Opening This Week
ARIZONA THEATRE CO. TCC Music Hall. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4266. Opening June 20 and continuing through June 25: Oklahoma! Join ATC and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra for this Rogers and Hammerstein musical classic. Tickets range from $10 to $35, with a family discount available. Call the TCC box office at 791-4266 for reservations and information; or charge by phone at 622-2823.
a.k.a. THEATRE. 125 E. Congress St. 623-7852. Continuing through July 9: Down The Road, the chilling, vivid portrayal of a husband and wife journalist team who take an assignment to write the biography of a serial killer, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lee Blessing. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with 3 o'clock Sunday matinees. Tickets are $9, $7 for seniors, students with ID and artists. Call 623-7852 for reservations.
ARIZONA YOUTH THEATER. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Continuing through June 24: Thumbelina. Tickets are $5. Call 790-0844 for reservations and information.
GASLIGHT THEATRE. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Continuing through August 19: Space Trek: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone! Hurtle through the galaxy with Capt. James P. Trek and the crew of the Starship Entrepreneur as they battle evil. Tickets are $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students/ active military, $6 children under 12. Call 886-9428 for reservations and information.
ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE. UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast corner of Speedway and Park Avenue. Continuing through June 18: Lend Me A Tenor. A world-famous Italian opera star becomes indisposed just before curtain on the biggest night of the Cleveland Grand Opera, setting a most unlikey string of events in motion in this zany comedy by Ken Ludwig. Evening performances at 8 p.m., with 2 o'clock matinees on June 17 and 18. Tickets range from $8 to $14, available at the UA Fine Arts box office and all Dillard's. Call 621-1162 for information.
INVISIBLE THEATRE. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. Held over through June 18: A...My Name Is Still Alice, bringing the feminist experience to the stage with all new comedy sketches and music from blues to country, rock and sentimental standards. Tickets range from $10 to $15 and are available at the IT box office. Call 882-9721 for reservations and information.
CALL TO PLAYWRIGHTS. Call for new full-length English-language plays, experimental or naturalistic, simple sets, small cast. Submission deadline is October 1, 1995; winners will be notified in December. Scripts will not be returned. Send submissions and $15 entry fee to: Arizona International Theatre Festival, P.O. Box 36493, Tucson, AZ, 85740-6493.
VOICES NEEDED. Paronomasia Theatre Company announces open auditions for The Mikado, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. June 24 and 25 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Males and females of all ages are needed. Singers should bring sheet music or karaoke tape, and everyone will do a cold reading or a short monologue. Solo appointments available. Call 721-1588 for information.
SPACE NEEDED. Coyote Theater Lab, a Tucson based company with ongoing research and development of national theater projects, needs long-term rehearsal space donated. Reply to: P.O. Box 36493, Tucson, AZ, 85740-6493.
Opening This Week
ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. The museum features permanent and special exhibits recounting Arizona's cultural history from the Spanish colonial era through the territorial years. Opening June 15 and continuing through July 5: Touchable Sculpture: Lifecasts by Willa Shalit and Dean Ericson. This exhibit consists of 74 highly detailed lifecast sculptures that visitors can explore with their hands. Included are sculptures of Richard Burton, the Dalai Lama, Clint Eastwood, George Bush and Stevie Wonder. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Opening June 17 and continuing through August 20: 1995 Arizona Biennial, featuring 64 Arizona artists with a total of 91 works of art in all media. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2, $1 for seniors and students.
ART FORMS GALLERY. 137 E. Congress St. 628-7744. Continuing through July 2: Into The Fire, an invitational clay show with Southern Arizona clay artists Gary Benna, Dianne Ferris, Gayle Heney, Ann Hoff, Betsy Kelly, Ann Penton, Sharon Ann Porter, Curt Rieger, Carol Tufts, Jessie Wetzel and Marcy Wrenn. Gallery is open for Downtown Saturday nights, Thursday Art Walks and by appointment. Call 881-0129 for appointments.
BERO GALLERY. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 792-0313. Continuing through June 24: Multigrade, a four person photography exhibition featuring S. Greenwell, Torry Lydem, Ben Ramson and Oliver Scott. The photographers range from high school, BFA undergraduate to graduate-level work, with common themes of self-portraiture, appropriation and ventures into mixed media and installation. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
BERTA WRIGHT GALLERY. 260 E. Congress St., and Foothills Mall at Ina Road and La Cholla Boulevard. 882-7043. Continuing through June 27: 45 Years of Berta Wright, a show celebrating Arizona artists. The Foothills Mall location is open Monday through Sunday; and the Congress Street gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. Call 882-7043 for regular gallery hours.
CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. 621-7968. Continuing through September 10: Arthur Tress: The Wurlitzer Trilogy. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY. Casas Adobes Office Park. 6812 N. Oracle Road. 297-1427. Continuing through July 22: Tucson Collection '95--Part I, the third annual small works invitational. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
DESERT ARTISANS' GALLERY. 6536A E. Tanque Verde Road. 722-4412. Continuing through July 2: Our Travels. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 722-4412 for more information.
