April 6 - April 12, 1995

[City Week]

DOUBLE CROSSING. The Pima County/Tucson Women's Commission sponsors a community forum Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries: Sexual Assault in the Immigration Process, which will focus specifically on the Arizona/Mexico border. A panel of crisis center, law enforcement and legal professionals will address sociological issues, resources available to women in Pima County, immigrant and refugee rights and Border Patrol activity. Says JoAnn Mesa of the Tucson Women's Commission, "There's enough documentation to show that women aren't reporting (assault) for various reasons. Our goal is to create awareness and help people who have contact with these women to use available resource...and to find out what the Border Patrol is doing to make the border and Pima County safe."

The free panel discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room C of the City Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Ave., and will be followed by a silent auction featuring the art of Yolanda Bernal. Call 624-8318 for more information.

PLAY BALL! Forget Major League Baseball--we're sticking with the minor leaguers this year. Head out to Hi Corbett Field in Reid Park to welcome the 1995 Tucson Toros. Not only will you see a great baseball game, you'll also be able to enjoy sideshows like the Dash for Cash and the Izzy-Dizzy Bat Race (If you don't know what that's all about, you have to see it for yourself). Plus, Tuffy Toro will be on hand to entertain the kids. What more can you ask for?

The Toros kick off a four-game home stand against the Calgary Cannons at 7 tonight. Games start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. On Friday, the first 2,000 adults get free Toros caps courtesy of Circle K and on Saturday, the first 2,000 families get Tucson Toros calendars. Tickets are $3 to $5. Kids under 6 are free. For more information call 325-2621.

AHS BENEFIT. Reviewers from San Francisco to New York have sung praises of Richard Clark's amazing baritone voice. Clark, who has toured most of the world, will share the stage with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Bernhardt, for this Arizona Historical Society benefit concert. Don't forget, this may be one of your last opportunities to see Bernhardt, whose dedicated days with TSO are coming to an end. The bilingual program will range from German opera by Wagner to mariachi pieces by Lara and Galindo. Rumor has it that Clark's wife, Suzanne, even makes a guest appearance for "All I Ask of You," from Phantom of the Opera.

Tonight's concert begins at 8 p.m. at UA Centennial Hall, located at the campus' main entrance on University Boulevard east of Park Avenue. Tickets range from $10 to $24, available at Dillard's, TCC, and the Centennial Hall box office. Call 6213341 for tickets and information.

BLOCK AND BLUES. Taj Mahal says she's "simply the best there is," and Bonnie Raitt calls her "an inspiration." We still get chills remembering her passionate a cappella rendition of "Ain't I A Woman," about equal rights spokeswoman Sojourner Truth. One of the most dynamic female performers we've heard, Rory Block returns to Tucson at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., for another unforgettable performance. She combines her background in classical guitar with a passion for Mississippi Delta blues and a distinctive lyrical style all her own. Show opener is Chris Smither, who we hear delivers "a powerful set of music that would make Charlie Patton proud."

Advance tickets are $12 to $15, with a $2 discount for TFTM, TBS and KXCI members, available from Hear's Music, Antigone Books and Zia Records. Call 8813947.

REMEMBER THE ALAMO. The Alamo Gallery, 101 W. Sixth St., opens Form and Function: Handmade in Tucson, with a reception from 2 to 9 p.m. Works by 12 local artists will be featured, including hand-carved gourds interwoven with organic materials like pine needles, wooden masks accented by antlers or quills, and equally innovative clay, blown glass and jewelry. You'll find everything from wearable art to a hand-carved bed. Says co-op gallery member Linda Haworth, "We wanted a variety, from the simple elegance of a bowl to complicated furniture installation pieces that take a lot of thought and time." Call 882-9490 for information.

PIONEER DAYS. Fort Lowell Park, Fort Lowell and Craycroft roads, celebrates Tucson's pioneering origins today and Sunday, from 10 a.m. 'til dark, with music, dance, crafts, costumes, food and--our favorite--a public hanging of Mayor George Miller. Event organizers promise "something for everyone," from vintage cars and toys to old weapons and old books. For those who enjoy the ancient art of eating, choose from fresh roasted corn, authentic fry bread, Chinese, Thai, Mexican and Italian. You'll find pioneer settlers, Fort Lowell soldiers, charros with their "dancing horses," and members of the Tohono O'odham nation among the festival's re-enactments. Don't miss the Apache Crown Dancers fire-side performance at dusk tonight. Admission to the park is free.

