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VIDEO FUTURES. Will new video and global communication technologies inspire new freedoms and social patterns, reinforce existing hierarchies and capitalist power structures, or simply keep us planted at home on our ever-expanding butts?
The UA Department of Media Arts and College of Fine Arts, along with a coterie of local groups, bring those questions to bear in their powerful summer VideoTENSIONS series. Tonight, the series tackles the issues head-on with "VideoFUTURES," featuring several experimental works.
They include Suicide Box, about a motion-triggered video camera created by the Bureau of Inverse Technology, and installed near the Golden Gate Bridge. The vertical-motion triggered device records anything falling from the bridge to measure suicide rates, among other things.
Also included is Tran T. Kim-Trang's Ocularis: Eye Surrogates, featuring uplifting moments captured on surveillance video ranging from a baby-sitter watching porno to a church leader attempting rape on a parishioner. Manifestoon, Jesse Drew's interpretation of the Communist Manifesto through U.S. cartoons; PapaPapa, by Alex Rivera, a tale of two immigrants from Peru, one the video maker's father, the other a potato; and It Is a Crime, Meena Nanji's work using British and Hollywood film footage and poetry to explore cultural imperialism, will also be featured.
This free event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the UA Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building auditorium, Room 202. Call 621-7352 for information.
Tomorrow the series continues with three video selections at
the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Show time is
BARBER REVISITED. Samuel Barber remains among the most honored composers of romantic American music. "If I'm writing music for words," he said near the end of his career, "then I immerse myself in those words, and I let the music flow out of them."
Now that lovely sound flows into Tucson with The American Songbook of Samuel Barber: The Romantic, The Pastoral, The Sacred, performed by vocalist Mark Gordon Allen and pianist Nicola Nine.
The evening will include a broad sampling of Barber's work, from his 1936 ballad "The Daisies," through his last songs, "In the Wilderness" and "Solitary Hotel," from James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake.
Allen is a tenor with degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University Divinity School. His Tucson concerts include Love Songs of Lennon and McCartney, and The Life of Christ: Aframerican Spirituals from the Songbook of Roland Hayes.
Nine holds a masters degree from Wichita State University, and serves on the music staff at Tucson's Northminster Presbyterian Church. She's a regular accompanist for UA faculty and student performances.
Show time is 8 p.m. in the Southside Presbyterian Kiva, 317 W. 23rd St. Suggested donations are $6 to $8. For information, call 624-3880.
DESERT CACOPHONY. A contingent of top choraliers gather under one roof this weekend for Southwest Fest!, presented by Tucson's own Desert Voices.
The shows will feature several world premieres, and tonight's lineup includes The Reveille Gay Men's Chorus, Sons of Orpheus and Desert Voices, with the three groups performing both separately and together.
Tomorrow, the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus shares billing with the TLC Women's Ensemble of Phoenix, and the South Coast Chorale of Long Beach, California. The powerhouse finale will feature all six groups, followed by a dance party.
Performances are at 8 p.m. in the Temple of Music and Art, 330
S. Scott Ave. Advance tickets are $10 and $12, available at Antigone Books, Allergy Vacuum Store, Tucson Trunk, or by calling 791-9662. Tickets are $15 at the door. Dance tickets are $8 more, also available in advance or at the door.
LATIN LIGHTS. The UA Flandrau Science Center beams down cultural heritage with Laser Latino. This remarkable light show features a rich milieu of Latin sights and sounds, from Mariachi Vargas, Luís Miguel and Banda Limón to Julio Iglesias and Selena.
Show times are 8:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in the Flandrau Planetarium, located on campus at the corner of University Boulevard and Cherry Avenue. Admission is $5, $4.50 for seniors, UA faculty and staff, students and military, and $4 for kids ages 3 to 12. Call 621-STAR for details.
ALTERNATIVE ACTION. Noting the severe lack of local action for teens, Tucson Parks and Recreation turns up the summertime volume with a concert exclusively geared toward adolescent ears. Rest assured: The free outside show will include performances by plenty of bands your parents would hate, including Gat-Rot, Sanguinary and Grudgeholder.
Show runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Main Library Plaza, 101 N. Stone Ave. For information, call 791-4873.
MUSICAL GUMBO. Plaza Palomino's Courtyard Concert Series opens with a Tex-Mex dance party featuring Cajun rampagers Bayou Seco. Celebrating the Cajun and zydeco sounds of Louisiana's bayou, the band also throws in Tex-Mex and even Spanish Colonial dance tunes from New Mexico to create a jumping cultural stew.
The bubbling revelry includes accordions, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and harmonica, culminating in a sound that's bound to steam up Tucson's summertime skies.
Performance is 8 p.m. in Plaza Palomino, at Fort Lowell and Swan roads. Advance tickets are $10, available at Plaza Palomino's Suite 219, Hear's Music and Piney Hollow. Tickets are $12 at the door. KXCI members receive a $1 discount. For information, call 297-9133.
PATRIARCHAL PARTIES. A pair of parties celebrate dads in resounding style. First, the Reid Park Zoo will host its Father's Day Ice-Cream Social, complete with free frozen delights and myriad kids activities.
