Opening This Week
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. Opening April 27 and continuing through May 21: The Convicts Return, a one-man show featuring Geoff Hoyle, saluting some of the greatest comedians and vaudeville artists of days gone by. Tickets range from $17 to $26 and are available at the ATC box office. Call 622-2823 for information. Special performance and singles theatre party April 30. Tickets are $17 and include pre-theatre reception and wine tasting by Webb Winery. Reception begins at 6 p.m., curtain is at 7 p.m. Call 884-8210 for more information.
ARIZONA YOUTH THEATER. 5526 E. 22nd St. 7900844. Opening April 27 and continuing through May 27: Enchanted Garden, an enchanting poetry event emcompassing a day in the world of a child as performed by children ages 6 through 12. All tickets are $5. Call 7900844 for information.
CULTURAL ARTS AUDITORIUM. Randolph Recreation Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way. 791-4663. April 29 only: The Devonshire Demons, a comedic ramp through the 200-year-old mansion of Cedric Johnson complete with wolves and vampires, performed by the TP&R Community Theatre Teens. Performance begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
ARIZONA CHILDREN'S THEATRE. El Con Mall. 3601 E. Broadway. 795-9314. Continuing through May 21: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Budelinik, and The Name of That Tree. Show times are 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5, $4 seniors and $3 children. No reservations needed. Call 795-9314 for more information.
GASLIGHT THEATRE. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Continuing through June 3: Under Two Flags, an adaptation of the French novel by Ouida, with evening performances at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and selected 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $12.95, $10.95 for seniors, students and active military; and $6 for children 12 and under. Call 886-9428 for reservations and information. Tickets for the April 28 performance are $12.50, with proceeds benefiting student activities at Tucson High Magnet School. For tickets call 529-3040 or 323-6161.
SERENDIPITY PLAYHOUSE. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 751-4445. Continuing through May 6: Run For Your Wife!, a British comedy by Ray Cooney about a London cabby turned bigamist. Tickets are $9. Evening performances are at 8 p.m., with 3 p.m. matinees on selected dates. Tickets range from $12-$15. Call 751-4445 for more information.
UA PRESENTS. The UA Artists' Series not only has a new name, it has a new attitude as well. UApresents reflects a new direction for the artistic, programming and community service philosophy. Subscription tickets are now available through the Centennial Hall box office. Tickets for individual events do not go on sale until August 21. Call 621-3341 for ticket and show information.
TICKET ALERT. Season tickets for the 1995-96 Theatre League's Broadway at Symphony Hall series for 1995-96 season go on sale May 1. Productions include South Pacific, My Fair Lady and Evita. Season tickets range from $45 to $95. Tickets may be purchased through the Theatre League's ticket office at 952-2881 or 1-800-776-SHOW. Tickets are currently on sale for 42nd Street, starring Mariette Hartley, with performances May 17 through 21. Tickets range from $26.50 to $32.50 and are available at the Symphony Hall box office and all Dillard's outlets. Call 678-2222 for more information.
TICKET ALERT. Tickets are currently on sale for the 42nd annual Tucson Press Club Gridiron Show, Full Frontal Newt-ity, scheduled for 8 p.m. May 17 through 20 at TCC, 260 S. Church Ave. Advance tickets are $15, $25 for "Hot Seats," available at the TCC box office and Dillard's. Proceeds benefit Tucson Area Literacy Coalition. Call the TCC Box Office at 791-4838 for more information.
ATC AUCTION. The fourth annual Best Little Warehouse in Tucson auction happens from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Festivities include live and silent auction, food and music to this year's theme, Off Broadway...Only Two And A Half Blocks! Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased at the ATC box office, 622-2823, or by sending a check to: Off Broadway/95, c/o Arizona Theatre Company, P.O. Box 1631, Tucson, AZ 85702.
THEATRE CONFERENCE. The 12th Annual Arizona Statewide Theatre Conference will be June 2 through 4, with guest speakers Marshall Mason and Horton Foote. The conference meets at PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Deadline for early registration is May 18. Call 229-8231 for more information.
TICKET ALERT. Tickets are currently on sale for the ATC production of Oklahoma!, opening June 20 and continuing through June 25 at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Ticket prices range from $10 to $35. Special Family Plan discount available. Call the TCC box office at 791-4266 for reservations and information
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.
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.
