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SNAPSHOT LOT. Shutterbugs from near and far descend upon the Shrine Temple today when Arizona Photographic Collectors host their fifth-annual photo equipment auction and sale.
Both buyers and sellers will be on hand, offering cold cash for your used equipment, and plenty of bargains from their own inventories. Items on the block will include everything from cameras and lenses to tripods and books. "Clean out your closet, garage, storage space, cabinets and drawers," say the Collectors. "If you can bring it in, we can sell it."
Preview the spoils from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with the auction beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the Shrine Temple, 450 S. Tucson Blvd. Admission is free. For details, call 529-5072.
LUSH LIFE. The heat wave riding on El Niño's tail may be burning much of the Southwest to a crisp. And if you hail from more temperate climes, you may wonder how anything grows in this arid land.
Rest easy--that mainstay of desert life called the Tucson Botanical Gardens teaches transplants (human, that is) how to sprout green thumbs in a brown land with their Gardening for Newcomers class. This short course includes information on heat-tolerant plants, working with arid soils, and creating landscapes for your yard.
Class runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the TBG, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Cost is $5, $3 for TBG members. For information, call 326-9686.
TIMELY TALE. The Catalina Players present their take on global comings-and-goings with The Foreigner. Written by Larry Shue (winner of the Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards), the drama focuses on a group of devious characters dealing with a stranger who doesn't know English--or so they think. This play has drawn widespread acclaim, and Variety says to expect "a laugh from start to finish at one comic surprise after another."
Tonight's performance is at 7:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 2700
E. Speedway. A dinner package is optional and begins at 6:30 p.m.
Performances continue at
FLUID FAREWELL. Although the dog days seem to be hunkering down for good, summer is actually on its way out. There's no better sign of this than school's rapidly approaching return--and the final installment of Tucson Parks and Recreation's beloved pool parties.
These free, watery nirvanas have made a big splash this summer. On Fridays, parties have geared toward the teen set, with DJs, games, refreshments and plenty of floating toys. Saturdays are for the entire family, with "dive-in movies" ranging from timeless classics to recent hits.
This week's parties are at Randolph Park, 200 S. Alvernon Way; and El Pueblo Pool, 5100 S. Missiondale Road. The teen party runs from 7:30 to 11 tonight. The family dive-in begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow, with a screening of Wallace and Grommet. Call 791-4873 for details.
BEDEVILED. Tucson's master of the sublime, a.k.a. Mat Bevel, is back with The Sweat Like Hell Rebellion...Now I'm Crying' Revival Show. Saying that Bevel favors the eclectic is like suggesting the Pope likes Catholics. Weaving his intriguing web from downtown's Mat Bevel Institute, Mr. B. spins performance and musical pieces into singular extravaganzas of sight and sound. Carrying on the tradition, Sweat Like Hell will feature the singing songwriters Philip and Arthur, the Circus Wee Wee puppet show, a magic lantern demonstration by Professor Hall, and Brother Bevel and The Not for Hire Choir.
Tonight's events begin at 8 p.m. in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Admission is $5. For information, call 622-0192.
SWING-DING. Have you lately had the urge to fox-trot, rumba or swing? You're in luck: The Arizona Ballroom Company lets you kick up your heels with an evening of dance action featuring Tucson's own musical royalty, the Kings of Pleasure. Along with live music, the party will include refreshments and a dance presentation. Costumes are optional.
Event runs from 8 to 11 p.m. at The Arizona Ballroom Company, 5536 E. Grant Road. Admission is $9 with reservations, or $12 at the door. For reservations and information, call 290-2990.
SILENT STARS. Getting celebrities to stop yapping seems nearly impossible, whether they have something to say or not. But there was a time when stars kept their lips zipped, at least on the big screen. Now the celluloid sage known as "Professor Hall" relives those less loquacious times with his collection of silent westerns. Featured will be Tom Mix's 1926 classic, The Great K&A Train Robbery. Other films include the 1903 version of The Great Train Robbery, Red Eagle's Love Affair (1907), and The Heart of an Indian (1912).
Screening is at 8 p.m. in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Featured guest will be Ed Keylocko, founder of Cowtown Keylocko. Screening continues at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, and will feature Jim Easterbrook, host of KXCI's Legacy of the West radio show. Admission is $5. For details, call 622-0192.
