Two members of St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church will publicly discuss a hot topic this Sunday: the merits of intelligent design and Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
The Rev. Dr. Tom Lindell, a deacon at St. Philip's Church and professor emeritus in the University of Arizona's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, will defend Darwinism. A bona fide scientist, as well as clergy person, Lindell argues it is possible to be a Christian and believe in evolution.
Ron Lancaster is the author of three fiction books, a lecturer and a member of the Discovery Institute, a leading institution developing intelligent-design theory. He'll discuss the merits of intelligent design and attempt to debunk Darwinism.
Because nature is extremely complicated and sophisticated, Lancaster argues that living systems have been designed.
"It is important to recognize that intelligent design is not related to creationism, but rather that it is a science that challenges Darwinism," Lancaster said.
Lindell said he completely disagrees with the assertion that intelligent design is a science, because it is scientifically untestable. He argued that intelligent design is the current incarnation of creationism--an attempt to develop a religious point of view that holds water scientifically.
"ID types just can't accept the fact that life evolved purposelessly," Lindell said. "There is a tendency for people to lean on God as a crutch, a desire to attribute everything that happens to God. No one wants to think outside of the box of what religion can be."
Greg Foraker, coordinator of the event, said the discussion is part of an ongoing series of intriguing public discourses taking place at St Philip's Church. Everyone is invited. --S.S.
The first time Dan Chavez looked though the viewfinder of his father's Argus 35-mm camera, he was hooked. Fascinated with what he calls "a whole new perspective of the world," he embarked on what would become a lifelong pursuit of creating that perfect image.
As a boy, Chavez immersed himself in photography, strengthening his composition skills by photographing objects like the swing set in his backyard. However, it wasn't until he was exposed to darkroom techniques in high school that he recognized the full potential of photography.
"It was an amazing experience for me," Chavez said. "Techniques such as dodging and burning, cropping and rearranging images just amazed me. It was like a whole new box of tools to work with."
Yet, it wasn't until three decades later that Chavez's love of the photographic arts bounced to another level.
Utilizing technological advancements such as digital cameras and imaging software, Chavez began photographing historic districts and manipulating the photos.
By digitally applying the soft brush strokes of an impressionist painting, enhancing colors, manipulating a photo's elements and using advanced printing techniques, Chavez creates fine prints of what the world's historic districts might once have looked like.
"Hopefully, through my eyes and camera lens, my images will allow people to experience the beauty of other places and other times," Chavez said.
In part supported by a grant from the Tucson Pima Arts Council, his latest exhibit, Pueblo de Colores, a collection of digitally enhanced photographs of Tucson's Barrio, Presidio and Fort Lowell districts, will be on display at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library through July 17. --S.S.
Summer is all about picnics in the park--and fireworks! Catch some free fireworks, live music and activities at the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council's Fourth of July Spectacular at Riverfront Park.
Amanda Kate Marquez, GOVAC's development and marketing director, recommends that music lovers bring lawn chairs and a picnic to enjoy the sounds of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate the nation's birthday with a free performance.
Under the conduction of George Hanson, the TSO will begin the live music extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra plans on synchronizing Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture"--a Fourth of July favorite--with a fireworks display. The fireworks are presented by the Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort.
The celebration, which organizers said is the largest fireworks and live-music event in Southern Arizona, will host activities for kids that adults will enjoy, said Marquez. Activities include a musical-instrument petting zoo, a puppet show, face painting and popular summer games like the ring toss and bag toss.
Food will be available for purchase if your cooler won't fit all the necessary picnic treats. All members of the family are welcome, even pets on a leash.
Admission to the event is free, but GOVAC requests attendees donate a nonperishable food item to Catalina Community Services.
For more information call, 797-3959, or visit www.govac.org. --L.H.
An evening at the opera is often viewed as necessarily serious or elegant. However, the UA Opera Theater is presenting two welcoming, vivacious comic acts that UA voice assistant professor Kristin Dauphinais promises are suitable for the entire family.
A modern version of Mozart's three-character production "The Impresario" features two dueling divas, played by Stephanie Martin and Rachel Kuhn. One is aging and toward the end of career; the other is young and up-and-coming. Douglas Opie plays the Impresario. The opera features German singspiel--or German opera with English spoken dialogue--and opera buffa, the Italian comic opera.
"It is a very lively dialogue, and it runs like a musical," Dauphinais said. "The script is so fun, because it's fresh and innovative."
The other act, Giacomo Puccini's 1918 Italian opera, "Gianni Schicchi," is set in Florence in 1299 and follows a scheming family as they try to take their deceased Uncle Buoso's fortune from the friars to whom he left the money. The hilarious opera will be presented in Italian, with supertitles.
Dauphinais said the productions were cast in March with graduate and undergraduate student performers. The operas will be conducted by Gregg Hanson, who will lead a pickup orchestra that includes UA music students, Tucson Symphony Orchestra members and other community musicians.
Dauphinais said both pieces are entertaining for opera-goers and newcomers.
"They are short and funny," she said.
General tickets are $15; tickets for UA employees and seniors are $12, and students with a valid identification will pay $10. For ticket information, call the box office at 621-1162. --L.H.