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ANIMAL ATTRACTION. Plaza Palomino is a zoo tonight, as the weekly Party in the Plaza gets down on all fours to benefit the Tucson chapter of the Humane Society. Fresh out of the breeding season, the Humane Society is teeming with dogs and cats looking for a perfect home. The Plaza Pet Fiesta features music by nationally known players of El Mariachi Tapatio, a household pet parade, outdoor food fair and dog adoptions. If you already have a furry or feathered friend, go for the glory with several pet-related contests: Best Dressed Pet, Best Pet Trick, and Best Owner/Pet Look-Alike, to name a few. The plaza's restaurants--Trio Bistro, Ilsa's Konditorei and La Placita Café--will be open for dinner, for humans only. Fiesta hours are 4 to 8 p.m. at Plaza Palomino, southeast corner of Swan and Fort Lowell roads. Admission is free. Call 795-1177 for information.
Also worth mentioning is this Sunday's first annual Pet Shoot, a low-cost animal vaccination and identification clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at Reid Park. Basic shots, micro-chipping, tattooing, grooming, training, and photos will be available for your dog, cat, rabbit, bird or reptile. The event is sponsored by Animal Health Express in cooperation with the Tucson Humane Society. Admission and parking are free. Call 884-0294 for information.
SUMMER OPERA. The title, Cosi Fan Tutte ("Women Are Like That"), may raise some eyebrows; but this Italian opera penned by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is purportedly a fun-loving romantic comedy about the exploits of two young officers, their sibling fiancées and the "merry test of love and trust that ensues" as they, uh, find out what women are like. This UA School of Music production is staged in semi-concert form and sung in English, with performances at 8 tonight through Saturday, June 22, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at Crowder Hall in the UA Fine Arts Complex. Tickets range from $6 to $12, available at the Fine Arts box office. Call 621-1162 for reservations and information.
SONORAN CRUISE. David Yetman is not your typical field ecologist. But shhh...don't tell him. The former Pima County Supervisor and Tucson Audubon
Society executive-director with a Ph.D. in philosophy, now working as a leading ethnobotanist with the UA Southwest Center, has written an engaging first-person narrative of his experiences rolling around Sonora, Mexico, over the past six years. Yetman takes a novel approach to natural history which Southwest Center director Joe Wilder calls a "close-to-the-ground account" of the people, culture and land, with vivid descriptions of its deserts and geographic identities.
Yetman signs copies of Sonora: An Intimate Geography at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Audubon Society, 300 E. University Blvd., with music by Octavio Tovar and refreshments by Yoeme Restaurant. Call 621-2484 for information.
MARY BAKER BAND. Mary Baker left her hometown in Detroit decades ago, but growing up down the street from Motown Records and belting out the gospel in church on Sunday mornings are influences that continue to run deep. With a style imbued with soul, rhythm-and-blues and gospel, and her reputation for surrounding herself with great musicians, Baker has earned a devoted following: She received a TAMMIE for Best Jazz Band in 1994. She's sure to pack the plaza tonight with her five-piece band, including Jeff Haskell on keyboards.
Spend a warm June evening with Summerset Suite, the Tucson Jazz Society summer concert series, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Plaza Palomino, 2970 N. Swan Road. Single tickets are $7, $3 for TJS members, available at the door only. Call the Jazz Hotline at 743-3399 for information.
BROAD PERSPECTIVES. For two years, Catalina Spencer battled with anxiety and pressure from her (male) oncologist who felt she needed a hysterectomy. "It was a decision based on fear," says Spencer, an independent producer hosting Broad Perspectives, a weekly community radio program by and about women. "My gut was telling me no, so I started doing my own research and discovered there's a lot of controversy within the medical profession about when and how they should do hysterectomies," as to the consequences and adverse side effects often not readily explained to women facing this difficult decision.
