Opening This Week
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4877. Opening March 25 and continuing through April 15: Dracula, based on the novel by Bram Stoker. Tickets range from $17 to $26, available only through the ATC box office, 622-2823.
INVISIBLE THEATRE. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. Opening March 26 and continuing through April 15: Patient A, a commissioned work based on the first known instance of HIV transmission from a health care worker to his patient. Tickets are $9 to $14, available at the IT box office, 882-9721. Proceeds from the 2 o'clock matinee performance Sunday, March 26, will benefit PFLAG.
a.k.a. THEATRE. 125 E. Congress St. 623-7852. Continuing through April 23: Marvin's Room, an off-beat comedy about death. Performances are at 8 p.m., 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $7, $6 for seniors, students with ID, artists and Company donors. Call 623-7852 for reservations.
META THEATRE. Historic "Y" Theatre. 738 N. Fifth Ave. 882-8446. Continuing through April 2: Blue Window, showcasing the comedy and tragedy of love. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 o'clock. Tickets are $9. Call 882-8446 for reservations and information.
CABRINI COMMUNITY THEATRE. 3201 E. Presidio. 795-8866. Continuing through March 26: Papa Joe's Mission, a benefit show for the Family Restoration Training Center and agencies working with the homeless. Production features gospel music and a barbershop quartet. Tickets are a $5 donation.
GASLIGHT THEATRE. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Continuing through March 25: Sonny Montana Singing Cowboy. Rich Edmonson of Chuck Wagon and the Wheels, and Earl Brennion of the Titan Valley Warheads join Sonny in his Sagebrush Band. Regular show times are: Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m., with additional performances at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12.95, $10.95 for seniors, students and active military; and $6 for children 12 and under.
AUDITION NOTICE. One In Ten Theatre Company auditions for An Evening of Short Plays will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Historic "Y" Theatre, 738 N. Fifth Ave., Suite 131. Four women and eight men are required. Resumes and photographs are gladly accepted, but not necessary.
CASTING CALL. Actors are needed for a full-length horror feature. Send resume and photograph to Parasite Productions, 3201 E. Terra Alta Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716. Begins production in May.
TICKET ALERT. Tickets for Censored: An Evening of Passionate Artistic Expression, a combined visual and theatrical show followed by community seminar on challenges to free expression, will be April 10, 1995, at the Stone Avenue Temple, 564 S. Stone Ave. Tickets are $15, $10 for IT season ticket holders. Seating is limited. Call 882-9721 for reservations.
TICKET REFUND. Full refunds for ticket holders of the canceled production of The Sound of Music, at UA Centennial Hall, will be available until May 28, 1995. The UA Artist Series will also honor ticket exchanges, for up to double the ticket value, for any of the 17 remaining productions in the 1994-95 series. Refunds are available only through the Centennial Hall box office, 1020 E. University Blvd. Call 621-3341 for information.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. Borderlands Theatre is accepting unproduced, full-length playscripts by playwrights whose work reflects the culturally diverse realities of the border region, and the Border as a metaphor. Special consideration will be given to minority playwrights. English, Spanish or bilingual scripts accepted. Scripts must be mailed in triplicate to Border Playwrights Project, P.O. Box 2791, Tucson, AZ 85702. Deadline is March 30. Call 8828607 for information.
TEMPLE FOR RENT. The Temple of Music and Art and the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts have rental space available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the 1995-96 performance season. Call James at 884-8210 for more information.
OLD PUEBLO PLAYWRIGHTS. The Old Pueblo Playwrights, a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of dramatic works for the performing arts, invites all writers, performers and others interested in the theatre to join the group. No training or professional experience is necessary. OPP meets at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays in the Rehearsal Hall (second floor) of the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. For more information call Jesse at 887-6741.
Opening This Week
DE GRAZIA GALLERY. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9192. Opening March 26 with a reception from noon to 4 p.m., and continuing through April 8: Walls From the Past, sun painting and watercolors by Mary Argueta and Susan Meyer. Call for regular gallery hours.
D.P.C. CAFÉ. 546 N. Stone Ave. Special performances at 9 p.m. March 25: Cabaret Magritte's experimental performance art, music and spoken word performance changes venues. Among the featured local talent: The Bride's Events, performance art by Kathy Armstrong. Admission is $2, and seating is limited.
G.A.S.P. GALLERY. Utterback Middle School, 3233 S. Pinal Vista. 617-6100. Opening March 28 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and continuing through April 21: 13 Meditations on Sierra Vista, photography by Sean Justice. Continuing through March 26: Fairy Tales and Dreamscapes, oil paintings by Scarlett Decker. Operated by Utterback students under the leadership of Sally Lovell and Josh Goldberg. Call for an appointment.
MARK ROSSI GALLERY STUDIO. 2415 N. Fontana Ave. 623-7136. Opening Sunday, March 26 with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m., and continuing through April30: photographs and accompanying Haiku by Jim Sterzenbach. Regular gallery hours are by appointment.
SANDERS GALLERIES. 6420 N. Campbell Ave., and 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 299-1736 and 577-5820. An open house weekend featuring Southwestern wildlife paintings by Richard Iams runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24 and 25; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26.
TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Opening March 24 and continuing through May 21: Gronk: A Living Survey, canvases, notebook sketches and memorabilia spanning a decade in the famed Chicano artist's life in Los Angeles. Also opening March 24 and continuing through May 14, paintings by Paul Brach; and Joyan Saunders: Athlete Heart, an installation continuing through May 8 in the Directions Gallery. Continuing through March 26: the fifth annual Women Artists and the West, a multi-media show and sale, featuring works by 42 women artists, focusing on themes primarily dominated by men. Admission is $2, $1 for seniors and students.
ART!! GALLERY. 6328 E. Broadway, in the El Mercado Plaza. 745-8586. Continuing through April 15: watercolors and mixed media works by Agnes Paulsen. Continuing through March 31: Cowboy Showcase. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
BODHITREE GALLERY. 33 S. Fifth Ave. 882-5195. Continuing through April 15: Two Living Incarnations of Compassion, paintings by New York artist Tom Winchell, and an electric "Siddhi" micro-gallery show by Vladan Mijatovic Zivojnov.
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY. Continuing through April 15: ceramic sculpture by Joy Fox and color symbolist canvases by Robert Royhl. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
DESERT ARTISANS' GALLERY. 6536-A Tanque Verde Road. 772-4412. Continuing through April 30: Sol y Sombra. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 Sunday.
DINNERWARE GALLERY. 135 E. Congress St. 792-4503. Continuing through April 8: Views from Japan, a multi-disciplinary project featuring contemporary Japanese photography.
IMAGE GALLERY. The Screening Room. 127 E. Congress St. 622-2262. Continuing through April 9: Line, Circle and Space, current intaglio prints by Garth Wallrich. Gallery hours correspond with weekend evening show times, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, or by appointment. Call 628-1737.
IRONWOOD GALLERY. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Continuing through April 30: Making a Living in the Desert: 12,000 Years of Cultures in the Tucson Area. Free with admission to the Desert Museum. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
JOSÉ GALVEZ GALLERY. 743 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6878. Continuing through April 15: paintings and mixed media works by Yolanda González. Also showing, mixed media works by Philip Estrada and prints by Anita Miranda Holguin. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment.
LOCAL 803, INC. 803 E. Helen St. 882-4625. Continuing through April 8: drawings, paintings and sculpture by Bobbette Gilliland, Albert Kogel and Daphne Ritzen. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
MALAIKA. 2900 E. Broadway, #178. 881-0110. Continuing through March 31: a selection of limited edition signed etchings by Nigerian artist Tayo Takove Quaye, and the Masai series of stippling prints by Frank Feaster. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
MELIORA GALLERY. 178 E. Broadway. 792-9544. Continuing through March 30: working drawings and current projects from Durrant Roberts/Dinsmore. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturdays by appointment.
NEW DOORS OF THE ARTS. 242 S. Park Ave. 770-9950. Continuing through April 8: Expressions: A Mixed-Media Show, featuring clay sculpture by Pam Rosenberg. Also showing: impressionistic paintings by Monika Rossa, photography by Maria Nasif and rock petroglyphs by Dante Fraboni. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours Downtown Saturday Nights.
OBSIDIAN GALLERY. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Continuing through March 31: new jewelry works by Deborah Lozier and Sydney Lynch. Also continuing is the gallery's annual jewelry show, plus the work of fiber and glass artists. Featured artists include: Michael Boyd, Barbara Brandel, Diane Egbert, Bill Ford, Debra May and Marne Ryan. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
PHANTOM GALLERIES. Various locations. 624-9977. Vacant window-front galleries doubling as temporary exhibition space include the following, continuing through March: 47 E. Pennington St., installation by Katie Cooper; 38 E. Congress St., an exploration of conflict in paintings by Beata Wehr. Continuing through April 26: 110 S. Church Ave., works by Ned Gray, Bridget Roads and Joan Sullivan.
PHILABAUM CONTEMPORARY ART GLASS. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Continuing through April 8: Paint and Glass: The Expressive Connection, Southwest Invitational VIII. The show features artists who use glass rather than canvas to paint, with works by Italo Scanga, Erwin Eisch and David Hopper. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
PIMA COLLEGE WEST CAMPUS GALLERY. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6385. Continuing through March 30: recent drawings by UA art professor Rosemarie Bernardi and installation sculpture by Wang Po Shu. Rosemarie Bernardi will speak about her work at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the Recital Hall. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
PUZEY GALLERY. 47 S. Sixth Ave. 884-4522. Continuing through March at the Holiday Inn Downtown City Center, 181 W. Broadway: oils by Susan Bloomfield and Mike Chitock, and mono-prints by Jyamie.
RAW GALLERY. 43 S. Sixth Ave. 882-6927. Continuing through March 30: Sandman's Forge, a photographic/sculptural installation by Ruth Marblestone. An exploration of the influence that dreams and nightmares have on our conscious existence. Regular gallery hours are 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Downtown Saturday nights and Thursday Art Walks.
SHIRLEE SIEVEKE STUDIO-GALLERY. 44 W. Sixth St. 882-5960. Continuing: Southwest landscapes by Shirlee Sieveke. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. during Art Walk, and by appointment. Sieveke's work is also on display through April 30 at the Tucson International Airport on the ticketing level, center.
TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Continuing through April 30: Myth, Monsters and Magic: Children's Book Illustrations by Arizona Artists. Continuing through April 10: Flowers in the Wild: Prints by Judy Miller Johnson, hand-painted etchings of wildflowers native to Arizona and the Southwest. Exhibit Hall 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 requested.
