Opening This Week
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. Opening with previews January 6 through 11, and continuing through January 27: Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities, an exploration of race and community based on the 1991 clash between Hasidic Jews and Blacks living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Conceived, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith. Tickets range from $17 to $26 and are available at the ATC box office and all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call 622-2823 to charge tickets and for reservations. Call 884-8210 for information only.
ARIZONA YOUTH THEATER. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Opening January 4 and continuing through February 3: New Administration, a farcical comedy about kids who are voted into the White House. This production is most appropriate for families with young children. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with Saturday matinees at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $4, $2 for children. Call 790-0844 for reservations and information.
1996 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL. Tucson Center for the Performing Arts. 408 S. Sixth Ave. Old Pueblo Playwrights hosts its annual New Play Festival January 4 through 7, featuring 11 new plays by southern Arizona writers. All are original works that are performed as staged readings. The schedule for performances is: Anna Maria's Journal, by Julieta Gonzalez, Thursday, January 4; Slainte, by Patti Cassidy, The By-Stander, by Earl Wettstein, A Time To Mourn, by Sybil Duus Needham, and The Critics, by Rich Amada on Friday, January 5; For Want of Enemies, by Robert Canedella, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 6; The Side Show, by Gary E. Sabbag, A Simple Proposition, by Marc Goldfeder, The Art of Hello, by Chris Stern, and The Best Man, also by Marc Goldfeder, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 7; and Road Hazards rounds out the festival on Sunday, January 7. All performances start at 7:30 p.m. except for the select 2 p.m. performances indicated. Tickets are available at the door at $5 per performance, $3 for students, or $20 for all 11 plays. Call 884-4877.
UPSTAIRS THEATRE CO. Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre. 330 S. Scott Ave. Opening January 4 and continuing through January 13: Guilt and Long-Distance Phone Call, two short comedies by Tempe playwright Michael Grady. Guilt portrays a man being interrogated by his subconscious. Long Distance Phone Call examines two men working the telephones at a crisis hotline center who are visited by aliens and Elvis. Performances begin at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 7. A post show discussion will follow the January 11 and 12 performances. Tickets are $7, $5 students and are available at the door. Call 791-2263 for reservations and information. Visit the Upstairs Theatre Company on the World Wide Web: http://www.indirect.com/www/upstairs
BRAVO THEATRE. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Continuing Saturdays and Sundays through January 28: scenes from The Taming of the Shrew, the Shakespearean tale of a volatile young woman who meets her match in an equally stubborn suitor. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $4. Call 790-0844 for reservations and information.
ACTING WORKSHOP. a.k.a. Theatre offers a six-week beginner's acting workshop beginning January 13. Eugene Montes will teach character development, concentration, movement, voice, cold reading and audition techniques. Limited enrollment. Serious minded, beginning actors only. Call 884-8924 for an appointment and information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Arizona Youth Theater announces auditions for Romeo and Juliet from 4 to 7 p.m. January 8 and 9, at 5526 E. 22nd St. Performers ages 10 to adult are needed. There is no salary. Rehearsal and performance schedules will be given at the auditions. Call 790-0844 for information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Coyote Ramblers Theatre Group announces auditions from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 7, for a drama scheduled to run February 13 through March 3. One male and two females are needed, plus a stage manager, lighting and sound operators. Call 797-7779.
THEATRE CLASSES. Third Street Kids, an after-school performing arts school and company for children and young adults of all abilities, offers performing arts exploration classes, acting and dance classes. Cost is $5 per class, with scholarships available. Call 622-4100 to 513-0259 for information.
TEMPLE FOR RENT. The Temple Of Music And Art and the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts have rental space available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call James at 884-8210 for more information.
Opening This Week
CENTRAL ARTS COLLECTIVE. 188 E. Broadway. 623-5883. Opening January 6, with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m., and continuing through January 27: Three Ring Circus, photographic installations in three rooms by Jill Susan Kelly, Gail Hewlett and Ruth K. Marblestone. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Downtown Saturday Night, Thursday Night Art Walk and by appointment.
DEGRAZIA GALLERY. Little Gallery. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9192. Opening January 7, with a reception from noon to 4 p.m., and continuing through January 19: Our Wonderful World, animals, people and places by Grace Nowell, artist and author. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
DINNERWARE GALLERY. 135 E. Congress St. 795-4503. Opening January 4 and continuing through January 27: the Dinnerware Members' Exhibition, vibrant, mixed media paintings and three-dimensional works by nine member artitsts. Continuing through January 27: sculpture by Susan Vancas and oil on canvas paintings by Scarlett Decker. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Thursday Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night.
