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BLUE VIEW. Ever since he began photographing blues performers back in the '70s, David Horwitz has always preferred capturing a live show or candid, behind-the-scenes shots to studio work. "It's those special moments that I try to get on film," he says. "You can't nail down the music on film, but once in a while you get lucky, and can capture a special moment in the life of a bluesman."
Two decades of such special moments are now on display in the Access Gallery, inside the offices of Access Tucson television. The exhibit is on loan from the Delta Cultural Heritage Center in Helena, Arkansas, and coincides with the 14th Annual Blues Festival (See Friday's listing for more information.)
Exhibit runs through Saturday, October 31, in the Access Gallery, 124 E. Broadway. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 624-9833.
CHICANO CONTRIBUTIONS. The Oracle Historical Society highlights Arizona's longtime inhabitants with a photography exhibit titled The Chicano Experience in America: Agriculture, Mining and Ranching. Leased from the ASU archives, the show illustrates the Mexican-American experience through a visual, historical narrative, tracing the enormous impact Chicanos have had on the Copper State.
Exhibit continues through October 24 in the Acadia Ranch Museum, located on Mt. Lemmon Road just off American Way, in Oracle. From Tucson, take Oracle Road north, continuing east at Oracle Junction. Drive time is 45 minutes. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. Admission is $3. Call (520) 896-9609 for information.
BUCKING FOR CASH. That eccentric little burg called Cowtown Keelocko is laying out a spread and hopin' to raise some cash for a new church with the Saddletramp Rodeo. This Western gala will feature three days--count 'em, three--of cowboy fun, along with "bulls, broncs, bareback and barrel racing" on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be gunfighters, live music and even a little gospel thrown in for good measure.
Event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. today through Sunday at Cowtown Keelocko, located 35 miles west of Tucson. Take Ajo Way west to Coleman Road, Mile Marker 142. Turn left for 1-1/2 miles and watch for the signs.
Admission is $2, $3 per couple, or $5 for a family per day. For details, call 429-5778.
PASTA PARTY. Don your bibs and prepare to dine when the third-annual ItaliaFest gets underway. Along with vast quantities of great chow--from lasagna and sausage to meatball sandwiches and homemade pastries--there'll also be carnival rides, game booths, and a pie-eating contest. The indomitable Tony and his Sicilian Band head the musical line-up, and 4-H will even host a petting zoo tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. Now that's a party!
ItaliaFest hours are 5 to 11 p.m. today, noon to 11 p.m. tomorrow,
and noon to
CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS. Tucson's venerable Hotel Congress celebrates its historical charm tonight with a wide-ranging open house. Besides a chance to visit the vintage 1930s-era rooms, there will be an army of reps from various local, non-profit groups spreading the word. Artists Stephen Farley, Max Cannon and Robyn McDaniels will show their works, and Demetria Martinez, Jim Carvalho, Gary Nabhan, Patricia Preciado Martin and Greg McNamee are among the writers who'll be reading.
The free event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Call 622-8848 for information.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT. Eleven artists will render their favorite foods into arte y bocaditos ("art and snacks to gringos") for a special gathering hosted by the El Centro Cultural de las Americas.
Comestibles will range from stuffed jalapeños to piña con queso, and the artists will display their work along with the wonderful chow. Artists include El Centro members Eddie Cañez, Mercedes Lopez, Dante Sandoval and Belen Ramirez, among others.
The free event runs from noon to 4 p.m. in El Centro Cultural, 40 E. Broadway. For details, call 743-8063.
TRAGEDY WITH A TWIST. Take a large helping of Hamlet, season it with plenty of new dialogue, and you get Polonius Waits, Hal Melfi's adaptation of the Shakespearean masterpiece, presented by Lost River Stageworks.
This drama tells Hamlet's story through the eyes of Polonius, advisor to the king, and father to the ill-fated Ophelia and Laertes. The original scenes, written in verse, come from Melfi's research into Shakespeare. Music will be performed by Renaissance-era musicians.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in the Tucson Center for the Performing
Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Performances continue at
IBSEN INCARNATE. The UA Arizona Repertory Theatre revives the spirit of Henrik Ibsen with a production of Ghosts.
Both a symbolic phantom story and a fateful tragedy, the drama unfolds around Mrs. Alving, a widow who has hidden the truth about her marriage and her late husband, a retired sea captain, all for the sake of propriety. But her deceit falls away with the homecoming of her dying son, Oswald.
Not exactly a Disney romp, Ghosts probes nearly every dark facet of the human condition, from euthanasia, sexual repression, morality and religious hypocrisy to the struggle for individualism within society's confines.
Performance is at 1:30 p.m. in the UA Laboratory Theatre, in the Drama West Building on the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with 1:30 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, through October 25. Tickets are $16, $14 for seniors and UA employees, $10 for students, and are available at the UA Fine Arts box office. Call 621-1162 for reservations and information.
