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TOOLE AROUND. The Tucson/Pima Arts Council raises the ante--and helps keep a roof over downtown's creative minds--with Cause, an exhibition and silent auction benefiting the Toole Shed Studios.
In case you're not up to speed, the studios sprawl colorfully just north of the Sixth Avenue underpass, adorned with industrial-strength murals and a few beat-up trucks parked outside.
Featured in the exhibit/auction are works by more than 25 artists who call the Toole Shed home.
Exhibit and auction run concurrently through February 27, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 tonight, in the T/PAC Community Gallery, 240 N. Stone Ave. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 624-0595.
SHATTERED DISCOURSE. Rutgers University professor Dr. George L. Kelling tackles the thorny question of uncivil disobedience with a lecture titled Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our Communities.
Co-author of a book by the same name, Kelling uses the image of broken windows to explain how neighborhoods might decay--both physically and culturally--if no one attends faithfully to their maintenance. He argues that the best way to fight crime is to address the disorder preceding it.
Kelling's appearance is sponsored by the UA College of Business and Public Administration.
Free lecture runs from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the UA Berger Auditorium, located on campus in McClelland Hall, on the north end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Call 621-2165 for details.
TOUGH NUTS. Are you faced with a steady barrage of professional snafus? The Arizona Small Business Association wants to help with a workshop appropriately titled Problem Solving. Mike Rega of ECG/Persuasive Communications teaches you how to identify, dissect and ultimately solve complex business problems and get long-term positive results.
Free workshop runs from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. Call 886-6588 for information.
GREEN SAMARITANS. A cadre of organizations help ease hunger with the first-annual Community Food Bank Golf Tournament. Sponsored by the Arizona Diamond Backs, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies and Budweiser, among others, the tourney is a four-person scramble with all local rules on the new links at Continental Ranch golf course. Come play for a good cause, or simply lend moral support from the sidelines.
Tournament begins at 8 a.m. at The Links, 8480 N. Continental Links Drive. For registration and other information, call 622-0525.
UNLOCKED PERSPECTIVES. Bloodhut, Tucson's theatrical purveyor of women's issues, unleashes its uproarious and usually poignant perspective with a short set of new readings and improvisations titled From the Vaults. Also included will be an impromptu piece based on the game Truth or Dare. Proceeds from this outing will help the women of Bloodhut keep up their gutsy, good work.
Free event begins at 7:30 tonight in Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. For details, call 792-3715.
VEXING VACATION. Picture this: a long-awaited escape from the daily hum-drum, to a place where the lovely breezes flow and life is carefree. Sounds good--until you combine those soothing elements with a dastardly crime in a vacation spot where no one can eat, no one can sleep, and no one is who they say they are. That's the vexing setting for Quicksilver Productions' The Butler Did It. Written by Tim Kelly and directed by Jasmine Koh, the drama involves "one killer, seven sleuths, and 90 minutes of your life gone by."
Show time is 8 tonight in the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S. Scott Ave. Evening and matinee performances continue Friday through Sunday through February 8. Tickets are $7 per person, or $12 for a couple. For students and seniors, tickets are $6 per person, or $10 for a couple. Call 529-2687 for reservations and information.
SOUTHWEST SOIREE. Enjoy a little Puccini, Verdi, Bishop, Weill, Stomponi and Handel--along with a touch of Mozart--when Southwest Artists present an evening of song. Performers will include Judith Anderson, Ann L. Ashton, Bridget Stoll, Cathy Wolfson and soprano and tango impresario Mara Carlson, among others.
Performance is 7 tonight in the PCC Recital Hall, 2202 W. Anklam Road. A $5 donation is requested at the door. For details, call 206-6988.
QUICK TRIP. Historian Peter Booth aims his timeless sights on the development of Tucson, with a colorful and informative narrative reaching from the Old Pueblo's Spanish Colonial days up through territorial times, and right into the struggle for statehood. His lecture is part of the Arizona Historical Society's Quickie History series. "This is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the real Tucson," Booth says. "It wasn't all saloons and gunfights."
Lecture is 8:30 a.m. in the AHS, 949 E. Second St. Series cost is $20 per person, $15 for society members, and a museum tour and continental breakfast are included. Pre-registration is required. Call 628-5774 for registration and other information.
FOR A SONG. The Tucson Concert Band revs up its classical reeds to showcase a bevy of past musical luminaries. Included will be the music of Samuel Barber, Peter Tchaikovsky, Darius Milhaud, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter.
Free concert is 3 p.m. in the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Boulevard. For details call 298-1252.
NATIVE SON. Musician Michael Clooney is known as a piercing folk original, and for his famous carload of instruments--from six- and 12-string guitars to five-string and fretless banjoes, a concertina, harmonica, kazoo and jewharp. And if that ain't enough, this guy's also a native Tucsonan.