JCC ART GALLERY. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Opening January 4 and continuing through February 11: Persuasive Moments, oil paintings by Bruce Horn and Tucson and San Diego Series, watercolors by Diana Schwartz. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
JOSÉ GALVEZ GALLERY. 743 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6878. Opening January 4 and continuing through February 10: Mascaras Pintadas: Retratos Intimos, works in gouache on paper by Cristina Cardenas and acrylic paintings by Gonzalo Espinoza. There is an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 6. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 6 to 9 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night or by appointment.
LOCAL 803, INC. 803 E. Helen St. 882-4625. Opening January 10 and continuing through February 10: fiber installation by Julia Latané, fiber sculpture by Melinda Morey and non-silver photography by Elaine Querry. There is an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, January 20. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment.
RAW GALLERY. 43 S. Sixth Ave. 882-6927. Opening January 10 and continuing through February 10: recent paintings by Joe Forkan and Heather Green. Forkan's works are painterly multi-image commentaries and observations. Green's works are nostalgic, enigmatic representations influenced by travel and impossibilities. There is an artists' reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 13. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Downtown Saturday Night and Thursday Art Walk.
TEMPLE GALLERY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210. Opening January 4 and continuing through February 7: clay and iron by Kevin Osborn. There is an opening reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and prior to ATC performances.
Arizona Historical Society. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through December 31, 1996: Emergence: The South Park Story, 1940-1950, a photo exhibit tracing the development of the South Park neighborhood, located along Park Avenue south of 22nd Street. Continuing through December 31, 1996: A Memento for My Descendants: The Buehman Studio Perspective, featuring the photographic works of German immigrant Henry Buehman. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
BERO GALLERY. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 792-0313. Continuing through January 20: The Inescapable Girly Show, a series of C-prints made from collaged film by Barry Baldridge; and Limited Warranty, a series of sewn photographic collages by Pam Deutschman. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Thursday Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night. Call 792-0313 for information.
THE CROSSING. 44 W. Sixth St. 318-1599. Continuing: painting and photography by Dana A. Bonner, mixed media furniture and accessories by Eric Lee Cooper, and painting, printmaking and mosaics by Robin Riley. Gallery hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Downtown Saturday Night.
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY. Casas Adobes Office Park. 6812 N. Oracle Road. 297-1427. Continuing through January 20: Arizona, featuring paintings by James Cook and sculpture by Mark Rossi. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY. 6536-A Tanque Verde Road, La Plaza Shops. 722-4412. Continuing through January 14: The Creative Spirit, featuring mixed media works by various artists. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
ECLECTIC GALLERY. 69 E. Pennington St. 620-1668. Continuing through January 31: National Small Works Juried Competition Exhibit, featuring mixed media emphasizing diversity and technique. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Thursday Night Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night.
Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Continuing through January 13: paintings by Gail Marcus-Orlen and Eriks Rudans and photographs by Vicki Ragan. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 to 10 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night.
IRONWOOD GALLERY. Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Continuing through January 18: Paintings of the Sonoran Desert, a juried exhibition of water-based media by the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Admittance is free with museum admission.
MELIORA GALLERY. 178 E. Broadway. 792-9544. Continuing through January 31: designs by Rammed Earth Development, Inc., featuring the Meyer Avenue Project, located in Bario Viejo and Barrio Santa Rosa. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
PHILABAUM GALLERY. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Continuing through January 27: Desert Heat: Glass Artists of the Southwest, featuring works by artists from New Mexico and Arizona. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Thursday Night Art Walk.
STUDENT GALLERY. Gross Gallery Building, UA campus, south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. Continuing through January 11: Romance of the Open Road: The Museum of the American Temporary Worker, installation by master's candidates Matt Marcus and Polly Giragosian, using "artifacts" found along the railroad tracks of Tucson to create a faux anthropology museum examining the culture of the modern hobo and temp worker.
TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Continuing through January 29 in the Gallery: Small Wonders: An Exhibition of Miniature Doll Quilts, a juried exhibition of works by Arizona artists. Continuing through January 14 in the Exhibition Hall: Portraits of Clay: Pottery in Mata Ortiz, photographs by Sandy Smith depicting works by 14 potters from this small pueblo in northern Chihuahua. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a $2 donation.
Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Continuing through February 12: A Gift of Vision, a collection of works donated by the Small family. Continuing through January 21, Covering the West, works by 64 Southwest Art magazine cover artists. Admission to the museum is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and students, free for members and children under 12. Free for all on Tuesdays. Docent-led tours of the TMA Historic Block are offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
UA Museum of Art. UA campus, Speedway east of Park Avenue in the Fine Arts Complex. 621-7567. Continuing through January 28: Joseph DiGiorgio: Prospect Park, a visual diary of changes through the year's in Brooklyn's famous Prospect Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Saturdays and University holidays. Admission is free.
Center for Creative Photography. UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. 621-7968. Continuing through January 7: A Nation of Strangers, a historical view of immigration in the United States. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY. UA campus, south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. 626-4215. Continuing through January 5: organic sculptural wall forms addressing concepts of time by UA art prof Moira Geoffrion. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
OBSIDIAN GALLERY. St. Philip's Plaza. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Continuing through January 6: Obsidian's 10th anniversary celebration and annual holiday exhibition, featuring works by regional artists. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
PICTURE THIS. Tickets are currently on sale for the UA Department of Art fundraiser Picture This, scheduled for February 9. This black-tie event features cocktails, dinner and a live auction of works by renowned Arizona photographers, and works by internationally known photographer William Wegman. Tickets range from $100 to $150 per person. Call the UA Fine Arts box office at 621-3117 for tickets and information.
BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION. Teri Reindl-Bingham teaches basic techniques of botanical illustration from 9 a.m. to noon January 6, 13, 20 and 27, at Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Sessions will take place in both the classroom and in the gardens. Beginner and intermediate students welcome. Bring a newsprint pad, soft charcoal, HB pencils, erasers and a bound sketchbook. Cost is $50, $45 for TBG members. Call 326-9686 for registration and information.
QUILTERS CONFERENCE. UA Extended University and Arizona Historical Society host Patterns of the Past, a three-day conference for historians, quiltmakers, quilt and antique collectors, fiber artists and admirers of the art January 19 through 21, at the Quality Hotel and Suites, 475 N. Granada Ave. The conference coincides with the Tucson Quilters Guild annual show at the Tucson Convention Center. Call Susan Dick at 626-2235 for registration and information.
POSTER CONTEST. Submissions are currently being accepted for the first annual Tucson Open International Question Authority Poster Contest. $50 first prize. Entries will not be returned. Send a copy of the poster with name and address to: Question Authority, Box 1176, 2509 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719. Deadline is March 15.
A.R.T.S. ANONYMOUS. Become a productive artist. Artists Recovering through the Twelve Steps meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday at the Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Call 327-5194 or 795-9030 for information.
CALL FOR PERFORMERS. Cabaret Magritte seeks performers for its January 20 event in the Cabaret Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Sixth Ave. Artists are asked to submit a proposal for performance art pieces (music, spoken word) no longer than 15 minutes. Artists may be asked to perform their piece before final selection and are required to attend a rehearsal if chosen. Submit proposals to: Cabaret Magritte, 3661 N. Campbell, Suite 587, Tucson, AZ 85719. Deadline is January 10.
CALL FOR MEMBERS. Desert Artisans Cooperative gallery seeks artists for membership. All media except video and performance art are considered. Immediate openings are available for three dimensional work. Deadline for application is February 2. Send SASE for prospectus to: Desert Artisans, 6536 Tanque Verde Road, No. 120, Tucson, AZ 85715. Call 722-4412 for information.
ART TALK. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., offers the following free lecture at 1:30 p.m. in the Education Building: Jennie Powell presents Touring the Great Museums of Europe on January 4; Vida Thomas presents Grant Wood: American Gothic January 8; and Sr. Sheila Mortonson presents El Greco's Distortions: The Result of Defective Vision? on January 11. Call 624-2333 for information.
TEACHERS/ARTISTS. Artists/teachers of various disciplines are needed to teach eight-week sessions for Pima County's Parks and Recreation after-school programs. Sites include elementary schools and recreation centers in Tucson, Ajo, Arivaca, Avra Valley, Catalina, Littletown, Rillito, Sahuarita and South Tucson. Call the Tucson/Pima Arts Council at 624-0595, ext. 16, for an application and information.
