PARADISE REGAINED. Cinema Paradiso is the quintessential summer movie, and you, lucky reader, have the rare treat of seeing it on the big screen in all its 35mm glory. The 1990 Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film, by Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore, weaves a tender story of a wise old projectionist's influence on the life of a small-town boy. Felipe Noiret is exceptional as the embodiment of the magic that young Toto experiences while watching classic American, Italian and French movies. A long-time favorite of ours, it has been described as "a poignent tribute to the church-like picture palaces of times gone by, and the distinctive power of the movies that makes us want to live our dreams."
Cinema Paradiso screens at 7:30 and 9:55 tonight and tomorrow at the Gallagher Theater on the UA campus. Admission is $2.50. Call 621-3102 for information.
THE DRAGON. That mystical symbol for the Emperor's power, bringing good fortune, strength and good luck, is the name of this wildly entertaining show by Hawaii-based East West Best, international promoters of Chinese arts and cultural programs. Tonight's show blends the best of western circus showmanship with mystical eastern song, dance and acrobatic skill. Dazzling lights and sound, amazing special effects, colorful costumes and traditional dances combine with acts you'll just have to see for yourself--like "Feet Juggling with Umbrella, Table and Blanket Spinning."
The Dragon will be in Tucson for two performances only, at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow at UA Centennial Hall. Tickets range from $12 to $22. Call 621-3341 for reservations and information.
BÉLA FLECK. Due to a wrinkle in the space time continuum--or just a really dumb mistake on our part--Béla Fleck is performing "again" today, as previewed in last week's issue. Just in case you missed it the first time: Béla Fleck and Sam Bush share the Temple stage tonight in this fusion of jazz, world beat, folk, bluegrass, funk, Irish and any other style we failed to mention. Béla's incredible acoustic and electric banjos will be joined by Future Man's drumitar and versatile Victor Wooten's bass. While they'll probably pick a few choice cuts from Béla's recently released Tales from the Acoustic Planet and some old Flecktones favorites, the rest of the program will be predictably unpredictable. We hear tickets are getting scarce, so call 327-4809 for availability.
DANCE JAM. What began as an experiment last October has grown into a local institution: Club Rhythm, the musical happening as brought to you by Jim Lipson and Jeff Rogers, the wacky duo known as Major Knucklehead Productions. From its origins as a showcase for African and Caribbean music, the Club Rhythm Dance Jam has evolved into a "world music" dance hall, with Latino, funk, acid jazz, techno, Indian, blues and a wide range of tribal rhythms thrown into the mix. Tonight's jam will be the last of its kind until fall, so kick off your shoes and work that wooden floor in this high-energy "barefoot-boogie free movement zone."
Start spinning at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Cover is $4 at the door, $3 for KXCI members, and $2 for kids 12 and under. Childcare will be available for no extra charge in the Acoustic Café.
DUDES WITH 'TUDES. Say this five times fast: psychofreaksintheheat 3. Then smash your piggy bank, grab your board and head over to the TCC exhibition hall, 260 S. Church Ave., for a skateboarding extravaganza. "It has the feel of a mini-Lollapoloosa," says event coordinator Elijah Freeman of this combination live music fest, pro-demo, open amateur competition and trade show. We hear it's going to be the event of the summer...if you're one of the masses who's been seduced by the "omnipresent appeal of a piece of wood with wheels on it." Pre-registration and practice open at 9 a.m., with doors opening to the public at 11 a.m. Evening bands include: Casey Tripped, M.A.C., Helldriver, Spillblanket and White Chrome Splendor. Other events raging from noon to midnight include Sega and pog competitions, an art show and car bash for charity and a "free skate" for non-competitive types who want to show their stuff. Waivers for skaters from the under-18 crowd must be signed and notorized (there will be a notary at the event), and can be picked up in advance from Itchy Foot Moe's, 5840 E. Speedway. Advance tickets are $10, available at Itchy Foot Moe's and Zia Records. They'll cost an extra $3 at the door. Call 747-7719 for information.
