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TALKIN' ABOUT SEX

Thursday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m.
Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Road
299-3000, ext. 213

Unless you've been hiding in a cave or something for the last half-year, you probably know that HBO's series Sex and the City is coming to an end in a couple of weeks. (The Arizona Daily Star gave a big write-up to this earth-shattering event a few weeks ago. So much for local coverage ...)

Anyway, the Jewish Community Center will be hosting a live broadcast (from the 92nd Street "Y" in New York City) of a talk featuring Cindy Chupack, one of the writers and executive producers of Sex and the City. Joining Chupack will be Rabbi Jennifer Krause, a screenwriter and teacher. The topic for the evening: "Loving and Dating and Sex--Oh My! A Talmudic Discussion."

Tickets cost $9, $6 for JCC members. The event is sponsored by Young Jewish Tucson.


FREEDOM TO MARRY

Saturday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m.
Sunset Park
255 W. Alameda Ave.
www.freedomtomarryaz.org

Gay marriage is all over the news these days. With Massachusetts on its way to becoming the first state in the union to sanction same-sex marriages--and with many folks considering both state and constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage on the other side--it's the hot-button political issue of the day.

Well, the folks at Wingspan, Tucson's LGBT community center, as well as the Arizona Human Rights Fund, are obviously in the corner of the Massachusetts Supreme Court (i.e. the folks George W. Bush considers "activist judges"). The people at Wingspan and AHRF believe that "civil marriage is a basic human right and an individual choice," and to promote that belief, they're holding a rally and community picnic in front of City Hall on Valentine's Day.

Everyone who feels the same way is encouraged to attend the rally and picnic. Bring your own picnic lunch, along with a "Freedom to Marry" sign. After the rally, enjoy the company as Lisa Otey, Kathleen Williamson and Desert Voices provide entertainment. Drinks and dessert will be provided, too.


ART AND SOUL

Saturday, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Ascencio Design Gallery
3067 N. Campbell Ave.
622-4151, ascencioartgallery.com

Let's say you're a guy. Or a girl. Or somewhere in between. Whatever. Anyway, you have a hot date on Valentine's Day, and you want to impress your date. You want to look cultured, refined.

Well, take him/her/it on down to Ascencio Gallery for the opening reception of the gallery's newest exhibit, Art & Soul. The show features seven women artists: Susan Delaney (ceramic sculpture), Joan Fimbel DiGiovanni (oil on canvas), Charlotte Jones (dye on silk and collage), Kathleen Matsinger (mixed media), Monica Robles (mixed media and oil on canvas), Barb Seyda (photographs, text and tempera on canvas) and Carol Thaler (hand-made paper and mixed media). They'll be there, along with some champagne, some live music, some tasty treats--and, oh yeah, their art.

And if you REALLY want to impress your sweetie, buy 'em some art. If you spend $100 or more, the folks at Ascencio will give you a $10 gift certificate to be used that night at Lighthouse II, the delightful seafood restaurant next door. What a date that would make!

On the other hand, if you're dateless on Valentine's Day ... well, go to Ascencio and meet the artists anyway. Couldn't hurt, right?


MOVIE FOR BRUNCH

Sunday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m.
Loft Cinema
3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
730-9155

You've probably never heard of Nell Shipman. But maybe you should have.

According to our friends at the Tucson Film Society, she was a huge star in the silent-film days. A filmmaker, writer and actress, she wrote, starred in and directed a bunch of films from 1912-1925, and she even produced several indie films.

Kay Armatage is something of an expert on this pioneering woman filmmaker. An associate professor at the University of Toronto and a Toronto Film Festival programmer, she's the author of the book The Girl From God's Country: Nell Shipman and The Silent Cinema.

Well, guess what? The Tucson Film Society is bringing Armatage to town for a presentation as part of the society's Sunday Brunch series. The doors will open at 11:30, with a presentation of some of Shipman's work an hour later. After the screening, Armatage will lead a discussion.

Tickets will cost $10, or $7.50 if you're a Tucson Film Society member.


GET INFO FROM ALBERT

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
Little Chapel of All Nations Library
1401 E. First St.
760-8456, peakaspirations.com

Every so often, we get a listings request that baffles us, because the request doesn't make that much sense--yet it fascinates us because it sounds so damn interesting.

Here's the description on one we got for this week: "Come be with Willow Sibert as she joyfully channels the wisdom of 'The Band.' Ask questions that lie deep within your heart. Hear answers that sustain you on your journey, and support your deepest soul work."

And that was all it said. This prompted some questions, most notably: Who or what in the heck is "The Band," and why would I want to ask it/them questions?

I called up Ms. Sibert and asked her these very questions. "I channel in a metaphysical and spiritual way," she explained. Then she revealed what "The Band" is: An energetic group made up of folks such as Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin that channels through her, revealing messages about the world and interested individuals.

Hmm. Who knew? This led me to ask another question: How and why would this fascinating group--including brilliant geniuses, great Americans and slave owners--be able to answer my questions about, say, my love life?

"What they have to tell is basically two-fold," said Sibert. "Not only do they have messages and information about life, our existence and how to be happy, but they, and I, as a collective, can answer specific questions relating to people's lives."

Sound interesting? Well, head to Ms. Sibert's Web site, give her a call or show up on Wednesday. It'll cost you $20, or $35 for two.

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