WRITING WOMEN. What the Women's Studies Advisory council will do with the money earned from A Writer's Landscape: Real and Imagined, is to fund their Second Start Stipend to assist Women's Studies majors, who may be women coming back to school while doing the family thing.
So for $20, $10 of which you can write off, go hear authors Jane Candia Coleman, Luci Tapahonso and Ann Zwinger discuss their work and creative writing processes. Coleman is an award-winning short story writer and poet who is also a rancher in Cochise County. Poet Tapahonso is the author of One More Shiprock Night and A Breeze Swept Through, and Zwinger is a natural history writer who edited and illustrated Writing the Western Landscape.
The event takes place at 7 tonight at the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way, followed by a dessert reception and booksigning. For more information call 621-7338.
ORACLE ART. All those artists hiding out up in Oracle invite you to cruise their spaces beginning today clear through Sunday. We know them as a friendly, open bunch who will discuss everything from urban sprawl to charcoal scrawl.
The Oracle Fine Art Weekend commences at noon today and is touted as "A Self-Guided Tour of Studios, Galleries and Shops." That means no tour buses and guides, but stop by any place with a bright pink flag and you can pick up a map to guide your art-struck body. You'll find stained glass studios, a working blacksmith and get a peek inside the Rock Church Art Gallery where many local artists have their work. Don't forget to check out the new murals at the library, and art colony Rancho Linda Vista where several artists will have their studios open.
The tour begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and runs until 5 p.m. today and through the weekend. To get more information call 602-896-2170.
GATHERING OF FREAKS. Stand up your mohawk and shine up your pierced nose rings because this gathering will give you a chance to exhibit your body art for fun and ooh-la-la prizes.
The "Freakcorepunksextravaganza" pierces the air beginning at 5 tonight and roars until 3 a.m. at the Downtown Performance Center, 530 N. Stone Avenue. The night will be filled with seven local bands like F.U.C.T., Social Outcast, Helldriver and Spill Blanket. When bands aren't cranking, D.J.s will be spinning some hardcore punk and rock tunes.
Observe or be observed at the fetish fashion show with an award going to Best Overall Leather Fetish Outfit. Best Tattoo, Best Spit, and Best Mohawk are just some of the categories you can compete in for cool prizes at this all-ages show.
The D.P.C. Café will be open, and count on movies and booths to fill any down time you might take from dancing. The oft-enjoyed jumping Air Castle will be around to raise money for a local domestic violence shelter, too. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. For tickets and more information call 747-7719.
TIBETAN NEW YEAR. Quinn Simpson, the organizer of the First Tibetan New Year Losar Festival here, says there is a large Buddhist community in Tucson, and this festival is one way to highlight both the celebration of the Tibetan Lunar New Year and the continued problems Tibet faces under Chinese occupation.
Throughout the day you'll be able to find information on the social and political problems in Tibet and the grave ecological holocaust, including deforestation, nuclear energy problems and the dramatic increase in extinction going on in the small country, says Simpson.
The highly acclaimed Chaksam-pa Dance and Opera Company will perform at 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. and there will "wonderful things for children," Simpson notes, including a children's activity section featuring ritual dance and mask making.
The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at St. Philip's in the Hills, Campbell Avenue and River Road, and admission to all the fun, food, lectures and activities is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and students and free for kids under 12. For more information call 629-3419.
ANCIENT SEEDS. Besides having the best logo around, Native Seeds/SEARCH also has the best slogan, "Ancient Seeds for Modern Needs," which identifies just what they do--preserving crops that have been grown by Southwestern native peoples.
Today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. NSS will have an open house at their headquarters on the grounds of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, where you'll be able to purchase lots of drought-tolerant seeds for veggies like corn, beans, squash and gourds and other native crops.
On sale are all the great things from their catalog, like seedlings, bulk foods, books and native crafts and baskets, all at good prices.
Pre-register for a two-hour gardening workshop which will give you a jump start on the pest- and drought-tolerant garden you're starting this year. TBG is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. To sign up for the class or for more information call 327-9123.
