DANCEPerformances This Week
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES. UA Centennial Hall, University Boulevard east of Park Avenue. Composer Philip Glass and renowned choreographer Susan Marshall present their dance-opera-multi-media spectacle Les Enfants Terribles, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 21. Tickets range from $18 to $29, with half-price tickets for children and students. Tickets are available at all Dillard's outlets (1-800-638-4253), or the Centennial Hall box office at 621-3341.
FAMILY TIES. UA Gittings Theatre. Northeast corner of the UA Mall, south of McKale Center. The University of Arizona's Dance Ensemble performs Family Ties at 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 17. Tickets are $8, $6 for students and seniors, available at the door. Call 621-4698 for information.
INSIDE DANCE. PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall. 2202 W. Anklam Road. Join Gray Montague, Executive Director of Ballet Arizona, for Inside Dance: A Multi-Media Encounter. This free series brings dancers and dance lovers together for an intimate exploration of this dynamic art form. On Wednesday, October 22, learn more about "Graham's Disciples," with screenings of Paul Taylor's Cloven Kingdom and Merce Cunninghams's Channels/Inserts. Events begin at 7 p.m. Call 206-6988 for recorded information.
AFRICAN DANCE. 121 E. Seventh St. Learn the movements of dance from Guinea, Senegal, Nigeria, and Afro-Brazilian and Cuban regions with teacher Denise Hawthorne Bey. You'll also learn the intricacies of the music, and the traditional songs and their meanings. Classes meet from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Cost is $10 general, $8 for students, and $5 for kids grades K through 12. Call 623-8231 for information.
STRICTLY BALLROOM. Arizona Ballroom. 5536 E. Grant Road. Get out of the house and put some swing in your step at 8 p.m. Wednesday evenings with Come Out And Dance. A new style of dance--ballroom, Latin, or country--will be featured each week. Lessons are $5, with proceeds benefiting the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Call Arizona Ballroom at 290-2990, or Jolyn Reuter at 670-1470, for information.
DANCE AND DRUMS. The Barbea Williams Performing Company announces fall classes in Pre-African and Pre-Ballet for children; and African Brazilian/West African, African Cuban/West African, and West African drum lessons for teens and adults. Registration is on-going. Call 628-7785 for information.
MODERN MONDAYS. The Zenith Center. 330 E. Seventh St. Jennifer Pollack teaches intermediate modern dance classes to help you find and strengthen your center, improve placement, and explore and develop individual style from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday evenings. Call 320-7844 for information.
PRUNE JUICE FOLLIES. 875 N. Houghton Road. The Prune Juice Follies offer weekly adult tap and musical comedy dance lessons for active, energetic men and women. No experience necessary. The Follies are also available for old-time vaudeville revues. Call Zircon Zelda at 885-2877 for information.
SNAZZY JAZZ. Tucson Jewish Community Center. 3800 N. River Road. Kids ages 10 through 14 are invited to learn about jazz and modern dance at the Youth Jazz Dance Workshop beginning Friday, October 17. Students will master the basic techniques of jazz dance, as well as the elements of creative movement and modern dance, while learning and rehearsing a group piece. No prior dance experience is necessary, and shoes are not required. Students should wear clothing that is loose and comfortable to move in. Classes meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $40 for members, $55 for non-members. Call Jennifer Pollack at 320-7844 for information.
WEST COAST SWING. Tucson Swing Dance Club. 6245 E. Bellvue. 573-3732. Get in the swing of things at the Tucson Swing Dance Club every Thursday evening. Lessons are from 7 to 7:45 p.m. for beginners, and 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers. General dancing continues until 10:30 p.m. No partner necessary. Cost is $3, $2 for members. Call 573-3732 for information.
