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Das Rheingold shines at 7:30 tonight and Saturday, January 13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 14, at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $19 to $61, available at the TCC and Dillard's box offices. Call 791-4836 to charge tickets; or call 293-4336 for information the Arizona Opera season.
WHAT'S COOKIN'. "The salsa was the most challenging," says Donna Nordin, co-owner of Café Terra Cotta and author of Contemporary Southwest: The Café Terra Cotta Cookbook. She's talking about adapting the recipes--some Terra Cotta standards and menu items that have since fallen by the wayside. "Cutting the recipes down to portions suitable from home use, like changing five gallons of salsa into one or two cups was really frustrating at times." Her labors have resulted in a colorful collection of user-friendly recipes. "It's a smattering of what we do," she hints. Nordin, who's also been instrumental in operating Tohono Chul Park's Tea Room since it opened in 1987, returns to the park this evening with a delectable program for amateur gourmands which will include the preparation and sampling of grilled duck breast with mole, corn risotto, arroz verde ( a spicy rice dish with puree of cilantro, poblano and jalapeño, and a delicate, chocolate dessert she calls "Saguaro pâté."
A sampling of dried-spice "creative condiments" from Café Terra Cotta is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Gift Gallery, followed this evening by Cooking the Contemporary Southwest, a demonstration by Nordin, at 7 p.m. in the park's Wilson Room. Cost is $5 for members, $8 for non-members. Call for 742-6455 for reservations, as space is limited.
And if your inclined to take a more participatory approach, step into the Santa Rita Ballroom, 120 S. Sixth Ave., for almost-free salsa dance lessons at 8 tonight only. Raphael Moreno and Descarga provide the music and instruction. Cover is $4 at the door. Dance lessons are $1 more.
Green, also a UA fine arts graduate, celebrates her debut gallery show with renderings in oil on canvas she describes as "paintings influenced by travel and impossibilities."
The show continues through February 10 at Raw Gallery, 43 S. Sixth Ave. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Downtown Saturday Night and Thursday Art Walk. Call 882-6927 for information.
BORDERLANDS THEATRE. Borderlands celebrates its 10th anniversary as a showcase for the diverse voices of the Southwest with an evening of fun featuring Diane Rodriquez's Pathway to Divadom, "a one-woman comedy about femininity, power and fat-free tamales." Rafael Moreno and Descarga spice up the celebration with hot Latin jazz. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with appetizers and a no-host bar, and continues on 'til midnight at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $20, available in advance from Jeff's Classical Records, Antigone Books and the Borderlands Theatre office. Call 882-7406 for tickets and information.
KING COMMEMORATION. Even before there was an official holiday, there was an annual interfaith commemoration of the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The community gathering heads into its 11th year with the theme "Opening the Gates," an hour-long program featuring keynote speaker Silvy Edmonds, a community activist and professional financial consultant focusing on the need to develop and nurture diversity at all institutional and community leadership levels. Representatives from Tucson's Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Native American and Baha'i communities will also participate; and winning art creations from the Anne Frank Message of Hope exhibition will be displayed. Commemoration begins at 7 p.m. at Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway.
We guarantee this is the most inspiring event you'll attend this week. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $6, $3 for children, available at the door. Call 884-1220 for information.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum-sponsored program includes specimens from the Museum's permanent mineral collection, with the hard facts on the history and uses of this common crystal. Lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society's clubhouse, 3727 E. Blacklidge Drive. Call 883-3018 for information.
Soften up the room with a few rounds with a buffet luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. at Hotel Park Tucson, 5151 E. Grant Road. Lecture and discussion will continue from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $16 at the door.
POETRY SLAM. Gargoyles, 3206 N. First Ave., presents poetry as you've never seen it before in this first-time Slam event featuring local poets in a come-one, come-all participatory peformance poetry extravaganza. Competing poets are limited to one original work less than three minutes in length, with a crack team of judges drawn from the audience. Remaining audience members are charged with the all-important task of cheering the poets and "creating an environment where the judges must bend to the will of the people." All tongues should be placed firmly in cheek before entering the building.
The first annual Jimmy Flash Poetry Slam is a free, all-ages show starting at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 690-1930 for information.
City Week includes events selected by Calendar Editor Mari Wadsworth. Event information is accurate as of press time. The Weekly recommends calling event organizers to check for last-minute changes in location, time, price, etc.
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