Opening This Week
DESERT ARTISANS' GALLERY. 6536A E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4412. Opening May 3 and continuing until July 2: Our Travels. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 722-4412 for more information.
OBSIDIAN GALLERY. St. Phillips Plaza, Suite #90, 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Opening May 1 and continuing through May 31: Contemporary Jewelry and sculpture by New York artists Talya Baharal and Biba Shultz. Special booksigning by Susan Grant Lewin, author of One of a Kind- American Art Jewelry Today, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 2. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
PUZEY GALLERY. 47 S. Sixth Ave. 884-4522. Opening May 1 and continuing through May 31 at the Holiday Inn Downtown City Center, 181 W. Broadway: computer art by Pete McCormick, watercolor by Mort Saul and mixed media by Roy Traver.
TEMPLE GALLERY. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210. Opening April 29 and continuing through May 27: Paintings by Robert Cocke. A special opening reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 5. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, weekends call 622-2823.
THE ALAMO GALLERY. 101 W. Sixth St. 882-9490. Continuing through June 15: canvases by Albert Vass and Nancy Stevens. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
ART!! GALLERY. El Con Mercado. 6328 East Broadway. 745-8586. Continuing through May 14: An exhibit featuring dream catchers, oils, watercolors and weavings by Maureen Garrison. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH GALLERY. Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery. 4831 E. 22nd St. 748-1551. Continuing through May 16: Geometric Variations on Desert Themes: an exhibition of recent abstract painting by Howard Conant. Conant, former head of the UA Art Department, exhibits works influenced by desert colors and Islamic art. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. 621-7968. Continuing through May 28: In This Garden: Photographs by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen; and Patterns of Connection: Leah King Smith, creative revisionism restoring Australian aborigines to their native lands. 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 May 6: mixed media sculpture by Jocelyn Wolf and photographs by San Francisco-based David Wolf. Regular hours are noon to 3 p.m.
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY. Casas Adobes Office Park, 6812 N. Oracle. 297-1427. Continuing through May 27: The works of Herb Gilbert and David Pennington featuring paintings and collage. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
DINNERWARE GALLERY. 135 E. Congress St. 7924503. Continuing through May 6: Mixed media works by Linda Caputo, Jacquelyn McBain and Brooke Molla. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday noon to 5 p.m.
ETHERTON GALLERY. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Continuing through May 27: paintings by Bailey Doogan, painted photographs by Holly Roberts and mixed media sculpture by Randy Spalding. 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.
JOSÉ GALVEZ GALLERY. 743 N. Fourth Ave. 6246878. Continuing through May 13: a one-woman exhibition of paintings reflecting life in East Los Angeles by Margaret Garcia. Other Los Angeles works by Tony de Carlo and Joseph Maruska will also be featured. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Continuing through May 15: Mementos of Israel, photographs by Marvin Mandell and David Nathanson.
LAUGHLIN STUDIO GALLERY. 220 S. Norris Ave. 624-7354. Continuing through May 5: World Travel in Watercolor, prints, drawings and watercolors by David Laughlin. Call for regular gallery hours.
LOCAL 803, INC. 803 E. Helen St. 882-4625. Continuing through May 20: Being is Round, Sculpture and Drawings by George Ehnat Jr. The works of George Ehnat focusing on his stone carvings and drawings. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.
OBSIDIAN GALLERY. St. Phillips Plaza, suite 90, 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Continuing through May 6: metalwork by local Tucson artists Kristin Beeler, Jude Clarke, Betty Harris and Joe Harris. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
PCC ART GALLERY. PCC Center for the Arts. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6385. Continuing through May 4: PCC Student Art Exhibition, an annual juried exhibit. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
PHANTOM GALLERIES. Various locations. 624-9977. Vacant window-front galleries doubling as temporary exhibition space include the following. Continuing through April 26: 110 S. Church Ave., works by Ned Gray, Bridget Roads and Joan Sullivan.
PHILABAUM GALLERY. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Continuing through July 7: Interior Motives, an exhibition dedicated to showing the most recent innovative designs in glass for the home and office. Fourteen different artists will be featured. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
PUZEY GALLERY. 47 S. Sixth Ave. 884-4522. Continuing through April at the Holiday Inn Downtown City Center, 181 W. Broadway: mixed media works by Kirsten Groenveld, comic art by Mark Zepezauer, and various children's art works.
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.
