October 19 - October 25, 1995

City Week Listings


Opening This Week

CATALINA PLAYERS. Catalina United Methodist Church. 2700 E. Speedway. Opening October 20 and continuing October 21, 27 and 28: The Man Who Came to Dinner, the story of the eccentric acid-tongued radio celebrity, Whiteside, and his unexpected stay with the Stanley family. Performance begins at 7 p.m., with an optional 6 p.m. dinner. Tickets are $8, $15 dinner/show, and are available by calling 721-9640. Proceeds benefit Youth At Risk, a non-profit program that aids homeless teens.

CATS. UA Centennial Hall. 621-3341. Opening October 20 and continuing through October 22: Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's acclaimed adaptation of T.S. Elliot's famous poems. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $25 to $39. Call the Centennial Hall box office at 621-3341, or Dillard's charge line at (800) 638-4253, for reservations and information.

CROWDER HALL. UA College of Fine Arts. October 26 only: Bible Women, created by Elizabeth Swados, a contemporary musical based on the stories of female characters whose adventures appear in the Bible. Performance begins at 8 p.m. The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona 50th Anniversary Reception will follow from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, available through the UA Fine Arts box office, 621-1162.

INVISIBLE THEATRE. Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre. 330 S. Scott Ave. Opening October 24 and continuing through October 28: Kitt Starr in Whatever Happened to Tina Louise?, performed by Stuart Moulten. Moulten's alter-ego, Kitt Starr, uses monologue, music, mirth and meloncholy to cross sexual boundaries and celebrate the integrity of humanity itself. Performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $9. A one act performance/seminar will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 24. A one act performance/lunch will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 25. Tickets are $6. A box lunch from B & B Restaurant is available for $6. Stuart Moulten presents a free workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 28. Reservations are required. IT box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call 882-9721 for reservations and information.


ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE. Laboratory Theatre. UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast corner of Speedway and Park Avenue. Continuing through October 29: Execution of Justice, by Emily Mann, a dramatization of the real-life court trial of convicted murderer Dan White. Showtime is 8 p.m., with 2 o'clock matinees October 22, 28 and 29. Tickets range from $10 to $14, $8 for students, available through the UA Fine Arts box office. Call 621-1162 for information.

ARIZONA YOUTH THEATER. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Continuing through November 4: Leap & Squeak, the exciting lives of bugs and butterflies as performed by actors ages four through 12. This production is most appropriate for ages three through 13. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday matinees. Tickets are $4, $2 for children. Call 790-0844 for reservations and information.

GASLIGHT THEATRE. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Continuing through November 4: The Phantom of the Opera, adapted by Peter Van Slyke. Tickets are $13, $8.50 for children. Performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with select Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $6 to $13. Reservations are required. Call 886-9428.

Last Chance

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Continuing through October 21: A Midsummer Night's Dream. Tickets range from $17 to $26 and are available at the ATC box office and all Dillard's box offices. Charge tickets by calling 622-2823.

SERENDIPITY PLAYHOUSE. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 751-4445. Continuing through October 21: Rhapsody, an evening of song and dance celebrating the musical genius of the Gershwin brothers, featuring pianist Michael A. Davis. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $12 to $15. Call 751-4445 for information.


CALL FOR ENTRIES. The second annual National Hispanic Playwriting Contest is open to all Hispanics residing in the U.S., its territories or Mexico. Applicants must submit scripts in English. Plays originally written in Spanish may be submitted along with a complete English translation. Unpublished full-length plays, one-act plays and musicals will be accepted. Submit one unpublished, unproduced play, securely bound, with the play title and author on the front cover along with a one-page cover letter including developmental history, if any, and any other appropriate information about the play. A cassette tape of music exits may be submitted with musicals. An appropriately sized SASE must be submitted to have scripts returned. The winner will be notified during Spring 1996. Mail submissions to: Arizona Theatre Company, National Hispanic Playwriting Contest, P.O. Box 1631, Tucson, AZ 85702. Deadline is November 1.

TEMPLE FOR RENT. The Temple Of Music And Art and the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts have rental space available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call James at 884-8210 for more information.


Opening This Week

BERO GALLERY. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 792-0313. Opening October 24 and continuing through November 25: Ten Meditations, a photographic exhibit by Sean Justice. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, November 2. Preview Justice's work online at http://www.netsar.com/justice/bero.htm.

