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MOTORHEADS: Those zany Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts are at it again, as they feature the grooviest wheels around in their third-annual collector car show.

"There will definitely be plenty of variety," says Nuts spokesman Roger Bille. "We'll have 12 classes of cars, from old to new, and from sports cars to a big Mustang show. There'll also be plenty of exquisite street rods." As a teaser, Bille says last year's show included an Indy racer made street-legal: "You should have seen it--a real beauty."

Proceeds assist the Sahuarita Team Offers Prevention (S.T.O.P) anti-drug program at Sahuarita schools, and the purchase of a spiffy car to raffle off to some genuflecting high school senior.

Free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at the Tubac Golf Resort, located one hour south of Tucson off Exit 40. Those wishing to enter cars must arrive by 9 a.m., and fees vary. For information, call 648-1848.

MEANS TO AN END: He was the bad-ass first national director of the American Indian Movement (AIM), and has since ranked among the most influential Native American leaders in the country.

Today, Russell Means continues bringing Indian issues to the forefront, spearheading several poignant protests in such remote locales as Mount Rushmore, Plymouth Rock, Bureau of Indian Affairs offices in Washington, D.C., and the infamously tragic siege at Wounded Knee. Most recently, he led the widespread denunciation of the quincentnary observance of Columbus' landing.

He arrives in Tucson to sign and discuss his incendiary new book, Where White Men Fear to Tread. Billed as the first full account of those ground-breaking moments, the book strives to give readers "a deeper understanding of the poverty and suffering that gave rise to the American Indian movement."

Lecture is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at The Book Mark, 5001 E. Speedway. Call 881-6350 for details.

LITERARY BUZZ: Those over-indulging scribes known as the Drunken Word Poets present The Cheap Truth Highball Hour, described as a "night of sparkling wit and swanky attitude."

And swank it is. Hosted by refreshing master-of-ceremonies Tom Collins, today's Back to School Bonanza Show mixes poetry and lyric melody, featuring local luminaries such as the dapper young Carl Marcum, Erin Whitfield from the House of Thumpress, and the Smoking Goddess herself, Stephanie Murray. The World's Most Innocuous Band, Jim "Stumpy Joe" Gyuro and swinging Lori Barritt, provide the smooth musical backdrop.

The Cheap Truth fires up at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is free. Call 622-8848 for details. TW

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