DINNERWARE'S TABLE. Stop by Dinnerware Gallery, 135 E. Congress St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night and preview fine art up for bidding in the 14th annual Art Auction Exhibit. The live auction itself, a fundraiser for the cooperative gallery, is set for October 28. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 792-4503 for extended hours during this exhibit.
FIESTA DE LOS CHILES. Visit the ninth annual Fiesta de los Chiles from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. If swallowing fire is your thing, the international array of eats won't disappoint. But there's lots for those of more mild temperaments to sink their teeth into, like the spicy blend of Mariachi, Waila, Norteño, salsa, Andean folk music and Latin jazz performed by some of Tucson's finest musicians. Browse among displays of ironwork, jewelry, clothing, glass and beadwork, or nature's own artful display of edible and ornamental chile plants for sale. Admission is $5 at the door, $3 in advance, and all proceeds benefit the TBG and Native Seeds/SEARCH. Take the shuttle from the northeast parking lot of El Con, or the Tohono Ta'Dai Transit Center on North Oracle Road. Parking will not be available at the gardens during the event. Call 326-9686 for information.
KINGSOLVER SIGNING. You go through 13 some-odd years of school being firmly reprimanded for writing in books, only to find yourself fully grown and standing in line to have someone else write in your book for you. Go figure. But if you're going to go to such lengths, you couldn't ask for a better opportunity than this: Tucson author Barbara Kingsolver will sign copies of her new book of essays, High Tide in Tucson, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 22, in the idyllic setting of the Haunted Bookshop, 7211 N. Northern Ave. (adjacent to Tohono Chul Park). Call 297-4843 for information.
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