SOSA-CARRILLO-FREMONT HOUSE. TCC complex between the Music Hall and the Arena. 622-0956. Continuing through May 20: Mexican American Needlework/Tejidos Y Bordados, approximately 150 works from pioneer Mexican American families will be on exhibit. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART. 140 N. Main Ave. 6242333. 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. 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 June 4: Life in a Boundless Land: The Gaucho Scenes of Juan Manuel Blanes, 40 works depicting the social and political environment on the plains of Uruguay and Argentina. Also included will be a small selection of paintings by George Catlin, Worthington Whittredge and Jule Travernier. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2, $1 for seniors and students.
WOMANKRAFT. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Continuing through May 27: Nahuila, works by Mexican artist Santa Sandra Robles. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and by appointment.
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.
DE GRAZIA GALLERY. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9192. Extended through April 30 in the Little Gallery: works by Russian artists Ilya Nagibin and Nadezhda Medvedeva. Both artists are from Riga, Latvia and their works are currently in the Photographic Collections Museum in Moscow, Russia. Little Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
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.
EARTH DAY SHOW. 630 N. Craycroft, suite 119. Continuing April 29 and 30: gouache paintings of hot springs of the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin region by Bruce Campbell. The exhibit celebrates the 25th anniversary of Earth Day. Regular exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 749-3931 for more information.
MARK ROSSI GALLERY STUDIO. 2415 N. Fontana Ave. 623-7136. Continuing through April 30: sculpture and Yaqui Pascola Masks by Julian Morilla, including 50 sculpture pieces in wood with 2 bronze editions and 50 masks. Regular gallery hours are by appointment.
MELIORIA GALLERY. 178 E. Broadway. 792-9544. Continuing through April 30: Swaim Associates Ltd.--25 Years of Architecture, a collage of photos and sketches depicting the firm's evolution. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment.
PINK ADOBE GALLERY. 222 E. Congress St. 6232828. Continuing through April 30: hand-painted ceramics by Bobby Medford, dichronic glass jewelry by Lora Lynne and hologram jewelry by August Muth. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
RAW GALLERY. 43 S. Sixth Ave. 882-6927. Continuing through May 3: recent paintings by Allen Maertz. Regular gallery hours are 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Downtown Saturday nights and Thursday Art Walks.
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 June 6: A History of Tohono Chul Park. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Tohono Chul presents a photographic retrospective of its past. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is a $2 donation.
TUCSON/PIMA ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY. 240 N. Stone. 624-0595. Continuing through April 29: Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Exhibit. Included are over 60 paintings by 29 artists. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
TUCSON PUBLIC LIBRARY. Main Library, 101 N. Stone. 791-4393. Continuing through April 30: A photographic essay/exhibit by Omer V. Clairborne, documenting the Tucson Soap Box Derby; recent oil paintings by Robert Gouge; wood and root sculpture by Fran Murphy.
Out of Town
SUN CITY PRINTMAKERS. Sun City Tucson Social Hall, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley. Continuing through April 30: This fourth annual exhibition displays etchings, woodblocks, linecuts and collagraphs. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Open to the public, free of charge. For more information call 825-2425.
ART WALK. This monthly self-guided tour of downtown art spaces happens from 5 to 8 p.m. April 27. Experience Tucson's art scene and get some exercise at the same time. Call 624-9977 for information.
TMA DOCENTS NEEDED. A coffee for prospective docents for the Tucson Museum of Art will be held at 10 a.m. April 28 at the Edward Nye Fish House at TMA, 140 N. Main. Prospective docents will be given an informal introduction to the fall docent program. Refreshments will be served. Call the TMA 624-2333 or Vida Thomas 2979336 for more information.
ART MATERIALS WORKSHOP. Wendall Upchurch, Education and Technical Service Manager for Windsor and Newton, will present a lecture and demonstrations that explore the use of artists' materials and techniques at St. Philip's Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. on May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for the seminar, but an RSVP is required. Call Sarnoff Art & Writing, 2524 N. Campbell, at 795-1229 to register.
ART WORKS. Rhythm of the Arts celebrates new demensions in creative movement and visual arts. 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 27 at 1509 E. Helen St, UA campus. Music and refreshments will be furnished.
NEA DEADLINE ALERT. Deadlines for grants from the National Endowment for the Arts are fast approaching. For more information call the number listed for your particular genre: Theatre 1-202-682-5425, Music 1-202-682-5445, Dance 1-202-682-5435, International 1-202-682-5422, Design 1-202-682-5437, Expansion Arts 1-202-682-5443, Literature 1-202-682-5451, Museum 1-202-682-5442.
