SONORAN STYLIST: Over the years, Lisa Otey has made a niche
for herself as Tucson's ambassador of song. During countless nights
behind the piano in smoky pubs, her moody, poignant vocals have
long echoed from the musical trenches.
Recent years have seen Otey gaining increasing levels of recognition, most recently as winner of the Arizona Blues Showdown in the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, marking the first time a solo act has landed the prize.
Now she returns to the Old Pueblo for another heartfelt dinner show, and she'll be joined by stormy saxophonist Hurricane Carla Brownlee. Performance runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, August 30, in the Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N. First Ave. Tickets for the dinner package are $6, available at the door. Tickets for the show only are $2. Call 690-0991 for details.
HIGHLAND MISSION: Need an excuse to hit the high road? Here's your chance, as the Sky Island Alliance issues another call for volunteers in its ongoing conservation efforts.
The Alliance is currently mapping roadless areas in the Tumacacori and Atascosa Mountains for future wilderness designation. You can help via foot or bicycle, adding teeth to a crucial, regional habitat conservation proposal.
Event is Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30. A training session
will be held at
MUSICAL CARAVAN: Jeanne Newhall sings with rare verve and style. Also a fine composer and keyboard player, her talents come to powerful fruition on her new CD, Bedouin's Paradise. Featuring 10 original contemporary jazz pieces inspired by Gordon Wagner's lyric poem, Venice, the recording highlights a collaboration with guitarist Peter White and sax man Kirk Whalum.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, August 30, Newhall will bring her talents to Tucson for a free performance in Border's Books, 4235 N. Oracle Road. For information, call 292-1331.
AMERICAN ENIGMA: Amidst the trumpeting about bull markets and economic largesse, there remains a huge chunk of our homeland that enjoys neither portfolio nor even a square meal. Tacheria Presents brings this contrast to the forefront with Hidden in America, screening as part of its summer film series.
While Hollywood tends to ignore the real plight of really poor people in modern America, this film takes a refreshingly different approach. Starring Beau Bridges, Bruce Davis, Francis McDormand and Jeff Bridges, it portrays a factory worker who is laid off, and finds himself unable to provide food for his kids. He subsequently finds his true family in a concerned physician friend, and among others facing hunger in a land of riches.
This is the last installment of the summer series sponsored by Tacheria, a multi-faith center for spirituality. The free screening begins at 7 p.m. Friday, August 28, in St. Philip's In the Hills East Gallery, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. A discussion of the ethics and spirituality follows. For information, call 299-6421.
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