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PLAY BALL! Well, it doesn't look like they're headed for post-season play, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a few more games with the Tucson Sidewinders. The Naked Pueblo's Triple-A ballclub wraps up the penultimate homestand with a four-game series against the Memphis Redbirds. Tonight is the last buck-beer night of the season, with all beer and soft-drinks on sale for a measly dollar from the first pitch to 9 p.m. On Friday, August 28, the Sidewinders fulfill many fans' fantasies at Field of Dreams night, which includes 1999 Mercury Cougar giveaway. On Saturday, August 29, all fans are invited to bring their dogs to the park to romp in the grassy knolls in the outfield. On Sunday, August 30, all gate proceeds will be donated to the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education. Games begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Tucson Electric Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Tickets range from $3 to $8. For more information, call 434-1021.
BITING BACK. Given Tucson's perennially healthy crime rate, learning how to fight back just makes common sense. Now the Tucson Jewish Community Center helps you take a bite out of fear with a workshop aptly titled How to Protect Yourself Against Crime. Officials from the Pima County Sheriff's Department will demonstrate home and personal security techniques, with a buffet dinner to follow.
Event is 6:30 p.m. in the TJCC, at Dodge and River roads. Cost is $15, $10 for center members, $9 for seniors. For reservations and other information, call 299-3000.
HINTERLAND VISIONS. The Tucson/Pima Arts Council displays fine art from beyond city limits in Artists of Rural Pima County. The goal is to showcase the rich variety of talent from across the county, and this year's contributions are better than ever, according to program coordinator MaryJane Dorofachuk. "There are quite a lot of new people involved," she says, "a lot of emerging artists. We're pretty excited about this show."
Artists include Mary Yankee of Green Valley; Tony Quesada of Oro Valley; Barbara Ford of Ajo; Orville Aldrich of Sells; and Magdalena Janotta of Oro Valley.
Exhibit runs through September 25, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 tonight in the T/PAC Gallery, 240 N. Stone Ave. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 624-3001.
HOT LICKS. Distinctive border rhythms fill the air--and the streets--of South Tucson as the 11th-annual Norteño Music Festival kicks into gear. A slew of top Latin-laced groups will fill the celebratory bill, along with a battle of the bands, plenty of dancing, and a spicy salsa competition featuring fiery concoctions from more than 40 local restaurants. Best of all, admission is free.
Tonight's musical line-up includes Los Diamantes, the Joaquin Brothers, Grupo Folklórico Tapatio, the Hot City Band and Los Hermanos Vegas. There will also be an appearance by comedian Julian Gallegos.
The battle of the bands erupts tomorrow night, featuring La Nueba Onda, Los Amantes del Norte, Los Diamantes, Banda Galope, Los Zultanes, Los Cascabeles de Ramon Cito Martinez, Los Consentidos and Los Tremendos del Norte.
The annual celebration benefits the Pio Decimo Center, a non-profit agency which has been lending a hand to needy folks in the Barrio Santa Rosa and South Tucson communities since 1946. The center provides childcare, youth programs, education, housing and social services to individuals and families.
The Norteño Music Festival runs from 4 to 11 p.m. today and tomorrow at South Fourth Avenue and 36th Street, and in the Tucson Greyhound Park parking lot. Call 622-2801 for information.
DOGGY DO. The Tucson Greyhound Park hosts a different cut of canine with a concert by The Blue Prairie Dogs. With its first CD, Even Cowgirls Get Tattoos, this ornery cowboy band has been gaining plenty of attention. Tonight the Dogs will play between races, and the evening will include a full-tilt barbecue buffet. All the action follows on the heels of the Norteño Music Festival.
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HEART OF SWEETNESS. Imagine traveling right to the heart of sweet-toothed nirvana, where all of society's normal rules are forgotten, and the head sugar-monger is a twisted guy named Bill (Willy to the natives).
Sound familiar? If not, it soon will, in the Arizona Youth Theater production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The company is known for its excellent work, and this latest troupe of tots and teens promises to uphold the tradition.
Showtime is 8 p.m. in the Arizona Youth Theater, 5671 E. Speedway.
Performances continue at 8 p.m. Friday,
EMERALD STEPS. Fancy footwork from the Emerald Isle takes hold at the Tucson Friends of Traditional Music and Irish American Gaelic Society-hosted set dance workshop and ceili.
A European cousin of the square dance, set dances (ceili) were common at traditional Irish social gatherings. They're done in groups of four couples, and include a variety of movements around and across the sets, called figures. This basic concept has spawned many variations, including the Clare Set, the Balleyvourney Set and the Connemara Set.
Today, Albuquerque dance instructor Kelly Skehen will lead the workshop from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Zenith Center, 330 E. Seventh St. The dance runs from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S. Scott Ave. Cost for the workshop is $20, and includes admission to the evening dance. Cost for the dance alone is $6, with a $1 discount for TFTM and IAGS members. For registration and other information, call 298-3014.
ORAL ROBERTS. They've been called America's most outrageous a capella group, and with good reason. Known for incredible live shows that combine raucously funny originals with covers of rock-and-roll classics, The Bobs firmly established themselves in the mid-'80s with their debut albums, The Bobs and My, I'm Large. In concert, they dish up an eccentric mix of performance art, body percussion and musical adventure, with their own accompaniment on many "instruments"--meaning the voices of Richard Bob Greene, Matthew Bob Stull, Joe Bob Finetti, and the newest Robert, Amy Bob Englehardt.
