HIGH IMPACT. Drop any preconceived ideas you may have about sculpture and head over to UA Museum of Art for Impacto Cultural IV: Hispanic Sculptors in Arizona. This is a feast for the eyes and imagination: From the folklorical painted ceramic animal figures by David Aquirre and toy-like found-object sculpture by Phillip Estrada (his eight-foot "Sombrero Tree Party" looks like a Dr. Seuss shrub at a Cinco de Mayo fiesta), to Philip Estrada's crucifix collages "Dolls on Crosses," and Carlos Encinas "Game," a three-piece exploding computer constructed of steel and digital images, the artists cover an amazing spectrum of politics, history, media and materials. Two of our favorites are Julia Benites Arriola's metalworks of women's lingerie, whose substantial figures in "Untitled" and "Vogue, This One Is For You," show some of the "trappings" of femininity; and Michael Cajero's "Dog," a rabid-looking Chihuahua sculpted entirely from masking tape. Echoes of the Caribbean, Spain, Asia and North America allude to the pervasive impact of multiculturalism on defining culture and identity. These sculptures have new stories and mythologies to share.
Join the artists at 7 p.m. tonight for a panel discussion of their work, and the recent development of Hispanic art in the southwestern United States. Exhibit continues through May 31. UAMA is southwest of the Olive Street pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
OUTDOOR STAGES. As we enter the season of don't-come-out-'til-sunset, it's time to get reacquainted with the pueblo's outdoor stages. Two free evening jazz performances tonight include the Sidewinder Dixieland Band at 5:30 p.m. at the TCC courtyard, 260 S. Church Ave.; and the hot jazz of Cool Breeze, at 6 p.m. at the River Center courtyard at River and Craycroft roads. Food and beverages will be available at both concerts. Call 749-4902 for information on the TCC courtyard concert series. For upcoming performances at River Center, call 577-7272.
TIME FOR QUICKIES. Don't miss your last chance to see an evening of short plays with One In Ten Theatre Company. Quickies features works by five talented playwrights, including "The Great Nebula in Orion," by Lanford Wilson. See Jana Rivera's article in the "Review" section for a detailed description of featured plays. Performances continue at 8 p.m. through May 13, in the Historic YMCA Theatre, 738 N. Fifth Ave. Tickets are $9, with discounts available for seniors and students. Purchase advance tickets at Antigone Books, 600 N. Fourth Ave. Call 770-9279 for information.
DIG THIS. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center offers free guided tours of the Sabino Canyon Ruin today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The ruin, one of Tucson's largest, was inhabited by the Hohokam Indians between AD 1100 and 1300. The tours are offered in conjunction with a two-year research program, providing opportunities for members of the public to participate in the archaeological excavations of the ancient adobe and rock-walled housing compounds. As the Sabino Canyon Ruin is on private property in an environmentally sensitive area, this is a unique opportunity to see the excavation and hear about its progress from the professional archaeologists guiding the tours.
Tours are free, but you need to pick up tickets at least 24 hours in advance from the Old Pueblo Archaeology office, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road. Call 798-1201 beforehand to make sure the office is open. Directions to the tour site will be provided when you pick up the tickets. Tours leave on the hour between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SCOT'S HONOR. No foolin', Dougie MacLean is one of Scotland's most talented singer/songwriters. The performer (and record producer) has been at the forefront of the Celtic musical revival since the '70s, playing with both the Tannahill Weavers and Silly Wizard. Since going solo in 1983, he's released 10 albums, gaining mainstream recognition for his "Ready for the Storm," recorded by Grammy winner Kathy Mattea in 1990, and as a featured performer on the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack.
See MacLean and his band in their first Arizona appearance tonight at 8 p.m., at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Tickets are $12 to $15, available at Hear's Music, Loco Records, Zip's University or by calling 881-3947. TFTM and KXCI members receive a $2 discount.