WINGSPAN. 422 N. Fourth Ave. 624-1779. Continuing through March 30: a mixed-media exhibition by the Kali Art Group.
ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through March 30: Navajo Code Talkers, a commemorative photographic exhibit by Kenji Kawano. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
BERTA WRIGHT GALLERY. 260 E. Congress St., and Foothills Mall at Ina Road and La Cholla Boulevard. 882-7043. Continuing through March 28: March Winds, cast bronze wind bells from the studios of Paolo Soleri. Also featured are chimes from Wayne Wilson and Coniff.
BONFOEY GALLERY. 1133 S. Swan Road. 326-2377. Continuing through March 30: The Penwomen, featuring paintings, sculpture and pottery by league artists.
CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. University of Arizona campus. 621-7968. Continuing through March 26: Art Museum, a new exhibition of works by contemporary artists Sophie Calle, Louise Lawler, Richard Misrach, Diane Neumaier, Richard Ross and Thomas Struth. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
CENTRAL ARTS COLLECTIVE. 188 E. Broadway. 623-5883. Continuing through March 29: Merged Realities: A Synthesis of Art and Science, featuring works by Roger Feldman, Gail Hewlett, Martin McCollum and Richard Schaffer. Regular gallery hours are from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with extended hours on Downtown Saturday Nights and Thursday Art Walks. Call 623-5883 for information.
ETHERTON GALLERY. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Continuing through March 25: color photography by Christopher Burkett and William Lesch, and mixed media constructions by Jeffrey Jonczyck. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, with extended hours on Downtown Saturday Nights.
T/PAC GALLERY. 240 N. Stone Ave. 624-0595. Continuing through March 24: 1995 Visual Arts Fellowship Artists, metal, mixed media, weave/design and ceramic by four local artists. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
ARTS AUCTION. Central Arts Collective, 188 E. Broadway, opens its annual auction/fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Admission is $5 at the door, and includes raffle ticket, entertainment, and food by Kingfisher and El Charro restaurants, as well as the auction itself.
PRINT SIGNING. Settlers West Book and Print Gallery. 3061 N. Campbell Ave. 325-8838. Landscape artist Michael Stack will sign prints of his limited edition "Passing Showers Over the Catalinas," from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25.
CALL FOR ARTISTS. Dinnerware Artists' Cooperative Gallery is accepting applications and slides for its artist roster. Inclusion on the roster makes artists eligible for consideration for Board of Director membership and exhibitions at the gallery. Applicants must be Tucson residents, full-time professionals in the visual arts, and able to afford $35 monthly dues. For application and instructions, send a business-sized SASE to Dinnerware Roster, 135 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701. Deadline for applications is May 27.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. D.P.C. Café is accepting submissions from artists in all media for rotating exhibits and ongoing performances. Contact Nadia Hagen at 882-0515 for information and submission guidelines.
DESERT ALCHEMY, RELICS TO ROODS. Artist Jean Mooney and Paseo Fine Arts host this art benefit on March 25 for PACT (People with AIDS Coalition, Tucson), in which participants will gather in Canada del Oro wash and create found object art crosses from sand-worn, rusted relics and treasures. Cost is $35, and includes picnic lunch. For reservations and information call Nancy at 825-1033.
CALL FOR ARTISTS. The Eclectic Gallery, 69 E. Pennington St., seeks local painters and sculptors to exhibit their work at its grand opening. The gallery will also offer figure drawing studios, calligraphy workshops, and illustration and graphics classes. To register for classes, or for information on submission guidelines, call 620-1668.
WORKSHOP. T/PAC, 240 N. Stone Ave., presents a free workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 25, on how to market art for visual, literary and performing artists. Call 624-0595, ext. 18, for reservations.
CALL TO ARTISTS. The Endowment for the Arts of Tucson, a Tucson Community Foundation program, is soliciting applications from arts groups and organizations for its unrestricted grants and low-interest loans programs. Applications are available at the TCF office, 6601 E. Grant Road, and the T/PAC offices, 240 N. Stone Ave. For information call John Peck, 722-1707. Deadline is March 27.
GRANTS DEADLINE. Nonprofit organizations and/or schools applying for Artist in Residence projects to occur between July 1, 1995 and June 30, 1996, must apply by March 24, 1995. For information about applying for a grant, send a postcard request for the Guide to Programs or the Arts in Education Guide to the Arizona Commission on the Arts, 417 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85003.
CALL TO ARTISTS. Fine Art Options is seeking professional 2-dimensional and sculpture artists interested in represenation to business and corporate clientele. Send a maximum of ten slides to Fine Art Options, Suite 118-Box 187, 3400 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85716; or call 795-9030.
CALL TO ARTISTS. Proposals are due April 7, 1995, for arts groups, community organizations, individual and collaborations of artists interested in programming for Wednesday Downtown Brown Bag Performances, Downtown SaturDays and Downtown Saturday Nights. Call 624-9977.
PHOTO CONTEST. Jones Photo is accepting entries through April 1 for Color of Tucson, the company's 12th annual contest. Submit prints in any of the following categories: The Human Touch, Horizons, Scenics, Plants and Animals and Challenge--a category that changes every year. All prints must be at least 7"x10", and no larger than 8"x12", matted and backed but not mounted on foam board. Complete details are available at all Jones Photo locations, or by calling 327-7447.
