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Thursday 13

TAKING WING. Feathered inhabitants of southern Arizona take center stage at the 1998 Southwest Wings Festival, continuing through Saturday in Sierra Vista.

City Week The canyon-laden area in and around the Huachuca Mountains is home to everything from Mexican Spotted Owls and Greater Pewees to Buff-breasted Flycatchers and a variety of warblers. Now in its seventh year, the festival is rapidly gaining importance for highlighting the region's stunning wildlife--and efforts to preserve it--through workshops, field trips and displays. The festival also focuses on protecting the riparian habitat of the nearby San Pedro River.

Festival events center around the Windemere Hotel, located approximately one-and-a-half miles south of the intersection of Highways 90 and 92, and Fry Boulevard, in Sierra Vista. Workshops and exhibits will be open throughout the day. A $5 fee covers most workshops. Space for field trips is extremely limited; reservations are required and costs vary. For reservations and information, call (520) 378-4937.

INDEPENDENT VIDEO SHOWCASE. The UA Media Arts VideoTENSIONS series concludes with "VideoLOCAL," featuring a crop of Tucson filmmaking talent.

Screenings will include Woman's Work, Lenay Dunn's tribute to her late mother, which captures the endless roles women play in society--from "housemaid and servant to slave." 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"; and Jessica Gelt's Eight Fold, detailing the privations of urban society.

These free screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UA Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 202, located on campus at the northeast corner of Speedway and Mountain Boulevard. For information, call 621-5528.

Friday 14

WATER WAR. Known as a dynamic team of skilled geeks, the Aquabats have deemed our city "a wasteland," and unfortunately, they "cannot take the pain of a doomed society any longer." Armed with Cheez-Whiz cannons and several hundred pounds of powdered milk--all under the guidance of the Magic Chicken--they've come to rehabilitate our "miserable borough into the peaceful megalopolis" it once was.

The result promises to be a raucous live performance by an eight-man band that's cornered the market on eccentric, with the divine purpose of liberating their beloved homeland, Aquabania. Fair warning for non-believers: the crusade arrives at
7 p.m. Friday, August 14, at the Double Zero, 121 E. Congress St. The Ellemenopees and Pasta Rocket open the show. For more information, call 670-9332.

TO THE TOP. With providential timing, the Tacheria Presents film series screens "Roger and Me." Starring Michael Moore, this classic 1986 film documents downsizing at the GM plant in Flint, Michigan. With the cuts underway, Moore subsequently does what every working stiff dreams of doing--he tries to reach the man at the top. In this case, that man is Chairman Roger Smith. Moore's efforts were at times hilarious, at times revealing and poignant. Ultimately, the film champions people over profits, and slings a flurry of satirical barbs at corporate America.

Tacheria is a multi-faith spiritual center, and a discussion of ethics and spirituality will follow the screening.

Screening begins at 7 p.m. in the St. Philip's In The Hills East Gallery, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Admission is free. For details, call 299-6421.

Saturday 15

RHYTHMIC AMBASSADORS. Plaza Palomino erupts into global rhythm with an appearance by JAKA. This six-piece marimba band combines Zimbabwean music with American funk and rock to create a powerful world-beat sound.

A five-foot tall, 300-pound bass marimba and drum kit provides the foundation for a polyrhythmic wall, while three additional marimbas, the African mbira and rich vocals create a vibrant celebration of music and motion.

Performance is at 8 p.m. in Plaza Palomino, 2970 N. Swan Road. Advance tickets are $10, available at Hear's Music, Piney Hollow and Plaza Palomino. Tickets are $12 at the door. KXCI members receive a $1 discount. Call 297-9133 for information.

HARDLY A DRAG. Southwestern International Raceway raises the rpm's--and some much-needed cash--with "Racing for a Cure," a benefit for the UA Children's Research Center, and UMC's Emergency Pediatric Department.

This drag-racing extravaganza will feature Super Eliminator Dragsters, Junior Dragsters, and a special racing show. The evening will also include an all-Buick Race, car show and parade, and a special, sideline racing show after sunset.

Events begin at 5 p.m. at the Southwestern International Raceway on the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road. Tickets are $15, free for children under age 12. For details, call 762-9700.

DANCE JAM REVISITED. Major Knucklehead Productions re-heats the dance floor with another super-charged Club Rhythm Dance Jam. These high-heeled celebrations whirl against a musical stew including everything from world beat and tribal to techno and ethnic, in addition to good, old-fashioned blues and rock and roll.

