ART WALK: The temperatures have cooled, and the downtown
gallery scene is back in the swing every Thursday with self- or
docent-guided tours of studios, exhibits, and public spaces. One
of four different routes of Fourth Avenue, El Presidio, downtown
and the evolving Warehouse District are offered each week.
Stop by the Arts District Partnership (ADP) offices, 4 E. Congress St., to pick up a map or get more information. Tours leave at 5:30 p.m. from the ADP offices. Call 624-9977 for details.
PASTORAL PARTY: The verdant burg of Patagonia throws open its civic doors Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, for the 10th-annual Fall Festival, with small-town festivities ranging from arts and crafts booths to tons of kids' stuff.
The party also celebrates Patagonia's centennial with a slew of historic displays including photos, slides, videos, and other well-dusted artifacts.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Old West Fashion Show highlights clothing and accessories from the early 1880s through the turn of the century, followed by a shooting demonstration at 11 a.m. Entertainment includes music by Kevin Pakulis and Rancho Deluxe from noon to 2 p.m., and Stefan George and Songtower from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday's action includes a pancake breakfast, storytelling, and more live music.
All events are free and run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, in Patagonia. Take I-10 east to the Sonoita exit, and turn right at the Highway 82 intersection. Drive time is approximately one hour. For information, call (520) 287-2734.
MUSICAL CONFECTION: A top-notch Tucson tradition gets underway Sunday, October 11, with the 21st-annual Jazz Sundae in Reid Park.
Alto saxophone great Charles McPherson makes his first Tucson appearance to headline this year's excellent roster, which includes the Tucson Jazz Orchestra, the Lisa Otey Quartet, Latin jazz with Aché Pa Ti, and Tucson's all-girl ensemble, the Swingin' Seven.
The word "master" is often associated with McPherson in critics' descriptions. In a recent review of his latest release, Manhattan Nocturne, Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "the quality of his playing, the sheer, effervescent enthusiasm of his improvising, places him in a category all his own." According to Billboard magazine, McPherson's "bright, ringing tone, and his ability to weave silken webs of improvisation at the fastest tempos...carry the touch of mastery."
The free concert runs from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, south of Broadway off Country Club Road. For details, call 743-3399.
INTO THE SWING: Get into the swing of the local nightclub scene with free dance lessons at the following locations:
The Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N. First Ave., gets your feet pointed in the right direction at 7 p.m. Monday evenings. Call 690-0991 for information. Swing lessons at The Keys, 5900 N. Oracle Road, are from 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, with the King Swing Orchestra taking the stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 888-8361 for information. And recently Gentle Ben's, 865 E. University Blvd., starting offering tips on strutting your stuff on the dance floor. Lessons are from 9 to 10 p.m. Mondays, with dancing continuing until 1 a.m. Call 624-4177 for the skinny.
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