ART TALKS. The Tucson Museum of Art Docent Council offers the following free art talks at noon on the following Mondays and Thursdays in March: March 23, Women in White: Angels or Courtesans?; March 27, Marc Chagall; March 30, Picasso and Braque; April 3, Diego Rivera; and April 6, Contemporary Mexican Architecture and Painting.
CALL FOR ARTISTS. The Gallery Room at The Club at La Mariposa requests professional artists interested in showing their work send a SASE to Syd Clayton-Seeber, c/o The Club, 1501 N. Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ 85749.
CALL FOR MEMBERS. Horse of a Different Color, a Patagonia gallery, seeks artists who want to become members. Gallery organizers offer artists the opportunity to work with other artists in the exhibition and sale of their work. For a membership prospectus write to Horse of a Different Color, P.O. Box 548, Patagonia, AZ 85624; or call Jude at 1-602-394-2504.
DEMONSTRATION. See glass art in the making at Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, 711 S. Sixth Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The public is invited to watch glassblowers practice their craft during these times. Call ahead (884-7404) to confirm the day's schedule or if there are more than six people in your party.
Performances This Week
CASAS ADOBES CONCERTS. 6801 N. Oracle Road. 297-1181. The Arizona Symphonic Winds close out the 1995 concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, with a program of Sousa marches, show tunes and modern band compositions. Ample parking and nursery care are available, and church is fully handicapped-accessible. Admission is by donation.
CENTENNIAL HALL. UA campus, east of main entrance at Park Avenue and University Boulevard. 621-3341. The Drummers of Burundi will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 24. Tickets range from $20 to $32, available at all Dillard's and the Centennial Hall box office. Performing at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26, is legendary jazz/pop master Mel Tormé. Tickets range from $22 to $32. Call 621-3341 for reservations.
EASTSIDE ARTISTS. Christ United Church. 655 N. Craycroft Road. 327-1116. Organist Frederick Swann performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. Admission is $8 at the door.
KNUCKLEHEAD LIVE. Major Knucklehead Productions, the force behind the popular Club Rhythm Dance Jams, hosts the first live jam with Mark Maxwell and the Desert Dream Band at 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. This evening of sax, rhythm and didjeridoo is only $7 in advance, from Bentley's, Hear's Music and the Angelic Realm. Tickets are $8 at the door.
PEACEBUILDERS BENEFIT. Soundings of the Planet's Dean Evenson and Tom Barabas, with the Soundings Ensemble, perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., in support of the Peacebuilders project to reduce youth violence. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Call 792-9888 for information and ticket outlets
SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR MUSIC. 2175 N. Sixth Ave. 884-1220. Unique folk artist Deidre McCalla performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23. Tickets are $9. The William Eaton Ensemble performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Call 327-4809 for ticket outlet locations.
BROWN BAG CONCERTS. The following jazz musicians will play from noon to 1 p.m. in the Main Library Plaza, 101 N. Stone Ave.: March 22, the Mark Lopes Quartet; March 29, the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble.
LA PLACITA CONCERTS. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, free concerts are held at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., in the gazebo area. Call 623-2748 if you would like to participate in the program.
NOON CONCERTS. St. Philip's In The Hills. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. This month's recitals include: March 16, Janet Pflugradt Tolman, organ; March 23, Stan Kruggel and Noel Couch, vocalists; and March 30, James Tanguay, recorder.
CENTENNIAL HALL. UA campus, east of main entrance at Park Avenue and University Boulevard. 621-3341. Festival of the Nile, a celebration spanning 6,000 years of Egyptian dance, music and culture, will be on stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. Tickets range form $10 to $15, available at the Centennial Hall box office.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS. Volunteers are needed for the production of the Tenth Annual Tucson Folk Festival, May 6 and 7 at the El Presidio Park in downtown Tucson. Stage hands, sound engineers, runners, set-up personnel, and food service are among the many positions available. For information call Mary at 887-6942.
AUDITION NOTICE. Arizona Opera is accepting applications for potential openings in the 1995/96 season chorus. With the unionization of the chorus, singers now receive hourly compensation for rehearsal and performance time, per diem, transportation and hotel accommodations. All voice categories may apply. Interested parties must be able to travel to Tucson and Phoenix, and have basic sight reading skills. To schedule an audition, call 293-4336.
AUDITION NOTICE. Reveille Gay Men's Chorus, a new men's vocal group, is looking for male singers of all ages. Musical talent and/or background is preferred but not necessary. Non-musically inclined people are encouraged to join as support and technical staff. Call 292-9295 for an audition appointment.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. The Raleigh Group, Ltd. announces Tin Pan South '95, a songwriter festival to award an aspiring songwriter of any musical style an opportunity to play at Nashville festival April 17 through 22. For entry forms and rules call 1-615-259-0100; or send an SASE to Tin Pan South: Contest, P.O. Box 129002, Nashville, TN, 37212. Entries must be postmarked by March 25.
PERCUSSION CLASS. Learn to play traditional drum music from Africa and the Caribbean with Art Rodriguez. This fun and exciting class will increase your sensibility for rhythm while teaching you how to play drums with others. All levels welcome. Classes are Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Cost is $3 to $5 per class. Call 884-0811 for locations and times.
