GEORGE AND RAINER. Turns out Tucson audiences just can't get their nets filled high enough with tunes from Stef's Blue Bait Shop, so get your fishing reels wound up and attend the next one tonight from 8 to midnight.
Popular local musician Stefan George will be at the helm once again doing his much sought after blues--his all blues CD is a big hit, the first 100 copies disappeared after one week. George is bringing on board for this evening slide-guitar specialist Rainer whose songwriting and singing have been the heartbeat of the city for some time. George says they'll team up to present some "steaming, hot emotional music" that will seep into your skin.
At $5 that's cheaper than a massage and your ears and soul get a workout too. Stef's Blue Bait Shop is at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Good place to pick up George's tape, too. For more information call 884-1220.
RED HOT FIREFIGHTERS. "They'll be shirtless but they won't be allowed to drop their pants," assures Art Apodaca of the Tucson Firefighters Burned and Near-Drowning Children's Fund. Well, the female firefighters won't be shirtless, he adds.
What all this body business is about is that it's time for the Fire Fighter Calendar Tryouts, and if you haven't seen the 1995 calendar, you'd best get yourself a copy, if only to see the biceps on the January guy, Bill Foss. We hated to turn the page when his time was up.
The calendar is the main fundraiser for this very worthy organization, which has helped many victims. Last summer the fund was able to take 10 kids to Disneyland and help fund a fire-awareness trailer.
Tonight's 7 p.m. event makes you the judge as men and women vying to be one of the bi-monthly calendar models from fire departments all over Southern Arizona compete. There's entertainment from some blazing hot singers found on the karaoke circuit. Admission is $10 at the Wild Wild West, 4385 W. Ina Road.
ORTS PLUS. Orts Dance Theatre flies high again tonight, this time bringing acclaimed Seattle trapeze artist Robert Davidson to the stage. Orts says Davidson is this country's "premiere trapeze artist."
Also tonight, artistic director Anne Bunker teams up with composer Chuck Koesters and video artist Nancy Solomon in what will be an image, music and performance work that utilizes canyon lands film they took traveling last summer. That film will be rear-projected as part of this much-anticipated collaboration.
Too much caffeine and a bed with wheels unites Mary Putterman and Bunker again, this time in their new work Bedfellows.
The show takes place at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave at 10 this morning, and at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11. Tickets are $6 and $8 in advance, $10 and $8 at the door, or $5 for the matinee. To encourage families, all performances are free for students and children 15 and under.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER. We dug Mary when friends back east were sending us bootleg tapes and saying they heard this great singer crooning her own songs in watering holes up and down the coast. Now that she's got a bunch of Grammy awards hooked onto her belt, we're just glad her long-time talent is out and flourishing among the masses.
Carpenter will be in town as part of this month's Primavera Festival, celebrating women in the arts. She performs tonight at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., along with country faves The Mavericks. Tickets are $21.50 and are available at Dillard's, KXCI and by calling 791-4266.
HERBINEAUX AND PENN. Harmonica virtuoso Pierre Herbineaux has made a huge name for himself in Europe, winning harmonica world championships and recording 12 albums. Along with composer and pianist William Penn, they form the Arizona Commission on the Arts roster group Herbineaux and Penn, which has gotten superb reviews for its extraordinary musicianship.
They play, in their words, "cabaret pop," classical and pop tunes including Penn's original compositions. Tonight at 8, at the Southwest Center for music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., the duo will premier several original compositions including Penn's "A Cornfield in July" and "Waltz for L. A." Expect to hear some Gershwin, Beethoven and Bach as well.
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Buy advance tickets at Jeff's Classical Record Shop, Zip's, Loco and the Southwest Center, or call 881-3947 and charge by phone.
GOODISH DAYS. Tucson Parks and Rec says they'll show you what made the "good ol' days" so good if you swing by the old-fashioned "Grand Ol' Days Celebration," that spreads out at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park from 1 to 4 p.m. today. There'll be lots of old toys and displays of grand ol' stuff from the late 1800s through the 1960s (bring your singed draft card to show the kids), and you'll find some favorite carnival games, too. Kites will fly, marbles will roll and hula hoops will spin as you try to capture the spirit.
