REMEMBERING FRIDA: Independent art curator, historian and author Sarah Lowe presents Frida Kahlo's Diaries, a free lecture addressing the artist's construction of identity in her personal diaries. As the wife of artist Diego Rivera, Kahlo struggled in her own right as an artist, creating the well-known self-portraits revealing her desires, afflictions, fears and obsessions. While her carefully constructed public identity has been claimed by popular culture, she is also credited with forming "a vital chapter in the history of Mexican art and politics." Lecture begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 25, in the UA College of Architecture auditorium, south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. Call 621-7570 for information.
CORNEL WEST: Dr. Cornel West, distinguished scholar, author and civil rights advocate, gives a free lecture at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 27, in the UA Student Union Arizona Ballroom. His current academic interests include conflicts facing urban African Americans and maintaining an ongoing dialogue between Blacks and Jews. Call 621-5664 for information.
ZOOPER BOWL SATURDAY: Those of you who could give a fig about this weekend's pigskin ritual, pack up the picnic basket, grab a blanket and head over to Reid Park Zoo, Country Club Road and 22nd Street, for a football-free Super-Bowl Tailgate Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 27 (the snack bar will also be open for the picnic impaired). Today's human exhibit includes performances by the CDO Choir, Ironwood Morris Dance Team, the Old Time Fiddlers Association and a variety of hands-on activities hosted by Tucson Parks and Recreation. All entertainment is free, but regular zoo admission applies. No grills or alcoholic beverages will be permitted. Call 791-3204 for information.
SPANISH-COLONIAL LIVING: These days, the term calls to mind wood-frame and stucco homes littering the foothills; but Mark Santiago, collections manager at the Arizona Historical Society, presents an historic picture of the daily lives and activities of Spanish colonists in the missions and presidios of Pimeria Alta (such as Tumacacori and Tubac) in a free lecture co-sponsored by the Anza Trail Coalition, AHS and Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society. Santiago will exhibit items from AHS collections and describe their purpose and cultural significance. Lecture meets at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 27, in the Arizona Historical Society auditorium, 949 E. Second St. Free parking is available at the new garage on Second Street at Euclid Avenue. Call 628-5774 for information.
GLOBAL ART SIGNING: Featured artists in Visions of Global Unity: Inspired Images from the Global Art Project will sign postcards of their works from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, January 28, at the Tucson Museum of Art Museum Store, 140 N. Main Ave. Local artists include Margo Burwell, Gloria Ficalora, Katherine Josten, Michael Mayer, Carol Sano and Clealis Young. Call the Global Art Project at 628-8353 for information.
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