UA MUSIC CALENDAR. The School of Music at the University of Arizona has hundreds of concert events each year and most of them are free. If you want to get in on some of these dandy and downright delightful concerts, operas and more, you can now subscribe to a monthly music calendar listing events. Send a $5 check payable to the U of A to Calendar Subscription, School of Music, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. You can always call the 24-hour MusiCall hotline for weekly events at 621-2998.
Performances This Week
CENTENNIAL HALL. UA campus, east of main entrance at Park Avenue and University Boulevard. 621-3341. The Paul Taylor Dance Company hits the stage for two unique modern dance performances at 8 p.m. March 30 and 31. Tickets range from $15 to $20, available at all Dillard's and the Centennial Hall box office. The company rehearsal at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, is free and open to the public.
HARUPIN HA DANCE COMPANY. This Berkeley, California troupe presents an Ankou Butoh Dance performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Admission is $5. The performance, the central theme of which explores the angst and fear in negotiating human survival against apparent overwhelming odds, is presented in conjunction with Dinnerware Gallery's Views of Japan exhibition. Call 792-4503 for information.
SHAKESPEARE AND MAGIC. UA Laboratory Theatre, southeast corner of Speedway and Park Avenue. 621-1162. This collaborative, avant-garde work uses scenes from Shakespeare that involve the influences of magic. Voice and dance are interwoven in selections from MacBeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Henry IV, Part I and The Tempest. Tickets are $5 general, $4 students, available at the Fine Arts box office, 621-1162.
GET BUMMED. Free country western dance lessons are offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at the Bum Steer, 1910 N. Stone Ave. Larry and Amanda will get even the leftest of left feet in line or partnered up for a two-step, cha-cha or Desperado Wrap.
MODERN DANCE WORKSHOP. Orts dancer Nanette Robinson offers on-going classes from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, at the Southwest Center for the Arts, 2175 Sixth Ave. Instruction combines Skinner Releasing, Tai Chi and Yoga. No previous dance experience is necessary. Call 887-1603 for more information.
FLOOR BARRE/MODERN CLASSES. Orts Company dancer and NYC refugee Lucia Zeffirelli teaches on-going classes combining the Copley technique with Graham, Ballet and Limón foundations. Classes meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Orts space, 930 N. Stone Ave. Price is $6 per class, or $20 for five classes. Call 882-0195 for information.
GOLDEN AGERS DANCING. Eagles Club. 1530 N. Stone Ave. Dance 'til you drop every Friday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. to the music of Mr. Smooth. $1.50 donation at the door. For information call Vickie Pearl, 888-7450.
OLD PUEBLO SQUARE DANCE CENTER. 613 E. Delano St. Country dance lessons offered every Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Couples, singles and teens are welcome. Call 795-8288 for more information.
LINE DANCE. Old Pueblo Square Dance Center. 613 E. Delano St., at First Avenue and Fort Lowell Road. OPSDA instructor Janalea will get the lead out of your feet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday in this alcohol-free, non-smoking environment. Classes are $3. All welcome. Call Bernice at 795-8288 for information.
WELLNESS DANCE. Syndee Pokora teaches two on-going classes to help relieve pain and stress and build healthier movement habits: "Mind/Body Unwinding," and "Dance for Wellness." Cost is $10 for a single class; the price of a 6-week session varies. Anyone may join at any time. Classes are held at La Danse Teknik, 2631 N. Campbell Ave. Call 326-2508 with questions.
DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE 1995. Continuing through April 2: The Tucson Museum of Art League and the American Society of Interior Designers South Chapter will present this exhibit of 10 historic bungalows in the downtown Snob Hollow neighborhood. Tickets are $10 at the door, which includes one free admission to the Tucson Museum of Art. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
FESTIVAL OF INDIA. An "other-world" display colors Catalina Park, University Boulevard and Fourth Avenue, with art, dance, food and even elephant rides from 10 a.m. to sunset March 24 through 26. Call 792-0630 for information.
STEP INTO THE ARTS. TCC Leo Rich Theatre, Music Hall and outdoor plaza, 260 S. Church Ave., will provide an array of arts, music, drama and dance activities for children and their custodians. Featured performers include: Tucson Symphony Orchestra petting zoo from 10 a.m. to noon; and a drama workshop and performance by Childsplay, Inc. Events are free and open to the public.
FOURTH AVENUE STREET FAIR. The changing of the seasons is once again marked by this shopping extravaganza, from sun-up to sundown March 24 through 26. Admission to the myriad of crafts, live music and performances crowding the Avenue of the Arts is free. Keep an eye out for the Children's Creation Station if you have young ones in tow.
GARDEN CELEBRATION. Tucson Botanical Gardens' annual combination of the Spring Plant Sale, Flower Show and Home Garden Tour is in full bloom this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25, and noon to 4 p.m. March 26. Home Garden tours are $10, $5 for TBG members, and will continue throughout TBG hours. The Tucson Botanical Gardens are located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way.
HOME TOUR. El Presidio Home Tour will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Tickets are $6, available starting 12:30 p.m. Sunday, at the starting site, 402 N. Main Ave. Start off the tour with an Introduction to El Presidio Neighborhood, by professional guide Ken Scoville, at 12:45, 1:15 or 1:45 p.m.
TUCSON PUBLIC MARKET. Every Saturday, rain or shine, this vendor-run market meets at 135 S. Sixth Avenue. This is a real farmer's market, with all vendors growing and producing their products. New vendors are welcome. Call 792-2623 for information.