Event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Reid Park Zoo, located on 22nd Street east of Country Club Road. Admission is $3.50, $2.50 for seniors, 75-cents for children ages 5 to 14, and free for children ages 4 and under. Call 791-4022 for details.
And The Man Kind Project's New Warrior Arizona chapter hosts its first annual International Rally for Fathers. This global non-profit group has more than 250 members throughout Arizona, including 100 locally. Its goal is helping men towards "a more mature masculinity," says Tucson director George Daranyi. "The rally will honor and bless our fathers from a real, pure place, without getting into all the stuff about deadbeat dads and that kind of thing."
The gathering will include a drumming circle, a moment of silence, a blessing ceremony and sharing stories about dads.
The free event runs from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Udall Park Amphitheater, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road. For more information, call 884-8566.
THE LAST FRONTIER. They received the lousiest rations, the worst uniforms and the toughest assignments. But the vaunted black troops of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers also served with unparalleled valor and bravery.
Now their legacy is honored with a tribute to forefathers and prospective fathers, held in conjunction with Juneteenth Independence Day. Juneteenth celebrates the day when slaves in the West--and the Buffalo Soldiers--finally learned of their freedom, nearly two years after the fact.
Today's program will include speakers, church choirs, a potluck and plenty of memorabilia on display. And Lucille Ricks, descendant of a cavalry member, will sign copies of her book, Buffalo Soldier.
Event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Historical Society auditorium, 941 E. Second St. Admission is free, though donations are suggested. For information, call 628-5774.
NIGHT AT THE IMPROV. The Tucson Jazz Society pulls out the stops with another jam at the Cottonwood Club. Tonight's party features longtime Tucson favorite Mickey Greco, along with vocalist Sylvia Price. And in between sets, all Tucson jazz players are invited to hit the stage and let the rhythms rip.
Event runs from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Cottonwood Club, 60 N. Alvernon Way. Admission is $4, $2 for TJS members, and free to musicians showing up to play. There is a one-drink minimum. Call 743-3399 for details.
CREATIVE STAIRCASE. The Upstairs Film crew is back with another installment of their Multimedia Mondays series at Club Congress. Tonight's film showcase will feature a travel through time and place in Matt Goldman's Our Minds Wander; Mike Hartigan's Coagulation, billed as "just another simple night at the movies, or is it?"; and The Harvester, Larry Foster's film about what happens when the hunter becomes the hunted.
Musical guests will be the Mayfield Four.
Films will screen at 8 p.m. and midnight, with music from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is $4. For information, call 622-1751.
DOMESTIC BOMBSHELL. Like most American cities, the bombs kept falling on Tucson even after WWII ended. But this time the shock came from a booming economy and exploding population that immediately transformed this bucolic desert town into a major Sunbelt center.
The Arizona Historical Society explores local phenomena with BOOM: Post-World War II Tucson, hosted as part of its ongoing summer lecture series.
Lecture runs from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. Admission is $5, $3 for students. For information, call 628-5774.
DRAWING OUT THE MUSE. Many artists use drawings to aid their studio work, or as studies for finished pieces. But according to the folks at The Drawing Studio, there's another way to understand the craft. Their intent is to use drawing as a step towards really seeing--of recording momentary encounters between ourselves and the visible world.
This results in an intense concentration on what is "out there," and in the attempt to capture images through the kinesthetic process of eye-to-hand-to-paper. Ultimately, they're after that moment of total absorption when the artist's self-consciousness slips away.
Now a revelatory series of such moments are on display in Drawing from the Figure, a new exhibition on display at Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery. Featured are 43 Drawing Studio talents, from Betina Fink and Paul Mohr to Amelia Natoli, Pat Price and Mary Lou Williams.
Exhibit runs through July 18, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 27, in the gallery, 135 E. Congress St. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 792-4503 for details.
SKY'S THE LIMIT. In his new book Sunset Limited, James Lee Burke returns to his best-selling Dave Robicheaux series set in New Orleans. In the backstreets of the Big Easy, he explores how the dark Southern legacy of racial violence and class warfare impact the present. See this week's Books section for details on the author himself.
Burke will sign copies of Sunset Limited from 4 to 6 p.m. today in Clues Unlimited, 16 Broadway Village at Broadway and Country Club Road. For information, call 326-8533.
KICKIN' WITH KRAUSS. This year they landed no less than three Grammy Awards, and the future just keeps getting brighter for Alison Krauss and Union Station. Krauss' intricate, riveting vocals combine with Union Station's precise playing to create a boundary-busting country sound. (See this week's Music feature for more.)
Together, the band expertly straddles the line between pop and traditional bluegrass laced with wrenching ballads. Their unique sound graces UA Centennial Hall for one show only, tonight.
Performance is 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall, located on campus inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Tickets range from $22 to $25, and are available at the Centennial Hall box office, Dillard's, Hear's Music, or by calling 319-9979. TFTM members receive a $1 discount at Hear's Music only.
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