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OUT OF AFRICA. The amazing Barbea Williams once again weaves African movement, music, folklore, contemporary monologue and story-poetry together in an unforgettable evening she calls Africa At Its Apex, a celebration of Pan-African culture. William's solo-performance, the latest incarnation in Invisible Theatre's Going It Alone series, begins at 8 tonight and Friday, February 16. Tickets are $9 at the door.
Related events this week include a discussion/dramatic reading of excerpts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 13; a brown bag performance from noon to 1 p.m. Friday; and a free theatre workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. All events meet at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets for the seminar and lunch performance are $6. Call 882-9721 for registration and information.
BLUES BLOW-OUT. The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., explodes with activity tonight through Saturday with a Wintertime Blues Festival that should bring down the house. Harmonica hound Gary Primich (who also plays with The Mannish Boys) softens up the room at 8 tonight with Chicago-born, Austin-inspired blues. He'll be followed on Friday by a lineup including Billy Boy Arnold, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and Mike Morgan and the Crawl. On Saturday night, Maria Muldaur flies in to share the stage with Angela Strehli and W.C. Clark. Doors open at 8 p.m. each night. Buy a festival pass in advance from Hear's Music and Zia Records and see all three shows for only $15. Individual tickets are $5 Thursday, $10 Friday and Saturday, with a $1 discount for TBS and KXCI members. See Jennifer Murphy's article in the Music section for profiles of each artist. Call 795-1420 for information.
BUFFALO SOLDIERS REVISITED. It's a sad commentary on the history of African American servicemen that the only title reflecting respect and praise bestowed upon them would come from their enemies, the Plains indians the all-Black Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Regiments were sent west to "control" in the post-Civil War years. There are, of course, a myriad of sad commentaries to choose from in the history of the so-called "Buffalo Soldiers." Michael Engs, Associate Dean at Pima Community College, takes a different look at the soldiers' long-neglected story by focusing on the drawings and paintings of one of the Western art genre's foremost talents, Frederic Remington. Engs discusses Remington's significance as a western artist as well as the black cavalrymen depicted in his works in a free lecture at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Room at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Call 742-6455 for information or to reserve a space.
Engs gives a second presentation at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 17, at the Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. This free slide lecture incorporates Engs' extensive travels throughout the Southwest to photograph locales for his research on the Buffalo Soldiers. Call 791-4393 for information.
LESBIAN LOOKS. The Lesbian Looks Film and Video Series enters its fifth season tonight, with four 16mm black-and-white shorts. The series kicks off with the following romantic comedies on couples cruising and coming out: Ife (by H. Len Keller, five minutes), Maya (by Catherine Bendek, 10 minutes), Things We Said Today (by John Miller-Monzon, 34 minutes) and A Certain Grace (by Sandra Nettlebeck, 40 minutes). Screenings start at 7:30 p.m. in the Modern Languages Building auditorium on the UA campus. Admission is free.
ARIZONA OPERA. Arizona Opera Company changes pace from German to Italian with Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale, a comedy about marriage derived from English writer Ben Johnson's Epicene. First staged in London in 1843, this three-act opera buffo makes its Tucson debut tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Featured performers include Shawn Roy as Don Pasquale and Antonio Nagore as Ernesto, both last seen in the AO production of The Barber of Seville. Nagore has been called "one of America's most promising young singers."
Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Ryan Allen performs the title role on Saturday. Tickets range from $14 to $56, available at the TCC box office, Dillard's, or by calling 791-4836. For more information on the Arizona Opera season, call (602) 293-4336.
ONE NIGHT STAND. What do Theresa Scionti Baro, Cat Burdulis, Liz Heichelbech, Dick Shuby and Fish Karma have in common? Probably not much, except that they're all enormously entertaining and will all be at The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., for One Night Stand, an evening of poetry and performance. Baro delivers a "multi-character musical and movement montage" entitled Latin America: What I Didn't Learn in Books; dancer/storyteller Burdulis presents Have You Seen My Father...Dance?; followed by poetic performances by Heichelbech and Shuby, and Karma's off-beat wit and music. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance or at the door. Call 882-9721 for reservations and information.
