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SO HAPPY TOGETHER. Jazz and rock rub shoulders tonight when The Marshall Jones Band heats up the Cottonwood Club stage. Longtime local favorites, the ensemble cuts new edges into the fusion turf many groups have abandoned since the genre's '70s heyday.
Show time is 8:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Club, 60 N. Alvernon Way. Admission is $2 and $3. For details, call 326-6000.
HIGH-COUNTRY HIATUS. Hike, bike or trike through the lovely Canelo Hills south of Sonoita, and help local conservation efforts at the same time. The Sky Island Alliance and Southwest Forest Alliance need mapping volunteers in their quest to create a regional habitat conservation proposal.
An introductory training session meets at 7:30 tonight in the UA Water Resources Research Center, 350 N. Campbell Ave. The outing will be on Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14. For details, call 327-1129.
CHAOTIC LOVE. It's been called the "Les Miz of Opera." Indeed, Andrea Chénier opens amidst all the passions and suffering of the French Revolution. Arizona Opera tackles that freedom struggle in musical poetry when it presents Giordano's masterpiece, starring tenor Craig Sirianni, sopranos Elizabeth Holleque and Elizabeth Byrne, and baritone Allan Monk.
Andrea Chénier takes center stage tonight at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15 to $61, available at the Arizona Opera office or by calling 293-4336.
TASTE AND INTELLIGENCE. Ever since his performing debut at age 16, the most common adjectives used to describe David Tanenbaum's classical guitar virtuosity have been "graceful," "refined" and "intelligent."
He's performed with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Russia and China. A proponent of chamber music with guitar, Tanenbaum has also appeared with the Kronos, Chester and Shanghai quartets. Tonight, Tucsonans will be treated to a performance by a musician the Los Angeles Times calls "one of the most important figures in American classical guitar, a world-class player."
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in UA Holsclaw Hall, in the Music Building on the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and Tucson Guitar Society members, available at Hear's Music and at the door. For details, call 519-8270.
DARK LOVE. Romance, magic, treachery, forgiveness and justice share equal billing in the CityPlayers Theatre Company production of The Tempest. This popular Shakespearean work dissects the human condition in a matriarchal society, wherein the main characters indulge in a bit of gender switching, and love ultimately conquers all. See this week's Arts section for a full review.
Show time is 8 p.m. in the CityPlayers Playhouse, 439 N. Sixth Ave. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday, through February 28. Tickets are $12, with student and senior discounts available for Sunday and Monday performances. Pick them up in advance at Keuken Dutch, or call 571-1300 for reservations and information.
MOUNTAIN ART. The Huichol people inhabit remote mountain villages in central western Mexico. But they're known world-wide for their intricate, incredible beadwork. Using beeswax and pine pitch, they apply glass beads to a broad range of objects, particularly wooden animals. These pieces are usually combined to create sacred symbols or colorful animal mosaics, representing everything from eagles and deer to corn, flowers and snakes.
You can observe this signature style in the making during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. The exhibit includes some 80 artists, with pieces ranging from masks and animals to gourd bowls. Demonstrations will be conducted by artists Francisco Bautista and Josefina de la Rosa, and donations of multi-vitamins, children's vitamins and other nutritional supplements for Mexico's poverty-stricken Huichol communities are encouraged.
Today's exhibit and demonstration run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Days Inn, Room 152, at 222 S. Freeway. Admission is free. For information, call 791-7511.
HONEY BUNCH. Celebrate love against the pulsing backdrop of a "salsa, samba, soul explosion" tonight at Club Congress. Local rhythm stars Ache Pa' Ti dish up this juicy stew for romance, with free dance lessons provided throughout the evening. You can also do a little shopping in La Tienda del Amor, compete for prizes on the wheel of love, serenade your sweetie with karaoke, or indulge in an ornery bout of Twister. If you happen to be lacking significant others, matchmaker extraordinaire Ted Stryker will be on hand to host dating games.
The amorous gathering gets underway at 9 p.m. in the Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Tickets are $5, available in the Hotel Congress lobby. Call 622-8848 for details.
MIXED MEDIA. The work of two Arizona photographers and one Japanese shooter combine forces in Under Sonoran Skies: A Photographic Perspective, on display at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Mark Klett is a well-established Phoenix photographer and a teacher at ASU. His unique takes on the Southwest are quirky and even humorous, yet remain within the traditions of historical landscape photography.
Japan's Kozo Miyoshi was recently a visiting photographer at the UA Center for Creative Photography, and his elegant black-and-white images of the Sonoran Desert are spare and vibrant.
Todd Walker was a retired UA educator who spent more than 60 years behind the lens. This show features his dreamlike lithographs of desert plants in softly muted palettes of color.