ARTISTS/TEACHERS. Applications are being accepted for JTPArts artist/teacher positions, a summer youth job training program in the arts. Those hired will work with youths from June 5 to July 21 to complete a project designed to benefit the community. Applications are available at the Tucson/Pima Arts Council, 240 N. Stone Ave. For more information call Loraine Hernandez at 624-0595 ext. 10.
YOUNG ARTISTS NEEDED! Or beginners, even. Applications are being accepted for jobs in the JTPArts Summer Youth Employment Programs. Call the Hotline at 740-5220.
ART TALKS. The Tucson Museum of Art Docent Council offers the following free art talks at 1:30 p.m. on the following Mondays and Thursdays: April 27, The Artistry of the Garden: Tulips in Holland by Sheila Mortonson. For more information call 885-0449.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. Dinnerware Artists' Cooperative Gallery is soliciting entries for its 6th Biennial Seven State Regional Juried Exhibition. For information and a prospectus, send an SASE to Dinnerware, 135 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701. Deadline is May 2, 1995. For information call 792-4503.
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
CELLO/PIANO RECITAL. Cellist Stefan Polgar and pianist Stacie Comstock Herschler will perform April 28 at 8 p.m. at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Selections include the works of Schumann, Chopin and others. Tickets at $8, $3 for students.
CROWDER HALL. UA Music Building, Park Avenue and Speedway. The following performances are scheduled this week: May 2: The wind symphony will perform with guest composer/conductor Ron Nelson. May 3: the Graduate Choral Conducting Recital will feature the works of Haydn, Brahms and others. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Call 621-1216 for tickets and information.
LIMBS AKIMBO. This high-energy "Funka-Salsa-Lypso" dance band will perform at 9 p.m. April 29 at Cushing Street Bar and Grill, 343 S. Meyer Ave. There will be a $4 cover at the door. Call 881-3947 for more information.
PCC CENTER FOR THE ARTS. 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 884-6458. The following concerts are scheduled this week: April 28 and 29 at 7 p.m., the PCC Music Department Opera Program presents Help, Help The Globolinks, where only music can fend off alien creatures. This opera in English is performed by PCC students and children from La Cima Middle School. April 30, 3 p.m., the PCC Wind Ensemble will perform with solo performances by flutist LiAnne Schmidt and horn player Ken Henslee. May 1, 7:30 p.m., the PCC Jazz Improv Concert will feature the electrifying Culture Shock and introduce Mo' Biscuit and The Iguanas. These combos serve up a tasty selection of bebop, swing, Latin, salsa and ballads. Tickets for all performances are $4, $3 seniors/students. Advance tickets available at the Cashier's Office at PCC West. Call 8846458 for more information.
SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR MUSIC. 2175 N. Sixth Ave. 884-1220. Mike Seeger will present an evening of music from Appalachia, the deep south and more April 27 at 8 p.m. Call 327-4809 or 884-1220 for information On April 28 at 8 p.m., Bill Miller, along with guest Stefan George will perform. Call 881-3947 or 795-5685 for information. Advance tickets for both performances are $10, $9 for TFTM, KXCI and TKMA members, and are available at SWCM, Hear's Music, Folk Shops, Piney Hollow and Loco Records.
ST. PHILIP'S IN THE HILLS. 4440 N. Campell Ave. 299-6421. The following concerts will be performed this week: April 27: The UA Doctoral ensemble recital featuring tenor Scott Tuomi will perform works by Bach, Britten and others at 7:30 p.m. April 30: Organist William Wells will perform the works of Bach, Franck and others at 3 p.m. Performances are free and open to the public.
TUCSON JAZZ SOCIETY. The Mose Allison Tri, one of the most original songwriters, singers and pianists in jazz, will perform blues based tunes at 7 p.m. April 29 at St. Philip's Plaza, Campbell Avenue and River Road. This Plaza Suite Series is co-sponsored by Cucina Contenta Catering, which will serve food, full bar and espresso service. Tickets are $3 for Jazz Society members, $7 for non-members. Call the TJS at 743-3399 for information.
UA MUSEUM OF ART. UA campus, Speedway and Park Avenue. 621-7567. The UA Clarinet Chior will perform the works of Bach, Mozart, Handel and others April 30 at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Call the MusiCall line at 621-2998.