TEMPLE TOURS. There will be no tours January 6. ATC hosts tours of the historic Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., at 11 a.m. every Monday and at 10 a.m. every Saturday through May 18, 1996. Tours begin in the courtyard and are guided by ATC docents. Reservations are not needed for these free public tours. Group tours may be arranged by calling Hope Towner at 884-8210.
ART OPTIONS. Fine Art Options represents local fine artists with rotating shows in a variety of Tucson businesses. Fine art sales and leasing are also available. Call Donna Wallin at 795-9030 for current shows and/or consultation.
ART WALK. Visit the Downtown Arts District from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, with free docent-led Art Walk tours beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Park Inn Suite Santa Rita Hotel, 88 E. Broadway. Call 624-9977 for information and a listing of participating galleries.
FIND YOUR VOICE. Seeking your creativity? Want to find your voice? Do so through experiments with sound and voice, words and play. Call 544-8683 for registration and information.
DEMONSTRATION. Watch glassblowers practice their craft at the downtown studio of Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, 711 S. Sixth Ave. Call 884-7404 to confirm the day's schedule or if there are more than six people in your party.
ARIZONA OPERA. TCC Music Hall. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4266. Arizona Opera Company performs Das Rheingold, one story in Wagner's tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen, at 7:30 p.m. January 11 and 13, and at 2 p.m. January 14. Das Rheingold tells the mythical tale of a greedy dwarf, lustful gods and a powerful ring. Performance is sung in German. Tickets range from $19 to $61 and are available at the TCC box office and all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call the Arizona Opera at 293-4336 for information.
Performances This Week
CORNELL GLEE CLUB. Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft. The Arizona Repertory Singers present a performance by the Cornell University Glee Club at 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 8. Tickets are $10, $8 seniors and $6 students and are available at the door or by calling ARS at 792-8141.
PIPE ORGAN RECITAL. Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 2331 E. Adams St. Organist Dr. Paul-Marin Maki performs a free dedicatory recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 5, in celebration of the completion of the largest pipe organ in Southern Arizona. A reception and Twelfth Night party will follow in the Parish Hall. Call 327-6857 for information.
PROSCENIUM THEATRE. PCC West Campus. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6458. The Tucson Symphony Chamber Orchestra performs Sweet Serenade Surrender at 8 p.m. January 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. January 7. Works by Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky are featured. Tickets are $17 and are available at the TSO box office and all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call 882-8585 for information.
ST. PHILIP'S IN THE HILLS. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. Martha Salzman and Jeffri Sanders perform a free duo harpsichord recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 7. Works featured include those by Telemann, Schroeder, Couperin and Bach.
LUNCHTIME CONCERTS. Free concerts are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., in the gazebo area. Interested musicians can call 623-2748 for information.
BROWN BAG CONCERTS. Tucson Scottish Rite continues its winter organ concert series with a performance from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave. Joey Burns and Paula Jean Brown perform accoustic folk songs from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, at Dinnerware Gallery, 135 E. Congress St.
AUDITION NOTICE. Reveille Gay Men's Chorus holds auditions at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 6, at the Metropolitan Community Church of Tucson, 3269 N. Mountain Ave. Men of all ages, races and musical experience are encouraged to audition. Call 795-7156 for information.
CALL FOR MEMBERS. The Tucson Masterworks Chorale seeks members, especially tenors. Rehearsals for J.S. Bach's St. John's Passion are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays beginning January 8 at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway. Call 884-3506 for information.
AUDITION NOTICE. The Arizona Repertory Singers, an a cappella adult choir, holds auditions for tenors, baritones and basses Tuesday evenings throughout January. Prospective members should be able to read music and have choral experience. Call Kathleen Santo at 529-1502 for an audition and information.
ATC BENEFIT. Davis Gaines, Broadway's Phantom of the Opera, takes off his mask for a concert to benefit the Arizona Theatre Company on Tuesday, January 16, at Herberger Theatre, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Gaines' An Intimate Evening of Song: From Broadway and Beyond is part of ATC's annual fundraising gala, Cabaret Ninety-Six. Event begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by Gaines' performance at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $95 to $175 and are available through the ATC box office, the Herberger box office and all Dillard's tickets outlets. Call ATC at 622-2823 for information.
SINGERS NEEDED. The UA Community Chorus is looking for singers for the spring 1996 portion of its concert season. Tenors and basses are especially needed. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning January 16, in the UA Music Building, room 146. No audition necessary, but a $10 fee is required at the first rehearsal. Call David DeVenney at 621-8651 or James Kantor at 621-4444 for information.
