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SWING ON BY. The non-profit Tucson Swing Dance Club has worked up a sweat locally by promoting dance steps going back to the 1920s, growing out of moves like the Lindy and Jitterbug.
Today, are exploding all over American dance floors, and they've swept across the Old Pueblo like a whirling dust devil. Get wind of these goings-on this and every Thursday, with West Coast Swing lessons and social dances for greenhorns and veterans alike. All are welcome at these friendly, informal soirees.
Lessons run from 7 to 7:45 p.m. for beginners, and from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. for intermediates, followed by general dancing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Tucson Women's Club, 6245 E. Bellevue St. Admission is $3, $2 for TSDC members. Call 573-3732 for details.
CULTURE CONTROL. With this year's Oscars behind us, the question lingers: Who really pulls the cultural strings in our vast land? UA anthropologist Dr. Jane Hill gives that meaty topic a local bent with a talk titled The Real Culture Wars: Who Controls Cultural Resources in the Southwest?
Our region's diversity is constantly being promoted to attract visitors and satisfy residents. But behind the scenes are intense struggles over controlling that weave, from language to ethnic icons. Dissecting case studies of such battles is Hill's focus, and she'll shed light on recent contests for control of the Spanish language and Native American symbolic materials.
The free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the UA Center For English as a Second Language Building, Room 103, inside the main gate east of the Arizona State Museum. For information, call 626-8290.
LOCAL LIT. Tucson author Elizabeth Evans gives her first local reading from her latest novel, Carter Clay, the suspenseful story of a Vietnam vet and drifter who ends up in a hit-and-run collision with the Alitz family. The accident leaves the father dead, the mother permanently brain-damaged, and the daughter a paraplegic. Feeling guilty as hell, Clay tries to purge his sin by entering into the survivors' lives, in a sweeping tale of mercy, forgiveness and potential redemption. (See this week's Books section for more.)
The free reading is at 7 p.m. in Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. Call 792-3715 for information.
KNAVES AND KNICKERS. The fate of France hangs in the balance, and the King's musketeers have a risky plan. They must enact their scheme under the watchful eyes of the realm's many enemies, and still find time for duty and romance along the way. It's a tall order, but nothing's too tough for the heroes in Gaslight Theatre's production of The Three Musketeers.
The cast includes Gaslight regulars Joe Cooper, Peter Van Slyke, John Brownlee and Betsy Kruse, among others, with musical direction by Lisa Otey.
Show times are 7 and 9:30 p.m. in The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Performances continue at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday through May 29. Tickets are $13.95, $11.95 for students, seniors and military, $6 for children ages 12 and under. For reservations, call 886-9428.
CRAWL FOR ALL. North Fourth Avenue and downtown are the site of an explosion of poetic proportions, as more than 40 Tucson poets turn out to toast the written word. The cause célèbre is the annual uprising known as the Tucson Poetry Crawl, an event growing in size and stature. (If you don't believe us, check out the list of names on the ad in this week's issue.)
The free festivities open with music by Delta Blues at 6:30 p.m. at the Third Stone, 500 N. Fourth Avenue. Readings start at 7 p.m., and continue in 40 minute intervals at the following consecutive locations: Aroma Cafe (356 N. Fourth Ave.), Hotel Congress, the Ronstadt Transit Center (Congress Street and Sixth Avenue), Club IB6-UB9 (256 E. Congress St.) and the Youth Storefront (Broadway at Arizona Avenue).
The evening culminates with a "Crawlception" at 11 p.m. in the Gateway Villas Bed and Breakfast, 228 N. Fourth Ave. All events are free, with donations gratefully accepted at the end of the evening to benefit the Tucson Poetry Fund.
EGG BEATER. Give your Easter weekend a different taste with a guided tour of the Picture Rock archaeological site on the Tohono O'odham reservation.
The tour starts with a visit to the Baboquivari District offices in Topawa, home to various replicas of traditional O'odham structures including the round house and outdoor kitchen. The excursion then heads out to Picture Rock, a small butte containing petroglyphs and pictographs, bedrock mortars and ancient artifacts. A bring-your-own picnic follows in the Baboquivari Campground, nestled in a serene oak woodland just below Baboquivari Peak. There will also be an optional, moderately difficult hike following lunch, traveling halfway up the mountain to view another site associated with I'itoi, a Tohono O'odham deity.
The tour leaves Tucson at 7:30 a.m., and cost is $20. For reservations and directions, call 798-1201.
CRITTER CANVAS. Glimpse the trappings of fellow desert dwellers and help local conservation efforts at the Audubon Research Ranch Track Count, sponsored by the Sky-Island Alliance.
