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CHILLY RECEPTION. Despite rough times on the rink, Tucson's rugged Gila Monsters hockey franchise is determined to stick it out. Now the tough desert team is revving for another season of chilled action with a training camp in the Iceoplex. The workouts are free and open to the public.
"It should be a very competitive camp," says Head Coach Marty Raymond. "It'll be exciting because we only have a few players coming back from last season, so it's basically a whole new team."
Practice is 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Iceoplex, 7333 E. Rosewood St. The camp continues through Tuesday, October 6. Times vary. Call 903-9000 for details.
BOONDOCKS BLAST. The Boondocks Lounge continues its cool Nothin' But the Blues Series this week with performances by long-lived Canned Heat and by R.J. Mischo.
For eons Canned Heat brought blues to the masses with hits like "On the Road Again," "Goin' Up the Country," and "Let's Work Together." Thirty years later, they're still cranking out a fiery blues blend. "The band's incredible tightness had the roomful of Hollywood musicians boogie-ing their buns off," reports the L.A. Weekly after a recent show. The Sydney Daily Telegraph calls their sound the "finest gut-wrenching boogie this side of Heaven."
Ditto for bluesman R.J. Mischo, considered one of the most remarkable harmonica players and singers on the scene. Over his 20-year career, Mischo has shared the stage with legends ranging from Milwaukee Slim to Percy Strothers, and "blows up a torrent on harp," according to the Chicago Sun Times. He'll appear in Tucson with his Red Hot Band.
Canned Heat performs at 8 p.m. today in The Boondocks, 3306 N. First Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
R.J Mischo performs at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at The Boondocks and Hear's Music. Call 690-0991 for details.
BIG-TOP SPECTACLE. Back before America got online, before shopping malls and videotape and Lollapalooza, the circus was indeed a very big deal. Entire communities would turn out to see the big top go up, and exotic animals parade to the barker's shrill cry.
At it's peak, no one was bigger in that strapping, colorful industry than the illustrious P.T. Barnum.
Now the legendary ringmaster returns, when The Actors' Theatre presents its musical extravaganza, Barnum. Described as "full of acrobats and incredible energy," the production is geared to the whole family.
Preview performances are 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, in The Actors' Theatre, 7000 E. Broadway. Regular performances continue at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 9 through November 1. Preview tickets are $10, $6 for children ages 11 and under. Tickets for other performances are 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, in The Actors' Theatre, 7000 E. Broadway. Regular performances continue at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 9 through November 1. Preview tickets are $10, $6 for children ages 11 and under. Tickets for other performances are $15, $10 for children, and available by calling 751-6419.
PULLING STRINGS. Mexico's Teatro Tinglado and Peru's Teatro Hugo & Ines fill the UA Centennial Hall with innovative charm as part of The Jim Henson Festival of Puppet Theatre.
Teatro Tinglado's The Repugnant Story of Clotario Demoniax is a macabre tale of a madman who murders his best friend to possess a woman he doesn't love.
Mime, movement and puppetry make Teatro Hugo's Short Stories play out a pageant of daily life the Chicago Sun-Times describes as "filled with amazing, delightful creativity."
Both companies are presented by The Jim Henson Festival of the Puppet Theater, launched in 1992 to showcase the wide variety of puppetry for adults and kids.
Show times for Teatro Tinglado are
Show times for Teatro Hugo are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Tickets are $14.
All tickets are half-price for children under 18, with discounts for UA faculty and staff, and are available at the Centennial Hall box office, or by calling 621-3341.
YACHTS A' LOVIN'. Still saving your chump change for a high-seas cruise with your paramour? In the meantime you can whet your desires when Reid Park hosts Dusk-to-Moonlight Romantic Paddle Boat Rides.
The rides last 30 minutes, through
STILL RIDIN' HIGH. Willcox celebrates its favorite son and his long-departed steed when the 47th-annual Rex Allen Days gets under way. Allen gained fame as a singer, cowboy movie star and narrator for a slew of Disney classics. And he's still kickin', though his horse is pushing up daisies in a pretty downtown park.
A parade, country fair, rodeo, cowboy dances and turtle races make this a choice taste of rural Americana. Topping it off will be a concert by top fiddler Jana Jae and her band.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. today. Events continue throughout the afternoon, with concerts and dances at 7 and 10 p.m. The celebration runs from 7 a.m. to sunset tomorrow.
Willcox is 80 miles east of Tucson. Take I-10 east to the Willcox exit. For information, call (800) 200-2272.
HIGH HEAVEN. He made himself a household name by crooning about odorous road-kill. Decades later, Loudon Wainwright III is still blending humor with wry social observation. Now he brings his irascible musical blend to Tucson for one performance in the Temple of Music and Art.
First known for the classic "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road," Wainwright's career now spans 16 albums, along with various TV appearances. His songwriting often cloaks biting satire with gentle cornpone, sharp wit and autobiographical observations. "Loudon wrings more truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation," says The New York Times.
Performance is 7:30 p.m. in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets range from $13 to $15, with a $1 discount for In Concert! members, and are available at Hear's Music, Antigone Books, or by calling 327-4809.
