URBAN BLADDER BLATHER: Water problem? What water problem? Ain't there enough H2O in our desert home to host a million more subdivisions, not to mention an army of Californians rolling their self-actualized selves into town atop gleaming Humvees?
Heck, an entire population of patriotic pineapple cacti even sacrificed their thorny little lives just to bring the briny CAP into our humble homes, and now there's a problem?
Just maybe, say the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson. In response, they're hosting a forum to discuss the current status--and rocky future--of our metropolitan moisture supply. The public is invited to ponder information provided by the league's Natural Resources Committee, and help devise level-headed stances on the future flow. Free event runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 22, in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. For information, call 327-7652.
INDIGENOUS INVITATIONAL: More than 5,500 folks traipsed through the Arizona State Museum's Southwest Invitational Art Fair last year, and that number is expected to grow this time around, with the work of Native American artists on display against a backdrop of Tohono O'odham Chicken-Scratch music and traditional dances.
Visitors will have a chance to rub elbows with the crafts people, which this year include renowned kachina doll carvers Brian Honyouti and Coolidge Roy Jr., clay artists Mary Lucero and Mae Shields, and jewelers Alvin Thompson and John Reno. They'll also have the opportunity to part with some cash for some of the best work around.
"We'll have 100 of the most talented artists in the southwest here--about two-thirds of them new since last year--representing probably 20 cultural backgrounds," says museum curator Bruce Hilpert.
Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 22, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at the Arizona State Museum, located on the UA campus just inside the main gate on Park Avenue. Admission is free. For information, call 621-6302.
LIT LUNCH: The Tucson Chapter of Brandeis University National Women's committee hosts a roster of fine writers--along with good chow--at its book and author luncheon. Wordsmiths include Rochelle Majer Krich, Michael Lacapa, Jeanne Williams and occasional Tucson denizen Luis Alberto Urrea, with proceeds going to the Brandeis Work-Scholar Endowed Fund.
Krich most recently published Speak No Evil, and her book Where's Mommy Now? showed up in an HBO movie, while Michael Lacapa is an award-winning Native American author and illustrator of children's books, including The Magic Hummingbird.
Jeanne Williams has landed several western writing awards, and boasts the soon-to-be-published Wind Water. Luis Alberto Urrea has penned several noted books of prose and poetry, including his latest, By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border.
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