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.
CELTIC JAM. The Folk Shop, 2525 N. Campbell. 8817147. Bring your instrument and join this old time celtic jam session from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 2. Open to the public.
FIND YOUR VOICE. Ongoing classes and individual sessions help you discover you authentic creativity through experiments with voice, sound movement and play. Call 544-8683 for dates, times and costs.
TICKET ALERT. Tickets are now on sale for the May 6 performance of the Tantric Chior of the Tibetan Gyuto Monks at Centennial Hall. The Gyuto Monks tour to raise money for their monastery, and to raise awareness about Tibetan refugees around the world. Tickets range from $16.50 to $20.50 and may be purchased at Centennial Hall and all Dillard's box offices.
SUMMER MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP. Once again, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks is offering a full scholarship for a five week summer program at Berklee School of Music in Boston from July 10 to August 11. The all-expense paid scholarship is open to anyone age 15 with at least six months of musical training. Three runners-up will receive full-tuition scholarships to the Berklee in Los Angeles Program, July 23 through July 29. Applications must be received by May 15. For more information and application forms call Sedona Jazz at 1-520-282-1985 or the Berklee College of Music at 1-800-421-0084
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 UA 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
BALLET ARIZONA. TCC Music Hall. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4266. Ballet Arizona and Baryshnikov Productions present White Oak Dance Project, a repertoire of works by various choreographers featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov at 7:30 p.m. May 4. Tickets range from $40 to $65, available at Dillard's or by calling the Ballet Arizona box office, 8825022.
UA DANCE. Ina Gittings Dance Theatre. North side of the Mall west of Campbell Ave. The following performances are scheduled for this week: April 27 through 29, 7:30 p.m., Higher Grounds, spring dance concert will feature UA dance students. Tickets are $7, $5 students, available through the UA dance office. May 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m., Last Chance to Dance, new and experimental choreography will be presented by the dance committee of the UA. These are works in progress that will be eventually reshaped into their final form for formal presentation at a later date. Tickets are $1 at the door.
PCC DANCE. PCC Center for the Arts, Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road. The PCC West Campus Dance Ensemble presents a Showcase of Dances to be performed April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Modern dance choreographed and performed by students will feature a wide array of dance and music styles including an original composition Call 884-6458 for more information.
BUMS STEERED. 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. 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. Dancer 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 Ortspace, 930 N. Stone Ave. Cost is $7.50 per class, or $20 for four 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.
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, nonsmoking environment. Classes are $3. All welcome. Call Bernice at 795-8288 for information.
GREEK FEST '95. The 11th Annual AHEPA Spring Greek Festival will take place April 28-30 at St. Demetrios Hellenic Community Center, 1145 E. Ft. Lowell. The three-day festival features authentic Greek food, music, beer, wine and imports. This year's theme is Be Greek for a Day! Admission is $2, children under 12 are free. Seniors are admitted free on Saturday and Sunday only before 3 p.m. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 28, noon to 11 p.m. April 29, and noon to 8 p.m. April 30. Call 8880505 for information.
CASINO NIGHT. A Los Wages casino night will be held April 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Foothills Mall Meeting Room. This event is sponsored by the IAFF local 3572, representing Northwest, Flowing Wells and Golder Ranch firefighters, to raise funds for food and clothing to benefit children in Northwest Tucson. Admission is $10 and includes $12,000 of funny money for poker, blackjack and craps. A 50/50 raffle will be held as well. Call 742-0602 for tickets and information.
AVIATION DAY. Tucson International Airport hosts a fun filled day of airplane rides, tower tours and aircraft displays on April 29 at the Executive Terminal, 7081 S. Plumer Ave. The 99s, the non-profit International Organization of Women Pilots, will offer their popular "nickel-a-pound" airplane rides. This annual event helps promote aviation within Tucson. The fun kicks off at 8 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. Call the Tucson Airport Authority at 573-8100 for information.
WINE TASTING. Wines Without the Mystery with wine educator/enthusiast Jon Rogers will take place April 30 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Landmark Cafe, 7117 N. Oracle. Fine wines and food will be featured. The cost is $20 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call Orange Grove Liquors at 797-1550 for information and reservations.
