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Thursday 25

PLAY IN THE DEEP END. Consciously atheistic Dylan awakes in heaven after the end of the world.

There, he discovers that not only is Jesus real, but he used to date Satan back when good and evil were in high school with Dylan. Jesus and Satan were known as Antony and Amelia during the last days of the universe. (Of course, they've since split up and Satan's involved in a purely sexual relationship with the archangel Gabriel.)

Talk about some deep stuff ...

A Random Act of Creation is the work of Stuart Eugene Bousel, who began writing in the sixth grade. A prolific playwright, Bousel is a 2000 graduate of Reed College in Portland, Ore. He is currently working on a number of projects, including a play called Dead Frat Boys and a screenplay, Dry Country.

Bring your thinking cap to tonight's opening of A Random Act of Creation.

Performances are at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and Aug. 1 to Aug. 3 at the Cabaret Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $6. For reservations, call 797-4792.

GO CRAZY. Get the kids interested in heating up their brain cells.

School starts soon--what better way to get the little ones ready than an outing that's all about thinking?

Those wacky science guys and gals from Mad Science are back at Bookman's Grant Road location today. They'll present an educational, exciting and fun science show.

The event is from 11 a.m. to noon and it's dirt cheap, as in free. Bookman's Used Books is located at 1930 E. Grant Road. For more information, call 325-5767.

STRANGE COUPLING. The Cinema La Placita film series' July lineup concludes with something a bit strange.

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in The Odd Couple, the wildly successful movie about two very mismatched roommates. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. today on the large outdoor screen in the plaza at La Placita Village, downtown.

There is no admission charge for the showing but $3 contributions are encouraged. The entrance to La Placita Village is at 110 S. Church St., near the corner of Broadway. Ample parking is available at the La Placita parking garage on Stone Avenue, just south of Broadway. For more information, email outdoormovies@hotmail.com.


Friday 26

MIX AND MATCH. You just gotta love a PR guy who promotes a show with the statement that his bands will prove that "rock ain't dead, it's just resting on its fat ass."

Ah, must be that guy from Club Congress, which plays host tonight to The Fire Show, Coin and Red Switch.

It's your last chance to catch Chicago-based The Fire Show, which is on its farewell tour. Coin, the husband and wife duo of video-game electronica, tend to "rock the house" when playing live. Red Switch is itching to take their Wire-damaged angle rock to the Bay area, so show up to check them out first.

The show starts at 9 tonight at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress. Tickets are just $5. For more information, call 622-8848.

TALENTED TEENS. Members of the Bisbee Repertory Theatre's 2002 Teen Conservatory have been working overtime.

The hard work should pay off this weekend as the group presents Spoon River Anthology.

The teens have put in an intensive rehearsal period and have been responsible not only for creating Edgar Lee Masters' fascinating characters, but for the technical aspects of the show as well.

To top it off, they've been doing their own fundraising, too. David J. Germain, BRT's Dracula and music director of Once Upon a Mattress, will guide the teen actors.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are just $5 at the door. Bisbee Repertory Theatre does its magic in its historic building at 94 Main Street in Old Bisbee. For more information, call 520-432-3786.


Saturday 27

GET LOST. Pull in to Plaza Palomino tonight for some great bluegrass.

Lost Highway, built around the tradition of the Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, Lester Flatt and Melvin Goins, will share their love for traditional bluegrass in a show that also features Tucson's Greg Morton Trio.

Bluegrass Unlimited magazine writes that "Lost Highway continues to climb to the level of the top-tier groups ... this is contemporary traditional bluegrass second-level to none."

Lost Highway and Tucson's Greg Morton Trio bring trio harmonies, instrumental prowess and relaxed, friendly stage manner to make this the bluegrass event of the season.

The show at Plaza Palomino, at Swan and Fort Lowell, starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance and $18 at the door. For tickets and more information, call 297-9133.

CHILL OUT. Cool off tonight with a stroll through a city wonderland.

Wander through the Valley of the Moon, a collection of pathways, caverns, pools and gardens tucked in the center of Tucson. It's a fantasyland built of rock and imagination.

The Arizona and National Historic site is at 2544 E. Allen Road, just north of Prince Road and east of Tucson Boulevard. The magic is from 7 to 9 p.m. today and again on Aug. 24. It's a free event, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, call 323-1331.

INTERESTING GUY. Bob Carey named two of his self-portraits Dothead and Face Plate.

If you're into artists with oomph, it's a safe bet you don't want to miss the opening reception for Carey's solo exhibit at the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery; the audience can be certain that Carey will make it a memorable evening.

This guy's no slouch--he often has his entire body shaved, covers himself with silver paint and hangs upside down from a specially constructed harness accessed via an industrial hoist to create his brand of art.

Carey is a commercial photographer for a variety of companies, including Lexus, US West, Del Webb and General Electric.