Her own experiences, as well as those of 40-year-old ovarian cancer patient Pat Eady and Dr. Anna Maria Lopez, one of the few female oncologists in Tucson, will be presented in the second of a three-part series entitled "Women and Cancer." The hour-and-a-half program airs at 7 p.m. on KXCI, 91.3 FM, and will focus on cervical and ovarian cancer: prevention, diagnosis, side effects, differences in minority groups, gene testing, and other areas where important options and answers can be hard to find. "There's an increasing number of women suffering from cancer," she says somberly, citing numerous examples of women under the age of 40 whose early symptoms were either misdiagnosed or overlooked. The program aims to empower women by giving them information and encouragement to voice their concerns and make their own informed choices. Call 325-5668 for information.
SILKO SIGNING. I called her Grandma A'mooh because that's what I heard her say whenever she saw me. A'mooh means "grand-daughter" in the Laguna language. I remember this word because her love and her acceptance of me as a small child were so important. I had sensed immediately that something about my appearance was not acceptable to some people, white and Indian. But I did not see any signs of that strain or anxiety in the face of my beloved Grandma A'mooh.
...Grandma A'mooh would send me home when she took her nap, but when the sun got low and the afternoon began to cool off, I would be back on the porch swing, waiting for her to come out to water the plants and to haul in firewood for the evening. When Grandma was 85, she still chopped her own kindling. She used to let me carry in the coal bucket for her, but she would not allow me to use the ax. I carried armloads of kindling too, and I learned to be proud of my strength.... So writes Leslie Marmon Silko in the title essay of Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit: Essays on Native American Life Today, reflections on her mixed Anglo and Laguna Pueblo heritage steeped in Native American lore, religion, culture and history.
Silko reads from and signs copies of her book at 7 p.m. at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. The free reading will be followed by a brief question-and-answer period and refreshments. Call 792-3715 for information.
SAN JUAN'S DAY. In the time before desert dwellers spent the majority of their summer days inside buildings of refrigerated air, the cycles of weather held greater meaning. The summer rains meant the difference between life and death for man, beast and field. Rain meant life, abundance and balance. These are the gifts commemorated in the present by the annual Native Seeds/SEARCH Día de San Juan celebration, greeting the summer solstice at 5:30 a.m. at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. In the early morning light the demonstration garden comes alive with a ceremonial blessing of seed and soil, and prayers for good rain. Traditional Yoeme deer dancers perform, and refreshments will be served. Admission to the gardens and the celebration are free, though donations will be gratefully accepted. Call 327-9123 for information.
DISAPPEARING ACT. With a wave of the wand the Gaslight Theatre is transformed into The Magic Castle as several area musicians vie for the title of Magician of the Year at tonight's Society of American Magicians-sponsored competition. The international organization is one of the world's oldest magic fraternities, with a membership roster that's a virtual Who's Who of famous magicians from Harry Houdini to David Copperfield.
They've pulled a top-notch group of performers out of their bag of tricks, with non-competing headliners including current title-holder Eric Buss and former Young Riders actor Gene Collins, and comedy magician Rod Robinson as emcee. Strolling magicians open the show at 6:30 p.m., with competing magicians Norm Marini, Bruce Martyn and Steve Lee getting their acts together at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaslight Theater, 7010 E. Broadway. Advance tickets are only $4, available at Williams Magic Shop, 6528 E. 22nd St. Call 886-9428 for information.
REDGRAVE RAVE. Sir Michael Redgrave was one of the greatest actors of the century, but as a father he remained a mystery. Acclaimed actress Lynn Redgrave launches what she calls "a daughter's search for her father's heart" with an extraordinary remembrance of her relationship with her emotionally distant father. The play weaves scenes by William Shakespeare that illuminate key moments in the actress' life, impressions of larger-than-life figures like Richard Burton, Sir Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith and Noel Coward, stories of her father and of her actor-siblings Vanessa and Corin. In its 1993 debut, Time magazine hailed the production as "original, funny and fascinating."
Shakespeare for My Father, Lynn Redgrave's one-woman tribute to Sir Michael Redgrave, opens at 7:30 p.m. tonight and continues with evening performances and weekend matinees through June 30 at The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets range from $25 to $35, with discounts for students, seniors and military personnel. Call 622-2823 for reservations and information; or charge tickets through Dillard's at (800) 638-4253.
City Week includes events selected by Calendar Editor Mari Wadsworth. Event information is accurate as of press time. The Weekly recommends calling event organizers to check for last-minute changes in location, time, price, etc.
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