MARIACHI CONFERENCE. The 1995 Tucson International Mariachi Conference continues through Saturday, April 29. Festival activities are centered around TCC, Randolph North Golf Course, and Armory Park. The Fiesta de Garibaldi will take over Armory Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Showcase and Espectacular concert tickets are available at Dillard's and the TCC box office, 791-4266. All proceeds benefit La Frontera Center, a non-profit, community-based health service facility. Call 884-9920 for information.
SCIENCE CARNIVAL. Join Flandrau Science Center and Kitt Peak National Observatory in the Science Center's 20th birthday celebration, with exciting, interactive science exhibits like bottled lightning and anti-gravity mirrors. This traveling show of attractions from Seattle's Pacific Science Center will be on the UA mall, Hawthorne Street and Cherry Avenue, through June 4. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $3, $2 for kids under 13 or $6 for a family pass for four. Call 621-STAR for information.
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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MILE HIGH CHILI COOKOFF. Calling all chiliheads: The 13th annual Mile High Chili Cookoff simmers in downtown Bisbee, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Public sampling opens at 3 p.m. after the judging. The cookoff is happening in conjunction with the Vuelta de Bisbee bike races. Call 1-520-432-4271 for information on racing events.
TROUT DERBY/SPRING FLING. Drive up to the White Mountains to the little town of Greer and you'll discover the Fourth Annual Bob Hirsh Spring Fling and Trout Derby continuing until May 21. Call 1-520-735-7540 for information or reservations for Greer's B&Bs, motels, and cabins.
TBG. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, continues its lecture series for April with the following programs: April 27, 7 p.m., People and Plants of the Rio Mayo. Dave Yetman and Tom VanDevender will present a lecture on the uses of plants by the Mayo people of Sonora. Admission is $8, $6 TBG members. April 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a horticultural therapy workshop will be held to show how it can be used as an effective therapeautic tool in many types of facilities including hospitals, retirement homes and prisons. Fees are $30 full day, $15 half day. Call 326-9686 for more information.
MEMORY DISORDERS. The UA Faculty Community Lecture Series continues with Memory Disorders: Origins and Treatment,presented by Elizabeth Glisky, Ph. D., Asst. Professor of Psychology, on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the DuVal Auditorium, AZ Health Sciences Center, 1501 N. Campbell. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking available at the UMC/AZ Health Sciences Center Visitor Parking Garage, off Campbell. Call 621-3512 for information.
COMMUNITY FORUM. Feeding the Body, Feeding the Soul is the title of St. Philip's Community Forum, held April 30 at 10:15 a.m. at St. Philip's In The Hills, East Gallery, 4440 N. Campbell. This the first in a four part series dealing with the role of food in our lives and around the world. All forums are open to the public. Call 299-6421 for information.
BREAKFAST CLUB. The Saturday Morning Breakfast Club holds its last meeting of the month on April 29 at 8 a.m., at the Piccadilly Restaurant, 6767 E. Broadway. Guest speaker will be Chuck Diaz, creator of Speak Up America. Diaz will speak private property rights. Admission is $6. Call 325-5420 for information.
FILM LECTURE. Six Continents, 2430 E. Sixth St, suite C, presents a lecture entitled Geronimo: How the Film Was Made, at 7:30 p.m. April 27. The lecture focuses on a Native American's inside view of the making of the movie. Admission is $4. Reservations are required. Call 318-1635 for information.
REFUGEE EDUCATION PROJECT. UA professor and Chinese human rights activist Fang Li-Zhi presents Human Rights in China: Recent Developments at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Northwest Neighborhood Center, 2160 N. Sixth Ave. Admission is free. Call 7952745 for information.
BOOKSIGNING. Barnes & Noble. 5480 E. Broadway. James E. Liebig will discuss and sign his new book Merchants of Vision, a profile of 40 business leaders rising to the challenges of a changing global economy, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Call 745-9822 for information.
BOOKSIGNING. Susan Grant Lewin will sign her book One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry Today, from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at Obsidian Gallery, 4340 N. Campbell Ave. in the St. Philip's Plaza. Call 577-3598 for information.
PERSONA READING. The University of Arizona Poetry Center ends its 1995 Spring Reading Series with a reading by contributors to the UA undergraduate art and literary journal, Persona, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the Modern Languages Building auditorium on the UA campus. Call 321-7760 for information.