Carey's solo exhibit, which runs through Aug. 17, will occupy the main gallery with a members' exhibit in the back gallery.

Tonight's reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. For more information, call 792-4503.

OUTSIDE THE BOX. Some things you just can't learn in school.

And when it comes to art, if you've got talent, who needs to spend hours on end in a classroom.

Meet "outsider" Maggie Mae. Though she doesn't have any official art education, Mae's work is mature and professional. Heavy on the conceptual side, a lot of the artist's work is interactive and personal. Included in the exhibition will be the artist's Autograph Book, bottle cap works, drawings and paintings.

A reception is planned for 7 to 9 p.m. today at HazMat Basement Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 191 E. Congress St. The show runs through Aug. 24. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 624-5019.


Sunday 28

AUTHENTIC ARIZONA. Soak up some Arizona history.

Ranching in Arizona, a new exhibit at Old Tucson Studios, chronicles the industry's history--from the introduction of Andalusian cattle to the "New World" by Spanish conquistadors to the way cattle ranching is conducted in Arizona today.

The exhibit, curated by photographer Bob Sharp, covers the history of ranching in Arizona through pictures, narratives, interviews and artifacts. Other elements of this exhibit cover ranching traditions, the issues surrounding ranching and conservation. Actual cowboy artifacts including clothing and tools of the trade are on display.

Ranching in Arizona runs through Sept. 31 at the Town Hall Museum.

The Mesa Southwest Museum is circulating the Ranching in Arizona exhibit. Arizona's premier natural history museum, the Mesa Southwest Museum, explores the Southwest's history from the time of the dinosaurs to today.

This exhibit is the second of a series of proposed exhibits between Old Tucson Studios and the Mesa Southwest Museum. The museum can be reached at (480) 644-2230 for more information.

Old Tucson Studios is located at 201 South Kinney Road, in the Tucson Mountain Park. Take I-10 and exit Speedway Boulevard and head west, following the signs. Recreational vehicles should travel Ajo west to Kinney Road. Passenger cars may find this route more convenient when approaching Tucson from south of the city. For more information, call 883-0100 or visit www.oldtucson.com.

LAST CHANCE FOR CHILES. Today's your last shot at catching a show originally written for Tucson's annual Chile Fiesta that is custom-tailored for the little ones in your life.

Hot Chiles encourages kids to sing along with the bilingual Chile Rap, meet the Chile on the Street, and laugh and learn Arizona history through a true story of a practical joke gone bad because of a handful of hot chiles.

After the show, kids get some up close and personal action with the puppets and then the audience gets a chance to make a simple puppet to take home with them.

Hot Chiles starts at 1:30 p.m. today at the Red Barn, 948 N. Main. Tickets are $3 per person; $5 for 2 children; and $2 for those with AHCCCS card or low-income bus pass. For more information, call 887-5144.


Monday 29

CHEESE, PLEASE. This class should be easy to swallow.

Learn all about the cheeses of France and enjoy French wines with the fromage. Andy Doran, cheese buyer for the Rumrunner, will bring an array of fine cheese along with his knowledge and experience.

The class is from 7 to 9 p.m. The fee is $27. Prepaid reservations are required. The class will be taught at the instructor's home, 4326 E. Elmwood. Reservation checks should be sent to P.O. Box 40848, Tucson, AZ, 85717. For more information, call 325-0566.


Tuesday 30

YOU GO, GIRLS. Check out a new show at the Women's Gallery and you just may go home with a masterpiece.

The Summer Exposition 2002 showcases the multimedia artwork of 18 women artists from Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties. Artists include Sue Becque, Diane Dale, Tara Davis, Susan Gibson Durboraw and Mary Jean Galivan.

See something you like? Just buy it.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from the sale of art will be donated to the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona.

The Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona impacts the lives of women and girls by securing financial resources to fund programs that promote their empowerment, advancement and full participation in society.

The show-and-sale runs through Aug. 15 at the Women's Gallery, 3610 N. Prince Village Place, Suite 100. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 795-5288, ext. 101 or email Q8Artemis@aol.com.


Wednesday 31

GET SOME HELP. If you're wrestling with the dark thoughts that can accompany life's major downers, you may want to hear what Patti's got to say.

Patti Harada is a certified as a grief counselor and death educator, who has worked as a grief and trauma counselor for 17 years.

Tonight, the UA psychology instructor presents Healing Trauma Through Dream Work. Taking our dreams into active imagination brings about self-awareness and change, and provides the necessary visceral experience for effective meditative contemplation. The talk is part of the Love, Grace and Healing series.

The focus of Harada's work has been teaching the value of applied self love (meaning care, kindness, interest, attention and affection) in a state of released resistance to pain as a tool for developing the compassion required for healing from trauma.

All seminars are $10. No reservations are required. The seminars are held in the University Medical Center's DuVal Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday evening. For more information, call 886-6046, email patti@lovematters.net or visit www.lovematters.net.

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