JUSTICE 'N' STUFF. Tombstone takes the law into its own
hands, Americana style, with Vigilante Days. Those high-hangin'
folks of the town too tough to die invite you on down to enjoy
gunfights, lynchings, chili cook-offs and even a 10k run. That's
in addition to a raffle for a 30-30 rifle, a circa-1880s fashion
show, and other frontier-type activities running from
Take I-10 east to the Tombstone exit. Drive time is approximately one hour. For information, call 457-3197.
MEDIA MOGULS. Those industry heavyweights from Upstairs Film present another sensory frenzy with Multimedia Mondays, combining big-screen action with cutting-edge music.
Showing tonight will be Big Trouble in Little Tucson, Alvin Baker's comic parody in which "at the end of the fight, only one man is left standing, and he even gets the girl." Also showing is Beverly Seckinger's Mommie Queerest, about Jessica Rose's birthday and her special package wrapped with loving care and too much duct tape; Plan 10 From Outer Space, a "retro-spoof" by Shawn Marshall; and Amazing Grace, a Patrick Brawley video about an ex-cop who finds salvation in the holy spirit, more or less.
Tonight's musical guest will be "An Evening With the New Morty Show."
Films screen at 8 p.m., with music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is $5. Call 622-1751 for details.
ROCK TALK. Veteran geologist Bob Scarborough, of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, shares mountains of knowledge about the terra firma with his Geology of Southern Arizona workshop.
Hardened rockhounds and pebble-packers alike will enjoy Scarborough's incredible tales of cataclysmic collisions, rotating mountain ranges, mega-landslides and land masses on the move. He'll also discuss basic principles of the "New Geology," along with still-unexplained mysteries and climatic history.
Workshop runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. today and Wednesday at the ASDM, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Cost is $25, $22.50 for museum members, and pre-registration is required. For registration and other information, call 883-2702.
NATIVE PERSPECTIVES. The way mainstream America depicts its native sons and daughters seems to have come full-circle, from romanticized and fictionalized to rebellious and troublesome. Now the romantic version is back in vogue, with a certain chic attached to all things indigenous--not to mention more than a few slot machines.
Through all this ebbing and flowing of favor, however, remain the people themselves. Just like the rest of us, they fail to fit into neat slots. Offering a more accurate version of the continent's original dwellers is the task of the Arizona State Museum, and its ongoing Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest exhibit.
The display depicts Indian cultures as living societies rather than dusty anachronisms, vividly capturing their struggle to protect ancient traditions against a split-second world. One photo depicts the Tohono O'odham yucca harvest; another describes the O'odham's recent battle for water rights. East central Arizona Apaches are shown in traditional villages, and at their Sunrise Ski Lodge. A vibrant mural captures the Yaqui creation myth, followed by a photo of Tucson's New Pascua Yaqui Village.
It's this unadorned juxtaposition of past and present that gives the exhibit its power. The stories are told from both indigenous and Anglo perspectives, and Native American help was sought from the beginning. "We wanted their views on their origins, history and lives today," says curator Bruce Hilpert. "And we tried to break stereotypes."
Paths of Life is open from 10 a.m. to
LOOK WHO'S TALKING. The valiant folks of the Tucson Children's Museum help bridge the inter-generational gap when they host Teens and Tots: Literature, Learning and Fun. Once again, adolescents tear themselves away from their Nintendos long enough to tackle the written word, and then dazzle young children with their literary talents. These ongoing gatherings are at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday in the Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave. Program is included in the regular admission price of $5, $4 for seniors, $3 for children. Call 792-9985 for details.
SPREAD THE WORD. Maybe you've been hooked on phonics since infancy. If so, you can share your addiction with others who aren't so lucky by signing on with the Tucson Adult Literacy Volunteers.
The TALV is in urgent need of tutors, especially since their 20 reading centers around Tucson will be deluged with adult students when classes begin in September. Last year they taught more than 650 students, and this year's total will probably be even higher.
"It's truly astonishing how much can be accomplished in so little time with these motivated students," says TALV President George Ware. "They're quite eager to learn, and actual tutoring time varies from two to four hours per week, depending upon the tutor's availability." He calls it a great opportunity for those "interested in making a difference in other's lives."
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