BLUEGRASS JAM. The Folk Shop. 2525 N. Campbell Ave. 881-7147. Join in the fun from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, at this monthly bluegrass music jam. Everyone is welcome, with practiced players invited to join in.
UA MUSIC/DANCE. UA School of Music and Dance calendars for the 1995-1996 season are currently available. The UA School of Music and Dance presents between 250 and 300 concert events each year, most of them free of charge. To subscribe, send your name, address and a check for $5 payable to the University of Arizona, to: Calendar Subscription, School of Music, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. For this week's music and dance events call the 24-hour MusiCall hotline at 621-2998.
WEST AFRICAN DANCE. Join Denise Hawthorne-Bey for intensive and beginning classes in West African dance at the Southwest School of Music and Dance, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Registration is open for classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 884-0811 for information. Student rates are available.
TFTM DANCES. Tucson Friends Of Traditional Music hosts a Contra Dance every Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Zenith Center, 330 E. Seventh St. All levels, singles and couples welcome. Admission is $4, $3 for TFTM members. Call 327-1779 for information.
SQUARE DANCE FESTIVAL. Registration is still open for the 48th annual Southern Arizona Square and Round Dance and Clogging Festival, January 18 through 20, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Contact Jim and Genny Young at 885-6273 for registration forms and information.
BALLROOM DANCING. Dance to live music from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays at Let's Dance Club, 6245 E. Bellevue. Singles and couples of all skill levels are welcome. Enjoy theme-dress occasions with a large, romantic, decorated ballroom to match. Cost is $7, $5 for members. Free group dance lessons are offered from 7 to 8 p.m. for members. Annual membership is $20. Call 885-4599 for information.
FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS. Parade entries are being accepted for the 71st La Fiesta de los Vaqueros parade on Thursday, February 22. Deadline for entries is January 12. Tickets for the rodeo go on sale January 9, and are available at all Dillard's ticket outlets, all neighborhood community centers, El Con Mall, Park Mall, Tucson Mall, Foothills Mall, Eastside City Hall, Centennial Hall, Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona Hatters and the Rodeo Grounds box office. Call the parade office at 294-1280 for parade and rodeo information.
TMA FEASTS. Tickets for the Tucson Museum of Art's annual feast fundraiser, scheduled for four weekends in February, are on sale now. An exotic, unforgettable dinner will be served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February in private homes, restaurants and unique settings throughout the Tucson and Tubac area. A few dinners being offered are: A Food and Wine Tour of the Mediterranean; Fungi Perfecti--A Vegetarian Dinner; Monet's Country Table; the fourth annual Moveable Feast in Tubac; and No Bull--Conversation and Dinner in the Tee Pee. Cost is $80 per person. All proceeds benefit the Tucson Museum of Art. Call TMA at 624-2333 for a brochure detailing the homes, menus and for reservations.
Events This Week
STARS ON ICE. The world's greatest figure skaters take to the ice at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, at the TCC Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. Kristi Yamaguchi, Paul Wylie, Christine "Tuffy" Hough and Doug Ladret, Scott Hamilton, Katarina Witt, Rosalyn Sumners, Kurt Browning, Elena Bechke and Denis Petrov, and Susanna Rahkamo and Petri Kokko grace Tucson with their incredible style and athleticism. Tickets range from $25 to $32.50 and are available at the TCC box office and all Dillard's ticket outlets. One dollar from each ticket will be donated to the local Make-A-Wish chapter. Call 791-4266 to charge tickets and for information.
DOWNTOWN SATURDAY. Experience art and culture with exciting street performances, live music and self-guided historic and art tours all day Saturday, January 6. The evening is highlighted by a Celebration of the Spoken Word sponsored by the Tucson Poetry Festival, Old Pueblo Playwrights and Tellers of Tales, presenting poetry readings, stories and micro-plays at a.k.a Theatre, Etherton Gallery, Antigone Books and Boditree Gallery. One Heartbeat brings drums, dance and storytelling to Arizona Alley. Pick up a program of events at the information booth at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Congress Street. Call 624-9977 for events and information.
STORYTELLING FOR EMPOWERMENT. Tohono O'odham storytellers share traditional stories in Winter Storytelling Nights from 6 to 8:30 p.m. January 8, 9, and 10, at Baboquivari Middle School in Sells. An English-only session will be held January 29 through 31. Call Regina Siquieros at (520) 383-2620 for information.