DINNERWARE GALLERY. 135 E. Congress St. 792-4503. Continuing through July 8: Sixth Biennial Seven-State Juried Exhibition, an exhibit of 42 artists from western states with submissions ranging from sculpture and photography to video. Also featured will be the work of local photographer Christine Crescenzi. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Continuing through June 29: painting and drawings by Rudolph Nadler and intaglio prints by Garth Wallrich. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
JOSÉ GALVEZ GALLERY. 743 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6878. Continuing through July 1: Estrada Extravaganza, a one man show featuring works by Bisbee folk-artist Phillip Estrada, including recent works from his "Doll Series," paintings, mixed media and installation. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
LOCAL 803, INC. 803 E. Helen St. 882-4625. Continuing through June 30: Big Summer Show, a multi-media exhibition featuring painting and sculpture by Charles Ulrich, photo-clothing by Marlo Marrero, lighting assemblage by Jeff Robins, monoprints by Marc Moss, cyanotypes by Tim Brigham and paintings by Jessica McVey. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
OBSIDIAN GALLERY. St. Philip's Plaza. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Continuing through August 26: altered monoprints by Marc Moss, depicting life in the Tucson barrios; ceramics by Doug Schuneman; mixed media works by Elizabeth Frank; and clay creations by Michael Corney and Juilianne Harvey. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
PHILABAUM GALLERY. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Continuing through July 1: Interior Motives, an exhibition showing the most recent innovative designs in glass, with national and local featured artists, including Linda Allyn, Richard Hornby, Konreid Muench, Laura Pesce, and Louie Via. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
RAW GALLERY. 43 S. Sixth Ave. 882-6927. Continuing through June 30: recent wood cut prints by Doug Weber. Regular gallery hours are 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Downtown Saturday nights and Thursday Art Walks.
SHIRLEE SIEVEKE STUDIO-GALLERY. 44 W. Sixth St. 882-5960. Continuing: Southwest landscapes by Shirlee Sieveke. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. during Art Walk, and by appointment.
TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Continuing through July 17: The works of papermaking artist Barbara Kennedy. Continuing through July 16: Tucson A-to-Z, an exhibit exploring what makes Tucson unique. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a $2 donation.
UA MUSEUM OF ART. UA campus, southeast of Speedway and Park Avenue. Continuing through July 12: Vytas Sakalas: Tranceformations, a survey of 25 years of the local artists' paintings. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Saturdays and University holidays. Admission is free. Check out the UAMA's online exhibit on the World Wide Web: http://www.arizona.edu/services/museums/museums.html.
SAVE NEA. Help save the future of the National Endowment for the Arts by letting your voice be heard. Call 1-900-370-9000 and voice your opposition to proposed cuts. For $1.99 per minute your message will be sent to your Representative as well as both Senators. OPEN HOUSE. Native American artists and craftspeople show their works in this open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17 at The Grey Dog Trading Company in Palomino Plaza, Swan and Fort Lowell roads. Call 529-6966 for information
ART CLASSES. Tucson Open University, 2030 E. Broadway, No. 100, offers new art classes this summer. Beginning June 17: Creative Cartooning and Complete Cartooning, covering the development of cartoons into camera ready art and learning how to become a skilled cartoonist. Classes are 4 to 6 weeks and range in cost from $20 to $25. Call 622-0170 for registration and information.
JEWELRY MAKING. The UA Extended University offers jewelry making from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 19 through 30, at Utterback Middle School Art Studio, 3233 S. Pinal Vista. Class covers basic metal work techniques. Call 621-8632 for registration and information.
COMIC ART CLASS. Learn to draw comics the CAPT. SPIFFY way! These classes focus entirely on art for comics--no bowls of fruit here. Classes begin June 19 and continue from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays, through July 10, at Capt. Spiffy's, 944 E. University Blvd. Cost is $50 for all four classes. Call 624-4643 for more information.
DEMONSTRATION. See glass art in the making at Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, 711 S. Sixth Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call ahead (884-7404) to confirm the day's schedule or if there are more than six people in your party.
Performances This Week
JAZZ STANDARDS. Mark Lopes and Lee Gardner perform Jazz Standards from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Bently's House of Coffee and Tea, 1730 E. Speedway. The Mark Lopes Trio will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Northside Coffee Etc., 6091 N. Oracle Road. Both performances are free.
KHENANY. Tucson Botanical Gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Enjoy an evening of Andean music by Khenany at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, in the TBG Reception Garden. Tickets are $12, $8 for TBG members, available at the TBG Gift Shop. Call 326-9686 for information.
PATTY AND THE STREET MINSTRELS. The Coffee House Series continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Road, with singer/pianist Patty Zlacket and the Street Minstrels in an evening of music ranging from rennaisance to contemporary. Cost is $5 at the door, and includes dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. Call 749-5465 for information.
DESERT VOICES. PCC Center for the Arts. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6458. Desert Voices, Tucson's premier Gay and Lesbian chorus presents Magic: A GALA Extravaganza at 8 p.m. June 16th and 17th. Tickets are $12 and are available at Antigone Books, Tucson Trunk, Compass Travel and PCC West cashier's office. Student tickets are $6 and are available through PCC and Desert Voices only. Both concerts are ALS interpreted. Call 884-6458 for information.
LA PLACITA CONCERTS. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, free concerts are held at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., in the gazebo area. Call 623-2748 if you would like to participate in the program.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS. The Tucson Pops Orchestra gives a final free performance under the stars at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park. A free shuttle service will leave from the west entrance of Foley's, El Con Mall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Concessions will be sold. No glass containers please. Call 791-4873 for information.
CLASSICAL GUITAR. The UA Extended University offers beginning classical guitar classes from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, June 26 through July 31, at the UA Music Building. Class will focus on rudimentary music reading, technique, chords and basic accompaniment styles. Class size is limited. Call 621-8632 for registration and information.
