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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, the story juxtaposes Richard's relationship with a modern one, seeking to uncover the timeless aspects of the human heart. (See this week's Arts section for a full review.)
Performances are 8 tonight through Saturday in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Tickets range from $7 to $18. Call 882-7406 for reservations and information.
WOMEN'S BIZ. Hardworking gals from across the land gather today at the Tucson Convention Center for the 13th-annual Business Women's Expo. The longest-running event of its kind in these parts, the expo will feature display tables covering every corner of the business world. Representatives will be on hand from various trades and professions, women-owned businesses and non-profit organizations, with raffles and top-shelf networking topping the day's agenda. For the first time, the show will also host Celebrating The Spirit of Women, an art exhibit highlighting southern Arizona's creative talent.
Expo hours are 1 to 8 p.m. today in the TCC Ballroom, 260 S. Church Ave. Admission is free. For details, call 881-4506.
BLUE TA-DO. If you're feeling bummed, glum, or just outta-sorts, you're not alone. Most people experience depression at some point in their lives...and some have the chronic blues. The UA Department of Psychiatry lends a helping hand with a free lecture and depression screening this evening.
This bilingual lecture and short video focus on the causes, symptoms and treatments for depression, and are offered in conjunction with National Depression Screening Day. There will also be a contingent of mental health professionals on hand to assess your doldrums.
Lecture and screening run from 5 to 8 p.m. in the UA College of Medicine, Room 5403, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. For information, call 626-6509.
GRACE AFOOT. Ballet Continental leaps into its 13th season with La Fille Mal Gardee, set to the music of Ferdinand Herold, with choreography adapted from Heinz Spoerli. The work runs the dramatic gamut from comedy to pantomime, and love to farce. The story involves Widow Simone, who harbors high hopes for her only daughter, and plans to marry her off to the son of a rich proprietor. Of course, Lise has a few romantic notions of her own, mostly involving a humble farmer.
Show time is 8 tonight in the TCC Leo Rich Theater, 260 S. Church
LATIN COMBO. The music of Luis Villegas has been described as a combination of finger-shredding arpeggios, infectious rhythms, languid, hypnotic jams and intricate, unforgettable melodies.
Not bad for a guy who earned his licks in the Sunset Strip's smoky lairs, with bands like Magnum, Opus and Slumlord. But in the '90s he returned to his Latin roots and the nylon-string guitar. Now he brings that traditional sound-with-a-twist to Tucson, along with his band, United Nations, and special guests Benedetti and Svoboda.
Show time is 8 p.m. in the Berger Center for the Performing Arts, 1200 W. Speedway. Tickets are $12, available at Hear's Music. For information, call 881-0337.
GILDED DRAMA. The Catalina Players turn up the emotional meter with their production of On Golden Pond. This charming and heartwarming play by Ernest Thompson became a big screen hit starring Katherine Hepburn and the family Fonda. Catalina's version highlights the local talents of Bill Killian and Marian Wald.
Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. in the Catalina United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 2700 E. Speedway. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, October 15 through 17. A dinner package is optional. Tickets are $10 ($17.50 with dinner), available by calling 721-9640.
DREAM WORLD. Visit a high-end version of your youthful pastime at the Pima Air and Space Museum's Model Fair and Demonstration. The event highlights the incredible models of flying crafts, which share museum space with their life-size counterparts. Master model-makers will be on hand to demonstrate their painstaking craft, and there will also be plenty of fun stuff for the kids.
Fair hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road. Admission is $7.50, $6.50 for military and seniors, $4 for kids ages 10 to 17, and free for kids ages 9 and under. Call 574-0462 for details.
ECLECTIC JOURNEY. Convention takes a refreshing nose-dive when the Mat Bevel Institute hosts the eclectic, excellent Nommo Project, featuring performer Hassan al Falak, vocalist Kind Essence, pianist Samuel Curtis, and performance artist Shakiri.
Winner of the 1994 Statewide Arizona Arts Award, al Falak will perform the dance theater work Tales of Flying Africans, incorporating everything from Dogon cosmology and Duke Ellington to Sun Ra--and even a bit of black aviation history. Kind Essence and Curtis will perform Oshun/Cabaret, blending the 1920s-era music of Bessie Smith and Fats Waller with theater and ritual. And last but certainly not least, award-winning Bay Area artist Shakiri performs an excerpt from And Their Children's Children, which recently premiered at the San Francisco Women Working Theater Festival.
Performance is 8 p.m. tonight only in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Tickets are $10, $7 for students, and are available at the door. Call 792-1994 for details.
