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ART WALK. While summer is traditionally the slow season for gallery owners, you can still find a lot fresh paint downtown during Art Walk. The hard-working folks at the Tucson Arts District Partnership have gone the extra mile to ensure the event's success in the summer months: They've lined up eight to nine galleries for their free, docent-led tours, which start at 5:30 p.m. at the Park Inn Santa Rita, 88 E. Broadway, and last about an hour to an hour and a half. Tours are casual, flexible, and adapt to accommodate individual group size and interests.
This is a great way to visit some of the smaller, out-of-the-way galleries and the burgeoning outdoor public art displays. Better yet, all galleries on the tour will have someone on hand to talk about the work. "Plus, you can tell its real local," says Partnership coordinator Mary Glenn. "In the winter, tours are 80 percent visitors. When it gets down and dirty in the summertime, (the Downtown Saturday and Art Walk events) become a REAL community thing." OK, so it's not beach front property...but it's yours! Call 624-9977 for information.
MAKING HISTORY. Matt Goldman, a recent graduate of history at the UA, has made an art form of hanging out. Specifically, he's crafted a 20-minute free-form mockumentary that parallels everyday life from ancient Rome to postmodern society, with original music and a flashy, manic style. All this without leaving home: "It's hard to get ancient Rome across in Tucson, but we did it," he says of the locally filmed project. It starts out as a guerrilla documentary, breaks into the abandoned Fox Theatre downtown, and segues into a social commentary on the "consistency of the human experience throughout the ages."
Our Minds Wander screens at 9 p.m. at Bero Gallery, 41 S. Sixth Ave., as the first in a two-day event. Goldman follows up at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with a multi-media show including live performance by Father Panik (which is not to be cute, but to reference a village in Connecticut) and a psychedelic jazz-based diffusion of energy on bass, sax and drums. Admission to both events is free. Call 792-0313 for information.
THEY'RE BAAAACH. If you don't have plans to visit the Summer Arts Festival in Sedona this year, you can catch one of its highlights right here at home as the St. Andrew's Bach Society presents Chamber Music for a Summer's Evening, a preview of the program the Southwest String Quartet will present in the red rocks later this summer. David Rife, Michael Russell, Ilona Vukovic-Gay and Mary Beth Tyndall perform works by Haydn, Dvorak, Piazzola and Shickele at 7:30 p.m. in the fine acoustics of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 545 S. Fifth Ave. (at the corner of 16th Street). Tickets are $3 to $6 at the door. Call 628-8119 for information.
CLOTHES ENCOUNTER. The Educational Enrichment Foundation puts on its annual "We Won't Take You to the Cleaners" Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rincon High School Cafeteria, 422 N. Arcadia Blvd. Unclaimed items from nine area dry cleaners will be up for grabs in the $2 to $20 range, with all proceeds providing much needed support for public education. You're bound to find some screaming bargains on suits, dresses, slacks, ties and other items you routinely put back on the rack because of the "dry clean only" tag. So bring a fistful of cash and have some good clean fun. And remember: It's a dry clean. Call the EEF at 325-8688 for information.
WHEEL SPIN. "When the revolution comes, will your bicycle be ready?" asks BICAS, the Bicycle Inter-Community Action and Salvage program. The local organization, under the energetic leadership of program director Kim Young, has been teaching bike repair to at-risk youth and teens for the past couple of years to complement the central mission of fixing up bikes in Tucson for donation to communities in nearby Sonora, Mexico. They kicked off the summer with an unprecedented 200-bike donation to a youth advocacy organization in Ciudad Obregon; and Young has plans for similar outreach in other nearby communities in the U.S. and Mexico.
See what they're all about at a fundraiser, slide show and open house at 7 p.m. at the BICAS warehouse, 921 S. Warren Ave. Take Kino Boulevard south of Broadway, head east on Winsett Street, south on Old Campbell Avenue, west on 18th Street and then south on Warren Avenue and, we promise, you'll find it. Max Waxi and Barely Bipedal perform. Admission is by donation, with all proceeds funding local at-risk youth bicycle programs, recycling and repair clubs and women's bicycle co-ops in Mexico. Call 628-7950 for information or to donate a bike.
GET INTO THE CLOSET. We hate to tell you what to do, but you really need to clean out your closet--if not for your own good, then for the greater good of local families. It's that time of year when Shalom House starts preparing its kids for school--anywhere from 25 to 40 of them on average in the shelter. That's a lot of children in need of clothes and school supplies. To date, Tucson Shalom House, a non-profit, non-sectarian housing and counseling program for economically homeless women and children, has helped more than 318 families (that's more than 600 kids!) become self-sufficient households; and they say not one family they've supported has returned to homelessness.
So the least you can do is clean out your closet, or the closet of someone substantially shorter than you, in their behalf: Items needed include notebooks, pencils and pens, pencil boxes, tablets and filler paper, folders, markers and crayons, backpacks (for all ages), scissors and glue sticks. If you'd rather start from scratch, also needed are new clothing items such as shoes (gift certificates are great), socks, underwear, jeans, shirts, dresses, shorts and pants, jackets and sweaters. Bring donations to 3857 N. Oracle Road. Call 292-5667 for information.
B-I-N-G-O. There was a game that had a cause and Bingo was its name-o. It's a goofy, mindless activity greatly enjoyed by people of all ages, for reasons we can't understand. But what we do know is that Sun Sounds Radio Reading Service for the Blind is counting on the event to raise funds for its ongoing programs. Seven bucks is a small price to pay for this invaluable service to the disabled. Admission includes 14 bingo cards, refreshments and a chance to win up to $150. Bring out your lucky charms and let the chips fall where they may starting at 7 p.m. at the Cascades Retirement Home, 201 N. Jessica. This is a non-smoking event. Call 296-2400 for information.
BROWN BAG SPECIAL. All you people who work downtown, squirreled away in air-conditioned buildings, need to get out more. Break out of the lunch time rut by taking an early afternoon stroll over the gazebo in La Placita Village on the west side of Church Avenue. There in the shade with the burbling fountains the Brown Bag Concert Series smoothes out the wrinkles in metropolis. And there are plenty of area delis and restaurants where you can grab a sandwich, too. The Blue Monks, a guitar/bass jazz duo, entertains from 11:30 a.m. to 1 today. "It's kind of an experiment," say the Arts District folks. So if you like the idea, let them know by stopping by for a few minutes.
IT'S CHICK. In November of last year, a prize turkey blazed onto the club scene and gave Baked Pueblo deviants a new tradition deserving of many thanks. He calls himself Chick Cashman the Swinging Cowboy, and with the backing of his band the Countrypolitans, hump day has never been the same. It doesn't matter if you've seen him before, because you'll never see the same show twice. From hilarious drag queen comic Lucinda Holliday to last week's totally insane show with techno bombshell Angela Bowie, Cashman is a magnet for talents from the far edges of the clinical bell curve, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
The naughty burlesque fun continues with a swimsuit competition and a peek at the latest fashion accessories from the Chick Cashman "Morning After" collection. DJ Tasha Bundy makes the room spin from 9 to 10 p.m., with the Countrypolitans taking the stage from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cashman says he's a bit shy about divulging the rest of the bill, so you'll have to see for yourself. All this for 50 cents an hour (cover is $2 at the door, math whizzes)...they said it couldn't be done! Call 622-8848 for information.
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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