REARRANGED MARRIAGES. Domenico Cimarosa's 18th-century comic opera, The Secret Marriage, makes a rare Tucson appearance tonight at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m., in the newly renovated Crowder Hall, UA campus south of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. Often eclipsed by Mozart's operas of the same period, this work finds new life in a clever English translation by San Francisco-composer Donald Pippin.

Says stage director Charles Roe, "The story is like a soap opera set in 18th-century Bologna, Italy--very funny and with lots of action." Roughly, the younger sister marries in secret before the elder sister, so that when the elder's groom-to-be falls for her younger sister, unsuspecting Papa tries to marry--or re-marry--her off. Tickets to the fully staged and orchestrated production are $12 general admission, $6 for seniors and students, available at Dillard's and the UA Fine Arts box office, 621-1162.

WALK ON THE MOON. Pack up the mini-van and head over to the Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen St. (north of Prince Road between Tucson Boulevard and Country Club Road), for this fun-filled picnic fundraiser for the 10th annual Tucson Folk Festival. Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association has assembled a line up of local musical talent of unparalleled variety: from blues to swing with the Ad Hoc Committee, Celtic music by the Hooligans, the Tucson Goodtime Singers' barber shop music, Russian and Northern European folk with the UA Balalaika Orchestra, and Mariachi Monarca del Salpointe. Bring a blanket and your favorite munchies, or purchase refreshments at the park.

Admission is $4, $3 for TKMA, TFTM, TBS or KXCI members; or join TKMA and get in at no extra cost. Young moon-walkers slide by for an easy $1, free for those under age 6. Call 749-9770.

CENSORED. Works by German artist Käthe Kolwitz (1867-1945) were labeled degenerate and banned by the German government as a result of her activism for women's liberation, fair labor laws and gay rights. In her honor, The Invisible Theatre and the Stone Avenue Temple Project present Censored--An Evening of Passionate Artistic Expression, a three-part visual art show, staged reading and seminar from 5:45 to 9:30 p.m. at The Stone Avenue Temple, 564 S Stone Ave., and The Prince Chapel, 602 S. Stone Ave.

Censored: The Story of Käthe Kollwitz, directed by Susan Claasen, pits artistic passion and courage against political intrigue and intolerance in 1936-Germany--themes that reflect as powerfully on 21st-century America as on their World War II context. The 8:30 p.m. seminar following the show will encourage dialogue on community concerns and challenges to free expression, from personal, historical, national and political perspectives. Panel members include: Rev. C. Jessel Strong, Deputy County Attorney Kathleen Mayer, educator and children's rights advocate Carole Marlowe, Artsave project manager Jill Bond and award-winning playwright Alvin J. Schnupp.

Tickets are $15, $10 for IT season ticket holders. Call 882-9721 for reservations and information.

CELTIC KINGS. Revisit "The Rocky Road to Dublin" at 8 tonight, as The House Band makes its first Tucson appearance at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway, in an unforgettable evening of Celtic music, song and story. This is tour of material from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Celtic regions of Spain (yes, there is such a thing), and more. The House Band's rich texture and haunting melodies transcend the "green beer and Shamrocks" school of Irish music, and earned Stonetown the Folk Music Album of the Year in England. Come hear what the Boston Herald called, "Brilliant individual playing, crystalline ensemble work, and unerring taste for great material." All this and Northumbrian smallpipes, melodeon, bombarde and bodhran to boot!

Advance tickets are $10, $9 for students and TFTM and KXCI members, available at Hear's Music, 2508 N. Campbell, Bentley's on Speedway, Loco Records, 2901 E. Broadway, and Piney Hollow, 427 N. Fourth Ave. Call 881-3947 or

327-4809 for tickets and information.

BORDERLANDS OPEN. Borderlands Theatre's production of Federico Garcia Lorca's classic play Yerma previews at 8 p.m., at PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. The 1930s play depicts rural life in Spain, and the plight of a young woman caught in a moral dilemma between having an extra-marital relationship in order to have a child, or giving up her desire for motherhood in order to preserve her honor. Lorca weaves the disjointed realities between Yerma's internal struggle and the contradictory outside world of the village into a metaphorical, multi-faceted tale.

Tickets for tonight's production are $8, $6 for seniors and students. Regular performances continue through April 22. Ticket locations include Antigone Books, 604 N. Fourth Ave., Jeff's Classical Records, 2556 N. Campbell Ave., and the PCC West Campus cashier's office. Call 882-7406 for reservations and information.

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