PICCOLO BLOW. After more than 20 years playing tenor saxophone and singing lead with Roomful of Blues, Greg Piccolo has struck out on his own. The result is more of his signature swinging rhythms and jump blues. But now they're powerfully blended with pop, hip-hop and acid jazz. Piccolo will display that raucous mix in a Tucson appearance with his band, Heavy Juice, hosted by the Tucson Jazz Society's Plaza Suite Fall series.
Performance runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in St. Philip's Plaza, 4380 N. Campbell Ave. Tickets are $10, $5 for TJS members, and available at the door. For details, call 743-3399.
SACRED COWS. Actually, cattle may be one of the few domesticated critters you won't see when St. Francis in the Foothills conducts its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony.
Following in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, the church invites you to bring your pets, or a photo, to the service and procession, where they'll receive reservations for that big Petsmart in the sky.
Service is at 10 a.m. in St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road. For information, call 299-9063.
DANCING ON GRAVES. America's sanitized way of death can't hold a flame to Mexico, where Judgment Day is viewed with an almost defiant dose of orneriness, giving precious balance to sorrow. The Tucson/Pima Arts Council notes that wonderful cultural stance with a new group exhibit appropriately titled Día de los Muertos.
Sponsored by Instituto Cultural Mexicano de Tucson and Xicanindio Artes, the show features work by a variety of local artists. Pieces range from altars and mixed media to paintings and serigraphy.
Exhibit runs through November 6, with an artists' reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 30, in the T/PAC Community Gallery, 240 N. Stone Ave. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 624-0595 for details.
FALL IN THE GARDEN. As summer's infernal grip starts to loosen, Tucsonans can be spotted venturing farther and farther from refrigeration. And the increasingly cool mornings are perfect for a brief journey to the lovely, eccentric Garden of Gethesmane on the Santa Cruz River.
The garden was spawned by the horror of World War I, when a young soldier prayed for deliverance and offered God a trade. Felix Lucero survived the horrific struggle, and to repay the Big Guy, began sculpting a life-size biblical scene upon his return to Tucson. Years later he finished his figures, now gathered around a table in the park, shaded by enormous trees and nestled away from the bustle of city life.
The Garden of Gethsemane is at 600 W. Congress St., on the west side of the Santa Cruz River. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 791-4873 for information.
CHEMICAL REACTION. The UA Flandrau Science Center gets elemental for the ongoing International Chemistry Celebration, aimed at enhancing public appreciation of chemistry and its contributions to everyday life.
Every Saturday through May, the Center will host hands-on chemistry programs. The fall programs will be linked to the planetarium presentation, Adventures in the Solar System. Kids and adults will imagine being on a particular planet or moon, and will perform chemistry experiments related to that celestial spot. Each of the chemistry workshops is included in the regular center entrance fee.
Workshop is 2:30 p.m. in the Flandrau Science Center, on campus at the corner of Cherry Street and University Boulevard. Admission is $3. For information, call 621-STAR
ANCIENT IMAGE. The Etherton Gallery unveils a global journey, from the Nile to dense rain forests to the basic elements of nature, in a trio of stunning exhibits.
In Egypt: Antiquities from Above, Marilyn Bridges documents architectural remains spanning nearly 5,000 years of Egyptian history. The exhibit is based on her book by the same name, and the photographs, usually taken at low altitude from an aircraft, force the viewer to examine the landscape from unfamiliar perspectives, while familiarizing us "with the splendors of the surviving shreds of time."
Dick Arentz captures the poetic presence of tangible reality in The Grand Tour, also taken from his book of the same name. Whether the subject is Stonehenge, a corner of small-town America, or a cathedral in Great Britain, his platinum/palladium prints provide a visual pilgrimage marked by a union of delicacy and structural intuition.
Mayme Kratz's past work has examined the transience of things, the passing from one reality to another. With Beyond the Fire, she elaborates on that theme through mixed-media pieces. Among her specialized techniques is recreating nature's elemental forms by working with warm, rather than molten, glass.
Exhibits run through November 14 in the Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, and during Downtown Saturday Night. Call 624-7370 for information.
LAUGH AND ROLL. Stand-up rock visits the UA Cellar when Rising Star Entertainment presents musical comic Mark Eddie.
Eddie combines excellent vocals, guitar and sharp comedy with rapid-fire musical references spanning nearly four decades. His great parodies of everyone from Jimmy Buffett to Alanis Morissette hit dead-center, and he spices the mix with riffs on classic TV tunes.
Performance is 8 p.m. in the Cellar, located in the Student Union north of the main mall. Tickets are $4 at the door. Call 621-5779 for details.
LEGEND AFOOT. Mikhail Baryshnikov calls him "one of the great choreographers of our time." The Washington Post says he's "our Mozart of modern dance."
With kudos like that, it's hard to be anything but fantastic. And fantastic Mark Morris is--in spades. Now Tucson can glimpse that genius when Morris brings his innovative modern dance company to the UA Centennial Hall.
The troupe will perform four recent works, including John Haribson's Medium; I Don't Want to Love, performed to the music of Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi, and played by the Artek Early Music Ensemble; Grand Duo, a high-energy ritual scored by Lou Harrison; and Three Preludes, a solo danced by Mark Morris to the music of George Gershwin.
Performance is 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall, located inside the UA main gate east of Park Avenue. Tickets range from $16 to $28, and half-price for students and children under age 18, with discounts for UA faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the Centennial Hall box office, or by calling 621-8991.
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