DINNERWARE GALLERY. 135 E. Congress St. Opening October 21 and continuing through October 28: the 14th annual Art Auction Exhibit. The fine art auction fundraiser to support the cooperative gallery will be October 28. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. Thursday; 7 to 9 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday for the duration of this exhibit.

TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Opening October 20 and continuing through December 10: Rebecca Davis and Roger Asay: Touching Earth, Contemporary Southwest Images X--The Stonewall Foundation Series, a sculptural installation using materials collected from nature. Admission to the museum is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and students, free for members and children under 12. Free for all on Tuesdays. Docent-led tours of the TMA Historic Block are offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Regular gallery hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.


Center for Creative Photography. UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. 621-7968. Continuing through November 5: Reframing America, featuring the works of photographers Alexander Alland, Robert Frank, John Gutmann, Otto Hagel, Hansel Mieth, Lisette Model and Marion Palfi. The exhibit explores the artistic and social visions of seven European émigré photographers and how they helped shape a new photographic language and vision of America. Larry Solomon will discuss The Impact of Hitler and U.S. Immigration on Composers and Artists, a music and slide lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26, will meet in the auditorium. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

CENTRAL ARTS COLLECTIVE. 188 E. Broadway. 623-5883. Continuing through October 28: paintings by Ned Gray, sculptures and drawings by Joan Sullivan Marum and paintings by Jennifer Sullivan Carney. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Downtown Saturday nights and Thursday Art Walks.

DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY. Casas Adobes Office Park. 6812 N. Oracle Road. 297-1427. Continuing through October 28: the New Artist Series, featuring paintings by Jo Anderson and Debra Salopek and wood sculpture by Barbara Jo McLaughlin. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY. 6536-A Tanque Verde, La Plaza Shops. 722-4412. Continuing through October 31: Patterns and Textures of Art. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Etherton GALLERY. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Continuing through November 11: paintings by James G. Davis, prints and drawings by Luis Jimenez and portraits of Oaxacan artists by photographer Judith Golden. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 to 10 p.m. Downtown Saturday Nights.

G.A.S.P. GALLERY. Utterback Middle School. 3233 S. Pinal Vista. 617-6100. Continuing through November 22: With Human Attributes, an exhibition of paintings, collage, photos and watercolors exploring expanded concepts of human qualities. G.A.S.P Gallery is Tucson's only student-run gallery under the supervision of art instructor, Linda Poverman, and UA Museum of Art Curator of Education, Josh Goldberg.

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Continuing through October 31: Streets are for Nobody: Homeless Women Speak, an exhibition of photographs and interviews of homeless women in Tucson, Boston and Cleveland. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday. Closed Saturday.

JOSÉ GALVEZ GALLERY. 743 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6878. Continuing through October 29: mixed-media, oils, acrylic and gold- and silver-leaf images and homages by Los Angeles artist Tony de Carlo. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night or by appointment.

JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY. UA campus, south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. Continuing through October 29: Sisters and Brothers, an art installation by Ruth Weisburg. A reception will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 22. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

MELIORA GALLERY. 178 E. Broadway. 792-9544. Continuing through November 30: An Innovative Tradition: 25 Years of Design, featuring projects by Architecture One, Ltd. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

OBSIDIAN GALLERY. St. Philip's Plaza. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Continuing through November 2: Día de los Muertos, an exhibit by santero Nicholas Herrera, featuring traditional northern New Mexican wood-carving style. A number of other local artists' works will also be featured. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

PCC WEST CAMPUS ART GALLERY. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6385. Continuing through November 7: paintings by Josh Goldberg, sculpture by Elizabeth Ingraham and large-scale drawings by Dale Leys. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

PHILABAUM GALLERY. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Continuing through November 11: Architectonics, an exhibition featuring various approaches in glass which resemble architecture in structure and organization. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Thursday Night Art Walk.

TEMPLE GALLERY. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4875. Continuing through November 22: Remembered Landscapes, paintings by Patsy Donahue. Call for gallery hours.

TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Continuing through November 5: Days of the Dead: Cultural Traditions and Contemporary Inspirations, a kaleidoscope of folk arts made in Mexico for the Día de los Muertos holiday. Works include papier mache skeletons, sugar skulls, cut paper banners and children's toys. Companion exhibits will display Mexican retablos and photographs by Cy Lehrer and Elaine Querry. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a $2 donation.

