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Thursday 28

TOP ENSEMBLE. For more than 25 years, the Kronos Quartet has been at the top of the modern composed-music game. During that time, the ensemble--violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud--has gained an international reputation for its hip performance style and repertoire ranging from Shostokovich to Jimi Hendrix.

City Week Kronos arrives in Tucson for a workshop and two performances, with Jennifer Culp of the Empyrean Ensemble filling in for Jeanrenaud, who's taking a sabbatical. Today they'll take part in Unlocking the Creative Process, a free symposium sponsored by UApresents. The symposium begins at 7:30 p.m. in the UA Center for English as a Second Language, Room 102, at 110 E. N. Campus Drive.

Tomorrow the quartet gives an intimate concert featuring selections from their best-selling CD, Early Music. The concert will span nearly 1,200 years of composition, from the ancient Greek modes of 19th-century Byzantine composer Kassia, to new works by Hyo Shin Na and Terry Riley. Show time is
8 p.m. in the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 110 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $20, half price for students and children ages 18 and under.

On Saturday, they'll perform a special 25th-anniversary concert in UA Centennial Hall, on campus east of Park Avenue. Highlights will include Steve Reich's 1988 masterpiece Different Trains, and Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, arranged by John Geist. Show time is 8 p.m., and tickets range from $16 to $28, half-price for students and children ages 18 and under.

Tickets for both performances are available at the Centennial Hall box office, or by calling 621-3341.

ALL-AGE PHILS. Team players of all ages and abilities share their love of music today as The Foothills Phil orchestra kicks off its winter/spring season. Laszlo Veres will conduct this intergenerational affair, which is open to musicians without audition. Show time is 6:45 p.m. in the Catalina Foothills High School Band Room, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive. Fee to join is $30, and advance registration is requested. For registration and other information, call 577-5304.

Friday 29

COSMIC MELEE. Tucsonans can shake their eclectic booties at tonight's dance party with "Big Beat" band Cosmic Debris, hosted by The Little Temple.

There will also be guided world rhythms and movement with musician Steve Granek, and open jamming with the aforementioned cosmic ensemble, which is gaining a local following for its mix of blues, jazz and rock.

The action runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in The Little Temple, 721 N. Second Ave. Admission is $5, free for children. For information, call 297-7511.

EXTREME EXHAUSTION. Yep, it's that time of year, when the brown cloud emitted by a million small smokestacks, i.e. the automobile, hang like a shroud over Tucson, held close by a booming population and atmospheric inversions.

No doubt about it--auto exhaust is a nasty, smelly, puking... oh, you get the point. How to fight back? How about joining the Community Bike Ride, wherein pink-lungers like yourself jump atop their two-wheeled steeds to prove there's a wiser way to get around.

The free, leisurely rides begin at 4:30 p.m. on the last Friday of each month, in the parking lot of Time Market, 444 E. University Blvd. For details, call 327-1129.

WACKY WALLOP. Those poignantly zany gals of Bloodhut Productions get down to hardcore yuks with Fun and Games! Bloodhut is hardly known for timidity when it comes to plumbing the human condition. Now they revive that quest in a humorous vein, with a night of edgy improv humor that promises plenty of audience participation.

Fun and Games! starts at 7 p.m. in Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. Admission is free. Call 792-3715 for details.

Saturday 30

DETAIL ORIENTED. The Nitpickers have a unique way of blending folk, rock, country, bluegrass, swing, punk and even four-part harmony. Then again, such a blend could hardly be anything but...different.

"It's very organic," guitarist Dave Insley says of his Tempe-based band's acoustic music. You may or may not know Insley from his other raucous Valley incarnations, including Der Frankfurters, and Politics or Pontiacs. This time around, he joins a line-up that includes Jeff Farias on upright bass and vocals; Steve Borick on mandolin, guitar and vocals; and Jim Bolek on banjo, mandolin, dobro and vocals.

The Nitpickers play at 9:30 p.m. at 7 Black Cats, 260 E. Congress St. Cover is $3. For details, call 670-9202.

PAST SPATS. So just how did ancient Arizonans navigate rocky trails between villages before the advent of Birkies, Doc Martens and Rockports?

The answer is revealed in Walking the Desert: Prehistoric Sandals of the Southwest, a new exhibit in the Arizona State Museum. This display features the museum's seldom-seen collection of prehistoric flip-flops, dating back some 7,000 years. Made of yucca grass and reed, the amazing footwear reveals much about the culture of their wearers, not to mention the still-evolving sense of Southwest fashion.