TECLA BENEFIT. Renowned authors Barbara Kingsolver and Demetria Martinez will highlight the April 30 TECLA benefit reading for refugee rights, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 S. Sixth Ave. Kingsolver will read from her new, unpublished book of essays, and Martinez will select passages from her award-winning novel Mother Tongue. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 623-5739 for information and ticket outlet locations.
SNYDER SPEAKS. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder will lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Center for Creative Photography on the UA campus. A reception and booksigning will follow in the lobby. Admission is free, but arrive early as seating is limited. Call 621-7968 for information.
VOICES OF THE LAND. Authors Simon Ortiz, Byrd Baylor and Gary Paul Nabhan will read from their recent works starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. The Voices of the Land reading will benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH, a regional conservation organization. Advance tickets are $5, available at The Haunted Book Shop, Antigone Books, and Books West Southwest. Tickets are $6 at the door. Call 327-9123 for information.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc. is offering a $500 grand prize for the Distinguished Poet Awards contest. Entries (limit one) should be 20 lines or less, any subject and style. Contest is free to enter. Send poems to Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Department EM, 203 Diamond St., Sistersville, WV, 26175. Deadline is May 31, 1995.
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.
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Literacy Volunteers of Pima County is looking for presenters for the Tutoring Young Readers Workshop. Call 797-7530 for information.
SEEK SUMMER PROGRAMS. Extended University's sixth SEEK (Summer Education and Enrichment for Kids) program opens registration at Butterfield and Magee schools on April 29, for programs from May 30 through July 21. Cost is $40 per course. On-going registration is also open for SEEK Fine Arts Camp, a two-week hands-on arts camp for students grades 4 through 8. Workshops cover drawing, portraiture, photography, story theatre, printmaking, dance and creative writing. Camp runs June 12 through 23. Call 624-8632 for registration and information.
CREATIVE MOVEMENT. Creative Movement for Children, cosponsored by the UA Extended University and School of Music Committee on Dance, is a summer program for children ages 2 to 4, encouraging body awareness, confidence, coordination and social skills. Session I meets Saturdays, May 13 through June 3. Call 624-8632 for registration and information.
FISHING DERBY. The All-American Fishing Derby for children four through 12 casts off from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, at both Reid Park lakes. Registration fee is 25 cents, which covers the cost of a fishing license. Bring your own equipment, including hat and sunscreen, and head over to the concession stand near the paddle boat lake to register between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on derby morning. Call 791-4873 for information.
HOMEWORK HELP. Five additional sites have been added to the list of Tucson-Pima Library Homework Help program. Catalina High School, Valencia Library, Wilmot Library, John A. Valenzuela Youth Center and Kirk Bear Canyon Library will now provide experienced tutors to assist kids with their study and resource-finding skills. Call 791-4391 for information.
VALLEY OF THE MOON. The Valley of the Moon presents a new show, Between Wonderland and Oz, with shows every half-hour from 7 to 9:30 p.m., April 27 through 29. The Valley of the Moon is located at 2544 E. Allen Road, north of Prince Road and east of Tucson Boulevard. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 7 to 12. Call 323-1331 for information.
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 31 at 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. The club goes live with Front Side Grind and Brash, at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. This hot alternative dance club for teens 14 to 18 is open regularly from 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.
PASOS ADELANTE. La Frontera Center's Pasos Adelante program hosts its annual taco lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the La Frontera Conference Center, 502 W. 29th St. Cost is $3.50 per plate, with proceeds benefiting this "Steps Forward" substance abuse prevention project for children ages 3 to 5, and their parents. Call 884-9920 for information.
CONNECTION BENEFIT. An al fresco dinner reception on the Arizona State Museum lawn, followed by a performance of the Ballet Folklorico Magisterial Nuevo Leon are the featured events in this Cinco de Mayo benefit for the Parent Connection. The Parent Connection is a non-profit community-based family resource center serving parents and families of children under age 5. Reservations for the 6 p.m. authentic Mexican meal and 8 p.m. performance are $30 per person. Call 321-1500 for reservations.
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, 3250715). The northwest chapter meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month, May 1, 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. Playgroups include: Dennis Weaver Park, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 5; and Burger King, Cortaro and I-10, at 11 a.m. Monday, May 8. Call Debbie at 825-2047 for 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.
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 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, for fun and dancing. Cost is $6 at the door, $4 for members. Call 622-8120 for information.
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.
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. April 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.
