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ART WALK: Art Walk, a self-guided celebration of the downtown arts scene, canvasses the Downtown Arts District between 5 and 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. For the directionally challenged, free docent-led gallery and public art tours begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Park Inn, 88 E. Broadway. Call 624-9977 for information and a listing of participating galleries.

GENESIS READING: As part of the Genesis Play Reading Series, Arizona Theatre Company and the ASU Theatre Department present a free reading of Mascara, a work-in-progress by Chilean father-and-son playwrights Ariel and Rodrigo Dorfman. Ariel Dorfman, whose chilling Death And The Maiden won acclaim from both theatrical and movie-going audiences, once again delves into intimate spaces where the personal and political collide. The free reading is at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Call 884-8210 for information.

GET YOUR LICKS: For those who can stand the longing eyes of hippos and the envious bellows of elephants, have your cake-cone and eat it too at Reid Park Zoo's annual Ice-Cream Social. Take a late-afternoon break and preview progress on the zoo's South American exhibit, scheduled to open in early 1997. Social hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, with children's games, roving entertainers and, of course, free ice-cream. Regular zoo admission applies: $3.50 adults, $2.50 for seniors, 75 cents for children 5 to 14 and free for children 4 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 791-3204.

MAX IMPACT: For a sadistic yet enduringly funny twist on the Leave It to Beaver mentality, check out comic artist Max Cannon's newly released Red Meat: A Collection of RED MEAT Cartoons from the Secret Files of Max Cannon. Characters Milkman Dan and Bug-Eyed Earl will be your guides in this freakish escapade into suburbia askew. Meet the author and chew the fat at a booksigning from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at The Book Mark, 5001 E Speedway. For more information call 881-6350.

POETS' PODIUM: Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave., joins in the celebration of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month--which moves from October to June this year--with readings by six Tucson poets starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Distinguished poets Boyer Rickel, assistant director of the UA Creative Writing Center, UA Poetry Center interim director Mark Wunderlich, Poetry Center program coordinator Karen Falkenstrom and 1994 Tucson Poetry Festival winner Luisa Slomkowska will read from new, unpublished works which delve into gay and lesbian issues and other life-affirming themes. For more information call 792-3715. TW

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