FLICK PICK. Desperate for a new take on this weakday night, Weekly intern A.J. Hart comes to the rescue:
It's Monday night. No parties, my parents have meetings, friends are on vacation. Considering the fact that I'm a teenager, going to bed early in the summer is about as acceptable as wearing a pocket protector to school. What to do? It seems this town of 500,000 offers very little in the way of fun. Sure, there are a couple of malls, a few amusement park places, the regular clubs, but I've done that. What I need is something that at least has the illusion of being new and exciting...a movie.
If you don't feel like taking out a second mortgage to go to the theater, take advantage of the warm summer nights and hit the drive-in. With all the snowbirds safely back at home, you can even get out on the streets without some guy from Montana swerving across the center line in front of you. The drive-in always has the newest movies along with the best drink deal in town--bring your own.
For early afternoon ennui, take advantage of the bargain matinees at Cineplex Odeon and Syufy theaters. See a new blockbuster before your nap, or bring a friend out to lunch afterwards with the
money you're saving. Best of all, while theater tickets may cost a little more, they provide you with an irreplacable treasure during those hot summer days--air conditioning, breath of the gods.
See film times in the Review section for a complete list of summer movies opening this week.
LEND ME A TENOR. When Tito Morelli, world-famous opera tenor (a Pavorotti type), goes to Cleveland to play Otello, he runs into a little trouble at his hotel. Consequently, he doesn't make the curtain call on the biggest night of the Cleveland Grand Opera. No problem, Max can fill in. After all, it's Cleveland. Max is just your average opera worker (whatever that means), but when Morelli becomes mysteriously indisposed, the unsuspecting Max is forced to don the costume of Otello and save the evening. But when Morelli becomes somehow un-indisposed, two Otellos end up running around Cleveland on their way to the opera.
"It's very enlightened and a lot of fun," says director Doug Finlayson of UA Repertory Theatre's summer production, Lend Me A Tenor. Since 1989, the Tony award-winning play by Ken Ludwig has been produced throughout the world in eight languages. "The cast of eight is mainly graduate students, with one local guest artist, Susan Mullen," Finlayson says. Mullen was last seen as Alice in METAtheatre's Blue Window.
Tickets for tonight's 8 o'clock preview are $7. Production continues through June 18, with evening performances at 8 p.m. and 2 o'clock weekend matinees. Tickets range from $8 to $12. Call 621-1162 for reservations and information.
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE. Phantom Gallery, that ethereal assortment of downtown arts district spaces spontaneously converted to sidewalk gallery displays, highlights your urban stroll with new artists for the month of June. View abstract paintings and wood sculpture by Helen Spence at 47 E. Pennington St., or learn about the history of buildings in the Warehouse District at the photographic exhibit at 38 E. Congress St. Artist Julie Riggs searches for the female archetype through fiber sculpture, on display at 110 S. Church Ave. And stop in for an iced mocha or latte at Not Just Java, 149 N. Stone Ave., where Helen Spence's "Desert Coyote" watches intently over all. For more information on the Phantom Gallery program, call 624-9977.
Photo 1: "Woman in the Window," tile by Andrew Rush, is part of Tucson Collection '95, continuing through July 22 at Davis Dominguez Gallery, 6812 N. Oracle Road.
Photo 2: "Milagro for the Leg," by Justine Mantor Clarysse, stands among an eclectic body of works in the Sixth Biennial Seven State Juried Exhibition, continuing through July 8 at Dinnerware Gallery, 135 E. Congress St.
Photo 3: "The Harvest Mother," by Julie Riggs, appears in the Phantom Gallery space at 110 S. Church Ave.
Photo 4: "The Black Chair," by Charles Ulrich, highlights Big Summer Show, continuing through June 30 at Local 803 Artisans Gallery, 803 E. Helen St.
Photo 5: Say "ahhh": East West Best performers bend over backwards to thrill audiences with The Dragon, June 8 and 9 at UA Centennial Hall.
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