Walking the Desert is on display in the ASM, on the UA campus inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 621-6302 for information.

Sunday 31

OIL AND WATER. Known for her rich oils, artist Karen Alfred has recently moved on to watercolors, a change revealing the rich subtleties in her work. Her latest pieces capture the "essence of effect," from sunshine and deep morning shadows to Southwestern landscapes drenched in afternoon warmth. By contrast, Peg Wagner depicts landscapes, interiors and florals in soft pastels on sanded papers.

The work of both artists is on display through February 25, with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. today, in St. Philip's in the Hills Murphey Gallery, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Regular gallery hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call 299-1816 for details.

SCARY THOUGHTS. Just how dangerous is it out there? A blue-ribbon panel takes a serious look at crime with Staying Safe in a Violent World, a discussion hosted by Hadassah. Panelists include Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Master Sgt. Andy Suan, who will tackle terrorism; Michael Polakowski, an associate UA professor in the School of Public Administration Policy, who'll address school violence; Anjali Tierney of the Tucson Rape Crisis Center, speaking about domestic abuse; and Daniel MacArthur, a UA clinical social worker with advice on coping with violence.

The free discussion runs from
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Call 887-2017 for details.

Monday 1

ROCK ON. Warm up for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show with a smaller precursor, cleverly called the America Tucson Gem Show.

With the big event close at hand, this early outing lets you get the jump on a wide selection of choice gemstones, hand-crafted lapidary gifts, and museum-quality mineral specimens at good prices.

The event runs daily through February 13 in the Four Points Hotel, 350 S. Freeway. For information, call (602) 622-6611.

INDIGENOUS STYLE. Copious native art will be on the block at the American Indian Exposition, hosted by Tucson's North American Indian Information and Trade Center.

Crafts and craft makers include Wayne Keone of New Mexico's Acoma Pueblo; Hopi flute and kachina carver Ernie Northrup; Makah tribal wood carvings and basketry from Washington State; Paiute flint-knapping by the Martinueau family; goods from the Mohegan Indian Trading Post; and lots of Zuni fetish carvings. That's just the tip of this indigenous iceberg that will include work from more than 50 tribes.

The American Indian Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, in the Flamingo Travelodge, 1300 N. Stone Ave. Call 622-4900 for details.

Tuesday 2

HANDS SOLO. After a six-year hiatus, ivory master George Winston returns to Tucson for an evening of beautiful piano sounds in UA Centennial Hall. Winston will present a colorful seasonal tribute with pieces from his latest release, Linus and Lucy--The Music of Vince Guaraldi, and his own 1995 Grammy Award winner, Forest. Winston will also perform increasingly popular Hawaiian slack-key guitar pieces.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall, inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Tickets range from $15.50 to $21.50, and are available at the Centennial Hall box office, Dillard's, or by calling 621-3341.

Wednesday 3

HEART AND SOLE. One woman's search for identity through relationships with her adopted Italian/Russian/Jewish family takes center stage in Try These On For Size, written and performed by Carrie Hill.

A local theater veteran and member of Bloodhut Productions, Hill uses her narrator, Rachel, literally to slip into the shoes of her colorful family members. The result is an intensely personal insight into their struggles and victories, emerging as a colorful, poignant roller-coaster ride toward deeper human connections.

Proceeds from tonight's preview benefit the Bloodhut ensemble, and the show will be followed by reception with plenty of great ethnic chow.

The performance is 8 p.m. in the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave. Performances continue at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, and Thursday through Saturday, February 11 through 13. Tickets are $8, available at Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea, at the door, or by calling 577-9182.

LYRIC WINNER. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham arrives in Tucson as part of the UA Poetry Center's reading series. One of the most widely read lyricists in contemporary poetry, Graham landed the 1996 Pulitzer for The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994. Her recent collections include The Errancy and Photographs & Poems.

Her powerful work has been hailed as "austere, renunciatory, far-seeing, but also detailed, intimate, and saturated with phenomena."

The free reading is at 8 p.m. in the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium, north of the main mall. For details, call 321-7760. TW

City Week includes events selected by Calendar Editor Tim Vanderpool. 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. To have material considered, please send complete information at least 11 days prior to the Thursday issue date to: Tucson Weekly, P.O. Box 2429, Tucson, Arizona 85702, or fax information to 792-2096, or email us at

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