Following a long absence, Clooney returns to dazzle hometowners, revealing why he's been called "the nation's most consummate, versatile interpreter of traditional music...an encyclopedia of songs and stories." According to Chicago Magazine, "This one-man folk festival is a must to see."
Performance is 3 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, 4831 E. 22nd St. Advance tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, students, and TFTM members, available at the Folk Shop, Hear's Music, Workshop Music, or by calling 881-3947. Tickets are $2 more at the door.
TURNINGONTHELAMPLIGHT. The Lamplight Reading Series opens in February with poet Scott Stanley. Aside from being a highly creative local, Stanley is also co-editor of the Tucson Poet newspaper, a meaty newcomer on the publication scene. He'll be joined by series veteran Warren Andrle.
Stanley reads from his work at 5 p.m. in The Blue Willow Restaurant and Poster Gallery, 2616 N. Campbell Ave. Admission is free. For information, call 908-0927.
NATIVE EXPOSURE. Native American crafts from across the United States and Canada roll into town today, as the two-week American Indian Exposition gets underway.
More than 20 vendors will be on hand, along with demonstrations by several artists, including drum painting by Sonja Holy Eagle of the Lakota Tribe, and a booksigning by expo organizer Fred Synder.
Free event runs daily through February 15 in the Travelodge Flamingo, 1300 N. Stone Ave. For information, call 622-4900.
MUSICAL MIX. They've dedicated themselves to beefing up local musical education, and providing intensive symphonic training for the region's budding talents. Now they celebrate that fine cause with the Bilingual Educational Concert, under the direction of Suzette Battan, and featuring players ranging in age from 11 to 18.
This family show will include 20th-century classics set to bilingual narration, including John William's "Star Wars Medley," "Walton's Suite" from the film Henry V, and Richard Rodgers' ballet, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.
Free concert is 7:30 tonight in the Desert View High School Auditorium, 4101 E. Valencia Road. Call 326-2793 for details.
CREATIVITY IN FLIGHT. A fine collection of art floats into view this month as part of the Tucson Arts District Partnership's Phantom Gallery program.
The impulsive, unstructured mental landscapes of Jennifer Sullivan Carney join Joan Sullivan Marum's painted wood sculptures and Prismacolor drawings in the TADP offices at 4 E. Congress St.
Janet Miller's whimsical enamel-on-glass images of saints, icons and other imagery are displayed at 110 S. Church Ave., in La Placita Village; and 221 N. Court Ave. features en plein air watercolors by Palmer Butler. Showing at 45 N. Sixth Ave. is Aloha Shirts, a project by Flowing Wells Junior High School students. The project culminates an in-depth color study, and includes works by Justin Bedell, Angel Martin del Campo, Carly Caffarel, Mary Jenkins, Daisy Zimmerman, Crystal Francis, Krisia Hammond, Erika Henrikson, Randi Colburn, Richard Vasquez and Ricardo Peru.
Phantom Gallery hours vary. For times and other details, call 624-4994.
PHILOSOPHICAL STRINGS. They took their name from a philosopher, and learned their chops at some of the finest academies around. Now the Emerson String Quartet graces Tucson with the performing skill that's earned them a Grammy and countless other awards.
Featuring alternating violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel, the quartet first gained the national spotlight in 1988 with a Carnegie Hall debut featuring the six Bartók quartets in a single evening.
"The Emerson has the traditional string-quartet virtues; each player is a strongly characterized individual, but the ensemble is temperamentally as well as sonically in balance," says The New Yorker. "The four minds play upon each other, and upon the work, in perfect harmony...."
Performance is 8 tonight in the TCC Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are $14, $4 for students, and available by calling 298-5806.
TWO-WHEELED QUEST. Their goal is to prod local pols and the public into taking bikes seriously as a clean and safe form of transportation. But that involves more than just popping on a helmet and hitting the concrete. It means long-range planning towards increased bike use, and away from a hazy future clogged with belching automobiles.
If you feel the same, you can help give this big vision a higher profile with like-minded folks of the Community Bike Ride coalition. They gather on the first Wednesday of each month for free three-mile rides that are open to everyone, and are kid-friendly.
Ride begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Time Market parking lot, 444 E. University Blvd. For information, call 322-9819.
FRIENDLY TOMES. Their mission is noble--helping libraries throughout Tucson and Pima County remain thriving bastions of knowledge. To that end, Friends of the Tucson-Pima Public Library are hosting their 27th-annual book sale. This fantastic literary smorgasbord includes thousands of titles from the high-falutin' to the sublime, along with CDs, tapes and computer software, all at gangbuster prices.
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