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BATTER UP. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks! The Tucson Sidewinders, our Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, return to town for a two-week home stand. Tonight the 'Winders begin a series against the Calgary Cannons, which will in this Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6. Tonight is also buck-beverage night, with all domestic beers and soft drinks for only $1. (Imports and microbrews will cost you $1.50, but if you ask us, it's worth the upgrade.) First pitch is 7 p.m. at Tucson Electric Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Admission ranges from $3 to $8. For details on the rest of the week's schedule, check this week's listings or call 434-1021.
SIDEWALK SCRIBBLERS. Assorted rugrats hit the pavement today when Bookman's Kids' Club hosts another sidewalk drawing party. Yep, future taggers can reveal their creative talents in a socially accepted way, on the broad walks fronting the midtown bookstore.
This free party is open to all kids. Hint: wear a hat and sunscreen. Chalk and water will be provided.
The sidewalk drawing party runs from 11 a.m. to noon at Bookman's Used Books, 1930 E. Grant Road. For details, call 325-5767.
THE BIG DAY. It's Stanley's birthday. Or is it?
The setting for this nebulous bash is a secluded seaside boarding house where the down-and-out Stanley Webber is hiding from trouble even he isn't expecting. That's when two rather "interesting" gents arrive to help him celebrate in The Birthday Party, presented by Lost River Theatreproject.
This Harold Pinter classic displays the playwright's signature blend of angst and humor at its very best.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through June 20. Tickets are $10, available by calling 721-9640.
STEPPING OUT. Head for the hills with the Mount Lemmon Volunteer Interpreters. Today this dedicated troupe of highland souls offers a free trek to Bear Saddle in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The trip is approximately five miles. Water, appropriate clothing and headgear are required. And remember, the Coronado Forest exacts a $5 fee to drive up the mountain.
The trekkers meet at 9 a.m. at the San Pedro Vista, Milepost 17.6 on Catalina Highway. For directions and other information, call 322-0998.
TEXAS TRIALS. Live Theatre Workshop wraps up its spring season with Horton Foote's tender Texas drama, Cousins.
The play follows the lives of several cousins reunited by a tragic illness among their ranks. Although hailing from life's divergent corners, they're all forever bound by blood ties--as they quickly come to discover.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, through July 3. Tickets are $10, $9 for seniors and students, and available by calling 327-4242.
STAR-STRUCK. Kids of all ages will be in stellar company when the Catalina Chamber Orchestra presents a "Young People's Concert Under the Stars."
The highlight is a bilingual performance of Sergei Prokofiev's classic symphonic fairy tale, Peter and the Wolf. There will also be performances by Erin Veale, Maria Jeletzcheva and Derek Chan, winners of the orchestra's young artist competition. Food will be provided by Eegee's and Domino's Pizza.
The free performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, north of 22nd Street and east of Country Club Road. Call 624-0170 for details.
WASTELAND CIRCUS. Dada is French for hobbyhorse, and a group of Phoenix experimental artists intends to ride the new Dada wave right into downtown Tucson tonight. ARTlab 16 presents an evening of performance art, video, music and theatre. The coalition of 10 artists declare in their late-century manifesto that they are committed to a new theatre of the absurd, just like their dadaist forebears in early 20th-century Europe. They trade in "the dark, fragmented and sometimes humorous visions from the artistic underbelly of the human psyche," relying on chance, dreams and the unconscious. During their show, dubbed Wasteland Circus, artist Diphtheria Taproot performs "Pigquarium," Randall Becker does "Get High and Become a Famous Caribbean General Rap Star," and Steve Gompf screens his surreal animation.
Tucsonans with a taste for the cutting-edge will remember performers Jeff Falk and Annie Lopez for their work at Congress Street's late, lamented Cabaret Magritte, an off-shoot of the late, lamented Café Magritte.
The free show, recommended for mature audiences, begins at 8 p.m. in Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. Doors open at 7 p.m., giving theatergoers a chance to browse the current exhibition of paintings by William Blomquist, Michael Chittock and Eric Twachtman, and sculpture by Stacy Blackmer-Blomquist. (See Tuesday for details.) For more info, call 792-4503.
HARVEST BALL. At the Tucson Farmer's Markets, odds are there won't be a genetic engineer in sight.
Instead you'll find the naturally freshest, plumpest and probably tastiest produce this side of Iowa, harvested from spots like the Guacamole Farm in Benson, Tucson's La Oesta Garden Market and Willcox's Eurofresh Tomato patches.
That's in addition to specialties like Beale Street Barbecue Sauce, El Rapido tamales and empanadas, giant Arizona pistachios, and natural beef from the Cimarron Ranch in Willcox, and Gila Bend's Desert Sweet Shrimp.