TOBY TWINING MUSIC. Dubbed "the human chamber orchestra" and "on the edge of avant-garde," the four member a cappella ensemble known as Toby Twining Music returns to the PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road, to open their bold new Evolutions in Music series. The group combines world vocal music, rock and roll, yodeling, panting, vocal fry and American jazz to create a voice that is, to say the least, original. Journey into the experimental and often humorous future of music at 8 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets are $12 and $14, $5 for students, available at Dillard's, Hear's Music and the West Campus Student Center. Call 884-6456 for information.
STRAW-BALE HOME TOUR. Women Build Houses, an organization teaching home building and maintenance classes, offers a Straw-Bale Home Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Tour includes a handful of residential sites showcasing post and beam/load-bearing structures, a variety of interior finishes and carpentry, and energy conservation features.
Call 882-8876 for pre-registration and information.
KING RETURNS. The annual Charlie King Concert, a fundraiser for BorderLinks and the Workers' Rights Alliance, gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. In addition to refreshments, childcare and prizes, the program will include highlights like "Wrap That Rascal" (a condom song), "Murphy's Overpass" (an homage to Tucson) and "The War Has Been Coming Home" from King's warm and wacky Inside Out release. Tickets are $10 in advance from Bentley's House of Coffee and Antigone Books. Call 628-8263 for information.
PROJECT CHOKI. Also on the bill for benefit concerts this weekend, R. Carlos Nakai, Navajo-Ute musician, storyteller, composer and educator, shares his gifts at 2:30 p.m. at St. Philip's In The Hills, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., at River Road. The tenth annual Project Choki concert will raise much-needed funds for this nationally acclaimed arts education project sponsored by Arts Genesis, the San Ignacio Yaqui Council and Richey Elementary School. In addition to Nakai's Southwest-inspired compositions, there will be a reception with light refreshments, an exhibit of works by Old Pascua Youth Artists and a raffle for one of Nakai's handmade cedar flutes. Tickets are $12 in advance from Bahti Indian Arts, Rainbow Moods, Huntington Trade Co., The Haunted Bookshop, Silverbell Trading and Jody's Framing Gallery. They'll cost $15 at the door. Call 323-0185 for information.
DIG THIS. On a large volcanic hill near the modern town of Trincheras, in the Magdalena River Valley in Sonora, Mexico, stands Cerro de Trincheras, a mysterious site housing more than 870 terraces, some as long as a football field. The site provides one of the best clues to a little-known area of Southwestern archaeology: the Trincheras culture. Leading researchers Randall McGuire and Elisa Villalpando discuss their work on the 14th century terraced village in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. in UMC DuVal auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Admission is free. Sign-ups for a future site trip will be taken.
ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE. Kathy Rote and Ken Tucker were part of a small circle of friends that often met casually to jam and swap songs in the 1970s. From these "kitchen" sessions and the desire to bring attention to acoustic music, the seeds of the Tucson Folk Festival and the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association were sown. The now monthly TKMA Acoustic Showcase series continues from 8 to 10:30 p.m. with a "founder's concert" at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., featuring blues/ragtime fingerpicking sensation Tucker and American guitar stylist Rote. Admission is $5, $2 for children. Call 326-9021.
PATRICIA WILLIAMS. Most of us would need two lifetimes to put together a résumé like that of Patricia Williams: The distinguished law professor at Columbia University earned degrees from Wellesley and Harvard, was awarded fellowships at the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College, the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California, Irvine, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Before entering academia, she practiced law as a consumer advocate, deputy attorney for the City of Los Angeles and as a staff attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. Whew.
And in addition to her in-demand lecture circuit and writing schedules, she serves on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights, the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Society of American Law Teachers. It's no wonder fellow author and overachiever Cornel West calls her a "towering public figure of our time."
Williams discusses her latest book, The Rooster's Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice, at 8 p.m. in the UA Education Building Kiva auditorium, Second Street between Highland and Cherry avenues. Admission is free. Call 621-7338 for information.
City Week includes events selected by Calendar Editor Mari Wadsworth. 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.
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