Cheap Thrills SHAKIN' THE RAFTERS: Riveting Bible belters Robert Robinson and Henry Wiens strut their vocal stuff at the Gospel Music Weekend, kicking off on Friday, February 5.

A regularly featured singer in Lorie Line's Pop Chamber Orchestra, Robinson boasts "a diaphragm to die for." He's also director of the acclaimed Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir in Minneapolis, and has recorded four albums with Wiens, an eclectic pianist whose stylings range from gospel and jazz to R&B.

Friday's performance is at 7:30 p.m. in St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 8051 E. Broadway. Various workshops are offered between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, February 6, in the First United Methodist Church, 915 E. Fourth St. The event will conclude with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 7, in the First United Methodist Church. A $5 donation is suggested for both concerts. Workshop fees are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For registration and information, call 749-4972.

MYTH AND MYSTERY: Two of Tucson's favorite artists explore myth, ritual and enigma in a new exhibit at the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery.

Monica Jost uses richly layered collage on paper and mixed media to suggest the multiple origins of rituals, beliefs, and how they intertwine and evolve in response to timely influences. The effect contrasts inherent values that persist through history with those that are short, superficial and transparent.

The mixed media pieces of Herb Stratford use found and created elements to deal with the modern condition. His work speaks with mysterious purpose and history, ultimately breaking from traditional, established rules.

The exhibit runs through February 27, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, February 6, in the Dinnerware Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday. For information, call 792-4503.

BACK TUBAC: Our southern neighbors open their creative doors for the 40th annual Tubac Festival of the Arts. Considered a heavy-hitter among regional festivals, the gathering will feature 125 visiting artists, musicians and crafts people, along with the town's own mainstay artisans. Works on the block will range from oils, watercolors and batiks to pottery, glass and clay, all displayed against a beautiful vista of the Santa Rita Mountains. There will also be plenty of good grub and refreshments.

The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday, February 14, in Tubac. Take I-19 south to the Tubac exit. Drive time is 45 minutes. Call 398-2704 for details.

ASTRAL QUERY: For years, the Steward Observatory has strived to shed light on nighttime skies. Located on the UA campus, this astronomical outpost carries on that tradition with an evening lecture series featuring a host of astral luminaries, followed by opportunities to gaze through Steward's telescope. Tonight's lecture takes a deferential glance upward with Is There a God of Cosmologists?, presented by Dr. George Coyne.

The free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 9, in the Steward Observatory, Room N210, 933 N. Cherry St. For information, call 621-5049. TW

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