DRUM/SHEKERE CLASS. Learn the rhythms of Guinea, Senegal and Nigeria along with some history, ethics and folklore of West Africa from noon to 1:15 p.m. Saturdays, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Fee is $5, $3 for youths/students. Call 291-7368 for information.
CELTIC JAM. The Folk Shop. 2525 N. Campbell. 881-7147. Bring your instrument and join this blues jam session from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 20. Open to the public.
FIND YOUR VOICE. Ongoing classes and individual sessions help you discover your authentic creativity through experiments with voice, sound, movement and play. Call 544-8683 for information.
PERCUSSION CLASS. Learn to play traditional drum music from Africa and the Caribbean with Art Rodriguez. This fun and exciting class will increase your sensibility for rhythm while teaching you how to play drums with others. All levels welcome. Classes are Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Cost is $3 to $5 per class. Call 884-0811 for locations and times.
AFRO-DANCE CLASS. Get an excellent workout and learn the traditional steps of West African, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian dance as taught by world class dancer, Denise Hawthorn Bey. Classes meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Fee is $7, $5 for students. Sunday dance performance workshop at 1 p.m. A $1 donation is requested. Call 291-7368 for information.
LATIN DANCE. Dance the night away to the Latin sounds of Rafael Moreno and Descarga every Thursday at the Santa Rita Ballroom, 106 S. Sixth Ave. The band plays from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., for a $3 cover at the door. Salsa lessons from 8 to 9 p.m. for only $1 extra. Enjoy the uncrowded, open environment of the Santa Rita. Call 882-2622 for information.
BUMS STEERED. Free country western dance lessons are offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at the Bum Steer, 1910 N. Stone Ave. Larry and Amanda will get even the leftist of left feet in line or partnered up for a two-step, cha-cha or Desperado Wrap.
MODERN DANCE. Orts dancer Nanette Robinson offers ongoing classes from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, at the Southwest Center for the Arts, 2175 Sixth Ave. Instruction combines Skinner Releasing, Tai Chi and Yoga. No previous dance experience is necessary. Call 887-1603 for more information.
MODERN DANCE WORKSHOP. Former J. Parker Copley Company dancer, Lucia Zeffirelli, teaches intermediate/advanced Copley/Limón based dance classes every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Also ongoing are the slow/intermediate floor barre/modern classes meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. All classes are held at Ortspace, 930 N. Stone Ave. Cost is $7.50 per class, or $20 for four classes. Call 882-0195 for information.
GOLDEN AGERS DANCING. Eagles Club. 1530 N. Stone Ave. Dance 'til you drop every Friday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. to the music of Mr. Smooth. $1.50 donation at the door. For information call Vickie Pearl, 888-7450.
LINE DANCE. Old Pueblo Square Dance Center. 613 E. Delano St., at First Avenue and Fort Lowell Road. OPSDA instructor Janalea will get the lead out of your feet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday in this alcohol-free, non-smoking environment. Classes are $3. All welcome. Call Bernice at 795-8288 for information.
CHRISTMAS IS APRIL '96. To qualify for help, neighborhoods must be made up of mostly low- and moderate-income residents and be represented by a neighborhood association or similar organized group, and be willing to work with Christmas in April throughout the year to plan the renovation of their neighborhood. For an application or more information, write: Christmas in April, P.O. Box 14291, Tucson, AZ, 85732; or call 570-0824. Deadline is June 15.
FARMERS MARKET. A summer evening farmers market meets from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through July in the courtyard of Plaza Palomino, corner of Swan and Fort Lowell roads. The market features Tucson-area produce, products and art from local vendors. Call 795-1177 for more information.
CLASS REUNION. The Cholla High Class of 1975 seeks classmates for their 20-year reunion this fall. Please call 617-7700.
STAMP/COIN SHOW. The Southern Arizona Coin, Stamp & Collectible Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18 in the Ocotillo Room of the Ramada Inn Palo Verde, 5251 S. Julian Dr. Free appraisals, buy, sell, trade. Free admission and parking. Call 742-2002 for information. The Tucson Stamp Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month in the Armory Park Senior Center, 220 S. 5th Ave. Bourse and trading at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7:45 p.m. Call 743-0429.
TUCSON PUBLIC MARKET. Every Saturday, rain or shine, this vendor-run market meets at 135 S. Sixth Ave. This is a real farmer's market, with all vendors growing and producing their products. New vendors are welcome. Call 792-2623 for information.
WINE TASTING. R.W. Webb Winery presents a Southwest Food and Wine Tasting in honor of Juneteenth from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the R.W. Webb Winery, exit 279 off I-10 (four miles east of Houghton Road). Proceeds benefit the Tucson AIDS Project. Admission is $10 per person, $16 per couple. A BBQ beef lunch is available for $3.50. Many specialty food suppliers and craftspeople will be on hand to offer tastings and sell their products. Call 762-5777 for information.
WINES WITHOUT THE MYSTERY. Join Jon Rogers, Tucson's foremost wine educator and enthusiast, for a Father's Day for Chardonnay Blind Taste-Off from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at the Good Earth Restaurant, 6366 E. Broadway. Cost is $20 per person. Call Good Earth at 745-6600 for reservations and information.