FIREHOUSE GUESTS. Northwest Fire Department hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 6, at all their fire stations. Visitors may tour the fire stations, check out fire equipment and the trucks and talk with firefighters. Call 742-4749 for information.
FOOD FAIRE. Experience the charm of a European style open-air market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at Plaza Palomino, Swan and Fort Lowell roads. The gourmet food faire features fresh produce, herbs, coffee, arts and crafts, live music and more. Call 795-1177 for information.
FARMERS MARKET. St. Philip's Plaza, Campbell Avenue and River Road, hosts a farmers market every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m., featuring local artisans and food vendors. The Humane Society will also be featuring a selection of pets for adoption each week. Call 628-9811 for information.
LAMPLIGHT READING. The Lamplight Reading Series reconvenes at 7 p.m. Sunday, January 7, at The Grill, 100 E. Congress. Poets J. Shakespeare Keith and Virginia Chase Sutton will be featured. Call 743-0940 for information.
CREATIVE WRITING. The Tucson Center for the Arts is sponsoring two 8-part creative writing classes January 10 through February 21. Instructor Diane Payne will lead students through writing exercises, critiques and analyses as well as short story writing, editing and methods for getting works published. Session I takes place from 10 a.m. to noon, and Session II takes place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call the Tubac Center for the Arts at (520) 398-2371 for information.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY. The Dead Poets Society is a writing forum and network designed for people who write and hide it in boxes. For more information call 577-2444.
AUTHORS' NIGHT. Escape to the mountains of Flagstaff and clear your mind for Authors' Night, a consortium that provides a non-threatening atmosphere for published and unpublished regional writers to share their literary work. The first Authors' Night of 1996 begins January 15 with a pot-luck supper at 6 p.m., followed with readings at 7 p.m., at the Coconino Center for the Arts, located on North Fort Valley Road, Highway 180. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month. Call (520) 779-6921 for information.
BOOK EXHIBIT. James T. Sinski, UA professor emeritus of microbiology, shares his hobby of collecting pop-up books with fellow bibliophiles in the annual pop-up storybook exhibition continuing through January at the UA Main Library, south side of the UA Mall near Cherry Avenue. The collection is located in three different areas of the library and covers topics from Disney's favorite villains to 15th century Italian architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Call the Main Library at 621-6440 for information.
POETRY READING. Open mic poetry reading meets every Wednesday night from 9 to 11 p.m. at Gargoyles Coffee House, 3206 N. First Ave. Poetry and dramatic reading enthusiasts are invited to share original poems or the works of a favorite poet/writer. Call 690-1930 for information.
SPARROWGRASS POETRY. Sparrowgrass Poetry is offering a grand prize of $500 in its Distinguished Poet Awards poetry contest. Poets may enter one poem only, 20 lines or less, on any subject and in any poetic style. Submitted poems will also be considered for publication. No entry charge. Deadline is January 31. Send poem to: Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc., Dept. N, 203 Diamond St., Sisterville, WV 26175.
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS. Ready, Set, Read! Workshop. Help your kids learn to read. Call Literacy Volunteers of Pima County. at 884-8337 for information.
JUST FOR KIDS. The TSO Wind Quintet presents Animal Music, in two Just For Kids concerts at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 6, at The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. The sounds of animals portrayed in classical music is featured. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and join in the fun. Admission is free. Call 792-9155 for information.
A.N.T.S. Kids ages 2 through 5 are invited to join Audubon Nature Tots from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 13, at a location on the Northwest side of town. April Baisin will teach participants how seeds become trees using nature activities, song, dance, arts and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call Nancy Nelson at 629-0429 for reservations and information.
SCIENCE ALIVE! Help "Galileo" figure out How Do We Discover at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, January 6, at the Children's Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave. The show is free with admission to the museum. Call the Children's Museum at 792-9985 for information. Call 326-3583 for Science Alive! school programs.
SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT HELP. Members of the Society of Women Engineers and others from the UA will work one-on-one with students K-12 seeking help with science fair projects from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 6, at Nannini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road. Please bring any school science fair information. Call 791-4626. These workshops will be held throughout the month of January at various library locations in Tucson.
ESSAY CONTEST. The Grand Canyon State Games Student Essay Contest seeks submissions by Arizona students on How Sports Make a Difference or How Sports Build Character. All essays must have a cover page with the following information: title, author's name, address and telephone number, birthdate, school, certification by parents and teacher. Send entries to: Grand Canyon State Games, P.O. Box 15068, Phoenix, AZ 85060-5068. Deadline is January 15. Call (602) 545-3700 for information.