T/PAC GALLERY. 240 N. Stone Ave. 624-0595. Continuing through November 3: Cuentos del Barrio, a mixed-media group exhibition sponsored by the Southern Arizona Coalition of Latino Arts. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

UA Museum of Art. UA campus, Speedway east of Park Avenue in the Fine Arts Complex. 621-7567. Opening October 19 and continuing through November 22: Catherine Nash: A Spiral to Within. Nash uses handmade paper, leaves, pine needles, dirt and other natural materials to create sanctuaries from the busy, urban lifestyle separating people from the natural world. Continuing through November 26: Recent Aquisitions: The 1990s, an exhibit honoring the museum's 40th anniversary and acquisition of more than 4,000 pieces of art. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Saturdays and University holidays. Admission is free.

WINGSPAN GALLERY. 422 N. Fourth Ave. 624-1779. Continuing through October 31: the first annual Outober Juried Art Exhibit, featuring works by ten local gay, lesbian and bisexual artists. Call for gallery hours.

WOMANKRAFT. 388 S. Stone Ave. 629-9976. Continuing through October 31: Freda and Susan Chambers: Two Generations of Painting Tradition, featuring works influenced by their travels and studies throughout the world. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and by appointment. Kidkraft, Tucson's only child-operated gallery, is also located in the castle.


ARTS FORUM. Artists Ruth Weisberg, Elizabeth Swados, Andy Teirstein and Tamar Rogoff will engage in a public forum with other Tucson artists from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, October 23, at The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Artists will discuss their media, the importance of community support and challenges to artists posed by the "Contract with America." This forum is presented by the Tucson Arts District Partnership and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, and is free and open to all. Call 624-9977 or 577-9393 for information.

UA LECTURE. Yale graphic design studies director Sheila Levrant De Bretteville presents Listening to Others at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 19, at the College of Architecture auditorium, UA campus, located at the south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. Free and open to the public. Call 621-7570 for information.

SPINNERS GUILD. The Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, at Mehl Family Foothills Park, 4020 E. River Road. Sally Hall and Nanette Skov will present a slide lecture on the weaving of the Maori natives of New Zealand. Call 326-5791 for membership and general information.

CALL FOR ENTRIES. Gallery Q, 2734 E. Grant Road, is hosting its first annual Mid-Winter Art Competition on January 12, 1996. Sculpture, painting, drawing and collage submissions are encouraged, with $4,000 in prizes to be awarded. Entry fee is $30 per two entries and is non-refundable. Send slides/entry fee with a SASE to Gallery Q, Box 300, No. 326, 6336 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704. Deadline is October 31. Call 326-6742 for information.

TEACHERS/ARTISTS NEEDED. Artists and teachers of various disciplines are needed to teach eight-week sessions for the Pima County Parks and Recreation after-school programs. Sites include elementary schools and recreation centers in Tucson, Ajo, Arivaca, Avra Valley, Catalina, Littletown, Rillito, Sahuarita, South Tucson and Vail. Call the Tucson/Pima Arts Council at 624-0595, ext. 20, for an application an information.

ART OPTIONS. Fine Art Options represents local fine artists with rotating shows in a variety of Tucson businesses. Fine art sales and leasing are also available. Call Donna Wallin at 795-9030 for current shows and/or consultation.

ART WALK. Visit the Downtown Arts District from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, with free docent-led Art Walk tours beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Park Inn Suite Santa Rita Hotel, 88 E. Broadway. Call 624-9977 for information and a listing of participating galleries.

FIND YOUR VOICE. Seeking your creativity? Want to find your voice? Do so through experiments with sound and voice, words and play. Call 544-8683 for registration and information.

CALL FOR ENTRIES. Young artists ages 14 to 21 are invited to enter the fifth annual Gregory M. Moxley Commemorative Young Persons' Art Competition. U.S. residents are eligible to enter up to three original works in any media by sending slides or photographs. Entry fee is $15. For a prospectus, send SASE to: Fifth Annual Gregory M. Moxley Art Competition, Pat Moxley Studio/Gallery, 203 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville, WI 53545. Deadline for submissions is October 24. Call (608) 757-2999 for information.

CALL TO ARTISTS. NuWest Gallery, 2526 E. Sixth St., seeks new works for the upcoming season. Media include metal, glass, pottery, fine art and furniture. Send slides or photos and SASE to: 2526 E. Sixth St., Tucson, AZ 85716.