Out of Town
TIBET WEEK. Tibet Week in Flagstaff begins June 18 and continues through June 25 at the Coconino County Fair Grounds and NAU campus in Flagstaff. This week of arts and humanities is highlighted by keynote speaker Thubten Jigme Norbu, the Dalai Lama's brother, and a Shotun (Tibetan Fair) featuring a full-length Lhamo (Tibetan Opera). Call Cross Cultural Dance Resources at 1-602-774-8108 for information.
ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURE. The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society will sponsor a slide-lecture presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, June 19, at DuVal Auditorium, UA Medical Center, 1500 N. Campbell Ave. Mary Estes, State Program Coordinator of the Arizona Site Steward Program, State Historic Preservation Office, will focus on the fast growing problem of illegal excavation of prehistoric archaeology sites in Arizona. The Society will sponsor a field trip on Sunday, June 25, to two archaeological sites that have been destroyed by persons digging for prehistoric artifacts. Registration for this trip will be taken at the meeting, which is free and open to the public. Call 885-6283 for information.
DGT MEETING. Democrats of Greater Tucson meet at noon every Monday at the Sirloin Stockade, 6325 E. Tanque Verde Road. Speaker for the June 19 meeting will be Mary Belle McCorkle, TUSD Board Member. McCorkle will speak about the changes is education at TUSD. Call 297-0427 for information.
HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI COALITION. The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will hold a planning meeting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Discussion will include projects already underway and future project development. Call 297-6987 for information.
LECTURE SERIES. St. Philip's in the Hills, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. 299-6421. The summer lecture series continues at 9:15 a.m. in the East Gallery on the following dates: June 18, You Hate Us Priests: Anti-Clericalism and the European Reformation; and June 25, From Citizen to Subject: Christianity, the Common Man, and the State in the Age of Confessionalization. All presentations will be given by John M. Frymire, UA Dept. of History. All lectures are free and open to the public.
OUR YOUTH. Gene Seigel, co-director of the Juvenile Justice Project of the Children's Action Alliance, speaks at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, at Pima Friends Meeting House, 931 N. Fifth Ave. The free lecture will be: Responding to Our Youth in Trouble: An Analysis of the State Juvenile Corrections System in Comparison with Other States. Call 623-9141 for information.
TOHONO CHUL. 7366 N. Paseo de Norte. 742-6455. "Big Jim" Griffith, Director of the Southwest Folklore Center, will discuss cultural traditions in Tucson at 7 p.m. June 15; and a free Water Smart Workshop focusing on xeriscape plant selection, drip irrigation design and installation meets at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 17. Lecture is $2 for non-members. RSVP to 742-6455.
BOOKSIGNING & DISCUSSION. The Book Mark. 5001 E. Speedway. Scott Frank, author of Tales From the Geronimo: My Seduction by Junk and Desert Dreams, will discuss his novel and sign copies from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Tom Miller, author of six books about the American West of which his latest is Trading With the Enemy will attend as a special guest. Call 881-6350 for information.
BOOKSIGNING. The Haunted Bookshop. 7211 N. Northern Ave. Sinclair Browning will autograph copies of her gripping new novel America's Best from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Call 297-4843 for information about the signing.
BOOKSIGNING & READING. Coyote's Voice Books. 16 S. Eastbourne Ave., in the Broadway Village Center. 327-6560. Author Alberto Alvaro Rios will be reading from and signing copies of his new collection of stories, Pig Cookies from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Call 327-6560 for information.
ILLETERATI. Dazzle us with your desire at Illiterati, a poetic, literary forum at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Café Margritte, 254 E. Congress St. Sign-ups begin at 7:30 p.m.
MARTINEZ READS. Barnes & Noble. 5480 E. Broadway. 745-9822. Demetria Martinez will read from Mother Tongue, the winner of the 1994 Western States Book Award for Ficton, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17.
POETRY READING. Barnes & Noble. 5480 E. Broadway. 745-9822. Read from your favorite poetry, published or original, at the open poetry reading from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15. Free and open to the public. Call 745-9822 for information.
JUAN RULFO AWARD. The Consulate of Mexico in Tucson is accepting entries for the Fifth Latin American and Caribbean Literature Award Juan Rulfo 1995. Candidates should fulfill the following requirements: Writers of any literary form must be Latin American or Caribbean natives and use language as a form of literary expression (English, French, Portuguese or Spanish). Entries should be presented through a cultural or educational institution, association or literary group, though individual participants may be considered. Deadline for registration is June 30. $100,000 (U.S.) will be awarded. Contact the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, 553 S. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701; or call 1-520-882-5595 for information.
JOURNAL WRITING WORKSHOP. The Tucson Public Library Catalina branch, 15631 N. Oracle Road, announces a series on journal writing. The second session, Women and Discovery, meets from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. through June 22. Workshop includes in-class exercises, journal techniques and a variety of published journals. Attend one or all classes. No registration is required. Call 825-9541 for information.
POETRY CONTEST. $24,000 in prizes will be awarded this year to over 250 poets in the North American Poetry Contest. The contest is open to all poets. To enter, send one original poem, any subject or style, to: The National Library of Poetry, 11419 Cronridge Dr., P.O. Box 704-1984, Owings Mills, MD 21117. The poem should be no more than 20 lines, and the poet's name and address should appear on the top of the page. Entries must be postmarked by June 30 to qualify. There is no entry fee.
POETRY CONTEST. Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum is offering a grand prize of $500 in its "Awards of Poetic Excellence" contest. Poets may enter one poem only, 20 lines or less, on any subject, in any style. There is no entry fee. Deadline is July 31. Send entries to: Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc., Dept. G, 203 Diamond St., Sisterville, WV 26175.
