Have you been missing your yearly dose of teenagers singing, dancing and acting? Did you realize you had a yearly dose of that? Well, you do, and it comes in the form of Summer on Stage 2006.
Arizona Theatre Company is presenting the series of performances, which feature 50 Tucson-area high school students who will star in three productions on ATC's stage.
This season's productions include Godspell, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Rally.
Summer on Stage uses professional artists to teach high school students a variety of acting techniques, including character development, movement and dance. The students are educated through classroom work, and go through intensive rehearsals, all of which lead to the full-on productions at the Temple of Music and Art.
"The creativity within each classroom is fantastic and beyond our wildest dreams," ATC Education Director Samantha K. Wyer said in a press release. "We are providing a rich climate to cultivate the imagination of young actors and offer an experience where new methods of exploration are developed. We have chosen outstanding professional instructors in performance and production to usher in the new generation of young artists in Arizona. ATC looks forward to sharing the student's hard work with the Tucson community."
Performances will be Aug. 9-11 at 7 p.m., and Aug. 12 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free. --E.R.
If Keanu Reeves can manage to look hot in pleather, so can anyone. And everyone and anyone can break out their finest fetish wear at Tucson Fetish Heat.
The event, hosted by the Phoenix-based Arizona Fetish Ball, will return for the second time on Saturday at Hotel Congress.
The decision for the group to expand into Tucson came because "sometimes, Tucson people feel crappy about having to come to Phoenix for all the good stuff," said Mitch Palmer of the Arizona Fetish Ball. "Tucson needs something sometimes."
And Tucson will certainly get something. All spaces of Hotel Congress--rooms, bars, patios and performance areas--will be completely flooded with fetish. Ten vendors, including Fascinations, are scheduled to sell dungeon furniture, cuffs and collars, along with other fetish trinkets. Services such as hair braiding will also be available.
This event will be a "gigantic fetish party, period," said Palmer. One can expect to see "a sea of rubber and vinyl."
Attendees can expect to see flesh-hook suspension, erotic belly dancing and fetish burlesque, as well as hear live music from bands such as Selfless, Hemlock, Alter der Ruine and fetish DJ Plastic Disease. Palmer said that several porn stars will make appearances at the event.
Palmer recognizes that many may be hesitant to attend, but he was comforting when he said: "When you get there, we love you." Pleather, although encouraged, is not the required attire. "I wear a tux, because I look good in a tux," said Palmer. All attendees are required to wear clothing at the event.
Palmer said that nudity, drugs and sex are strictly prohibited, but that "this is not the night to bring your resume." Admission for the 21-and-older event is $15. Activities begin at 8 p.m. --B.P.
When it comes to art, Tucson may not be on the same level as New York City or San Francisco, but the arts scene is alive and well here in the desert. And if you still haven't checked out a local artist's work after dutifully reading City Week every week, here is a chance to acquaint yourself with one.
Painter Mary Kreuziger will be exhibiting her work at the Shane House Gallery, 218 S. Fourth Ave., Aug. 5-26.
The exhibit, which is titled Windows Through Time, was inspired by Kreuziger's life experiences and deals with issues such as spirituality, life, death and rebirth, Kreuziger said.
The pieces are acrylic, abstract paintings, with some mixed media, she added.
Kreuziger attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design before moving to Arizona. She spent about 10 years in Phoenix before relocating to Tucson four years ago. Currently, she teaches art and is continuing her own education.
The exhibit came to be when the Tucson Arts Coalition asked her to show her work at the Shane House Gallery, which is a project of the Arts Coalition, Kreuziger said.
The exhibit opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, which will give attendees a chance to meet this local artist. Refreshments will be served.
The exhibit will run through Aug. 26. Viewing hours are by appointment; call 245-7544 for more information or to schedule a viewing time. --E.R.
Want to find a precious piece of English furniture, like that chair stored away at Grandma's, but you don't want to brave her musty, dank attic? Well, head down to the Indoor/Outdoor Antique Fair at the Lew Sorensen Center to peruse a wide collection of antiques.
Antique vendors from throughout Arizona will sell items such as English furniture, jewelry, books and military memorabilia. Pat Tuttle, recreation program coordinator for Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, said that the featured antiques will be "pretty much from all over."
Booths will be set up both inside and outside the community center, said Tuttle, who added that all booths will be operated by licensed antique dealers. The event will be a market only--no trading.
The Indoor/Outdoor Antique Fair began in October 1998 with five dealers and has grown enormously since. The fair has since become a monthly occurrence, falling on the first Sunday of every month. Tuttle said August's event will include about 70 vendors, and she expects fall events to include even more--in October, as many as 90 vendors may be present.
"It's turned out to be kind of a fun, local event," Tuttle said.
The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Tuttle said that during the hottest portion of the day, some outdoor vendors may relocate indoors to escape the heat.
Coffee will be available, but a donation is expected. Tuttle said that all funds collected from coffee sales will be donated to the Tucson Wildlife Center. --B.P.