BENEFIT READING. The Rialto Theater. 318 E. Congress St. Leslie Marmon Silko, Simon Ortiz, and Demetria Martinez will read from their work as a benefit for the Arizona Border Rights Project, which works to fight discrimination, harassment and abuse of authority at the border and beyond, and to promote respect for human and civil rights by agencies that enforce immigration laws. The readings are at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 24, followed by a book signing. The event also features an exhibit of works by painter Adriana Gallego, winner of the Frontera Ford Siqueiros/Pollock Bi-national Painting Award. Tickets are $10 in advance at Antigone Books, The Book Mark, and Borders Books and Music; they're also available and at the door. Call Derechos Humanos at 770-1373 for information.
WINE AND FOOD. Join the American Institute of Wine and Food at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 27, at Vivace Restaurant, 4811 E. Grant Road. Four courses are served, each with a wine personally selected by Bob Leopardi of United Beverage. Cost is $70, $50 for AIWF members, with proceeds to benefit the Tucson chapter's chef's scholarship fund. The member price will be extended to those joining the AIWF the day of the event. Call Ron Skinner at 749-4215 for reservations or membership information.
Events This Week
BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS. Can catch the Cirkus for $5 at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19, at The Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St. The Crawdaddy-O brass band sends in the clowns with a pre-performance parade downtown. Admission is 21-and-over. Call 740-0126 for information.
BOOKS FOR ANIMALS. Browse a wide selection of books, magazines, videotapes, audio cassettes, compact disks, software, books on tape and much more--all items for $2 or less--at the second annual Book Sale for the Animals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, at the HSSA's dog training area, located directly behind the Spay and Neuter Clinic, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. (between Country Club and Dodge). The sale benefits the shelter and education program of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Call the Humane Education Department at 321-3704, ext. 125 or 168, for information.
DOWNTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
with the Catalina Chamber Orchestra and the Tucson Arts
District Partnership. Concert is at 7 p.m. Saturday, September
19, at the Ronstadt Transit Center, in conjunction with the El
Centro Cultural de las Americas Tamal Fiesta. Enrique Lasansky
conducts, assisted by special guest Maestra Elva Flores. Program
includes "Estampas Mexicanas," by Jose Elizondo, and
Concerto for electric guitar and orchestra, by Pete Fine.
The Fourth Annual Tamal Festival runs from 4 to 11 p.m. at the
Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.; and at the Ronstadt Transit Center
from 7 to 10 p.m. Proceeds benefit El Centro Cultural de Las Americas.
Other attractions include the Art Square Fine Art Market, and
the unveiling of a new downtown mural on the Access Tucson building,
painted by 12 youth artists under the supervision of artist/photographer
Kathryn Wilde. New ska band Turban Jones provides entertainment.
It all takes place at 186 E. Broadway, at the rammed earth site,
from 4 to 9 p.m. Sapphire Kieft performs Jeremy Bell on sax and
Brendan Kearny on keyboard, from
EVENING OF CLASSICS. Enjoy the Seventh Annual Evening of Classics for jazzy classics and authentic Cajun cuisine. This fundraising event is sponsored by Barrows Fine Furnishings and the Tucson Symphony Women's Association for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 17, at Barrows Gallery, 2800 E. Broadway. Cost is $20 per ticket. Call 615-0861 for reservation information.
HARVEST FESTIVAL. Tucson Convention Center. 260 S. Church Ave. The country's largest touring arts, crafts and entertainment marketplace comes to the Convention Center September 18 through 20. The Harvest Festival features more than 200 costumed artisans displaying, demonstrating, and selling their wares in a turn-of-the-century marketplace setting. There's on-stage entertainment, live demonstrations, and a craft corner for kids sponsored by Paint Yourself Silly, where for a donation of $1 or a non-perishable food item, children can paint an ornament of their own, with proceeds benefiting the Tucson Community Food Bank. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors age 55 and up, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 or younger. For $1 off regular adult admission, visit www.harvestfestival.com to print out a coupon. Call (800) 321-1213 for information.
HOPS TO IT. Old Tucson Studios. 201 S. Kinney Road. Enjoy beer tasting, a chili, salsa and wings cook-off, live entertainment, a silent auction, and a raffle at the 12th Annual Great Tucson Beer Festival. Event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, September 19, and benefits Sun Sounds Radio Reading Service, a non-profit, closed-broadcast radio station for physically, visually, and learning disabled Arizonans. Tickets for this annual sell-out are available now for $25, $15 for non-alcohol tickets, at the following locations: Pusch Ridge Brewery, 5861 N. Oracle Road (888-7547); Gentle Ben's, 865 E. University Blvd. (624-4177); Frog and Firkin, 874 E. University Blvd. (623-7507); Breckenridge Brewery, 1980 E. River Road (577-0800); Magee Road Liquor, 7980 N. Oracle Road (297-0113); Orange Grove Brew and Vine, 6435 N. Oracle Road (797-1550); Plaza Liquors, 2642 N. Campbell Ave. (327-0452); Thunder Canyon Brewers, Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., (797-2652); and the Rumrunner, 3200 E. Speedway Blvd. (326-0121). Discounted Admissions are available for Old Tucson Studios season pass holders. Call Sun Sounds at 296-2400 for information.
TOY SHOW. Marketplace USA. 3750 E. Irvington Road. Toy cars, stuffed animals, dolls, sports cards, action figures, antique toys, comics and more can be found at the Marketplace USA toy show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 19. Admission is $2 per person, free for children under 10. Early Bird floor passes cost $5, for admittance at 8 a.m. Call Christine Mitchell at 888-1163 for table reservations; or stop by The Good Stuff, Marketplace USA, between noon and 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $30 for a prime location, $25 for a general location.
VEGAS MAGIC. Berger Performing Arts Center. 1200 W. Speedway. Professional magicians with world-renowned talents, including two local magicians, take the stage for a night of Las Vegas-style magic, illusions, costumes and dance. The magic happens at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday, September 18; and at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19. Admission is $18.95 for adults, $8.95 for children 12 and under. Call Jan Spell at 749-3643 for information.
NAVAJO RESERVATION STRAW BALE WORKSHOP. Women Build Houses teams up with the Black Mesa Permaculture Project to help local women build a straw bale hogan. Volunteers spend through September 20 preparing the site and building a foundation for an October 22 through 25 wall-raising workshop. Call 326-5844 for details.
STORYTELLING. St. Philip's in the Hills Church Meditation Room. 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Storyteller veterans and beginners gather from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month to swap tales and learn the art of storytelling. Gatherings are led by Glenda Bonin and Ron Lancaster of Tellers of Tales, and are 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. Call Ron Lancaster at 326-8966 for information.
STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS. UA Arizona State Museum, University Boulevard Main Gate entrance, east of Park Avenue. Author and storyteller Judy Moreillon presents a storytelling workshop at 8:30 a.m Saturday, September 26. Call 621-6281 for information.
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