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Literacy Volunteers of Pima County is looking for presenters for the Tutoring Young Readers Workshop. Call 797-7530 for information.
GROW CREATIVE. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon, offers a week-long day camp for children entering grades 4 through 6, from 9 a.m. to noon June 19 through 23. Children will learn to garden, make masks, study lizards, take a field trip to Mt. Lemmon and much more. Cost is $57, $52 for members. Call 326-9686 to register.
BARNEY LIVES. Join the happiest purple dinosaur ever to avoid extinction as he signs autographs and dispenses baloons June 17 and 18 by the carousel at the Tucson Mall. Call 327-1299 for information.
KUUMBA ARTS. The Barbea Williams Performing Company is offering an African-Centered Summer Arts and Culture Camp for children ages 6 to 16 years, beginning June 19 and continuing until June 30. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Children will learn West African drum/dance, ethnic crafts and culture, Swahili, French and more. Call 628-7785 for registration and information.
KID'S CLUB. Magic, crafts, special guests, stories, snacks and lots of fun are scheduled every week at both Bookman's locations: 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Ina/Thornydale and 11 a.m. Thursdays at Grant/Campbell. Schedules of events are available at the stores. Call 579-0303 or 325-5767 for more information.
LIBRARY ACTIVITIES. Tucson/Pima Libraries offer fun-filled activities for toddlers to teens. Call your local library or stop by and pick up their schedule of activities. Activities this week include: Tenth Street Danceworks at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road, (791-5021); A Book About Me meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road (791-4627); and Mime Express rolls in at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road (791-4531).
MUSEUM DAY CAMP. Children ages 7 to 12 can learn about life in the "olden days" by participating in the Arizona Historical Society's Heritage Day Camp. Each week-long session hosts an array of hands-on activities for creating traditional foods and crafts of the many cultures present in Arizona. Sessions run through August 18. Call 628-5774 for information on half- and full-day weekly sessions.
READING CLUB. Barnes & Noble, 5480 E. Broadway, is having a summer book reading club for kids. The club meets at noontime Saturdays continuing through July 31. Summer book club members will receive prizes for reading. Free and open to the public. Call 745-9822 for information.
RAINBOW FAMILIES. Rainbow Families is a gay, lesbian and bisexual parents network with a monthly support and discussion group which meets every third Saturday in room 31 of St. Francis in the Foothills Church, River and Swan roads. There will be a potluck barbecue at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Aqua Caliente Park. All gay, lesbian and bisexual parents, partners and family members are welcome. Call Craig at 318-9348 for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Tucson Centers for Women and Children (TCWC) seeks volunteers for multiple services for survivors of domestic violence. As people leave Tucson for the summer months, new volunteers are desperately needed. Call 795-8001 for information. Your involvement makes a difference.
F.E.M.A.L.E. Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge is a network of moms who have taken a break from their careers to be at home. Tucson has two chapters, northwest (825-2047) and central (325-6617). Chapters offer regular meetings, playgroups, Mom's Night Out activities, and meals for new mothers. Northwest chapter activities this week: 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 16, playgroup at a Northwest home. RSVP 744-0254; 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 19, playgroup at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. RSVP 544-0171. The central chapter's next meeting, focusing on surviving and saving on one income, is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, in the Rincon Room of the TMC Alamo Building, 5301 E. Grant Road.
PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS. Parents Without Partners, a support organization for single parents, meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 2447 N. Los Altos Ave., Chapter Hall, #45. Dance the night away from 8 p.m. to midnight, at a special Father's Day Dance, Saturday, June 17, at the Chapter Hall. Admission is $6, $4 for members. Call 622-8120 for information.
THERAPY GROUPS. Jewish Family & Children's Service, a non-sectarian service agency for people of all races, religions, and ethnic origins, offers therapy groups for children and adolescents. Groups will deal with mild to moderate emotional problems, self-esteem issues, divorce and school-related difficulties. Cost is based on ability to pay. Call 795-0300 for more information.
THE PARENT CONNECTION. The Parent Connection, 5326 E. Pima St., offers Open Playtime, a drop-in opportunity for children to enjoy a playroom with slides, ladders, balance beams and more. Open Playtime is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday for children 2-5 years old, 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday for children age birth through 2 years, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for children birth through 5 years old. "Dad 'n' Me" play group, for ages through five years, meets Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. "Awareness In Parenting" group shares how children think and feel, on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for parents of up to 5-month-old babies, and at 11 a.m. for parents of children 6 to 15 months old. Programs are $20 for four weeks. Single Parent Support Group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Parent Connection. Meet and exchange ideas with other single parents. The "High Noon" brown bag drop-in support group, for working parents or those on tight schedules, meets every Monday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Limited childcare by reservation is available at $2 per child. Call 321-1500 for information.
STEAK OUT WITH SEAN ELLIOT. Tucson Boys & Girls Club invites the public to this fundraising steak and hamburger dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. Call 623-2543 for information.
LA LECHE. La Leche is a great organization that offers sensible advice for women who want to breastfeed their babies. Seven monthly meetings are held throughout Tucson. Phone counseling is also available. Call 721-2516 for more information.
ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. The museum features permanent and special exhibits recounting Arizona's cultural history from the Spanish colonial era through the territorial years. Continuing through July 5: Touchable Sculpture: Lifecasts by Willa Shalit and Dean Ericson. This exhibit consists of 74 highly detailed lifecast sculptures that visitors can explore with their hands. Included are sculptures of Richard Burton, Dalai Lama, Clint Eastwood, George Bush and Stevie Wonder. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 628-5774 for information on summer programs for kids ages 7 to 12.
ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. The museum is part botanical garden, part geology museum and part zoological park. Naturalistic settings house 1,386 plant species and 317 animal species. Interpretive tours, live animal visits, and botanical and raptor interpretations are given daily. During the month of June early morning birdwalks begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as daily talks at 10 a.m. about the importance of the Saguaro blossom to our ecosystem. On Friday, June 23, young people ages 10 to 14 can spend a day visiting historic Bisbee in a new class titled Minerals and Mining in Arizona. Pre-registration is required. Museum hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Saturday through September 30. Admission is $8.95 ages 13 and over, and $1.75 ages 6 through 12. Discount group rates are available.
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM. Park Avenue and University Boulevard. 621-6302. The Arizona State Museum, on the University of Arizona campus, features anthropology exhibits with particular emphasis on the Southwest. Continuing through December 1996: Mexican Masks: Faces of the Fiesta, an exhibit of more than 350 Mexican folk masks, from mermaids to scorpions. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
FLANDRAU SCIENCE CENTER PLANETARIUM. UA campus. 621-STAR. Exhibit halls feature hands-on science exhibits and a 16-inch telescope that allows the public an astronomer's view of the night sky. A mineral museum in the basement features hundreds of beautiful minerals and gems. The planetarium theater offers entertaining programs on scientific and cultural topics, as well as laser light shows featuring projections that explode across the dome in a rainbow of colors. Currently showing: Touch the Stars, a children's show using music, cartoons, stars and special effects to show kids how to explore the night sky. The Gate to the Mind's Eye, spellbinding computer animation combined with the music of Thomas Dolby, in the planetarium theater. Continuing through July 31: The Endless Horizon, the history of exploration from oceans to outer space, as narrated by Patrick Stewart (Star Trek's Captain Picard). Admission to exhibits is $2, free with purchase of a theatre ticket. Up to four children are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Telescope viewing is still free. Call the planetarium for more information on times and shows. Theater ticket prices are $3 to $5. For more information call 621-STAR.
GADSDEN-PACIFIC TOY TRAIN OPERATING MUSEUM. Foothills Mall. 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. See and operate antique and contemporary toy trains at this free museum, open to the public Friday through Sunday during mall hours.
PIMA AIR MUSEUM. 6000 E. Valencia Road. 574-9658. On display are 185 military, commercial and civilian aircraft, including a full-scale mock-up of the Kitty Hawk, a presidential plane used by news media and JFK during the 1960s, numerous photos, air and space uniforms and memorabilia. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admittance at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military and $3 for children ages 10 to 17. Free for aviation buffs under 10.
REID PARK ZOO. 22nd Street, east of Country Club Road. 791-4022. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $3.50 for 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 the safety of the animals, don't bring any food, toys or pets.
SOSA-CARRILLO-FREMONT HOUSE MUSEUM. 151 S. Granada Ave. 622-0956. One of the few houses left standing out of 39 blocks of homes leveled during the urban renewal of the late sixties, the Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House is currently a museum featuring furnishings from the 1880s. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Walking tours of historic Tucson begin every Saturday at 10 a.m. in the museum. Tours last approximately two hours and cost $4 per person. All tours are led by experienced professional guides and traditional Sonoran refreshments are served.
TOHONO CHUL PARK. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Tohono Chul Park grounds are open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. The park presents "Walk in the Park Tours" at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 1 p.m. on Sunday, and "Birds of Tohono Chul Tours," at 8 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Tours last about one hour. "Art in the Park Tours," a docent-guided look at the gallery exhibits, happen at 11 a.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. "Xeriscape Tours," at 10 a.m. Saturday, demonstrate the uses of arid-adapted plants and landscaping designs and materials.
FORT LOWELL MUSEUM. 2900 N. Craycroft Road, Fort Lowell Park. Learn about the forts, camps, the Mexican militia cavalry and more with Lances, Shields and Carbines: The Military History of Tucson from 1775 to 1891. The exhibit consists of 13 paintings done by artist Wayne Sumstine and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through January 1996.
TUCSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1.50 for children, $3 for adults. Free on the third Sunday of every month.
TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. is open free to the public during regular gallery hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and students, free for members and children under 12. Free for all on Tuesdays.
UA MUSEUM OF ART. UA campus, Speedway east of Park Avenue in the Fine Arts Complex. 621-7567. Continuing through July 12: Vytas Sakalas: Tranceformations, a survey of 25 years of the local artists' paintings. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Saturdays and University holidays. Admission is free.
YOZEUM. 2900 N. Country Club Road. 322-0100. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On display are all kinds of yo-yos, from styles popular in the 1920s to current designs, and yo-yo memorabilia. The owner of the museum is Don Duncan, Jr., son of the founder of Duncan Yo-Yos. Groups and schools can call ahead to arrange for a tour. Free admission.
ARIZONA GROWN. June brings the harvest of delicious Arizona grown fruits. For free recipes that feature grapes, melons and peaches, call 1-800-4-CANCER and ask to speak with a Cancer Information Specialist. Featured recipes are low in fat and will taste great on hot summer evenings. Recipes include Cinnamon Grapes, Melon with Blueberries and Peach Sorbet. Along with the recipes, callers will receive a listing of Arizona grown fruits and vegetables harvested in June.
