festival in England, Banff Festival of the Arts in Canada, New York's Bang-on-a-Can and the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Holsclaw Recital Hall in the UA music building, at the south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway Boulevard east of Park Avenue. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 UA employees and seniors over 55 and $4 students. Tickets are available through the UA Fine Arts box office, 621-1162. For more information, call 621-2998 or visit www.arts.arizona.edu/music.
Art on the edge. See what some of the University of Arizona's best fine arts students are working on.
Visual Communication 2K+1, the 25th annual juried exhibition of art by UA students, features works selected from a variety of two-dimensional communications media forms.
Graphic design, computer-based illustration and typography are among the works you can check out at the Lionel Rombach Gallery, at the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard. Admission is free for the show, which runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through May 3. For more information, call 626-4215 or visit www.arts.arizona.edu/galleries.
Prize-winning poetry. Nina Welch, winner of the esteemed Academy of American Poets Prize, will join other local standout poets in a special reading tonight.
Elizabeth Landry and Heather Nagami, winners of the Ruth Stephan Poetry Center Prize, and Denise Scagliotta and An Nguyen, recipients of the Margaret Sterling Memorial Award, also will read from their work.
The annual Contest Awards Reading starts at 8 tonight in the Modern Languages auditorium on the UA campus. The event is free. For more information, call 626-3765 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.