Arizona Historical Society. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through December 31, 1996: A Memento for My Descendants: The Buehman Studio Perspective, featuring the photographic works of German immigrant Henry Buehman; Exploring 1870s Tucson, a hands-on exhibit showcasing Tucson's rich, multi-cultural heritage; and Emergence: The South Park Story, 1940-1950, an intimate look at the South Park Neighborhood, one of Tucson's first Black communities. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM. Park Avenue and University Boulevard 621-6302. The Arizona State Museum, on the University of Arizona campus, features anthropology exhibits with particular emphasis on the Southwest. Continuing through December 1996: Mexican Masks: Faces of the Fiesta, an exhibit of more than 350 Mexican folk masks, from mermaids to scorpions. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Flandrau Science Center. UA campus. 621-STAR. Exhibit halls feature hands-on science exhibits and a 16-inch telescope that allows the public an astronomer's view of the night sky. A mineral museum in the basement features hundreds of beautiful minerals and gems. The planetarium theater offers entertaining programs on scientific and cultural topics, as well as laser light shows featuring projections that explode across the dome in a rainbow of colors. Admission to exhibits is $2, free with purchase of a theater ticket. Up to four children are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Telescope viewing is still free and is offered from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Theater ticket prices are $3 and $4.50. Call 621-STAR for information on times and shows.
FORT LOWELL MUSEUM. 2900 N. Craycroft Road, in Fort Lowell Park. Learn about the forts, camps, the Mexican militia cavalry and more with Lances, Shields and Carbines: The Military History of Tucson from 1775 to 1891. The exhibit consists of 13 paintings by artist Wayne Sumstine and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through January 1996.
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MUSEUM. 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. 629-0100. This non-profit educational institution is dedicated to increasing the knowledge and appreciation of the world's fascinating wildlife. Admission is $5, $3.75 for seniors, military and students and $1.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
PIMA AIR MUSEUM. 6000 E. Valencia Road. 574-9658. On display are 185 military, commercial and civilian aircraft, including a full-scale mock-up of the Kitty Hawk, a presidential plane used by news media and JFK during the 1960s, numerous photos, air and space uniforms and memorabilia. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admittance at 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military and $3 for children ages 10 to 17. Free for aviation buffs under 10.
Reid Park Zoo. 22nd Street, east of Country Club Road. 791-4022. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors, 75 cents for children 5 to 14 and free for children 4 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of the animals, don't bring any food, toys or pets.
SOSA-CARRILLO-FREMONT HOUSE MUSEUM. 151 S. Granada Ave. 622-0956. Continuing through January 31: an exhibit of authentic antique toys, ornaments, nativity scenes and menorahs as well as Christmas trees decorated with ornaments from Tucson's territorial years. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
TUCSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tuesdays are reserved for group tours only. Admission is $1.50 for children, $3 for adults. Call 792-9985 for registration and information.
YOZEUM. 2900 N. Country Club Road. 322-0100. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On display are all kinds of yo-yos, from styles popular in the 1920s to current designs, and yo-yo memorabilia. The owner of the museum is Don Duncan, Jr., son of the founder of Duncan Yo-Yos. Groups and schools can call ahead to arrange for a tour. Free admission.
WINGS OVER WILLCOX. Wings Over Willcox, an annual celebration of the Sandhill Crane, happens January 19 through 21. This event features workshops, field tours, activities and exhibits to inform both novice and expert bird enthusiasts. Field trip participation is limited. Registration forms may be obtained by calling the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at (520) 384-2272 or (800) 200-2272. Pre-registration deadline is January 12.
HISTORIC WALKS. Walking tours of El Presidio Historic District are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. beginning at the Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave. Tours last approximately 2 hours. Cost is $4. Call 622-0956 for registration and information.
NATURE TOURS. Baja's Frontier Tours offers natural history and whale watching in Baja, tours through Mexico and day and overnight eco-tours around Southern Arizona. Future tours include Caving and Astronomy and Native American Storytelling. Advance registration is required. Call Piet Van de Mark at 887-2340 for registration and information.
PADDLERS CLUB. The Southern Arizona Paddlers Club meets at 7 p.m. Monday, January 8, at The Dive Shop, 1702 E. Prince Road. Jim Slingluff will discuss Canoeing in Arizona. Call Bob Crawford at 544-3720 for information.
ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS. The Center for Desert Archaeology offers tours of both downtown Tucson and remote desert sites, providing new visions of Tucson's fascinating past. See the hidden 3,000 year-old village downtown, prehistoric rock art petroglyphs or half-day tours to Signal Hill, Picture Rocks and King's Canyon. Contact Connie Allen-Bacon at 881-2244 for more information on tours. Individual, group and corporate rates are available.
TOHONO CHUL PARK. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Tohono Chul Park grounds are open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. The park presents "Walk in the Park Tours" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. "Birds of Tohono Chul Tours" depart at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Tours last about one hour. "Art in the Park Tours," a docent-guided look at the gallery exhibits, happen at 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. A Xeriscape Landscape tour will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20. Call 742-6455 for reservations and information.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. The museum is part botanical garden, part geology museum and part zoological park. Naturalistic settings house 1,386 plant species and 317 animal species. Interpretive tours, live animal visits, and botanical and raptor interpretations are given daily. During the month of January early morning birdwalks begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Guided tours are held daily at 10, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Live animal interpretations are held daily at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. Admission is $8.95 ages 13 and over, and $1.75 ages 6 through 12. Discount group rates are available.
HIKING. Southern Arizona Hiking Club meets several days during the week. There are at least two different hikes on each of these days. All hikes are rated for difficulty. Call 751-4513 for more information.
Sierra Club. The Sierra Club offers many outdoor activities including bike trips, campouts, picnics, singles events and various hikes for all levels. Call the Sierra Club at 620-6401 for information.
WATERSMART WORKSHOP. Metro Water sponsors two free Watersmart Workshops Saturday, January 6, at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, in the Wilson Room. J.D. DiMeglio of Horizons West will offer suggestions and solutions for creating water-wise landscaping. Drip Irrigation Design and Installation meets from 9 to 11 a.m., and Irrigation Timers is from 1 to 3 p.m. Call Metro Water at 575-8100 for registration and information.
RAPTOR ECOLOGY. A Raptor Ecology class is held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, January 6, at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, in the Desert Museum classrooms. Participants will learn about the raptor's natural history and how to identify them. Registration is required. Cost is $20, $10 for museum members. Call 883-2702 for registration and information.
DEQ HOTLINES. The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality wants you to call 622-5700 to report cars or buses spewing disgusting, health-destroying smoke. If you spot any of those wildcat dump hogs call 622-5800 with the location, license plate number and type of trash being dumped. Businesses needing hazardous waste assistance can call the Hazmat Education Helpline at 740-3346.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE. The Tucson/Pima County hazardous waste disposal site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Friday and Saturday for household waste disposal. For more information call 740-3340.
RECYCLING CENTERS. The following neighborhood drop-off centers are open 24 hours daily: Cholla High School, 2001 W. 22nd St.; Booth-Fickett Magnet School, 7240 E. Calle Arturo; and Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St. All city and county landfills also have recycling centers. Call 791-5000 for hours and locations. Multi-material recycling facilities are located at Recycle America, 945 S. Freeway Blvd. Call 622-4731 for hours.
RETHINKIT LINE. Don't know whether to throw it, hoe it or stow it? The RETHINKIT Recycling Information Line, 791-5000, offers information for callers with recycling questions and concerns.
BOTANICAL GARDENS. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Nursery hours are 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Guided tours of the gardens are offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Other regular attractions include the following: "Birds and Gardening" tours at 9 a.m. Tuesday; "Gardening for the Newcomer," a monthly class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; a plant clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; the Native Seeds/SEARCH mini-museum of ethnobotanical displays, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and the TBG library, open 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Botanical illustration classes begin January 6. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Call 326-9255.
TUCSON HERBAL COALITION. The Tucson Herbal Coalition hosts a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 8, at the Zenith Center, 330 E. Seventh St. Robert Oser, from the Food Conspiracy Co-op, will speak on Fresh Herbs in Tucson Markets. Donations accepted. Call Lois Lockhart at 883-0377 for information.
TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS. The Master Composters of the Tucson Organic Gardeners staff a compost maintenance site at TBG with master composters on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday to answer all of your composting questions. Call the Compost Assistance Line at 798-6215; or call 883-0377 for information on monthly lectures.
GARDEN DEMONSTRATIONS. The following free, one-hour demonstrations are offered at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.; and at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road: January 10: Pruning Roses. Call 628-5628 for information.
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