Sweat and swing from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Admission is $5. Club members receive a $1 discount. Call 721-1710 for details.

Sunday 16

PACK O' PICKERS. What's more fun than a peck of pickled peppers? Why, a pack of peppered pickers, of course. But even musicians of a temperate nature are invited to strut their stringed stuff when the Desert Bluegrass Association hosts another jam session. These gatherings are open to all players, greenhorned to grizzled. Even if you just wanna come and grin, you're more than welcome.

Free jam is at 4 p.m. in the Texas T-Bone Restaurant, 8981 E. Tanque Verde Road, in the Bear Canyon Shopping Center. For information, call 743-7086.

HISTORY ALOFT. Our nation's aviation history comes home to roost at the Pima Air Museum. A veritable ocean of historical metal, this museum opened in 1976, and remains the largest of its kind in the nation. In all, it contains 75 acres of outdoor space, and 100,000 square-feet of indoor area, all chockfull of planes, planes, and more planes.

There are more than 200 historically significant aircraft here, and thousands of aerospace artifacts. Exhibits include the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame, with tributes to 34 individuals, including Barry Goldwater and John McCain; the 390th Memorial Museum, commemorating the legendary WW II bomb group; and the Space Gallery, with plenty of astronaut memorabilia. From there, the museum's roots reach all the way back to the beginning with an exact replica of the Wright Flyer.

The Pima Air Museum is at 6000 E. Valencia Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with last admittance at 4 p.m. Admission is $7.50, $6.50 for military and seniors, $4 for children ages 10 to 17, free for children under age 10. Call 574-9658 for information.

Monday 17

FRANZI OR FOE? You might consider him a gun-totin' rabble-rouser whose politics fall just a hair to the right of Attila the Hun. Or you might label him an insightful free-thinker whose provocative prose regularly elevates the status of the always insightful Tucson Weekly.

Either way, he's our boy, and it's our Fourth Estate duty to shamelessly promote our own. That said, you can now tune in to a smattering of politics and unique perspectives by local shakers and movers with KTKT's Franzi on Monday, featuring none other than Uncle Emil himself. Franzi On Monday runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on KTKT-AM 990.

Tuesday 18

ONCE UPON A TIME. Tucson's best blabbers roll out for some verbal action with another storytelling gathering. Held the first and third Thursday each month, these fiction fests feature great tall-tale swapping, along with plenty of tips for budding lip flappers. The gathering is open "to anyone who ever thought they'd enjoy seeing what it's like to weave a tale of magic in front of an audience."

Join in the fun from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the St. Philip's in the Hills Meditation Room, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Call 326-8966 for details.

TALENT TIMES TEN. A bevy of talent goes on display in Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery's new exhibit, Ten Tucson Artists.

This eclectic invitational show features sculpture, paintings, prints and photography by an array of artists including David Aguirre, Rosemarie Bernardi, Aurore Chabot, Howard Conant, Cy Lehrer, Phil Lichtenhan, Keith McElroy, Tom Philabaum, Eriks Rudans and Jim Waid.

Exhibit runs through September 12, with an opening reception from 7 to
9 p.m. Saturday, August 22, in the Dinnerware Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to
7 p.m. Thursday. For information, call 792-4503.

Wednesday 19

ENDLESS TIDE. No matter how slothful you've become, how could you ever forget Men at Work? And alternative transportation really has nothing to do with The Cars, though road rage might have subliminally expressed itself through Wham!

In any case, you can Fixx things up and park your '90s angst at the door when the long-lived Wildcat House revisits the loud, hedonistic days of the '80s pop with "New Wave Wednesday." This musical retro-fest features all your timeless faves, from the English Beat on through the effervescent Madonna. And to help you swallow those memories full-bore, the House also offers $1.50 long necks, well drinks and domestic drafts, along with $2.50 Long Island iced-teas, micro pints, and import bottles.

The turntables roll back the decades from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Wildcat House, 1801 N. Stone Ave. Cover is $3. For information, call 622-1302. TW

City Week includes events selected by Calendar Editor Tim Vanderpool. 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. To have material considered, please send complete information at least 11 days prior to the Thursday issue date to: Tucson Weekly, P.O. Box 2429, Tucson, Arizona 85702, or fax information to 792-2096, or email us at

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