DEMONSTRATION. See glass art in the making at Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, 711 S. Sixth Ave. Watch glassblowers practice their craft at this downtown studio. Call 884-7404 to confirm the day's schedule or if there are more than six people in your party.


Performances This Week

BERGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. 1200 W. Speedway. 327-4809. The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra presents the music of Bernstein's West Side Story, Faith and Tchaikovsky at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 22. Tickets are $7, $5 seniors/students and are available at the door. Call 323-7166 for reservations and more information.

CENTENNIAL HALL. UA Main Gate at Park Avenue and University Boulevard. 621-3341. Paco de Lucia, Spain's legendary Flamenco guitarist, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 19. Chamber Orchestra Kremlin brings the classic music of Rossini, Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky to Centennial Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25. Tickets can be purchased at the Centennial Hall box office. Call 621-3341 for reservations and information.

CROWDER HALL. UA College of Fine Arts. The UA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, October 22. Tickets range from $3 to $6. The Faculty Recital Series continues at 8 p.m. Monday, October 23, with soprano artist Faye Robinson. Tickets range from $3 to $8 and are available through the UA Fine Arts box office or by calling 621-1162.

EASTSIDE ARTIST SERIES. Christ Church United Methodist Church, 655 N. Craycroft Road. 327-1116. Concert organist Christopher Herrick will present a classical recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 22. Tickets are $8 at the door.

PROSCENIUM THEATRE. PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6458. Blue Coyote Productions and Wingspan present the music and comedy of Ramanovsky & Phillips at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 19. Advance tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Antigone Books, Hear's Music and Tucson Trunk. Tickets are $14 at the door. Call 884-6458 for information.

SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR MUSIC. Acoustic Café. 2175 N. Sixth Ave. 884-1220. Grammy-award winner Laurence Juber brings his extraordinary guitar playing to Tucson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 24. Tucson's own Shep Cooke will open the show. Tickets are $7.50, $6.50 for TKMA, TGS, TBS, DBA, TFTM or KXCI members and will be available at the door. Call 884-1220 for information.

TSO. TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4266. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents Flash and the Fiddle featuring violinist Benny Kim. Performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $12 to $26 and are available through the TCC box office, TSO box office and all Dillard's box offices. Season tickets are still available. Call 791-4266 for reservations and information.


COFFEE HOUSE MUSIC SERIES. The Coffee House Music series continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 20, at Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Road, with a performance by The Naturals. This Tucson-based band specializes in swing, big band and dance music into the 50s. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes! Tickets are $5, $3 students. Call 298-1245 for reservations and information.

PLAZA SUITE. The Plaza Suite fall series continues with Dave Stryker at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 21, at St. Philip's Plaza, 4380 N. Campbell Ave. Tickets are $7, $3 for Jazz Society members, and are available at the door only. Call the Jazz Society Hotline at 743-3399 for information.

BROWN BAG CONCERTS. Tucson Scottish Rite member Cherie Wescott will perform an organ concert featuring the music of Saint-Saens, R. Vaughn Williams and Ponchielli from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, at the Tucson Scottish Rite, 160 S. Scott Ave.

LA PLACITA CONCERTS. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, free concerts are held at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., in the gazebo area. Thursday, October 19, William Allen Martin, guitarist/ singer; Tuesday, October 24, singer song-writer Gerry Glombecki; Thursday, October 26, country singer Mark Brooks. Call 623-2748 if you would like to participate in the program.


PITCH IN FOR PETS. Guitars, Etc., 5646 E. Speedway, is holding its annual fundraising event to benefit the Tucson Humane Society. Guitars, Etc., will be accepting donations through November 30, with donors eligible to win equipment from Fender, Yamaha, Takamine, Digitech and others. Call 748-1111 for information.

TICKET ALERT. Tickets are on sale for the Dixie Chicks benefit concert scheduled for Friday, October 27, at Centennial Hall. Tickets are $12 and $14, with a $2 student discount (or just be sure to mention KXCI), available at the Centennial Hall box office and all Dillard's box offices. All proceeds benefit the UA undergraduate scholarships fund.

TUCSON BOYS CHORUS ANNIVERSARY. The Tucson Boys Chorus celebrates its 56th anniversary Friday, October 20, at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. This fundraiser will feature a pre-dinner TowneSinger performance and a performance by the Touring Chorus featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets are $75. Reservations are being accepted at the Chorus Hall, 5770 E. Pima St., or by calling 296-6277.