UPTOWN MARKET. The Uptown Friday Farmer's Market at St. Philip's Plaza gathers from 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays, through April 1995. The market features fresh produce and baked goods, and live music by the Liz Fletcher Group and the Sabra Faulk Band. Call 326-8010 or 577-8181 with questions.
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RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. This authentic re-creation of a 16th century European market faire is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. continues through March 26. Admission is $10.95 for adults, $4.95 children 5 to 12 years, and 5-and-unders free. Senior tickets are $9. Look for discount tickets at all Fry's Food Stores. The grounds are seven miles east of Apache Junction on Highway 60/89. For information call 1-602-463-2700.
ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH. Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society celebrates our rich cultural heritage with a series of 10 lectures throughout the month. The Controversial Journey of Fray Marcos de Niza begins at 7:30 p.m. March 29, at Himmel Branch, 1035 N. Treat St. There will also be a 6:30 p.m. lecture on March 28 at the Mission Library, 3770 S. Mission Road, entitled Tohono O'odham Life Yesterday and Today: One Tribal Member's Perspective.
CHOSEN PATHS. The following lecture is free and open to the public, to be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Center for English as a Second Language Auditorium, adjacent to the Arizona State Museum on the UA campus: Cultural Multiplicity: The Hopi Past, Present and Future.
INTERACTIONAL EDUCATION. Arizona Center for Clinical Management (ACCM) and Children and Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS) sponsor this free series to discuss issues affecting children receiving mental health services. The following lecture meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at ACCM, 1844 S. Alvernon Way: March 28, SED Children and the Education System. Call Sarah Gallardo, 747-7619, ext. 222, for reservations and information on upcoming programs.
MONEY TALKS. Mission Branch Library, 3770 S. Mission Road, offers a free series on financial investing. The final presentation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Managing Your Money in Turbulent Times.
BOOK SALE. Choose from thousands of titles, reference books, children's books, instructional and foreign language selections. Sale continues through April 9, at 4853 E. Speedway, at Swan Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The Educational Enrichment Foundation hosts the sale, with most books 50 cents each, or 12 for $5.
BOOK SIGNING. Waldenbooks Tucson Mall location, 4500 N. Oracle Road. 293-6799. Richard Parrish will sign copies of Nothing But the Truth, from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25.
BOOK SIGNING. Barnes & Noble. 5480 E. Broadway. 745-9822. Gary McKay will sign and discuss his book, How You Feel Is Up to You, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25.
BOOK SIGNING. Haunted Bookstore. 7211 Northern Ave. 297-4843. Tom Lacy will sign copies of Kaniksu: Stories of the Northwest, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25.
HUMANITIES SERIES. The Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road, will conduct a series of book discussion programs about One Hundred Years of Solitude and Invisible Man, sceduled for Tuesday evenings April 11, May 9 and June 6. Reservations for the free series are taken on a first-come-first-serve basis. Call 791-5021 to register.
LATIN AMERICAN SYMPOSIUM. Noted theatre critic Juan Villegas will speak at 3 p.m. March 24, in the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium. "La Noche Cultural," a fiesta to promote hispanic culture, will begin at 7 p.m. March 25, also in the auditorium, and will feature theatre, music, dancing, poetry and more. Events are free and open to the public.
PROULX SPEAKS. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Annie Proulx will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Tucson Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Discussion is free and open to the public.
WRITING PROJECTS RETREAT. The sixth annual Arizona Writing Projects Retreat is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium. Pre-registration by March 28 is $15, registration at the door $20, and student rate $10. Call Anne-Marie Hall for further information at 621-5423.
TUCSON POETRY FESTIVAL. This year's festival examines the relevance of contemporary poetry in our culture with the theme of love, as an expression of the fundamental human condition. Readings by this year's festival poets are scheduled for 8 p.m. March 31 through April 2. The poets include: Francisco X. Alarcon, Rafael Campo, Diane di Prima, Marilyn Hacker, Boyer Rickel and Jane Miller. Advance tickets are $5, $10 for a weekend pass, available at Bentley's and The Book Stop.
READING WOMEN'S HISTORY. Barnes & Noble, 5480 E. Broadway, celebrates Women's History Month with weekly reading groups from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays throughout March. For a list of book titles and information, call 745-9822. Groups are free and open to the public.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. Messages From The Heart, a quarterly journal, is accepting submissions for an issue devoted to the Southwest. Send passionate letters, journal entries, poems, comments or drawings to P.O. Box 64840, Tucson, AZ 85728. Include information about the author of the work and a phone number where you can be reached. Call 577-0588 for more information.
DEAD POET'S SOCIETY. Exhume yourself! The Dead Poet's Society is a writing forum and network designed for people who write and hide it in boxes. For more information call 327-3775.
CYCLING CLINICS. Free clinics for kids 18 and under will cover service, safety, racing and helmets, from 9 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25 and April 1, at The Good Earth Restaurant, southeast corner of Broadway and Wilmot Road.
PIONEER PARTY. Barnes & Noble, 5480 E. Broadway, celebrates Women's History Month with a Laura Ingalls Wilder story hour at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Call 745-9822 to pre-register for the readings, games and craft-making session.
DINO MIGHT. The Tucson Children's Museum presents Kokoro's Discover Dinosaurs, a robotic exhibit of life-like dinosaurs and ice age creatures, continuing through May 31at El Con Mall, Broadway east of Country Club Road. Admission is $4 adults, $3.50 children, with group rates available. Call 792-987 for more information.