TAKE A FLYING LEAP. Marana Skydiving Center at Avra Valley Airport, five miles off I-10 on Avra Valley Road, offers one day classes for solo and tandem jumps. For more information call 602-682-4441.
BIKE TRIPS. Jerry and Bev Pitcock have arranged more than 30 different "biketivities" for the month of April. Choose your own pace, length of trip, level of difficulty, day of the week and type of scenery. Treks range from a 50-mile ride to Oracle Junction to a short family outing along the Santa Cruz River Park, and everywhere in between. Call Park Avenue Bikes, 624-9506, for a daily schedule.
Y NOT? The YMCA of Tucson now offers a citywide membership, meaning members are free to use all the YMCA facilities across town. Also, registration is now open for spring and summer fitness classes at the Ott YMCA, 401 S. Prudence Road. Aerobic classes include step, hi/low impact, strength and aqua. Call 885-2317 for information.
BOWLED OVER. The Women's International Bowling Congress National Championship Tournament continues on selected dates through June 12, at Brunswick Camino Seco Lanes, 114 S. Camino Seco. Call 298-2311 for information.
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.
CAMP COUNSELORS NEEDED. The Muscular Dystrophy Association seeks volunteer summer camp counselors for five to seven-day camp sessions. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and able to lift a child. Call 795-3434 for information.
MARCH IN APRIL. This fundraiser to benefit youth activities at recreation centers in Marana, Picture Rocks, Rillito, Yoem Pueblo and Halberg Hall, happens at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29. The five-mile march leaves from Marana Junior High School. Interested walkers should contact Jennifer Roby, 682-4718 for pledge sheets and 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.
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BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM. Upcoming attractions include: the first annual Herb Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29; and An Evening of Moonlit Magic, showcasing the desert at night, from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 6. 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.
WATER SMART. Tucson Water's summer conservation campaign kicks off with this free workshop from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. As our community grows, it becomes increasingly more important to adapt our water use patterns when necessary. RSVP to 791-4331.
AIR PERMIT APPLICATION SEMINAR. The DEQ invites participation in this seminar from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, May 5, at the Environmental Training Center, 3323 N. Campbell Ave. Call 321-1999 for registration and information.
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.
BEAT THE HEAP. The City of Tucson, Tucson Organic Gardeners and YouthWorks present the second annual "Beat-the-Heap" composting awareness campaign to encourage backyard composting. Join them at 9 a.m. Friday, April 28, at YouthWorks, 1915 E. 36th St. Registration is $6, and includes a "HeapEater" or "Presto" compost bin, and a book on composting. Registration is limited. Call 670-9158 for information.
GARDENING DEMONSTRATIONS. The following demonstrations will be at 9 a.m. Wednesdays, at the Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave., and 1 p.m. at the Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road: May 3, Summer Hydroponics Are A Little Different; May 10, The Values of Different Shade Cloths; and May 17 Grape Leaf Skeletonizer and Other Summer Bugs. Call 628-5628 for information.
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. Call 326-9255 for information.
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.
TELEVISION: Buffalo Girls, mini-series beginning Sunday, April 30, on CBS. The latest mini-series project from the prolific pen of Pulitzer Prize winner and mostly-Tucsonan Larry McMurtry, this delightful work looks at Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, as portrayed by Sam Elliott and Angelica Huston, respectively. McMurtry has an ear for dialogue and a touch with gentle pacing. May not be as good as Lonesome Dove, but then again, Dove was probably the best mini-series ever. Let's have all Tucsonans tune in, so Larry will feel wanted and not move back to Wichita Falls, Texas.
BOOKS: The Bell Curve Debate, edited by Russell Jacoby and Naomi Glauberman. When The Bell Curve was released last year, it kicked up a predictable storm of outrage with its findings that blacks scored lower on standardized IQ tests than did whites, and its less-publicized finding that whites scored lower than Orientals. The book was blasted in most quarters as racist and unscientific, while support for the work was very carefully worded in the context of "Are we supposed to avoid certain areas of research simply because it may offend someone, somewhere?" The Bell Curve Debate offers a look at the original book, its findings, its authors and its backlash.
MUSIC: The Don Juan DeMarco soundtrack. My wife, Ana, just loved the movie and she asked me to get the soundtrack, her first request for music in like five years. It's mostly instrumental, moody flamenco and Mexican-flavored stuff written by Michael Kamen. There's also the hit single by Bryan Adams and a heart-tugging snippet by the late Selena, who appears in the movie.
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