Under Sonoran Skies runs through April 11 in the ASDM Gallery, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through February, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through April. The exhibit is free with a museum ticket. Admission is $8.95, $1.75 for children ages 6 to 12, free for children under age 6. Call 883-1380 for information.
PETAL PATTER. Speak the floral lingo of love when Boyce Thompson Arboretum presents the second annual Language of the Flowers and Chocolate Tasting.
This living display of plants and their blossoms is designed to interpret a delicate idiom. The silent language has been around forever. Even the ancient Persians used different flowers for conveying their hankerings to women cloistered behind harem doors: A gardenia means, "I love you in secret"; while a white rose says, "I am worthy of you." A red rose symbolizes love and desire, while a yellow rose signals abandonment of love, jealousy or even infidelity.
As for chocolate, that affair needs no explanation.
The arboretum's historic Smith Building will be filled with flowers and blooming plants, and the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society will conduct demonstrations on the care and culture of roses. Bernard C. of Chandler, and Desert Decadence of Tucson, will provide chocolates and other sweet morsels.
Language of the Flowers runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, located two hours north of Tucson, via Highway 79. Admission is $5, $2 for children ages 5 to 12, free for children under age 5. Call (520) 689-2811 for directions and other information.
CHAIN GANG. It's been famously remarked that we're all one big social chain, removed from every other humanoid--including the rich and famous--by no more than six people. That notion, and the almost mystical longing for contact with celebrities, is thoroughly plumbed in Six Degrees of Separation, presented by Arizona Repertory Theatre.
This story revolves around a well-heeled New York couple who takes in a charming young art dealer claiming to be Sidney Poitier's son. The result is a searing, hilarious panorama of urban America that Variety calls "riotously funny, socially profound...a deeply satisfying satire that keeps the laughs rolling while holding up the mirror to unpleasant truths."
Tonight's preview performance is at 7:30 p.m. in the UA Marroney Theatre, at the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Evening and matinee performances continue through February 28. Preview tickets are $8; all other performances tickets are $16, $14 for seniors and UA employees, $10 for students. Call the Fine Arts box office at 621-1162 for reservations and information.
MASS MEMORY. Mankind's savagery is recalled when the UA Hillel Foundation hosts the seventh annual Conference on the Holocaust. This week-long series of events around campus will include a collection of student photos on display in Hillel headquarters, 1245 E. Second St.
The conference opens at noon today with the traditional 25-hour memorial vigil on the UA mall. During that time, more than 22,000 names of Holocaust victims will be recited.
It continues tomorrow with a presentation of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, a gripping film about the suffering of an aristocratic Italian-Jewish family under Mussolini. Screening is at 7:30 p.m. in the UA Gallagher Theater, located in the Memorial Student Union just east of the Old Main Building on the mall. Admission is $2.50.
Monique Steinberg Busby, from Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, will interview a Tucson Holocaust survivor in the UA Student Union Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. At noon on Thursday, the UA German Department hosts the discussion Coming to Terms with Our Past, at the foundation. Events conclude Friday with a shabbat service and dinner at 5:30 p.m., also at the foundation. For more information, call 624-6561.
SUPREME SUCCULENT. If you're a regular 'round these parts, you're obviously well-acquainted with the granddaddy of all cacti, the saguaro. Those beautiful big boys are artistically rendered with scientific precision in Cactus in Context: Art Images as a Scientific Inquiry, now on display at Tohono Chul Park.
The saguaro's life-cycle is intimately portrayed by various artists in a number of media, ranging from scientific illustrations, photographs and drawings to paintings and sculpture. They all deal with the birth and death of the cactus, and its interactions with insects, microbes, birds, animals, plants, weather and time.
This exhibit is scheduled to coincide with Merged Realities, a conference exploring the synthesis of art and science, coming to Tucson in March.
Cactus in Context continues through March 29 at Tohono Chul Park Main Gallery, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Park hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A $2 donation is suggested. Call 742-6455 for details.
ISLAND IMAGERY. Writer Junot Diaz was born and raised in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. So it's little surprise that the nation sharing island shores with Haiti is the backdrop for many of his evocative short stories. You can hear him weave those tales in a free reading hosted by the UA Poetry Center's spring reading series.
Diaz published Drown in 1996, a collection of short stories selected as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. His stories have also appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, and Best American Fiction (1996 and 1997). He lives in New York, and teaches creative writing at Syracuse University.
The free reading is at 8 p.m. in the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium, north of the main mall. Diaz will also discuss his work at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the UA Poetry Center, 1216 N. Cherry Ave. For information, call 321-7760.
RELATIVE ART. Merging science with art is the force behind Captured Light, a visionary new exhibit in the Philabaum Gallery.
Mercury-injected organic vases, projected "letters of light," captured chemical combustions, mirrored eyes and inverted pyramids are all distilled in glass, reflected by the cutting-edge work of six artists, including August Muth and Fred Unterseher.
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