SPECIAL EVENTSEvents This Week
AVIATION DAY. Tucson International Airport Control Tower. 7801 S. Plumer Ave. Aviation Day events are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 4, and feature a nickle-a-pound plane rides, tours of the control tower, military and civilian aircraft displays and fly-bys, and the first Tucson Airport Authority 727 plane-pull for the Special Olympics. Teams of 20 will compete to see which team can pull the 120,000-pound aircraft 12 feet in the shortest period of time. All events except the plane rides are free. Call 573-8100, or visit the website http;//www.tucsonairport.org, for information.
DOWNTOWN SATURDAY. Downtown Tucson is alive all day and all night Saturday, April 4. This week features a Tucson Folk Festival preview at the Ronstadt Transit Center and a special Art Sale and Show at Art2, 186 E. Broadway, from 7 to 10 p.m. Featured musicians include Linda Lou and the Drifters, Copper Moon, Sapphire Kieft, and Ice-9. For information on other events, stop by the booth on Sixth Avenue and Congress Street; or call the Arts District Partnership at 624-9977.
PHYSICS PHUN NIGHT. UA Physics Building Room 201, Fourth Street east of Park Avenue. Join the UA Department of Physics and the PCC Department of Physics at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for demonstrations of the fun side of physics, including the hair-raising highlight of the evening: See a professor lie on a bed of nails and have a concrete block broken on his chest. A second evening is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, at PCC West, LCN Room 208. Call Alaina Levin at 621-4669 or Roy Emrick at 621-6797 for information.
RILLITO ARTFEST. Rillito Park. River Road and First Ave. The third annual ArtFest of Tucson is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5. More than 150 local and national artists gather to sell their original works and demonstrate their creative processes. The festival also features live music and a variety of food booths. A portion of the booth rentals, sales and concessions benefits the American Cancer Society's Arizona Camp Sunrise, a program for children with cancer or leukemia. Admission is free
SPALDING GRAY. Gallagher Theater. UA campus. Monologist Spalding Grey presents It's A Slippery Slope, reflections on fatherhood, skiing and the perilous passages of mid-life, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4. He will also introduce a free showing of his 1990 film/monologue Monster in a Box at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Join Diane Yurgaitis for a free "Arts Encounters " discussion 45 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets are $25 with discounts for students, faculty, staff and children under 18. Call 621-3341 for information.
SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL. The Spirit Weavers present their second-annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 4 and 5, at Eastridge Plaza, 7649 E. Speedway, between Kolb and Pantano roads. Festival includes a juried art show, artisans demonstrations and live music with Shep Cooke, performing daily from noon to 2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation, Southern Arizona Chapter. Free admission and parking. Call 546-4656 for more information.
SPRING ARTISAN'S MARKET. Plaza of the Pioneers. Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. Head downtown for the annual artisan's market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Saturday and Sunday, April 3 through 5. The market includes over 65 booths featuring works by Arizona artisans, including metal work, furniture, glass, jewelry, pottery, shrines, textiles and mixed-media works. Also visit the Goodman Pavilion of Western Art to see La Vida Norteña: Photographs of Sonora by David Buckhalter. All events are free. Call 624-2333 for information.
STORYTELLING GATHERING. St. Phillips in the Hills Church. Meditation Room. 4440 N. Campbell road. On the first and third Tuesday of every month, storytellers can gather to swap tall tales and practice their art in the company of novices and old hands alike. The event is organized by Glenda Bonin and Ron Lancaster of Tellers of Tales, and gathers from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. Call 326-8966 for information.
TEEN DANCE. Tucson Association for the Blind. 3767 E. Grant Road. Teens are invited to come out and dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 3 . This fun-for-all dance is sponsored by Third Street Kids, Direct and the Spaulding Foundation. Refreshments will be served. Call Kris at 624-6452 for information.
WALKING TOURS. The Arizona Historical Society presents Walking Tours of Historic Tucson from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through March. Beginning at the Sosa-Carillo-Frémont House Museum, the tour canvasses more than 20 homes, sites and buildings. Cost is $4.50. Reservations are required. Call 622-0956 for reservations and information.
WAREHOUSE WALKING TOURS. Hotel Congress Lobby. 311 E. Congress St. The Tucson Arts District Partnership offers tours of the historic downtown warehouse district from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month, through May 1998. This guided tour covers a one-mile area, and includes an overview of the area's history, with brief visits to several artists' studios. Call 624-9977 for information.
Out Of Town
SPIRIT OF MOTHER EARTH. Globe High School. The Globe High School Native American Club hosts Spirit of Mother Earth, a show featuring native music and dancing Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 2 and 3. Tickets are available at the High School bookstore.
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