UA MUSIC/DANCE. UA School of Music and Dance calendars for the 1995-1996 season are currently available. The UA School of Music and Dance presents between 250 and 300 concert events each year, most of them free of charge. To subscribe, send your name, address and a check for $5 payable to the University of Arizona, to: Calendar Subscription, School of Music, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. For this week's music and dance events call the 24-hour MusiCall hotline at 621-2998.

CELTIC JAM. The Folk Shop. 2525 N. Campbell Ave. 881-7147. Join in the fun from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, at this weekly Celtic Music jam. Everyone is welcome, with practiced players invited to join in.


Opening This Week

a.k.a. THEATRE. 125 E. Congress St. 623-7852. Opening October 20 and continuing through November 5: Shades and Shadows, a performance/dance piece by Jon McNamara with live music by Bob Steigert, incorporating video, sculpture and photography. The piece makes a journey from self alienation to self acceptance of the dark side of human nature. Tickets are $9, $7 students. Call 321-0493 for reservations only. Call 623-7852 for information.

INTO THE WILDERNESS. Composer, writer and performer Andy Teirstein and choreographer Tamar Rogoff present Into the Wilderness from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, October 22, at the Jewish Community Center, located at Dodge Boulevard and River Road. The program will focus on cultural roots and their effect on Jewish identity and consciousness. Admission is free. Call 577-9393 for information.


BALLROOM DANCING. Dance to live music from 8 to 11 p.m. every Wednesday at Let's Dance Club, 6245 E. Bellevue. Singles and couples of all skill levels are welcome. Enjoy numerous theme dress occasions with a large, romantic, decorated ballroom to match. Become a "dancing ghoul" at the Halloween Costume Dance on October 25. Prizes will be awarded. Cost is $7, $5 members. Free group dance lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. for members. Annual membership is $20. Call 885-4599 for information.

DANCE SHOWDOWN. Head over to A Little Bit Of Texas (formerly Wild Wild West), 4385 W. Ina Road, for the West Regional Finals of the Country Nights Dance Showdown beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, October 20. Cost is $5. Tejano superstar Emilio will perform at 10 p.m. 1995 World Champions of Country Dance Robert Royston and Laureen Baldovi will show everyone how it's done in a pre-concert exhibition. Call 744-7744 for information.

BALLROOM DANCING. The United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association (USABDA) of Southern Arizona will hold a dance from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 22, at the Elk's Lodge, 2404 E. River Road. Dancers of all levels are invited. No partner necessary. Introductory and intermediate group classes will be offered at 2 p.m. Donation is $5, $3 for members. Call 292-9853 for information.

TFTM DANCE. Tucson Friends Of Traditional Music presents its third Saturday contra and square dance with live old-time music by the TFTM String Band, from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, October 21, at the Armory Park Senior Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave. (between 12th and 13th Street). Singles and couples welcome, no experience necessary. Lessons are given from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Fiddle pickers are invited to sit in. Admission is by donation at the door. Call 327-1779 for information.

DANCERS NEEDED. The Kalinka Russian Dance Ensemble, in association with the UA Balalaika Orchestra, seeks both children and adults who are experienced dancers in any field. Dancers will learn Russian, Ukrainian and Polish folk dances in theatrical style as well as give regular performances. Costumes are provided. Technique class and rehearsals are held once a week. Call Richard Holden at 743-7976 for information.


CHILE FIESTA. The ninth annual La Fiesta de los Chiles returns October 21 and 22 at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Celebrate the chile pepper and its honored place in our food, music, gardens crafts and folklore from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $3, available at the TBG gift shop, El Saguarito, Macayo del Este and Piney Hollow. Tickets are $5 at the gate, $1 for TBG and NS/S members. Children under 12 years free. See the fabulous Chile Fiesta insert in this week's paper for more information. Call 326-9686 or 327-9123 for information.

