SMALL INCIDENTS: Authors Joan Hess and Davis Kellogg are both known for their comically wry take on murder and mayhem in small towns, along with the eccentric characters that live in them.

Now Hess is back in theme with Misery Loves Maggody, the 11th installment in her award-winning mystery series featuring Arly Hanks, the female sheriff in the tiny town of Maggody, Arkansas. Nothing But Gossip is the fourth in Kellogg's series, featuring Lilly Bennett, the city-slick marshal of Bennett's Fort, Wyoming.

Cheap Thrills Hess and Kellogg will discuss and sign copies of their books from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, at Clues Unlimited, 16 Broadway Village, at Broadway and Country Club Road. For details, call 326-8533.

BOOKSTACK BLEND: Singer/ songwriter Kristy Kruger bends her chords among the stacks in a free performance hosted by Bookman's Used Books.

Known for her soulful mix of folk-rock, jazz and blues, Kruger's appearance comes on the heels of her recently released CD, Bachelor of Apathy.

The free performance runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, in Bookman's, 1930 E. Grant Road. Call 325-5767 for more information.

URBAN DESIGNS: The rise, fall and resurgence of urban Jewish spaces is charted in Urban Diaspora: Reclaiming Space. Through a meshing of words, photographs and artifacts, this traveling exhibit details the "generational links" created by restored Jewish sites, including restoration of Tucson's historic Stone Temple.

The exhibit runs through February 14 in the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to
9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday.

The JCC also hosts Architectural Legacies, a free lecture series about preserving cultural heritage through the built environment. On Thursday, January 21, architect Corky Poster will deliver a lecture entitled Sacred Spaces and Community Development. Poster worked on the Stone Avenue Temple Master Plan, and the Dunbar Project, for an African-American Museum and Cultural Center. Lecture begins at 7 p.m. For details, call 628-3668.

BIG BOOTS, TALL TALES: According to long-standing legend, King Arthur was head of the Britons in the sixth century. His mythical reign came complete with handsome knights of the round table, who sallied forth atop stately horses bedecked by ornamental feathers, metal and jewels. It's also the story of magnificent castles, and more distressed damsels than you can shake a jousting stick at.

Vergie Miller recounts those glorious times through early illuminated manuscripts and romantic 19th-century paintings, where the stories were depicted in graceful, linear, art nouveau Arabesques.

This free lecture is at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 25, in the TMA Education Center Auditorium, 140 N. Main Ave. Call 624-2333 for information.

MOONSTRUCK: The night sky has sparked man's curiosity for millennia. Luckily, here in the Old Pueblo, we just happen to live in the very hub of celestial theorizing. The UA Steward Observatory taps into that quest for knowledge with its long-running astronomy lecture series, continuing Monday, January 25, with The Millimeter and Sub-Millimeter Universe, presented by Dr. Thomas Wilson.

The free lecture is at 7:30 p.m. in the Steward Observatory, Room N210, on the UA campus at 933 N. Cherry Ave. For better coordinates, call 621-5049. TW

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