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WOMEN'S BIZ. The 12th-annual Business Women's Expo kicks off today in the Tucson Convention Center. Over the years, this gathering has become a gender-specific juggernaut, with loads of networking and information on women-friendly professions and services.
Event hours are 2 to 8 p.m. in the TCC Ballroom, 260 S. Church Ave. Admission is free. For information, call 881-4506
RAPID RETELLING. The Arizona Historical Society dishes up a rapid dose of the past with "A Quickie History of Southwestern Indians," part of the Society's ongoing Quickie Courses in Southwestern History series.
Staff member Ann Parker, who holds a M.A. in American Indian Studies, will lecture on the Navajo, Apache, Hopi, Pima, O'odham and Yoeme tribes. "We're doing this series because there are so many transplants in Tucson, so many folks new to the area who want some basic information," she says.
Lecture meets from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. It will be repeated at the same time on Saturday, October 11. Cost is $20, and pre-registration is required. For registration and information, call 628-5774.
HOMETOWN HORROR. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Community Children's Theatre turns up the creep-o-meter with The Search for El Tejano's Gold: Cuentos de Miedo/Tales of Fear.
This program promises plenty of scary stories from local folklore, and Halloween fun from the Old Pueblo's personal ghosts.
Free performances are 7:30 tonight, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, in the Randolph Center Auditorium, 200 S. Alvernon Way. Call 791-4663 for details.
SCREEN SCREAM. Tucson's orneriest comedy troupe, otherwise known as The Sweatlodge, takes on the small screen with Stay Home and Watch TV, billed as a "look at the state of TV in the Baked Apple."
No shortage of humorous material there, to be sure. And nowhere is it better skewered than when the boys of Sweatlodge take to the stage. Lodge members include Dave "Fitz" Fitzsimmons, Danny Boskowitz, Fish Karma, Nick Seivert, John Forier, and ivory tinkler extraordinaire Arthur "The Kid" Migliazza. Even retiring Ward 6 City Councilwoman Molly McKasson is slated for an appearance.
The fun begins at 8 tonight and tomorrow in the Theatre Congress, 125 E. Congress St. Tickets are $6, with a $1 discount for Tucson Community Food Bank donations. For reservations and other information, call 325-3715.
MURDER AND MADNESS. The gutsy Millennium Theatre Company isn't known for shrinking from the eclectic, the obscure or the occasionally long-winded. They remain thematically consistent this time out with The Assassination and Persecution of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis De Sade.
Written by Peter Weiss, the disturbing drama is set in the Asylum of Charenton, circa 1808, where Byzantine events leading to Marat's murder by Charlotte Corday are retold under Napoleon's watchful eye, and De Sade's spiteful pen.
Described as "a play within a play," the production stars Dean Hepker, Scott Seitzberg, Suzan Newman, Gary Dooley and Jayne Entwistle, among others.
Preview performances are 8 tonight and tomorrow, and 2 p.m. Sunday, in the Historic Y Theater, 738 N. Fifth Ave. Preview tickets are $10. Opening performance is Friday, October 17, with continuing performances through Sunday, November 2. For reservations and information, call 882-7920.
DOUBLE TWIST. It broke box office records from New York to Rio. Now the steamy dance spectacle Tango x 2 arrives in Tucson as part of the UA Presents series.
This fast-paced history of the tango is told through more than 30 widely varied dances, from its birth in the Buenos Aires slums through various styles and ages, from violent Apache and formal ballroom dancing to lavish Hollywood production numbers and the modern "nuevos tangos" of Astor Piazzolla.
The Boston Globe calls Tango x 2 "the most erotically charged dance performance you'll ever see. There's a formidable intensity to this dance, which is simultaneously hot and cool--and leaves the audience screaming."
Show time is 8 tonight, and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the UA Centennial Hall. Tickets range from $21 to $33, and students and kids 18 and under are admitted for half-price. Tickets are available at the Centennial Hall box office, Dillard's, the TCC box office, or by calling (800) 638-4253.
John Dahlstrand, a UA faculty member and founder of the dance troupe Sueños Tangos, gives a free talk and tango demonstration in front of Centennial Hall at 7:15 tonight, and 6:45 p.m. tomorrow. For information, call 621-3364.
NUDGING THE LINE. The Tucson Xicano Mexicano Coalition dredges up long-lived propaganda surrounding Columbus' supposed discovery of America at tonight's annual dinner and dance fund-raiser, Encuentro de La Raza.
Proceeds are earmarked for a future home for the coalition, which has been anything but a shrinking violet where folks straddling the arbitrary cultural border between the United States and Mexico are concerned.
Event is at 4 p.m. in the El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway. Single tickets are $5, $8 for couples, available at the door or by calling 498-9405.
Tomorrow, the group presents a roundtable discussion of Hispanic issues at 10 a.m. in the El Rio Center. Admission is free. For information, call 498-9405.
JAZZ SUNDAE. Maria Muldaur, that silky siren of the classic '70s Midnight at the Oasis, arrives at Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center to anchor Jazz Sundae XX.
