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BUSTING BOUNDARIES. Music presenter Zeitgeist continues stretching sound boundaries with a Tucson appearance by jazz super group, the Gerry Hemingway Quartet. Featuring Ellery Eskelin on tenor, Ray Anderson on trombone, Michael Formanek on bass and Hemingway on percussion, the band boasts more than 80 years of accumulated, improvisational talent.
Hemingway has been composing and performing solo and ensemble music since 1974, when he was part of the East Coast improv scene. He later became a member of the influential Anthony Braxton Quartet. Anderson is a six-time Down Beat poll winner who one observer called "a genre-defying creative terror." He spent his formative years in New York's loft scene, and with Braxton's Quartet.
A veteran of innovative bands ranging from Joey Baron's trio Barondown to Mark Helias' Attack the Future, Eskelin has long inhabited an unconventional musical landscape, leading critic Kevin Whitehead to call him "the most inventive American tenor player in creative music."
Formanek likewise totes a diverse biography, including stints with jazz masters Freddie Hubbard, Art Pepper and Stan Getz, and avant garde leaders like Marty Ehrlich, Tim Berne and James Emery.
Performance is 8 p.m. in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Advance tickets are $10, available at CD Depot and Last Wax Records. Tickets are $12 at the door. For details, call 882-7154.
AFRICAN AFFAIR. For more than two decades, Allen Bechky has carried on a love affair with Africa--both as an independent traveler, and as a safari guide with Mountain Travel-Sobek. His resulting mountain of knowledge has resulted in two books published by the Sierra Club, Adventuring in Eastern Africa and Adventuring in Southern Africa.
Bechky brings his knowledge of the vast continent to Tucson in a free slide discussion hosted by the Sierra Club, starting at 7:45 p.m. in the UA Physics and Atmospherics Science Building, on Fourth Street east of Park Avenue. For information, call 740-4027.
ROCK AND RIBS. The Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce warms up the grill and the stage today with the New Taste of Tucson event. The party will feature chow from a host of restaurants including Barrio Grill, Anthony's in the Catalinas and Ye Olde Lantern, along with music by nostalgia-rock masters Paul Revere and the Raiders, and The Grass Roots.
Event runs from 5 to 11 p.m. today, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow, in the southwest corner of El Con Mall. Admission is $8, free for children ages 12 and under. Discounted tickets are available at Circle K and the Chamber of Commerce. Call 792-2250 for information.
LEAPING INTO SPRING. Orts Theatre of Dance rings in the season of renewal with its annual concert in Reid Park.
In collaboration with vocalist Cantrell Maryott and composer Chuck Koesters, Orts Artistic Director Anne Bunker will present Eye Light, dedicated to her cousin, who was killed in a landslide in Australia last year. The roster also includes a new video/dance performance originally commissioned by the International Glass Arts Society as part of their Tucson convention last year. The dance features a backdrop of projected video images of glass art, overlaid with dancing and flying human forms. Finally, Orts will present "Tossed Salad," with plenty of "lifting, jumping and tossing" to the music of the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet.
Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor
Performance Center, located at 22nd Street and Country Club Road.
Performances continue at
CAJUN CAUCUS. The bayou arrives in Tucson tonight with an appearance by the legendary Queen Ida and her Bon Temps Zydeco Band. Joining the Queen will be D.L. Menard and The Louisiana Aces.
Ida won a Grammy for a spicy blend of Creole and Cajun music that the Dallas Morning News calls "sheer, guiltless pleasure. If Queen Ida can't move you, you can't be moved."
For his part, D.L. Menard loves to play old-time Cajun and spin tall tales to the backdrop of a fiddle and traditional squeezebox accordion, with a recording career dating back to the '50s, when he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Hank Williams Sr.
Show time is 8 p.m. in UA Centennial Hall, located inside the
main gate east of Park Avenue. Tickets range from $15 to $24,
half-price for students and children under age 18. UA faculty
CHAPPED HIDES. They called it the Spanish-American War, and the Yanks charging up San Juan Hill and throughout the embattled island of Cuba came to be called the Rough Riders.
Now the Arizona Historical Society revives its well-chapped legacy with the Rough Riders Symposium, featuring living history re-enactors who'll give soldiers' accounts of the war, to the music of the Fourth U.S. Calvary Regimental Band. Charles Herner, author of Cowboy Calvary: A Photographic History of the Arizona Rough Riders, will discuss the scrapbook of Tucson's own Rough Rider, John Campbell Greenway.
Event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. Admission is $5, $4.50 for AHS members. For details, call 628-5774.