GARGOYLES. From the owners of the Fine Line, this hot alternative dance club for teens 14 to 18 will be open 8 p.m. to midnight every Friday and Saturday. There are also video games, pinball, pool tables, and soda/snack bar. Security provided. Gargoyle's is located at 3206 N. First Ave. in the Amphi Plaza shopping center. Admission is $5. Call 690-1930 for information.
SUMMER JOBS FOR TEENS. Four information sessions on how to find summer jobs and internships will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the following locations: April 4, Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road; April 11, Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road; April 18, Woods Library, 3455 N. First Ave.; April 25, Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road.
F.E.M.A.L.E. Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge is a network of moms who have taken a break from their careers to be at home. Tucson has two chapters, northwest (Debbie, 825-2047) and central (Coralee, 325-0715). The northwest chapter meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month, in the YMCA room near the west end of the Foothills Mall. Chapters offer regular meetings, playgroups, Mom's Night Out activities, and meals for new mothers. March activities include: 2:30 p.m. playgroup at Arthur Pack Park, Thornydale and Overton roads. Call Debbie at 825-2047 for information.
PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS. Parents Without Partners, a support organization for single parents, meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 2447 N. Los Altos Ave., Chapter Hall, #45. Join them for a country/western dance from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25. Admission is $6 at the door, $4 for members. For more information call 622-8120.
THERAPY GROUPS. Jewish Family & Children's Service, a non-sectarian service agency for people of all races, religions, and ethnic origins, offers therapy groups for children and adolescents. Groups will deal with mild to moderate emotional problems, self-esteem issues, divorce and school-related difficulties. Cost is based on ability to pay. Call 795-0300 for more information.
LA LECHE. La Leche is a great organization that offers sensible advice for women who want to breastfeed their babies. Seven monthly meetings are held throughout Tucson. Phone counseling is also available. Call 721-2516 for more information.
THE PARENT CONNECTION. The Parent Connection, 1010 N. Alvernon Way, offers Open Playtime, a drop-in opportunity for children to enjoy a playroom with slides, ladders, balance beams and more. March Open Playtime is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday for children 2-5 years old, 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday for children age birth through 2 years, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for children birth through 5 years old. "Dad 'n' Me" play group, for ages through five years, meets Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. "Awareness In Parenting" group shares how children think and feel, on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for parents of up to 5-month-old babies, and at 11 a.m. for parents of children 6 to 15 months old. Programs are $20 for four weeks. Single Parent Support Group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Parent Connection. Meet and exchange ideas with other single parents. The "High Noon" brown bag drop-in support group, for working parents or those on tight schedules, meets every Monday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Limited childcare by reservation is available at $2 per child. Call 321-1500 for further information.
FUN RUN. Support the Tanque Verde Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation by participating in a 10k or 2 mile fun run on Saturday, March 25, at Emily Gray Junior High School, 4201 N. Melpomene Way. Individual registration is $15, or $50 for a family of four, and includes breakfast and event t-shirt. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with race time at 8:30 a.m. Call 749-5751 for information and pre-registration.
CACTUS OPEN CELEBRITY TOURNAMENT. LIFEbeat, a national music industry fundraising organization, sponsors this day o' golf and stars to benefit People with AIDS Coalition of Tucson. Gawking begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Tucson National Golf and Conference Resort, 2727 W. Club Drive. Call 297-2271 for information.
EXPLORING ARIZONA. Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society sponsors a free public tour to the 1691 Jesuit mission site of Guevavi, at 7 a.m. Sunday, March 26. At 9 a.m. the same morning, AAHS will also offer a four and one-half mile walking tour along the Anza trail on the Santa Cruz River between Tumacacori and Tubac. Both tours leave from the parking lot of Tumacacori National Historic Park, south of Tucson of I-19. An Archaeology Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 and 26 at nearby Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.
BUILD A TRAIL. Join Bob's Bargain Barn in improving our mountain parks and monuments by volunteering some Saturday hours for the "Build a Trail" program. Bob's and Pima Trails Association are aiming at work every Saturday throughout 1995. Call 325-3409 for registration and information.
SAN PEDRO HIKES. Six hikes along the river are scheduled this spring. Remaining hikes are scheduled for April 1, 15 and 29, and May 13. Pre-registration is $7.50, limited to the first 40 hikers. No pets allowed. Registration forms are available from BLM Tucson Resource Area Office, 12661 E. Broadway. Call 1-602-459-2555 for information.
SINGLE CAMPERS OF TUCSON. A different kind of singles club for those with the outdoors itch. Campouts are planned for the second weekend of each month, at sites throughout southern Arizona. Car/tent camping in primitive areas, potlucks, campfires, hiking and good people. Membership fee is $12. Call Eric Anderson at 325-7098 for more information.
HIKING. Southern Arizona Hiking Club hikes meet several days during the week. There are at least two different hikes on each of these days. All hikes are rated for difficulty. For more information on hikes and mountain bike rides, call 751-4513.
ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS. The Center for Desert Archaeology now offers tours of both downtown Tucson and remote desert sites, providing new visions of Tucson's fascinating past. See the hidden 3,000 year-old village downtown, prehistoric rock art petroglyphs, or half-day tours to Signal Hill, Picture Rocks and King's Canyon. Contact Connie Allen-Bacon at 881-2244 for more information on tours. Individual, group and corporate rates are available.