HIGH NOTE. Arizona Opera opens its new season in high form with Donizetti's masterful tragedy, Lucia di Lammermoor. Based on Sir Walter Scott's Gothic novel, The Bride of Lammermoor, the drama centers on a feud between two land-owning families, with lovely Lucia stuck in the middle--and, of course, forced into marrying a man she doesn't love. The production stars Arizona Opera newcomers Jane Giering-DeHaan, Constance Hauman, Brian Nedvin and Michael Rees Davis.
Show time is 2 p.m. in the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $15 to $61, and are available by calling 293-4336.
NEW WORLD OR BUST. Sure, anybody with more than a brain stem knows Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. But more than a few Native Americans don't recall that date--and the European invasion it sparked--with any fondness.
Nor do the folks of Derechos Humanos, a Southwestern human rights organization based in Tucson. Today, Derechos notes the wayward sailor with their second annual Counter-Columbus event, featuring readings by Native American poets, and discussions on human rights.
Events begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Zenith Studio, 330 E. Seventh St. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Call 624-5564 for details.
PRECIOUS REFUGE. Southern Arizona's spectacular Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge takes center stage tonight, when the Tucson Audubon Society hosts a lecture by longtime refuge manager Wayne Schifflett.
Located 90 minutes south of Tucson, Buenos Aires represents perhaps the best example of an ecosystem approach to land management in the National Wildlife system, and most of that success is due to Schifflett's hard work.
Additions since 1985 now protect valuable wetland and riparian habitats at Arivaca Creek, Arivaca Cienega, and Brown Canyon. This combination of grasslands, wetlands, cottonwood-lined streambeds and mountain canyons currently protect some of our region's rarest habitats. Schifflett will discuss the history, wildlife and ecosystem restoration programs he's implemented.
The free lecture is at 7 p.m. in UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Call 629-0510 for information.
DEEP MYSTERY. Fans of Doc Ford will rejoice when the ex-operative and marine biologist returns in Randy Wayne White's latest mystery, The Mangrove Coast.
In his sixth outing, Ford travels to Colombia, where he tries to locate the widow of a former military buddy. Of course, his path is marked by various twists, turns and intrigues. All said, it's another triumph for White, who's known for his ability to dish up old-fashioned adventures, combining finely drawn characters, timely issues and a witty style.
Today he'll sign copies of The Mangrove Coast from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Clues Unlimited, 16 Broadway Village, at Country Club Road and 22nd Street. Call 326-8533 for information.
BUILDING COMMUNITY. The Conversations on Good Neighborhoods and the Good Life series continues today with "Neighborhoods: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow," a discussion hosted by the education and research-oriented Maverick Institute.
A solid sense of community among neighborhoods in transition will be the main topic, with discussion spearheaded by a panel of community leaders. The symposium is free, and runs from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in the Tucson/Pima Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Call 791-4393 for more information.
LYRICAL IMAGE. Nancy Solomon and Tony Lopez combine their talents to open a new season of the POG Poets and Artists series.
Poet Tony Lopez grew up in Brixton, South London, where he began working as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines before turning his sights to crime and science fiction. Five novels later, his metamorphosis continued into the realm of poetry, where he's since made his mark with several books of verse, including Snapshots, The English Disease, A Handful of British Birds, and Abstract and Delicious.
Nancy Solomon is a visual artist whose video work spans more than a dozen years, and involves several collaborations with poets, dancers and other artists on exhibitions, books and large-scale performance projects. She's founder of the Video Art Network, which has produced more than 50 programs of and about video art.
Event begins at 7 p.m. in the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. For information, call 620-1626.
CONTRASTING PERSPECTIVES. The varied visions of Brian Horton, John Poole, Karen Hymer-Thompson and Kathleen Velo share space in the PCC Art Gallery's latest exhibit.
Horton transforms everyday objects into strangely juxtaposed shapes, creating sculptured pieces remarkable for their honesty and tongue-in-cheek twists. Hymer-Thompson combines the formal elements of light, shape and line to suspend time in her texturally rich, delicately colored Polaroid transfer images.
The tension of wire is added to the strength of bronze in Poole's powerful mixed-media sculptures, while Velo's soft-focused pinhole photographs transform landscapes and antique buildings into the abstract.
Exhibit continues through November 4, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight, in the PCC Art Gallery, 2202 W. Anklam Road. For details, call 206-6942.
NATIVE SOUNDS. Indigenous music with roots in Mexico, Chile and Peru emerges in full, combined force as Bwiya-Toli takes the stage for a free, lunchtime show. This five-person ensemble taps an equally broad range of Latin American instruments, from the guitarrón to the guitar, to weave their rich, lustrous sound.
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