MOM'S THE WORD. Never mind the fact that these greeting-card holidays were just an elaborate marketing scheme by ad executives. Seize the day and honor somebody's mother. While many would appreciate your simply taking a load of laundry or some other thankless chore off their hands, something even more out of the ordinary, like music under the stars with the Tucson Pops Orchestra, might also be in order. The Pops play at 7:30 p.m. at the Reid Park Outdoor Performance Center, main entrance at Broadway and Country Club Road. Admission is free. Call 791-4079 for information. The Southwest String Quartet performs from 2 to 3 p.m. today at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Raod, with a family concert including "The Three Javelinas," a dramatic musical adaptation of Susan Lowell's children's book of the same name. Admission ranges from $5 to $8. Call 883-5705 for information. Also happening today, the Tucson Botanical Gardens is offering free admission to all mothers, with brunch catered by City Grill (call 318-3760), and an al fresco style lunch catered by Prima Donna in the picnic area. The gardens are located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Call 326-9686 for information.
EARLY ARRIVAL. Join the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society tonight at 7:30 p.m. at UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., for a fascinating slide-lecture presentation on prehistoric life along the Little Colorado River. Six major pueblos were built between AD 1250 and 1400, creating a center for trade and agriculture which has provided researchers with a colorful glimpse into a forgotten past. Tonight's presentation, moderated by the associate director of the Arizona State Museum's research program, Richard Lange, highlights 10 years of research and excavation around Homol'ovi Ruins State Park near Winslow. You can also register for the Society-sponsored field trip to Homol'ovi Ruins State Park, scheduled for June 3 and 4.
CELTIC JAM. Ever find yourself sitting around blowing your bagpipes and wishing you had some company? Or perhaps you're one of those acoustic fans who disdain coffee and cigarettes. Time to pack up your instrument and head over to The Folk Shop. These Tuesday night jam sessions are one of the best kept secrets around. Tonight's sesh is open to players and listeners alike, with an unpredictable stew of traditional songs and instruments from the Old World. Group sizes average about a dozen, with all gathering in a circle to see what the Celt dragged in: guitars, mandolin, fiddle, penny whistle, bagpipes, bodhran, bones and spoons. "Once in a while, one woman brings a large plywood board and does some clog-style dancing," says store manager Brenda Hendrickson. The Folk Shop, 2525 N. Campbell Ave., hosts a bluegrass jam on the second Tuesday of the month, and Celtic jam sessions from 8 to 11 p.m. on remaining Tuesdays throughout the month. They also offer a "slow jam" on Wednesday evenings for beginning players. Call 881-7147 for information.
FULL FRONTAL NEWT-ITY. Headlines Productions says this is your chance to "laugh your whiny little heart out and let go of everything that's bugged you for the past year." With news so ripe for satire it's starting to ferment, this is one public catharsis that merits participation. Skits in this musical revue target everyone from presidents and attorneys general to city council members, county supervisors and police chiefs. Star political cartoonist Fitzsimmons will accent the show with his traditional "chalk talk." Of course, his lowliness Newt Gingwretch will receive his fair share of slaps (we've lost count of how many that should be).
The 42nd annual Tucson Press Club Gridiron Show continues at 8 p.m. through May 20, at the TCC meeting rooms, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $15 to $25, and proceeds benefit the Tucson Literacy Coalition. Advance tickets are available at the TCC box office and all Dillard's. Call 791-4266 for tickets and information.
WIDESPREAD PANIC. Try to remain calm, blues/rock fans. Widely-sought Athens based Widespread Panic sweeps the Buena Vista Theater tonight, on the road for their Ain't Life Grand release tour. Mother's Hip opens the show at 8 p.m. with Panic gripping the stage at 10 p.m. Their playing has been described as packed with "panache and power, with free-flowing jams, jazzy melodies and taut ensemble playing...Panic swings from a heavy blues groove to lilting space jazz with incredible ease."
Tickets are $14 in advance, $15 day of the show. Call 747-1887 for tickets and information. This is likely to be a sold-out show, so arrive early at the Buena Vista Theater, 251 S. Wilmot Road. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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