For more information call 791-4845.
JAZZED WOMEN. Yvonne Ervin of the Tucson Jazz Society says, "Geri Allen is one of the top pianists in the under-40 jazz crowd." And she's also been called one of the most versatile.
At 8 tonight this hard-working musician plays the Fifteenth Annual Primavera Jazz Concert at PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road.
Pianist, composer and teacher Allen has written for the theatre, toured with vocalist Betty Carter and won acclaim for her third recording, Blue Note, her album with Ron Carter and Tony Williams focusing on the importance of the piano trio.
Tonight's primo event also features pianist/vocalist Judy Roberts and special guest Carmela Ramirez and Más Mujeres. Tickets are $6 to $19 and are available at Hear's Music and Antigone Books, or call 743-3399 for more information.
CHILI FUNDRAISER. The Chili Heads are at it again--the hottest date in the desert commences at 7 a.m. with contestants beginning their cooking; the difficult judging starts at 2 p.m. It's a chili cookoff to raise funds for the Greyhound Adoption League.
National stats indicate 3,000 retired greyhounds found homes last year following their racing careers. Volunteers helped place 240 dogs in Tucson alone last year.
There will be crafts and eats and raffles and a whole lotta cookin' goin' on at Casa Blanca Plaza, 6090 N. Oracle Road, all day today. Stop by or call 575-1757 for more information.
PHOTO FAMILY. From 1 to 4 today, you can bring those emerging photographers over to the Center for Creative Photography.
There will be all kinds of photo-friendly workshops to get involved in. The Center's Dianne Nilsen will show you how to use backdrops and a large-format camera to make your own portrait. They will have space for up to 50 families to participate in the portrait-making. Or bring your favorite slide along and Tucson High photography students will help you transfer it to watercolor paper.
Take in all the exhibits and sessions at the Center, just east of Park Avenue at Speedway. Park across the street in the garage and walk through the pedestrian underpass and you'll be there. Everything's free. Call 621-7968 for more information.
AND NOW, MARK TWAIN. Mark Twain, author and biting satirist, is one of those figures who will always entertain us and whose work continues to be energetic and important in describing and understanding how people tick.
Tonight actor Richard Cary, will present one act from And Now, Mark Twain, a theatre piece that brings the humorist to life. As part of the Invisible Theatre's Going It Alone Series, Cary, founder of Actors Theatre of Nantucket, will offer a workshop at 6:30 tonight "illuminating the process of creating historical performance pieces," according to IT. Tonight's presentation and workshop are $5.
You can catch one act of the show at noon tomorrow for $6, or $12 with lunch. And Now, Mark Twain will be performed in its entirety at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, March 15 through 17. Tickets are $9. All performances are at The Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave. Call 882-9721 for workshop and ticket reservations.
LAIKA AND THE COSMONAUTS. Surf City, USA, er, we mean, Surf City, Norway. Oh, come on, the water's not that cold in Norway. It was warm enough to launch Laika and the Cosmonauts.
These four groovin' guys, we hope with printed shirts exposing hairy chests, perform at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress Street, tonight for all you surf-rock types. We hear surf godfather Dick Dale has worked with these musicians, propelling them further into the waves of pop culture than they ever may have imagined.
Tickets are only $4 to hear this Upstart Record recording group. Call 622-8849 for more information on the 8 p.m. show.
PARKENING PICKS. When looking to attend a classical guitar concert, look no further than Christopher Parkening who is parking his huge talent at 8 tonight at the UA Centennial Hall, main gate entrance at University Boulevard and Park Avenue.
For 25 years Parkening has been heard at concerts and at places from the White House to the Grammy awards, where he himself has been a nominee twice in the Best Classical Recording category.
Tickets are $14 to $21, and don't forget students can rush 45 minutes prior to the show for $6. Tickets are available at Dillard's and TCC, or call the Centennial Hall box office at 621-3341.
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