BIG BRASS. There's something about fall that makes one hanker for hot cocoa, roasted chestnuts, and the lovely sound of brass. And the Tucson Concert Band is happy to oblige, with a big horn sound for a downtown afternoon outing. Under the direction of Herschel Kreloff, the line-up will include "Concerto for Trumpet" by A. Arutunian, and feature Ben Tucker as soloist.
The free concert runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Armory Senior Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave. Call 791-4865 for details.
LATIN JOURNEY. Take a celluloid journey beyond the border as the UA hosts the Latin American Film and Lecture Tour Project. Sponsored by the Motion Picture Association, this tour is aimed at educating we "northerners" about other cultures existing so close and yet so far away, with films and speakers from Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. The free series runs daily through Thursday, October 22, and each segment presents a classic, contemporary and experimental film from each country.
Today's focus is on Argentina. Screenings feature the classic film "La Guerra Gaucho" at 1 p.m.; the contemporary "El Sueño de los Heroes" at 3:30 p.m.; and the experimental "Moebius" at 6 p.m. Edgardo Oscar Chibán, professor of cinema at the University of Buenos Aires and the Catholic University of Salta, will follow with a 7:30 p.m. lecture in the Student Union, Room 285. Screenings will be in the Gallagher Theater, on campus north of the main mall.
For other screenings and information, call 626-7242.
AMAZING GRACE. The PCC's multi-media Inside Dance lecture series continues with "Africa Odyssey." Led by Gray Montague, executive director of Ballet Arizona and former director of the Parsons Dance Company, the event will highlight the contributions of African Americans to modern dance, focusing on the work of Katherine Dunham, Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, Ulysses Dove and Bill T. Jones.
The free event begins at 7 p.m. in the PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 2202 W. Anklam Road. For details, call 206-6986.
SNAKE OIL. Aside from the fact that we're breeding like rabbits, despoiling our air and water, and killing off species like gangbusters, there are certain advantages to living late in the 20th century. Prime among them is the advance of modern medicine...HMOs notwithstanding.
Just remember that not all that long ago, treatment for many illnesses mostly consisted of a good, old-fashioned bleeding. A new exhibit at the Arizona Historical Society focuses on that and other allopathic quackery, in A History of Medicine in Arizona.
The display traces the evolution of 19th- and 20th-century medicine in the state, describing how Native American healing practices blended with European medical traditions after the arrival of the Mormon Battalion in 1846--all in the face of our desert isolation, and an extreme scarcity of physicians.
The exhibit will be displayed for the next three years in the AHS, 949 E. Second St. Call 628-5774 for details.
MEDIA MANIC. Cutting-edge music and uncut video combine raw forces for another Multimedia Monday, sponsored by Upstairs Film.
Showing tonight are Drunken Bees, Marianne Dissard's documentary about "America's best obscure band," none other than our own Giant Sand. Also showing is David Krzysik's series pilot, The Brain Wash Film Festival, plucked from the renowned San Francisco event. Musical guests will be Surge.
Screenings are at 8:15 p.m. and 12:05 a.m., with music from 9 p.m. to midnight, in the Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission is $3. For information, call 622-1751.
FRENCH STRINGS. Arnaud Dumond was the first French guitarist awarded top honors at the prestigious Radio France Guitar Competition, and the first to win the Gaudeamus Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music. Today, he brings his much-touted talent to the Old Pueblo, in a concert hosted by the Tucson Guitar Society.
If past performances lend any clue, this should be a stellar show. Following a recent Dumond concert, The New York Times reported that "his program was a work of art itself--original and unusual, but always grounded in substance. In Bach, he suggested a grandeur far beyond the guitar, and in Rossiniana his sinuous sense of phrase was a delight."
Performance is 7:30 p.m. in the Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and TGS members, and are available at the door. For information, call 519-8270.
WELL-LIT PLACE. Provenance and recognition share equal space with deconstruction and disintegration in New Light Through Old Windows, a poignant new exhibit by Diane Mansfield Colligan in the Hacienda del Sol Gallery. Her mixed-media collages will be accompanied by verse from poet Charles Gillispie.
Exhibit runs through November 3 in the Hacienda del Sol Gallery, 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For details, call 299-1501.
MADNESS AFOOT. The wildly ecstatic rituals of the Islamic Sufi tradition--a.k.a. "The Whirling Dervishes"--arrive in Tucson via Turkey for a breathtaking performance in UA Centennial Hall.
The musicians, singers and dancers of the renowned Mevlevi Ensemble of the Turkish Mevlana Culture and Art Foundation have dedicated their lives to preserving this ancient Islamic practice, with a company that includes more than a dozen singers and musicians. The dances are accompanied by traditional instruments, culminating in a stunning spectacle. "Only rarely do most of us encounter dance as a private act of surrender to the divine," says the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Their dance became a prayer, and we were all part of it."
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in UA Centennial Hall, inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Tickets range from $16 to $28, with half-price admission for students and children under 18; and discounts for UA faculty, staff, and UApresents subscribers. Tickets are available at the Dillard's and Centennial Hall box offices, or by calling 621-8991.
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