Cheap Thrills TEACHING TOOL: Join prominent labor scholars, political scientists, authors, historians, organizers and nearly everyone else fighting the good fight for the First Tucson Teach-In.

Dedicated to revitalizing Arizona's labor movement, the free cooperative forum aims to create a bond between the academic and labor communities, providing "information and inspiration for all workers to fight for decent and equitable working conditions and wages." The event continues a series of nearly two dozen gatherings held across the United States since the first one at New York's Columbia University in 1996.

"With this Teach-In," the late Betty Friedan told that first gathering, "we have the opportunity to move beyond special interests, to confront the culture of greed and politics of hate, and to develop instead a vision of the common good."

Workshops at the Tucson Teach-In will focus on international trade agreements, jobs, higher education, HMOs and immigration, among other topics. Keynote speakers include Nelson Lichtenstein, author of The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit: Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor; Jose La Luz, a longtime labor leader; and Estele Gelman, chair of the Association of American University Professors Collective Bargaining Conference.

Teach-in starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, September 5, in the Carpenters Union Hall, 606 S. Plumer Ave, and continues from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, September 5 and 6, in the UA Social Sciences Auditorium, located south of Old Main. For information, call 323-9476.

SURF CITY: We may be wishing for summer's demise, but the tropical ambiance will stick around a bit longer as Ernie Menehune and his Polynesian Revue headline Downtown Saturday Night from 7 to 10 p.m. on September 5.

Wear a flower lei, work up a Don Ho shuffle, and get yourself down to the Ronstadt Transit Center to see the nationally known Menehune join forces with a happy bunch of fellow Hawaiians, Tahitians, Samoans and other island transplants. Keeping in the spirit, there will also be tropical drinks and roast pork sandwiches for sale during this performance, co-hosted by the Pan-Asian Cultural Center.

In addition, the TAMMIE Award-winning Annie Hawkins Band will perform in Arizona Alley, and Celtic harper Dave Shaul plucks out his Irish heart (so to speak) on the Fifth Street Stage, at Fifth Street and Fourth Avenue. All events are free.

And like always, downtown galleries, bars and restaurants will be open for your spirited perusal. For information, call 624-9977.

TINY MINDS, GRAND CANYON: Christopher Canyon ranks among the nation's top illustrators of children's books, and in 1996 landed the coveted Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Illustrated Book. Now he's on the wee path touting his latest work, Grand Canyon, A Trail Through Time. He'll sign copies from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, September 4, in Kid's Center, 1725 N. Swan Road. For details, call 322-5437.

DOCS OF ROCK: The ongoing Multi-Media Mondays showcase of independent film goes documentary this week with Marianne Dissard's 28-minute video "Drunken Bees," a blistering and bleary-eyed frolic with local rock legends Giant Sand. Following close behind are two films by Tyson Krock, "Gracieux" and "Electrenaissance," the former a cinematic inquiry into the motivation to love and the latter a collage of site and sound.

Musical guests on Monday, September 7, are The Hollisters and Creosote. Screenings are at 8:15 p.m. and midnight, with live music in between. Admission is $4. For information, call 622-8848. TW

 Page Back  Last Issue  Current Week  Next Week  Page Forward

Home | Currents | City Week | Music | Review | Books | Cinema | Back Page | Archives

Weekly Wire    © 1995-97 Tucson Weekly . Info Booth