EVERYTHING DOWNTOWN. Downtown SaturDays are back this week. If you've never gone on a walking tour of Barrio Historico, meet at El Tiradito Shrine, Main Avenue and Cushing Street, at 10 a.m. to learn about the roots and routes downtown. You might want to reserve a spot by calling 628-7313 ahead of time. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will string your kids along just fine at the Just For Kids concert at the Temple of Music and Art at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. It will be cowboy sing-along day ending with a first-time musical performance of The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit.
Look for Then Tingari, the vivacious new artists-in-residence, downtown from 2 to 4 p.m. at the D.P.C., 530 N. Stone Avenue, as they begin their tribal industrial theatre, music and dance workshops this month, filled with metal percussion, dragon building and mythology. Call 624-9977 to register.
Kids and their art will be the theme for tonight, so bring the small-boned ones down to see jump roping, Mr. Stew and music, from 7 to 10 at the Ronstadt Transit Center.
SWEETEST EVENT. Even though it's legal, Arizona Right to Choose, along with numerous organizations around the country, still need to keep up their push to ensure abortion remains safe and legal in the land--can you say Dr. Henry Foster, Jr.?
Today's very chocolate event, "A Taste of Chocolate," is one swell way to support this group. After 11 years they've got it down to the best this town has to offer as far as cheesecakes, moles, pies, breads and mousses go, and the competition is stiff. Top chefs will judge while you sample and enjoy.
Tickets for the 2 p.m. event are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Pick up tickets at Fuddruckers, Antigone Books, Landmark Cafe and the Blue Willow, or call 326-7111 for other participating outlets and information.
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? That question was truly one of our favorite things that ever came out of Jane Fonda's mouth, from the movie of the same name. We're excited to say the University of Arizona is the first university to produce the new musical They Shoot Horses, Don't They, based on the Horace McCoy novel.
In the play, first staged in 1992 in Denver, a 1934 dance marathon becomes a microcosm for the times as love, loss and the eternal search for fulfillment engulf the lives of characters looking for a better turn in this world.
Tonight at 7:30, playwright/lyricist Nagle Jackson and composer/lyricist Robert Sprayberry will be on hand to discuss their musical in a public forum, along with literature experts Homer Pettey and Mary Beth Callie, at the Laboratory Theatre, UA campus at Speedway and Park Avenue. Sprayberry and Jackson have worked closely with the drama department to present this show.
Tonight's discussion is free. The musical continues through March 12 at the theatre. Tickets are $8 to $14 with discounts available. For more information call 621-1162.
BUNGALOW SHOW. When you give a bunch of interior designers a shot at doing a room in a house, you get a house with many different outlooks on life, let alone fabrics. That's what the Designer Showhouse, a fundraiser for the Tucson Museum of Art, has traditionally done.
This year each designer takes his or her own bungalow and makes a statement that will stand on its own. Designer Showhouse 1995 will take place at Hinchcliff Court, 405 N. Granada Avenue, in the El Presidio Historic District. Built in 1916, the court was the place for winter visitor's to park their boot-weary feet in the early 1900s. The Arts and Crafts-style bungalows have small and efficient spaces and have tempted 30 local designers to take on the interiors of the 10 buildings, keeping in mind the court's gracious history.
The showhouse opens from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. today and Tuesday through Saturday through April 2. Admission is $10 at the door, which includes one free admission to the Tucson Museum of Art. Add $8 if you want to take in a Janos Restaurant lunch on the patio of the historic J. Knox Corbett House, 180 N. Main Avenue, and who wouldn't like to do that? For more information, call 624-2333.
DAR WILLIAMS. It's International Women's Day, and attending a Dar Williams concert is a fine way to celebrate. People keep coming up to us and asking if we've heard her fine The Honesty Room album, which shows off her towering singing and songwriting skills. Last year she earned a standing ovation when she opened for the Indigo Girls at the Newport Folk Festival--and those people are tough. She's a back-east girl, and this will be her first tour through the Southwestern folk jungle.
See Dar Williams in concert at 8 at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Avenue. Advance tickets are a find at $6, if you're a KXCI, TFTM, or TKMA member, or $7 if you haven't tied your guitar to one of those outfits. Tickets are available at Antigone Books, Hear's Music, and Bentley's. For more information call 327-4809.
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