LYRIC BLOOM. The Arizona State Poetry Society celebrates the season in iambic pentameter with its Spring Festival. This year's lyric outing will feature award-winning poet and longtime UA professor Richard Shelton. There will also be a scholarship presentation and plenty of open readings.
Free event runs from 10 a.m. to
VALLEY VISIONS. Eastsiders are gearing up this weekend for the Tanque Verde Valley Festival arts and crafts show. Works by more than 70 artists and craftspeople will be up for grabs, along with handcrafted decorating items, great grub, and an earful of live music and other entertainment. Best of all, proceeds will help fund expansion of the Bear Canyon Library.
Free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bear Canyon Plaza, 8900 E. Tanque Verde Road. Call 298-6207 for details.
LUSH LIFE. On the surface, William Blomquist's big, lush paintings are an elegant blend of stylized figures and smooth, lovely colors. But his signature works also reveal a barely submerged edginess and sharp-eyed social critiques.
Now the Cochise College instructor expands that vision with a series of graphite drawings titled Animal Farm, on display at Rancho Linda Vista in Oracle.
Exhibit runs through April 30, with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Rancho Linda Vista Barn Gallery, 1955 W. Linda Vista Road. Los Basement Rancheros will provide the musical backdrop for today's reception at this charming outpost on the northern slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Regular gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 324-0442.
SOUTHERN ROCK. Sharon Urban is an archeologist with the Arizona State Museum, and an aficionado of the prehistoric rock art found among the rough precipices of Baja California. Today, she shares her knowledge of that intricate topic in a lecture and slide show hosted by the Tucson Sailing Club, and appropriately titled Rock Art of Baja California.
Free lecture is at 7:30 p.m. in the Elk's Lodge, 2404 E. River Road. For details, call 743-0519.
KILN TIME. Nancy Dimock's sculptures are hand-built, bisque-fired and intricately painted. Her free-standing animals, masks and wall plaques of Southwestern landscapes reveal an almost shamanic perception of wisdom and humor. Margaret Shirer combines the ancient Egyptian art of glass fusing with the modern technology of dichroic glass to create lovely pieces of sculpture, jewelry and glassware. Now the work of both artists is on display in the striking new exhibit 2 Women, 2 Kilns.
Exhibit runs through May 9 in the Enchanted Earthworks Gallery, 2980 N. Swan Road in Plaza Palomino. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 327-7007 for information.
THOUGHTFUL SEEDS. Even in the Sonoran desert, springtime blooms all around us. And to the folks of Native Seeds/SEARCH, that means it's time for their annual Cholla Bud Harvesting Workshop.
These unopened flowers of the cholla cactus are a desert food long gathered by the Pima and Tohono O'odham peoples. Properly prepared, they have a meaty texture and a flavor that falls somewhere between asparagus and artichoke hearts.
Led by ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan and Suzanne Nelson, NS/S director of conservation and seedbank curator, the workshop will reveal the best methods for extracting those juicy delicacies from their thorny homes. The pair of cholla-bud aficionados will then process and cook the fruits of their labors, culminating in a potluck supper.
Workshop runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Cost is $20 for NS/S members, $25 for non-members and pre-registration is required. For registration, location and other information, call 622-5561.
DEARLY BELOVED. Wandering through the thicket of interpersonal relationships can be a sticky affair. Luckily, counselor Bill White helps illuminate the way with Enhancing Your Love Relationship, a seminar for couples, including same-sex relationships. White promises to examine sound approaches for becoming "an artist in the tricky art of love relationships."
Free seminar runs from 6:30 to
BIG PICTURE. The Tucson/Pima Arts Council Community Gallery lays bare the local artistic soul with Metamortified: A Commentary on the State of Art in Tucson.
Designed to foster an on-going, open dialogue between artists and the community--with the intent nurturing hometown creativity--the show includes Old Pueblo talents ranging from David Brown, Katie Cooper and Armanda Hunter to Lynn O'Brien, Marvin Shaver and Joe Forkan, among many others.
Exhibit runs through May 22 in the T/PAC Community Gallery, 240 N. Stone Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 624-0595 for details.
SEASONAL EXPLORATION. In her new book, Seasons in the Desert: A Naturalist's Notebook, celebrated nature writer Susan J. Tweit pays homage to our arid land. Through 40 amusing and intriguing scientific essays, she affectionately introduces our native wild critters. And she'll discuss her discoveries in a free gathering from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in The Book Mark, 5001 E. Speedway. For information, call 881-6350.
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