CORD CONFERENCE. For the first time in 25 years, the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) conference will be in Tucson. The three-day conference, entitled Dance, Culture and Art-Making Behavior, will involve not only lectures and presentations of scholarly material, but also dance demonstrations and participatory dance workshops. Ellen Dissanayake, scholar, author and lecturer, is this year's keynote speaker. Topics to be covered include: "Dance as Survival Behavior," "Dance and Cultural Identity" and "You Are What You Dance! Violence, Greed, Politics and Dance Aesthetics." Conference runs October 31 through November 2. For information and registration, contact Dr. John Wilson, University of Arizona Dance Division, at 621-2923; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL EVENTSEvents This Week
CAR CARE. Keep the air clean and your car running smoothly--visit the Department of Environmental Quality's free Care Care Clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at the El Con Mall's southwest parking lot. Clinic includes an under-the-hood inspection, engine efficiency test, and safety and tire checks by members of the Automotive Service Association, Nippon Motor Service, Arizona AAA and Jack Furrier's Western Tire Center. Call 740-3118 for information.
COUNTRY MAGIC. Old Tucson Studios. 201 S. Kinney Road. The Executive Women International, Tucson Chapter, present Country Magic at Old Tucson on Saturday, October 18. This fund-raising event features a western barbecue, dancing, casino-style entertainment, prizes and a raffle drawing. Tickets are $35, raffle tickets are $5 each, or 6 for $25. Proceeds will benefit the Adult Students In Scholastic Transition Scholarship program. Call Sondra Robbins at 791-6559 for tickets and information.
DOWNTOWN SATURDAY. The downtown Arts District is the place to play all day and all night on October 18. The Blues Festival makes its way to downtown Saturday Night with rockin' blues all evening long: the Statesboro Blues Band performs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Ronstadt Transit Center; Tommy Tucker performs blues, jazz and rock classics from 7 to 10 p.m. in Arizona Alley; Brass Band favorites Crawdaddy-O perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Pennington Street, between Sixth and Scott Avenues; and Catacoustic Groove performs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue and Congress Street. For information on other events, stop by the booth on Sixth Avenue and Congress Street; or call the Arts District Partnership at 624-9977.
HAUNTED RUINS. The Valley of the Moon. 2544 E. Allen Road, north of Prince Road, east of Tucson Boulevard. Step into a world of enchantment and not-to-scary-fun at the Valley of the Moon. Haunted Ruins tours run October 16 through 19, and 23 through 30. Tours leave the gate every 30 minutes between 7 and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $3 for kids ages 7 to 12, and free for members and kids under 7. Call 323-1331 for information.
HOME SHOW. TCC Convention Center. 260 S. Church Ave. The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association presents its Fall Home Show Friday through Sunday, October 17 through 19. The highlight of the show is the Christmas tree raffle featuring 6-foot, professionally decorated trees. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Tucson. As always, many Tucson business will have displays and exhibits, including a glass art display. Call 791-4266 for information.
INNOVATIVE HOMES. UMC DuVal Auditorium. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Join local experts as they share their five best ideas for improving your home from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, October 16. This free seminar will include financing, sustainable technologies, heating and cooling and other cost-effective, earth-friendly ideas for your home. On Saturday, October 18, take the Tucson Innovative Home Tour, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You'll see 20 award-winning homes, visit with their designers, builders and owners, and learn more about straw bale construction, solar and photo voltaic power, rammed earth, permaculture, and more. Cost for the tour is $10 per person, or $15 per family. Tickets are available at Antigone Books, Book Stop Used Books, The Book Mark and Silverbell Trading. Call 696-7224 for information on both events.
ITALIAFEST. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. 8650 N. Shannon Road. Celebrate Italian food, music, and fun at the Italiafest from Friday through Sunday, October 17 through 19. Go Italian with carnival rides; game booths; Italian specialty foods including pastas, sausage, pizza, homemade pastries; music with the Tony De Bruno Band; and a $2,000 grand prize raffle. Saturday will showcase special kids' events, including a petting zoo and a pie-eating contest. Admission is $1, free for kids 6 and under. Call 297-7357 for information.
SUKKAH & SALSA. Tucson Jewish Community Center. 3800 E. River Road. Celebrate Sukkah and the Southwest from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 19, with the Sukkah & Salsa Fiesta. Enjoy sampling the contenders in the Salsa Competition, and catch the special demonstrations on prickly pears, vegetable flowers, couscous and the Sukkot Celebration and blessings at 2:30 p.m. Call 299-3000 for information.
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