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READING FOR RIGHTS. Powerhouse literary trio Leslie Marmon Silko, Simon Ortiz and Demetria Martinez read from their work in a fundraiser for the Arizona Border Rights Project.
Silko, a Native American of New Mexico's Laguna Pueblo, is author of the haunting Almanac of the Dead. She'll read from her new novel, Gardens in the Dunes, slated for publication early next year.
Ortiz is author of Speaking to the Generations, and several poetry collections. Martinez won the Western States Art Federation Award for Mother Tongue, a novel which The Nation called a "quietly epic tale of two alien cultures." She'll read from her forthcoming novel, Mexican Rubies.
For its part, the Arizona Border Rights Project fights discrimination and civil rights abuses along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Reading is 7 p.m. in the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $10, available at Antigone Books, The Book Mark, Borders Books, and at the door. For details, call 218-9556.
RETRO REGALIA. Arizona's own '70s cover band, the Disco Pimps, strut their funky stuff in a free concert hosted by the UA Cellar, UAB Rising Star Entertainment, and KAMP Student Radio.
The heavy action will include prizes for best costume and dancing, and plenty of groovy stuff will be up for grabs.
This free event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cellar, located in the Student Union on the UA mall. Call 621-5779 for details.
MOON DANCE. Tucson's venerable Tenth Street Dance Works hits new heights under fall skies, with nightly performances at the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. Guest choreographer will be San Diego hotshot Nancy McCaleb, and rumor has it she'll be traveling with fine dancers from her own troupe. So bring a chair or blanket and dig some fine, starry steps.
Free performances are 7:30 tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. Use the Country Club Road entrance between Broadway and 22nd Street. Call 791-4079 for details.
SONGS OF LIFE. Ferron's music has been widely praised by
everyone from Greg Brown to the Indigo Girls for its far-reaching,
penetrating humanity. The Canada native has been performing her
poignant work for more than two decades now, including her latest
release Still Riot. In concert, her serious, often sad
songs are countered by a remarkably light stage presence. See
this week's Music feature for details. Performance is
BRAINS AND VISION. The year is 1904, and Picasso and Einstein are perched at the vanguard of revolutionary change in art and thought. They're also enjoying a light snack in a Paris bistro, their conversation deftly moving between science, art, probability and the future in Arizona Theatre Company's production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, written by Steve Martin. See this week's Arts section for a complete review.
Variety calls it "a play brimming with a seductive innocence and optimism." According to USA Today, "Steven Martin's comic wit has never been sharper."
Performance is 8 p.m. in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 Scott Ave. Continuing performance times vary. Tickets range from $19 to $28, and are available at the ATC box office, Dillard's, or by calling 622-2823. Half-price rush tickets are offered one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office only.
LIVING LARGE. UA presents opens its new season with the Broadway musical BIG, based on the 1988 movie starring Tom Hanks. In case you're the single person on the planet who doesn't know, it tells the story of 12-year Josh Baskin, who's turned into an adult by a secret wish. He rapidly rises to the top of a cynical New York toy company, "armed with innocence, sincerity, and a child's dreams." Hijinks, yuks and romance ensue.
Performances are 2 and 8 tonight, and
NATIVE NIGHT. Catch some truly home-grown humor when the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association hosts A Nite of Indian Comedy. Three of the state's top Native American laugh-meisters--Vincent Craig, Drew Lacapa and E.J. Satala--dish up comic raps based on the day-to-day lives of their people.
Event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Advance tickets are $15, available by calling 620-0449. Tickets will be $20 at the door.
CARRYING THE TORCH. According to Vintage Guitar Magazine, Joshua Breakstone "plays like the old guys. His influences are the players who came up in the '50s and '60s, and mixed blues and be-bop influences."
One of those major influences was Grant Green, responsible for putting the guitar/organ trio on the map in the post-war period. Now Breakstone carries on Green's legacy with two performances at the Cottonwood Club. He'll be joined by the Tucson rhythm aces Ed Friedland on bass, and Dave Jeffries on drums, for a night of New York-style jazz guitar at this increasingly jumpin' midtown club.
Performances are 8 and 10:30 tonight and Sunday in the Cottonwood Club, 60 N. Alvernon Way. The 8 p.m. show includes dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., for $19.95. General admission for the 10:30 p.m. show is $8. For reservations and information, call 326-6000.
VINTAGE VIEWING. Revisit the heroic queen of 1950s television as Professor Hall's Silent Movies presents a celebration of the immortal Dagmar.