RAMSEY CANYON PRESERVE. 27 Ramsey Canyon Road. 602 378-2785. The 300-acre Nature Conservancy sanctuary in the Huachuca Mountains celebrates its 20th anniversary in 1995, with a variety of indoor programs, with regular Saturday guided tours resuming in March. Reservations are required, with group limited to 10 per session. Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free, with a $5 donation suggested for non-members. Call 378-2785 to sign up.
DEQ HOTLINES. The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality wants you to call 622-5700 to report cars or buses spewing disgusting, health-destroying smoke. If you spot any of those wildcat dump hogs call 622-5800 with the location, license plate number and type of trash being dumped. Businesses needing hazardous waste assistance can call the Hazmat Education Helpline at 740-3346.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE. The Tucson/Pima County hazardous waste disposal site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Friday and Saturday for household waste disposal. For more information call 740-3555.
RECYCLING. 24-hour neighborhood drop-off centers include: Cholla High School, 2001 W. 22nd St.; Booth-Fickett Magnet School, 7240 E. Calle Arturo; Wrightstown Elementary School, 8950 E. Wrightstown Road; and Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St. All city and county landfills also have recycling centers. Call 791-5000 for hours and locations. Multi-material recycling facilities are located at Recycle America, 945 S. Freeway Blvd. Call 622-4731 for hours.
RETHINKIT LINE. Don't know whether to throw it, hoe it or stow it? The RETHINKIT Recycling Information Line, 791-5000, offers information for callers with recycling questions and concerns.
PLANT SALES. If you've got the itch to dig, root out some native beauties at the following spring sales: March 25 and 26, Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; April 1 and 2, Desert Survivors Nursery, 1020 W. 22nd St.; April 8, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road; and March 25 and 26, Los Cerros Garden Club at Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. Proceeds from the Foothills Mall sale benefit the club's UA horticulture scholarship and donations to TBG, Nature Conservancy, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Trees for Travelers and Desert Survivors.
HYDROPONICS WORKSHOP. The Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave., announces this educational workshop for teachers interested in incorporating hydroponics into their science curriculum, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Holiday Inn City Center, 181 W. Broadway. Exhibits will be on display for public viewing from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 24 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Admission to the exhibit is $2. For information on the workshop or display activities, call 628-5628.
TBG. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The annual art exhibition, Sunspots: A Garden Gallery, continues through May 14 in both the outdoor Herb Garden and the Tropical Greenhouse. "Gardening for the Newcomer" meets every first Thursday and third Saturday of the month, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. You can take a "Birds and Gardening Tour" at 9 a.m. every Tuesday. At 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday, go exploring at the Gardens and learn about Tucson's native flora. Tours are $3 and include admission to the Gardens. Good news for plant lovers: the nursery at TBG will now be open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday until May. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12.
TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS. The Master Composters of the Tucson Organic Gardeners staff the Compost Demonstration Site at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, excluding holidays, and have experts on hand to answer all your composting questions. Call the Composting Assistance Line at 798-6215 for help or further information on how you can compost at home.
WILDFLOWER MONTH. Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum offers a spectacular taste of spring with a full slate of activities for the month of March. The Arboretum is 90 minutes north of Tucson via Highway 79. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 5 to 12, with reservations for hikes required. Call 1-602-689-2811 for more information.
MUSIC: Feels Like Home by Linda Ronstadt. We hear she's moved back home to Tucson, but darn it, we have yet to bump into her at the bowling alley. Just like a star. Anyway, this latest effort is her buzillionth solid performance in a row. Seriously, try to name a clinker Linda Ronstadt album. Can't do it. They all run from good to great. About the only one that was even mildly disappointing to me was Trio with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, and that's only because the music didn't take off and soar like I had expected. This latest outing was supposed to be a follow-up to Trio, but scheduling conflicts kept it from coming off, so Our Miss Linda just went ahead and did it herself. And it's sweet. She moves effortlessly through rock and country songs, and even takes a stab at "Morning Blues." I happen to think Linda Ronstadt is the greatest female singer alive; this album, while not her greatest, does nothing to detract from that image.
BOOKS: Edison: Inventing The Century by Neil Baldwin. A fascinating look at one of the great men of all time, at least in terms of his impact on mankind. Sure, he invented the light bulb, but he also lost much of his fortune trying to build a machine to contact the spirits of people long dead. Yes, he made the ticker-tape and motion picture camera and phonograph, but he was also convinced that concrete houses, poured all at once in one elaborate mold, was the key to low-cost housing. He's the father of 20th-century science, but in human terms, he was a bad husband and terrible father. Still, in many ways, he was indeed a wizard.
TELEVISION: Hope and Gloria, NBC Thursday nights. We love TV; there's no sense in denying it. Therefore, our standards are relatively low. All we ask from a sitcom is that it makes us laugh. Unfortunately, not many can even manage that small feat. This one can. Hope and Gloria are two mismatched friends, thrown together when Hope's husband hits on Gloria, then walks out on his tenth wedding anniversary to "find himself." Cynthia Stevenson as Hope is the ultimate optimist and romantic, while Jessica Lundy's Gloria is a street-smart wisecracker with a young son and an ex-husband that she married and divorced twice, but still can't get rid of. From the makers of Cheers. Hey, it's funny.
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