DOWNTOWN SATURDAY. Experience art and culture with exciting street performances, self-guided historic and art tours and exotic foods from noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 21. Special art, historical, architecture and barrio tours will be given throughout the afternoon. The Tucson Blues Society hosts this week's Saturday Night with a "Blues in the Park" concert and other blues performers throughout downtown. The Children's Museum will have its Story Book Castle set up for children's enjoyment. Help support the fight against victims of violence as Tucson women rally in The Night Is Ours, a march and public speaking event. Those roughish ruffians Thee Tragidiots are back in town, bespeaking Shakespeare and creating trouble. Horse-drawn wagon rides are a new addition to the evening. Pick up a program of events at the information booth at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Congress Street. Call 624-9977 for events and information.

CASA CAR SHOW. Check out over 700 specialty and classic vehicles at the 16th annual Casa Car Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 21, at Reid Park, Country Club Road and 22nd Street. Live entertainment will be provided by The Revivers and the Pride of Arizona Marching Band. International food booths are a new addition this year. And don't forget the raffle for the 1972 blue Corvette convertible. Admission is free and open to the public. A shuttle service will run from the Hi Corbett parking lot. Call 624-5600 for information.

FINE FOOD FEST. The American Heart Association hosts its 13th annual Fine Food Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, at the TCC Grand Ballroom, 260 S. Church Ave. Over 35 Tucson restaurants, beer and wine distributors are taking part in this evening of unlimited samplings of appetizers, entrees, desserts and other culinary delights. Tickets are $40 per person and include valet parking. Outlets include Dillard's, the TCC box office, Ric's Café and the American Heart Association. Call 795-1403 for information.

STAMP SHOW. Coins of the Realm, the monthly Tucson Coin & Stamp Show, meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 22, at Marketplace USA, 3750 E. Irvington Road. Collectibles such as coins, stamps, tokens, post cards and sports cards will be available to buy, sell and trade. Free appraisals, admission and parking. The Tucson Stamp Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month in the Armory Park Senior Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave. Browse and trade at 6:30 p.m., with meeting following at 7:45 p.m. Call 743-0429.

Out Of Town

STATE FAIR. State Fair Grounds 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. (800) 343-FAIR. The Arizona State Fair begins the fun Thursday, October 19 and continues until November 5. The Thunder Lagoon Rain Forest is a new exhibit this year. This living, breathing rain forest will educate and thrill children and adults of all ages. Fair admission is $6, $4 seniors and $3 for children 5 to 13 years. Most concerts and special events are free with admission. Call (800) 343-FAIR for information.

HELLDORADO DAYS. Step back into the old west during Helldorado Days October 20 through 22 in historic Thombstone, as cowboys and outlaws take over the town with gun fights, and Civil War reenactments and a carnival to boot. Call (520) 456-2644 for information.


RUB A DUB DUB. The Tucson Children's Museum is hosting Through the Back Door--Second Annual Kitchen and Bath Tour Friday, October 27, 200 S. Sixth Ave. Five distinctive antique bathtubs and pedestal sinks will be auctioned off to benefit the museum. The event begins with a tour at 6 p.m., followed by the auction. After the auction, top chefs from area kitchens will be cooking and serving a progressive gourmet dinner in three homes. The exclusive tour is limited to 100 people. Cost is $100, $175 per couple. A self-guided tour will be open to the public for $20 on Saturday, October 28. Call the Children's Museum at 792-9985 for reservations and information.


ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURE. Archaeologist Sharon Urban offers a three-part lecture, Southern Arizona Prehistory, from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, October 23, 30 and November 6, at the Arizona State Museum, located just inside the main gate of the UA campus at Park Avenue and University Boulevard. The lectures will cover the lifeways of the area's prehistoric residents from 12,500 BC to 1450 A.D. Cost is $35, $25 for AAHS members. Call Sharon Urban at 621-4011 for registration and information.

DEALING WITH CANCER. A free two part workshop designed to encourage communication and intimacy from diagnosis into survivorship will be offered by the Arizona Cancer Center from 5:45 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, October 19 and 26, in the UA Cancer Center Room 2920, UMC, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. A light supper will be provided on both evenings. Call Judith Carbajal at 626-2046 to register.

SOUTHWEST IMAGES SERIES. The Arizona Historical Society presents its Fall Arizona Lecture Series, Southwest Images: The Photographers' Legacy from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evenings through November 15 in the AHS Auditorium, 949 E. Second St. Ray Manley presents Arizona Highways: Shaping the Nation's Image of the Grand Canyon State, on October 25. Cost for the lecture series is $20, $18 for AHS members. Individual lectures are $5. Call 628-5774 for registration and information.