The Bobs vocal shenanigans hit the Tucson stage for one performance only, at 8 p.m. the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $16 and $14, with $2 discounts for students and In Concert members, and are available at Hear's Music, Antigone Books, Zip's University, or by calling 327-4809.
WORKER'S TWO-STEP. The hard-toiling folks of the Black Women's Task Force of Tucson get a jump on the holiday with their pre-Labor Day dance and celebration. This festival honoring the working Joe and Joanne will include great music, tasty chow, and plenty of drinks.
Dance runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in The Clarion Hotel at the Tucson Airport, 6801 S. Tucson Blvd. Advance tickets are $10, available by calling 882-7824. Tickets are $13 at the door.
MUSICAL STARS. During these steamy months, there's no doubt that nighttime is the right time to get outta the house and catch some cool breezes. Now you can also catch some hot sounds, when the Tucson Pops Orchestra tunes up for another concert under the stars in the grassy reaches of Reid Park.
Free concert is 7:30 p.m. in the Reid Park DeMeester Performance Center, located between Country Club Road and Alvernon Way, north of 22nd Street Call 791-4079 for details.
ROCKABILLY RENDEZVOUS. "When Atlanta's favorite sons rev up their twangy, retro-flavored repertoire," says Charlotte's Creative Loafing, "be prepared for throwback grooves that careen between rockabilly and honkytonk, showcasing both redneck and pop."
Following a recent performance by The Cigar Store Indians, Everybody's News in Cincinnati was more succinct: "This was rockabilly roadhouse music at its best, pure and simple."
Now the Indians bring their raw, roots sound to Tucson as part of the Upstairs Film Company's Multimedia Mondays series. These weekly antidotes to Monica Lewinsky feature a mixture of music and cutting-edge video work.
Showing tonight is Stacey Richter and Anna Kiefer's Invisible World, a punk rock musical about a Priscilla Presley imitator, starring screen legend Lana Rebel. The film shows at 8:15 p.m. and midnight, with music from 9 to midnight, in Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Cover is $4. For details, call 622-8848
SWING LOW. The Damesrocket Theater Company continues its monthly play-reading series with Jeff Schwamberger's Sweet Chariot.
The drama centers on two old friends precariously facing middle age: Samantha struggles through a bitter divorce from a man who will stop at nothing to gain custody of their children, while Thomas drifts single and lonely through countless years.
Their lives are subsequently up-ended when they meet an eccentric pair of Gen-Xers, one on an alien-driven mission to heal the world, and another who just wants to seduce Samantha to strains of beautiful music. Ultimately, the play reveals the price we'll pay for a morsel of joy.
Bay-area resident Schwamberger's work has appeared throughout California, and he was a founding member of San Francisco's longest-lived playwright group, Throughline.
Reading is 7:30 p.m. in Damesrocket Theater, 125 E. Congress St. Admission is $3. For information, call 623-7852.
ANGST FROM BEYOND. Andy Rally is a successful TV actor, and his good fortune eventually earns him an extravagantly Gothic apartment once occupied by John Barrymore. At the same time, he lands the role of Hamlet in a Shakespeare-in-the-Park production.
There's only one problem: As much as Rally grooves on his new digs, the stage, and stardom, he simply hates Hamlet. That sets the scene for a grand entrance by the ghost of Barrymore--a.k.a. the best Hamlet of all time--in the Arizona Repertory Theatre's presentation of I Hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick.
Conjured via a seance, and undiminished by death, Barrymore then proceeds to provide hilarious instruction in acting life and love to his would-be successor in this vibrant comedy.
Tonights preview performance is at 7:30 p.m. in the UA Laboratory Theatre, located on campus at the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, August 2 through 5, and Friday and Saturday, August 11, 12, 18 and 19, with 1:30 p.m. matinees Thursday, September 6, and Wednesday and Thursday, August 12, 13, 19 and 20. Tickets are $16, $14 for seniors and UA employees, $10 for students, $8 for preview performance. Call 621-1162 for reservations and information.
EVIL INCARNATE. Nothing less than the world's future is threatened by an international terrorist organization known by the acronym E.V.I.L. (Everything Vile in Life). Only one man can stop the notorious Dr. Victor Vector and his henchmen. That man is none other than secret agent Alex Starr.
Now you can watch Starr match wits with Vector in countless exotic locales when The Gaslight Theatre presents Secret Agent Man.
Showtime is 7 p.m. in The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway. Performances continue at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, through October 31. Tickets are $13.95, $11.95 for students, seniors and military, $6 for children ages 12 and under. Call 886-9428 reservations and information.
ANCIENT GRINS. You can glimpse the ancient past when Tucson's Old Pueblo Archaeology Center offers a free, one-hour guided tour of its excavations at the Torres Blancas Village in Green Valley.
Torres Blancas was inhabited by Hohokam Indians even before most Green Valley residents arrived, between A.D. 1100 and 1450, and possibly by Sobaipuri O'odham Indians between 1450 and 1690. In digs sponsored by the Netwest Development Corp. and the Santa Rita Springs Co. since 1994, Old Pueblo has identified some 80 ancient structures, some unusually large, along with outdoor roasting and storage pits, trash middens, and human and dog burial plots.
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