Participants will learn to recognize the tracks of mountain lions, bears, bobcats and coatimundis along new routes on the Audubon Ranch, a lovely hideaway nestled between the Whetstone and Huachuca Mountains. Running about half a day, the count helps Alliance folks document species native to these parts.
The free outing leaves at 6:30 a.m. from the UA Water Resources Research Center, 350 N. Campbell Ave. Call 628-7609 for details.
HOLIDAY ON HIGH. Catalina State Park hosts its annual Easter festivities today, with the refreshing fun starting with a sunrise service and pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. A basket-full of activities for the kids follow, including an egg hunt featuring the big hare himself, a jumping castle, and endless games and prizes. The Golder Ranch Fire Department will also be on hand with its shiny red truck. Or you can beat a retreat from all the bustle to relax elsewhere in this charming mountain park.
Easter activities are offered from 9 to 11 a.m. in Catalina State Park, located at Milepost 81 on North Oracle Road. Park admission is $5 per vehicle, $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For details, call 628-5798.
LEGENDARY LINE-UP. The renowned Steve Lacy Trio joins Roswell Rudd for a night of powerhouse jazz hosted by Zeitgeist productions.
A veteran who's worked with musical luminaries from Jimmy McPartland to Buck Clayton, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy is a walking textbook of jazz history. His latest venture is a jazz chamber opera called The Cry, based on poems by Bangladeshi feminist Taslima Nasreen.
Trombonist Rudd has enjoyed a similarly varied career, including stints with Archie Shepp, Carla Bley, Gato Barbieri, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, and with Lacy himself. Since their reunion in 1997, Rudd and Lacy have proffered periodic, triumphant collaborations. Tonight's performance promises more of the same.
Show time is 8 p.m. in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Advance tickets are $12, available at CD Depot and Antigone Books. Tickets are $14 at the door. For information, call 882-7154.
IVORY KING. He's earned accolades in world music centers in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, New York and L.A., and now pianist Nicholas Zumbro brings his virtuosity to our desert outpost for a performance hosted by the UA School of Music and Dance Artist Series.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in UA Crowder Hall, south of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Tickets are $10, $8 for UA employees, $5 for seniors and students. They're available in advance at the UA Fine Arts box office, or by calling 621-1162.
MAGNETIC MUSE. Haul your literary talents down to the Tucson/Pima Main Library and post 'em on The Big Fridge, as part of the Tucson Arts District's Magnetic Poetry Contest.
The month-long celebration of verse includes an actual (fabricated) refrigerator, which will boast numerous lyric musings, culminating in prizes and readings of winning poems at Borders Books & Music on Friday, April 30. Borders will be donating books of poetry and prose by local authors as grand prizes in both adult and children's categories.
Post your own masterpiece in the Children's Room of the Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., through April 16. Call 791-4391 for details.
BROADWAY'S BOY. Mandy Patinkin ranks among Broadway's best-known performers, with a Tony Award for his 1980 debut as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. He was nominated again in 1984 for his starring role in Sunday in the Park with George, and the list goes on.
Tucson audiences have an opportunity tonight to hear a singer the New York Post calls "the greatest entertainer on Broadway today--period."
Patinkin performs at 7:30 p.m. in UA Centennial Hall, inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Tickets range from $18 to $44, with discounts for children and students. Call or visit the Centennial Hall box office, 621-3341, for reservations and information.
GET NATURAL. The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturists revel in the wildlife and you can too, with a series of free weekly activities running throughout April, from guided nature walks to panning for sand rubies.
Today, the naturalists dive into flora and fauna with a plant and bird walk. The relaxing trek leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the kiosk outside the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water. For information, call 513-0231.
FOLK 2K COMPLIANCE. Kick up yer heels in traditional style with the Tucson International Folk Dancers. This globe-trotting group meets every Wednesday to strut its stuff to music from all over the planet. A few simple classes are taught at each gathering, promising that "in just a short time, you'll be doing dances from countries as diverse as Spain, Russia and Israel, to name a few." Not only is it fun, but you'll be doing your part to keep folk dancing traditions alive into the next millennium.
Dancing runs from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Zenith Center, 330 E. Seventh St. Admission is $2. For details, call 792-2694.
MAIN SQUEEZE. Get a refreshing taste of great jazz when Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice take the stage tonight at the Cottonwood Club.
Piccolo's credentials include 25 years with the world-renowned Roomful of Blues, where he served as bandleader, lead singer and tenor saxman. His catalog of recordings stretches to 17, including stints with Big Joe Turner and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. His 1995 release, Acid Blue, was selected by CD Review as one of its critics' top-10 blues recordings for that year.
Piccolo and Heavy Juice perform a dinner show at
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