Yep, it's been 20 years since Muldaur topped the charts, and 20 years since the Jazz Sundae social became the big scoop on the local scene.
But just as Muldaur remains in great bluesy jazz form two decades later, so does Jazz Sundae. Adding to this year's roster is the East Coast's Jae Sinnett Trio with Allen Farnham, and the Tucson Latin Jazz Orchestra, featuring guest director John Santos. An Oakland-based master of all things percussive, Santos is expected to fire up the action with his unique blend of Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms.
Even Tucson's former man of the blues, Sam Taylor, will make a pilgrimage to the Baked Apple from his Big Apple home for a revival of the "In Your Face Horns."
The free concert begins at 1 p.m. at Reid Park, Country Club Road entrance south of Broadway. Food and beverages will be available, and lawn chairs or a blanket are recommended for comfortable viewing.
LIVING LANDMARKS. Swiss-born Josias Joesler helped put Tucson on the architectural map, designing such Spanish Colonial landmarks as Broadway Village and St. Philip's in the Hills Church.
Today, his spirit is revisited when R. Brooks Jeffery, curator of the Arizona Architectural Archives, hosts a tour of buildings designed by Joesler. Proceeds benefit the archives, housed in the UA College of Architecture.
Tour begins at 11 a.m. in the Hacienda Del Sol Resort, 5601 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. Cost is $50 per person, and includes a buffet brunch and transportation. For reservations, call 327-7235.
MOCKET AT STONE'S THROW. Since the mid-'80s, Olympia, Washington, has been buzzing with an indie sound uniquely its own (of course, the inevitable cross-pollination from the Emerald City to the north has added some interesting hybrids). At the center of it all is Calvin Johnson, founder of K Records and front man for the Halo Benders. (He recently visited Tucson with his dance project the Dub Narcotic Sound System, which is rumored to have had local kids rocking and rolling all night long.) Tonight K Records artists Mocket bring their own furious version of the Olympia buzz to one of favorite holes in the wall, Sound Addict Records, 714 N. Stone Ave. Mocket's dual boy/girl vocals combine with an angsty staccato rhythm section, synthesizer, and stark guitar style to guide their music to bionic heights of energy and catchiness. Reminiscent of the harder-edged new wave of Joy Division and Gang of Four, with a bit of the robot world view of Gary Numan, Mocket explodes with a tension that'll make you want to get down. Label mates Love As Laughter and locals Gradevole open the show at 7 p.m. Cover for the all-ages show is $4 at the door. For more information, call 882-5120.
WEE WINGS. Hummingbird guru Karen Krebbs will speak at the Tucson Audubon Society's monthly meeting. As collections manager of the Mammology and Ornithology Department at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Krebbs also runs the topnotch Hummingbirds of the Sonoran Desert Region exhibit. The exhibit opened in 1988, and today the museum remains the only zoological institution in the world that successfully breeds North American hummingbirds.
Free lecture is 7 p.m. in Room 5403 of the University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
INTERCULTURAL CHORDS. Nohema Fernandez, a pianist and UA music professor, is joined by guest artist Claudio Jaffé for a night of powerful Latin, Spanish and standard classics from Cassado and Villa-Lobos to Bach and Beethoven.
Performance is 8 p.m. in UA Crowder Hall, located at the south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. Tickets are $10, $8 for UA faculty and staff, $5 for students and seniors, and available at the UA Fine Arts box office. Call 621-1162 for details.
GLOBAL MOVEMENT. Southwest Dance strengthens the international ties that bind when it hosts a premier Arizona performance by The Stars of the Kirov Ballet.
The stellar, 30-member Russian troupe has landed nearly every award imaginable, from the Grand Prix and Gold Medals to the People's Artist of Russia and the Mikhail Baryshnikov Prize.
Performance is 8 p.m. in the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $23 to $75, and are available at the TCC box office, Dillard's, or by calling 791-4836.
BLOOD AND MEMORIES. Bloodshed was no rarity in the American Southwest, where invading settlers regularly locked horns with indigenous peoples. But for this region, the brutal turmoil hit a murderous peak with the Camp Grant Massacre, considered among the most tragic events in Arizona's history.
The horrific carnage ultimately helped shape the future of U.S. Apache policy, and led to the establishment of the San Carlos Apache Reservation.
Today, Dale Miles, San Carlos tribal historian, discusses the forces involved in the massacre as part of the Arizona Historical Society's ongoing Beyond Geronimo: Apache History and Culture series.
Lecture runs from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Arizona Historical Society Museum, 949 E. Second St. Cost is $5, or $25 for the entire series. For details, call 628-5774.
DEAD DAY. Big Jim Griffith, director of the UA Southwest Folklore Center, taps into exotic Mexican funereal traditions when he lectures on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in anticipation of cemetery tours in both Tubac and Nogales, Sonora, on November 1 and 2.
Elaborate Día del los Muertos celebrations are a centuries-old Mexican tradition that remains very much alive. Deceased family and friends are honored as their graves are cleaned, weeded, refurbished and painted by family and friends.
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