August 31 - September 6, 1995

City Week

Thursday 31

ART WALK. It's the last Thursday of the month, and that means select galleries will stay open late for the self-guided Art Walk, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Downtown Arts District. If you get an early start, stop by José Galvez Gallery, 743 N. Fourth Ave., for a peek at Seis Raices Nuevas, a mixed-media show by six up-and-coming Latino artists under the age of 22. Seis Raices is their first professional gallery showing, and will feature a broad range of styles, from traditional Mexican themes to pop art and installation. Show opens today from noon to 4 p.m. and continues through September 23.

Also opening today, with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. at Bero Gallery, 41 S. Sixth Ave., are works by alternative-process photography artists Tim Brigham and Thomas Grubba. Brigham's cyanotypes (a blueprinting process) and Grubba's "liquid light," which is "light-sensitive silver in a bottle" transport natural imagery on hand-coated papers onto an other-worldly plane. Also featured are Grubba's collected vintage photographs "put into a new context" on found materials like scrap wood and metal. Bero has really beat the summer slump with some creative shows, and this is no exception. For general information on Art Walk, or a complete listing of participating galleries, call 624-9977.

Friday 1

GUITAR SHOWCASE. The Hispanic Cultural Showcase of Tucson presents Guitarras, a Latin American guitar styles showcase and Hispanic food fair, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the St. Demetrios Hellenic Center, 1145 E. Ft. Lowell Road. The Hellenic Center has a spacious outdoor performance area with lots of benches and chairs for the lead-footed. Six-string, 12-string, bass, mandolin and guitars you've never even heard of play second fiddle to no one in tonight's celebration of Latino sounds. Featured are skilled musicians from all over the Southwest. Folk dancers will highlight the evening's performances with their inspired artistry; and authentic dishes from Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Columbia and Bolivia will keep your hands full when you're not busy clapping. Advance tickets are $6, $8 day of performance and at the door. Call 888-8816 for ticket and event information.

Saturday 2

WINDS IN THE PARK. The talented Arizona Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Laszlo Veres, perform another excellent free concert tonight at the outdoor amphitheater at Udall Park, corner of Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon roads. Ease into your Labor Day weekend with tunes like Goldman's "On the Mall" and Offenbach's famous overture to Orpheus in the Underworld. These selections you might expect, but what about ghosts from the '70s like "Nadia's Theme," "The Hustle," and "The Way We Were"? You can bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, but leave the Riunite on ice at home.

Music starts at 7:30 p.m., with a free shuttle service starting at 6 p.m. from Catalina Village Shopping Center, Wrightstown Road west of Pantano Road. Parking and admission are free. Call 577-2410 for information.

JAMAICAFEST. Join the pulsating throng of "regheads" from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at this annual benefit concert for KXCI community radio and the Community Food Bank. Headlining this year's festival is the amazing Eek-A-Mouse, without question one of the world's best reggae performers. The six-foot-six Kingston, Jamaica, native will have you doubled over with his vocal acrobatics, super-charged stage presence and wacky, winning personality. Expect to hear some new tunes from his latest release, "U-Neek."

Sets by Northstar, the Rastafarmers, Grant Man & the Island Beat and Radical Mix will also highlight the day's line-up, with Jamaican DJ Papa Ranger performing and mixing on stage throughout the day. Caribbean, African and American arts, crafts, foods and beverages will be sold, with some of the proceeds supporting KXCI radio.

DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center is located near the entrance to Reid Park on Country Club Road between Broadway and 22nd Street. Parking is free and plentiful. Admission is also free, with a two-can donation for the food bank requested. Call 623-1000 for information.

RUMILLAJATA. Direct from Bolivia, this premier group of Andean musicians highlights its eleventh year of international touring with a special performance downtown in the Old Pueblo. Instrument shop owners by trade, the band members leave their homes in La Paz each year to celebrate their cultural and musical heritage with the world. The five-member band is fully armed with various sizes of pan-pipes, cane flutes, drums, rattles, guitars and vocals sung in native languages, including Quechua and Ayamara.

Rumillajata performs at 8 p.m. at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Advance tickets range from $12 to $16, with $10 student rush tickets available from the box office at 7 p.m. on performance night. Ticket outlets include Hear's Music, Loco Records and Antigone Books; or call 881-3947. Call 327-4809 for information.

Sunday 3

THE HEAT IS ON. What more could you ask for: a mild desert evening, a holiday weekend, live music and more varieties of salsa than you'd find in a peck of peppers. Some Like it Hot, the Tucson Jazz Society's annual Latin jazz dance, salsa-tasting and cook-off, will sear your senses from 8 p.m. to midnight at St. Philip's Plaza, 4380 N. Campbell Ave. The Tucson Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by Luis Torres, will dish out Latin sounds for all palates, with jazz, salsa, merengues, cumbias and more. Tickets are $8, $4 for Jazz Society members, and will be available at the door only. Call the Jazz Society Hotline at 743-3399 for information.

CLUB RHYTHM RETURNS. Major Knucklehead Productions and KXCI bring back the Club Rhythm Dance Jam from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday, September 3, on the vast wooden dance floor at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Jams feature a worldwide music mix, heavy on the rhythms of Africa, the Caribbean and "ethnic music of Europe and the Americas." As usual, Dance Jam is a light $4 at the door, with a $1 discount for KXCI members. "Almost free" child care for children under 12 will be available with $2 admission. Don't forget to bring your favorite eclectic dance tunes--"no reasonable requests refused." Call 623-8123 for information.

Monday 4

LABOR DAY RUN. Personally, our instincts tell us to run only if something very large and scary is chasing us. But if your idea of the perfect holiday is to wake up with the roosters and put on your running shoes, thank the gods. The eight-mile 1995 Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run kicks off at 6:15 a.m. at Saguaro National Park East. Course is certified (in CPR, we hope), and will also include a two-mile fun run. If all other arguments fail, sunrise and a Thermos of coffee make the monument a spectacular early morning sight. Call Southern Arizona Roadrunners at 326-9383 for details and race applications.

Tuesday 5

PIG OUT. Forget everything you've ever heard about movies with talking animals. Babe rules. When this little piggy went to market, many of you passed it off as a silly gimmick; but with one of those truly artful stories imparting age-old wisdom in a heart-warming, original way, Babe is not to be missed on the big screen. Follow the travails of a wayward, orphaned piglet who changes the course of history on the Hoggett farm--with help from a perfect cast of conversant sheep, ducks, dogs, cats and mice. Filmed in the rolling, green highlands of New South Wales, Australia, this charming world of fairy-tale cottages, barnyard society and a determined old farmer will melt even the hardest of hearts. We'll bet you haven't cried this hard since the first time you saw Charlotte's Web. Babe is playing at Century Park 16 (620-0750) and El Dorado (745-6241) cinemas.

Wednesday 6

LEND ME A TENOR--AGAIN. After a brief run to close out the season last spring, the UA Repertory Theater reopens tonight with this comedic farce by Ken Ludwig about a world-famous Italian tenor who becomes unexpectedly indisposed just before curtain on the biggest night of the Cleveland Grand Opera. This fast-moving script of musical mayhem will have you rolling in the aisles. Lend Me A Tenor continues with evening performances at 8 p.m. through September 17 at the Laboratory Theatre in the UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast corner of Speedway and Park Avenue. Tickets range from $8 to $12, available at Dillard's and the UA Fine Arts box office. Call 621-1162 for information.

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