Goatsucker ALERT: Have you seen a strange furry creature flying through the night, its fangs stained crimson with the blood of goats? If so, you might have sighted the elusive chupacabras, or Goatsucker, a red-eyed, clawed beast that has all of Mexico under its peculiar spell. First seen in Puerto Rico about a year ago, the goatsucker has since migrated to Mexico; and just last week, Tucson residents claim to have spied it right here in the Old Pueblo. Find out more at this week's Mutual UFO Network meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. The free meeting includes the bonus topic "UFOs Over Mexico City." Call 326-0078 for information.
SAVE OUTDOOR SCULPTURE (SOS): Yes, we know there's a smoldering contingency of readers out there who dream of some kind of toxic rain that could melt that sculpture in the Main Library courtyard once and for all, but surely public art maintenance as a concept is a topic worthy of your involvement. Professional conservator John Griswold presents a free slide lecture on Tucson's public sculpture at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Tucson/Pima Arts Council, 240 N. Stone Ave. Call 624-0595 for information.
LOST DOG UNLEASHED: Alternative rock junkies can get a quick fix for a good cause at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, when Lost Dog, a catacoustic canine engine in five pieces, plays the Youth Storefront at 118 S. Fifth Ave., in Arizona Alley across from Café Quebec. This all-ages show is only $3 at the door, with proceeds helping the fledgling Storefront project, a non-profit art space and retail outlet run by "at-risk and marginal" high school students. Regular Storefront hours are 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call 299-8569 for information.
FINE ARTS FUN HOUSE: Fine Arts Factory director Jennifer Nelson, co-founder of MetaTheatre, presents an "evening of American dance theatre" with musicians Arnold and Klingenfus and the Fun House Dance Company, a cast of dancers ranging from ages three to 50-something. Highlights of the two-hour performance include a solo piece by Nelson set to one of Rainer Ptacek's recorded works; and an interactive wax museum experience involving vampires, fairies, rock icon Madonna and other exotic animals from the jungle. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Call 770-3690 for information. Cover is $5 at the door, with partial proceeds going to the Ptacek family.
OPEN AND SHUTTER: There's a new gallery joining the ranks on North Fourth Avenue, and you can stop by while the carpet's still clean at an opening reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18. On exhibit are works by the Vision Alliance, a Tucson-based group including photographic artists Greg Huston, Amy Broeker, John Christiansen and Amanda Hunter. Barksdale Gallery is located at 500 N. Fourth Ave. Call 884-7541 for information.
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