CHI KUNG. Chi Kung classes will be offered for nine weeks at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning June 15, at Awakenings Bookstore, 4444 E. Grant Road. Beginner to advanced may attend. Space is limited. Call 318-1230 for registration and information.
HEALTH WORKSHOP. The following free health workshops are being offered at Metro East, 5851 E. Speedway: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, Stress Management with Dr. Stout of Desert Rose Clinic; 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, Training for the Mature Adult with Chuck Marr. Call 795-7143 for information.
HELPLINE. The Disabilities Hotline of Arizona is a free, 24 hour information and referral service where people affected by or concerned with disabilities can access information on appropriate human service agencies, nonprofit organizations and self-help groups. Call 1-800-352-3792.
HOLISTIC HELP. Lhasha Tizer, holistic health counselor, will be offering "Real Help" workshops on the following dates: 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, Quality of Life: Bringing the Sacred into Everyday Lives at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. Free and open to the public. Call 299-3000 for information.
PARENTING CLASS. The Tucson Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (TCADD), is offering a parenting class developed especially for adult children of alcoholics from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, June 28 through August 2, at the Tucson Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, 1230 E. Broadway. This free class covers the basics of parenting plus addresses the situations and needs unique to ACOAs. Call 882-7703 for registration and information.
RECOVERY GROUP. Recovery, Inc., a donation supported group that teaches how to overcome depression, nervous symptoms and fears, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the TMC Alamo Building, 5301 E. Grant Road, in Santa Rita Room B; and from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the First Brethren Church, 201 N. Columbus Road. Call Charlotte at 296-2954 for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. The Bone, Estrogen, Strength Training (BEST) study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is being conducted by the UA. The BEST study is scheduled to begin testing the first group of postmenopausal women beween the ages of 45 and 65 this summer. Women in that age group who are interested in participating in the study and are at least three but not more than ten years postmenopausal, are encouraged to attend one of the first two informational sessions at noon Friday, June 23; or 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, in Lecture Hall No. 8403 at University Medical Center. Call the UA Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at 621-8523 or 621-7592 for information.
BIKE TRIPS. Jerry and Bev Pitcock have arranged more than 30 different "biketivities" continuing throughout the summer. Choose your own pace, length of trip, level of difficulty, day of the week and type of scenery. Treks range from a 50-mile ride to Oracle Junction to a short family outing along the Santa Cruz River Park, and everywhere in between. Call Park Avenue Bikes, 624-9506, for a daily schedule.
FUNTASTICKS. Funtasticks, located at 221 E. Wetmore Road, announces the opening of state-of-the-art batting cages, designed for all skill levels and offering both baseballs and softballs. Call 888-GOLF for information.
SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES. Jae Kim's Martial Arts School offers free self defense classes for women 14 years and older, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes are taught by Master Jae Kim, who has 30 years experience in the martial arts. Stop by the school at 6450 N. Oracle Road, or call 797-0122 for information. Class size is limited to 20, with classes on-going through June.
TAKE A FLYING LEAP. Marana Skydiving Center at Avra Valley Airport, five miles off I-10 on Avra Valley Road, offers one day classes for solo and tandem jumps. For more information call 602-682-4441.
TICKET ALERT. Tickets are currently on sale for the FHP Shootout October 29 at McKale Center, UA campus. The Phoenix Suns will be playing the Los Angeles Clippers. Call the McKale ticket office at 621-2411 to reserve your tickets.
TORO! See Tuffy snort in the latest challenge against Edmonton, June 18 through the 21. Games begin at 7:30 p.m. Call 325-2621 for information.
SAGUARO HARVEST. Tucson Botanical Gardens offers a saguaro harvest workshop, led by Tohono O'Odham native Stella Tucker, at her family's traditional camp in the Tucson Mountains. Harvest gathers from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 21. Lunch will be served. Cost is $42, $35 for members. Reservations must be made in advance. Call TBG at 326-9686 to register and for information.
RAVEN SITE RUIN. The White Mountain Archaeological Center invites the public to visit Raven Site Ruin, an 800 room prehistoric Mogollon pueblo. The center offers hands-on excavation programs allowing anyone age 9 and over to experience the thrill of archaeology. Guided tours, petroglyph hikes and the Sherwood Visitor Center are also part of this incredible attraction. The center is located off Highway 180, 12 miles north of Springerville and 16 miles south of St. John's. Call 1-520-333-5857 for information.
MT. LEMMON SHUTTLE. Want to escape the summer heat but don't feel like driving? A new shuttle service leaves from the south parking lot of McDonald's at Bear Canyon Shopping Center (Tanque Verde at Catalina Highway) at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Return trips leave the Mt. Lemmon Cafe at 8:30 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. The cost is $21 round trip, $13 one way. Call 293-2233 for reservations.
MUNICIPAL POOL SCHEDULE. Fort Lowell Pool, Craycroft Road and Glenn Street, has reopened. Udall Pool, Archer Pool and Sunnyside Pool are open year-round for recreation and lap swim. Catalina Pool, Dodge Boulevard and Pima Street, is open for the summer. Free Teen Night parties meet from 7:30 to 11 p.m. through August 4, with music and live remotes from local radio stations. Family Dive-In Movie Nights are scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday evenings through August 5. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call your local pool for information. Archer Pool users are encouraged to call 791-5388 for complete information on construction scheduled for that pool.