Tucson Farmers' Markets run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Park Mall, and 7 a.m. to noon Sunday in St. Philip's Plaza, at Campbell Avenue and River Road. For information, call 743-8063.
FRESH PICKED. Pull on your bibs and rustle up a hay bale for another jam session with the Desert Bluegrass Association.
This non-profit bunch of mountain music aficionados offers the chance to take a load off and enjoy some of the finest pickin' this side of the Ozarks. Fresh stringers and grizzled pros are all invited to bring their instruments and join in.
The free jam session is 6:30 p.m. in the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. Call 743-7086 for details.
LA DIFERENCIA. The news is out, and it ain't pretty: Americans are at the mercy of big powerful corporations, which seem to enjoy nothing more than squashing our rights to decent health-care.
Now for what you may not know: there are alternatives. Today, former CBS News correspondent Greg Shannon arrives in Tucson--via an invite from Dr. Andrew Weil, the guru of the alternative medicine movement--to address UA students about medical issues behind a big malpractice action filed in the Arizona Superior Court. He'll also discuss related issues with the public in a free lecture titled Alternatives to Invasive/Harmful Procedures.
The lecture runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the New Life Health Center, 4841 E. Speedway. Call 325-2739 for details.
A DIFFERENT CUT. Marianne Bernsen uses vivid colors, patterns in repeated bands and primitive inspiration to create fabric art. In wall hangings done on cotton duck, decorative pillows, floor clothes and fabric for upholstery, her deep colors "blend, collide and cohabitate."
This rich mix is on display in A Different Cloth, continuing through August 13 in the gallery at Hacienda Del Sol Resort, 5601 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 299-1501 for details.
TRIO VISTA. Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery reveals several distinctive visions in a powerful new exhibit.
The primal elements of our world--the landscape in one form or another--are the focal point of painter Eric Twachtman. He says this intent comes from his love of, and awe with, the natural elements. Responding to their ever-accelerating destruction through paint "is my life's ambition."
Billy Blomquist's paintings are formal representations of what he calls his "emotional architecture." In 1986, Blomquist received a graduate art degree from the UA, and has been displaying his creative blueprint in venues across southern Arizona ever since.
For his vitae, Michael Chittock offers a vigorous orchestration of color and image that transforms the illusive, transient interior mind-set into figurative landscapes. Those landscapes can take shape on everything from board or canvas to various found materials. And he tends to enrich his impasto-thick, acrylic surfaces with sawdust or ash.
Also included in this show will be guest artist Stacy Blackmer-Blomquist.
The exhibit runs through June 29, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 12, in the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 792-4503 for details.
FOR DA BOIDS. Tucson Botanical Gardens pays tribute to our fine feathered friends with another birds and gardening seminar. This 45-minute tour explores plants and gardening practices that will attract various warblers to your own little patch o' paradise. Learned docents will also look for and identify the birds that regularly haunt local gardens.
The class is 9 a.m. every Tuesday at the TBG, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Cost is included in the regular admission fee of $5, or $3 for members. Call 326-9686 for information.
SHOPPING CHARTS. Tucson Mall tempers the summer heat with the Hot Nights--Cool Jazz concert series. Held amidst refreshing refrigeration inside this huge consumer mecca, the concerts feature some of the Old Pueblo's finest musicians.
Descarga plays from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Tucson Mall. Call 290-7330 for details.
GLOBAL TROT. Dance your way around the planet today with the Tucson International Folkdancers.
These dedicated purveyors of exotic footwork teach a few simple dances each week, from countries as diverse as Spain, Russia and Israel. Before long, you'll be trotting with the best of 'em.
The dancing runs from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Zenith Center, 330 E. Seventh St. Admission is $2. For details, call 792-2694.
SOCIAL DISSECTION. St. Mark's Presbyterian Church continues plumbing the societal depths with its Race and the Church film and discussion series.
The issues surrounding race have long been fodder for film. But in recent years, the cinematic portrayal of race has become more poignant, and often times more honest. This film series serves up some of the best movies on the topic that Hollywood has ever devised.
Showing tonight is Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, at 6 p.m. in St. Mark's Presbyterian Church at Calvin Hall, 3809 E. Third St. Admission is free. For details, call 325-1001.
LITTLE LUMINARIES. A star-studded line-up of local artists fills the Davis Dominguez Gallery with wee visions for the seventh annual All-Tucson Small Works Invitational.
The celebrated exhibit includes diminutive paintings and sculpture by recognized talents including James Cook, Bruce McGrew, Ben Goo, Joy Fox, Lynn Taber, Alfred Quiroz, Jim Waid, James Davis, Charlotte Bender, Nancy Tokar Miller, Andy Polk, Peggy Doogan, Mark Rossi and others.
Rather than merely a display of miniatures, this show is "an artistic exercise in making a substantial statement using a small amount of material."
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