The 6-foot-2-inch blonde bombshell was a mega-guest on such quiz shows as Who Said That?, Dollar a Second, and Masquerade Party. She even hosted her own 1952 gem called Dagmar's Canteen. Lucky for us, local film historian George (a.k.a. Professor) Hall has discovered rare, original Kinescope movies of Dagmar's TV appearances. Films screen at 2:30 p.m. in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Admission is $5. For details, call 888-2490.
STORMY WEATHER. Kitty Margolis has taken the jazz world by storm. Now she returns to stir up a little Old Pueblo dust with the Jeff Haskell Trio, as part of the Tucson Jazz Society's Plaza Suite fall series. Since her debut a decade back at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Margolis has earned a solid reputation as a top diva. Lionel Hampton called her the "next great voice" in jazz, and she continues pushing the envelope with styles ranging from Brazilian to ballads. Opening the show will be Tucson's own all-girl septet, the Swingin' Seven.
Performance runs from 6 to 9 p.m. in St. Philip's Plaza, 4380 N. Campbell Ave. Tickets are $10, $5 for TJS members, available at the door only. Call 743-3399 for information.
INNER MOVEMENT. Get in step with dance history when the PCC presents its excellent Inside Dance series. These multi-media presentations are led by Gray Montague, executive director of Ballet Arizona, and former head of the Parsons Dance Company.
Tonight's presentation is "The Gesamtkunstwerk of Kurt Jooss." The discussion will focus on Jooss' striking masterpiece, The Green Table, exploring the development of German Expressionism in dance. Event is free and begins at 7 p.m. in the PCC Recital Hall, 2202 W. Anklam Road. For information, call 206-6986.
NEARLY DEPARTED. The humor and pathos of marriage is delightfully dissected in a reading of Judy Pringle's Rescue the Perishing, a Damesrocket Theater Company presentation. A long-time member of the Old Pueblo Playwrights, Pringle's work explores that timely notion that our choices may actually have moral consequences.
Reading is 7:30 p.m. in the Damesrocket Theater, 125 E. Congress St. A reception will follow. Admission is $3. For details, call 623-7852.
LASTING VISIONS. Catch a glimpse of the TMA's permanent stable of fine art with their Selections from the Collection exhibit. Upper-level galleries will feature 20th-century works on paper, including masters such as Picasso, Noguchi and Nauman. Gallery 2a will display screen and scroll paintings, along with jade and ceramics from the Asian collection. Mexican masks and folk art, and pieces from the pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial collections, will also be displayed.
Selections from the Collection runs through November 1
in the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Hours are 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to
EARTHLY DILEMMA. The UA Flandrau Science Center is best known for its pursuit of things celestial. But it now turns its vision earthward with the haunting traveling exhibit What About AIDS? This ground-breaking show was developed by the National AIDS Exhibit Consortium, with funding from the Centers of Disease Control, and the National Institute of Health. It focuses on AIDS and HIV research, along with the personal stories of those suffering from the ravaging illness.
Exhibit runs through December in the Flandrau Science Center, located on campus at Cherry Street and University Boulevard. Daytime hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Evening hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Admission is $3, $2 for children ages 14 and under. Call 621-4515 for details.
LITERARY GREENHORN. Those hard-working creative types in the UA English Department unveil their literary strivings with a free reading. Hear new voices on the scribbled march upward, and maybe catch a few fresh notions of your own. Free reading is 8 p.m. in the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium, located north of the main mall. For information, call 321-7760.
AMAZING GRACE. The life, reputation and marriage of Richard III are powerfully examined against a backdrop of history and truth in Toni Press-Coffman's Two Days of Grace at Middleham, a new play in development by Borderlands Theater.
Set in the ruins of Middleham Castle in the 19th and 20th centuries, the story juxtaposes Richard's relationship with a modern one, seeking to uncover the timeless aspects of the human heart.
Two Days of Grace previews at 8 tonight and tomorrow. Regular performances continue at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through October 10. Tickets range from $7 to $18, available by calling 882-7406.
City Week includes events selected by Calendar Editor Tim Vanderpool. Event information is accurate as of press time. The Weekly recommends calling event organizers to check for last-minute changes in location, time, price, etc. To have material considered, please send complete information at least 11 days prior to the Thursday issue date to: Tucson Weekly, P.O. Box 2429, Tucson, Arizona 85702, or fax information to 792-2096, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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