BUILD A TRAIL. Join Bob's Bargain Barn in improving our mountain parks and monuments by volunteering some Saturday hours for the "Build a Trail" program. Bob's and Pima Trails Association are aiming at work every Saturday throughout 1995. Call 325-3409 for registration and information.
HIKING. Southern Arizona Hiking Club meets several days during the week. There are at least two different hikes on each of these days. All hikes are rated for difficulty. Call 751-4513 for more information.
ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS. The Center for Desert Archaeology now offers tours of both downtown Tucson and remote desert sites, providing new visions of Tucson's fascinating past. See the hidden 3,000 year-old village downtown, prehistoric rock art petroglyphs, or half-day tours to Signal Hill, Picture Rocks and King's Canyon. Contact Connie Allen-Bacon at 881-2244 for more information on tours. Individual, group and corporate rates are available.
TEVA MEETING. Tucson Electric Vehicle Association will hold a general meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Tucson Electric Power, 200 W. Sixth Street near the west entrance. Come early and show off your EV.
CAP USE. The Mayor and City Council will discuss uses and alternatives for CAP water and gather public input at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Wakefield Middle School, 101 W. 44th St. Call your local ward office for information.
AIR QUALITY. The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ), is proposing revisions to the County's Air Quality Regulations, Title 17 of the Pima County Code. The Department will be sponsoring four public workshops throughout June and July to discuss the proposed changes and to solicit public comment. Upcoming workshops: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 at the Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road.
DEQ HOTLINES. The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality wants you to call 622-5700 to report cars or buses spewing disgusting, health-destroying smoke. If you spot any of those wildcat dump hogs call 622-5800 with the location, license plate number and type of trash being dumped. Businesses needing hazardous waste assistance can call the Hazmat Education Helpline at 740-3346.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE. The Tucson/Pima County hazardous waste disposal site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Friday and Saturday for household waste disposal. For more information call 740-3340.
RECYCLING. 24-hour neighborhood drop-off centers include: Cholla High School, 2001 W. 22nd St.; Booth-Fickett Magnet School, 7240 E. Calle Arturo; Wrightstown Elementary School, 8950 E. Wrightstown Road; and Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St. All city and county landfills also have recycling centers. Call 791-5000 for hours and locations. Multi-material recycling facilities are located at Recycle America, 945 S. Freeway Blvd. Call 622-4731 for hours.
RETHINKIT LINE. Don't know whether to throw it, hoe it or stow it? The RETHINKIT Recycling Information Line, 791-5000, offers information for callers with recycling questions and concerns.
UA CO-OP. The following free demonstrations will be given at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.: June 21, Summer Weed Control; and June 28, Grapes in the Landscape. Classes are held outdoors and last about an hour. The last part of the meeting uses samples of plants brought in for identification, diagnosis and treatment. Free and open to the public. Call 628-5628 for information.
TBG. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Botanical Illustration meets from 1 to 4 p.m. June 11. A free session on the design and installation of irrigation systems is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10, with a plant selection and design seminar following from 1 to 3 p.m. Other special summer events include a Saguaro Harvest from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 21. Call for costs of the above programs. Guided tours by appointment only for the summer. TBG's new outdoor Prima Donna Cafe' serves from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Call 326-9255 for information.
TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS. The Master Composters of the Tucson Organic Gardeners staff the Compost Demonstration Site at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, excluding holidays, and have experts on hand to answer all your composting questions. Call the Composting Assistance Line at 798-6215 for help or further information on how you can compost at home.
BOOKS: Invisible Men: Life In Baseball's Negro Leagues by Donn Rogosin. Back in the days when men played baseball for the love of the game, those who perhaps played it the best were not allowed to do so with the mobility and potential for success one might expect in an ostensibly free society. Thus, the Negro Leagues, a loose-knit collection of teams in the South and North that showcased some of the best baseball talent the world has ever seen. The Negro Leagues are looked at in this fascinating, if-far-too-short-to-whet-my-appetite, book. Writer Rogosin looks at the origins of the leagues and touches on its many stars. Alas, it's just a touch in many spots. I recommend this book for its subject matter and style, but I'm disappointed with its brevity.
MAGAZINES: "Commencements" in the June 12, 1995 issue of Time magazine. Across the back page of this issue is a most amusing collection of quotes from some of the many commencement speeches given at colleges across the country in the past month. There are words of advice, ranging from the bland ("...practice the Golden Rule," Congressman Richard Gephardt) to the bizarre ("Keep your overhead low, avoid a major drug habit and play every day..." singer James Taylor). There are musical references, with Education Secretary Richard Riley quoting Billy Joel and New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman quoting 10,000 Maniacs. And there is this observation from actor James Garner: "Kato Kaelin has the fastest growing fan club in America. Why? What did he do? He's just a professional houseguest with bad hair."
TELEVISION: Absolutely Fabulous on The Comedy Channel. If you haven't caught this raunchy, outrageously funny British import yet, shame on you. "AbFab," as it is known to its many devotees, looks at the life of two fortyish British women who prove without a shadow of a doubt that money can't buy you class. The two women, independently wealthy (or at least comfortable) drink, carouse and sleep (in the Biblical sense) their way through life. They're scandalous and scandalously funny along the way. They joke about anything, and I mean anything. Also, be warned: The accents are thick and some of the British slang and idioms don't translate (so to speak) very well. But it's a hoot!
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