PHOTOS Y RECUERDOS. The following free lectures are being offered at El Centro Cultural de Las Americas, 40 W. Broadway: Frank Martinez, Alicia Meza and Art Otero present Fotos y Recuerdos at noon Sunday, October 22. Call 290-9764 or 751-3895 for information.

MONEY IN POLITICS. Interested in finding out just how politicians find all that money? Check out Money In Politics, a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26, in the Chemistry and Biological Sciences Building, Room 216, on the UA campus. Ellen Miller of the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C., and Ben Senturia of Working Group on Electoral Democracy in St. Louis, MO, will be the guest speakers. Call Jim Driscoll, Arizona Citizen Action at (602) 921-3090; or fax (602) 829-1469; or e-mail: <jdriscoll@igc.apc.org> to register.


BOOKSIGNING. The Haunted Bookshop. 7211 N. Northern Ave. 297-4843. Author Barbara Kingslover will autograph copies of her new book of essays, High Tide in Tucson, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 22.

READING/SIGNING. Antigone Books. 411 N. Fourth Ave. 792-3715. Catherine Koger will read from her debut novel, Horseshoe Sky, and Lucy Jane Bledsoe will read from Sweat: Stories and a Novella, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26. Refreshments will be served and the authors will also be available for signings and conversation.

POETRY READING. Poet Richard Shelton will read from his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, at the Modern Languages Building auditorium on the UA mall west of Cherry Avenue. This free series of fall readings is presented by the UA Poetry Center. Call 321-7760 for information.

WRITERS' ROUNDTABLE. The UA Department of English, Composition Program and Library are sponsoring a series of free student writer roundtables in the Multipurpose Room, A313, UA Main Library. Each discussion will have a moderator and panelists along with audience participation. Writing Southwestern Journeys will be the topic for the next roundtable scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25. Call Louise Greenfield at 621-9919 or Bonnie Travers at 621-8366 for information.

CALL FOR ENTRIES. Border Playfest Competitions is seeking new, unpublished, unproduced one-act plays. Winners will be announced at the Border Book Fest, March 22 through 24, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Submit a bound script and SASE to: The Border Book Festival, Attention: Deborah LaPorte, 224 N. Campo, Las Cruces, NM 88001. Deadline is November 5.

DEAD POET'S SOCIETY. The Dead Poet's Society is a writing forum and network designed for people who write and hide it in boxes. For more information call 577-2444.

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS. Teach someone to read. Become a tutor for literacy volunteers of Pima County. Call 884-8337 for information.


TWISTED TALES. 'Round up the family and go listen to Hispanic and Native American tales that will get your spine tingling from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 21, at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Storytelling is free for members or with paid admission to the museum. Call 578-3008 for information.

HALLOWEEN HAUNTS. See the things that go bump in the night at the Haunted Ruins at Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, through October 30. Volunteer actors present Dead Moon Rising for the enjoyment of all ages. Goblins and night crawlers lead tour groups from the gate every 30 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, $3 children ages 7 to 12 years, with free admission for kids 6 and under and members. Valley of the Moon is located just north of Prince Road and east of Tucson Boulevard. Call 323-1331 for information.

HOMEWORK HELP. Tucson/Pima libraries offer free drop-in homework help for students in elementary, middle and high school. Experienced tutors and homework help resources will be available throughout the school year. Call Ann Dickinson or Gina Macaluso at 791-4391 for information.

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES. The following activities and events are scheduled at Tucson-Pima Libraries: Kids can listen to Halloween Hijinx, stories by Howard Cook at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 21, at River Center Library, 5605 E. River Road. Call 791-4979 for information. Second through sixth graders can join the School Age Book Club every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. Call 791-5021 for information. Call your local library for other exciting Halloween events!

MUSICAL CHAIRS. Desert Dove Christian Church, 6163 Midvale Park Road, offers a variety of music classes for children. Programs offered include: interactive preschool music classes at 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and 3 p.m. Wednesdays; beginning and intermediate band; and beginning guitar. Call Judith Richardson at 888-3352 for information and enrollment.

OUTDOOR CONFIDENCE. Outdoor Confidence is a new non-profit organization offering programs promoting recreational skills for kids ages 11 and older. The C.O.R.E. program teaches kids outdoor skills such as orienteering, knot tying, minimum impact and primitive camping. Call 884-9394 for information.

SEEK SATURDAYS. The UA Extended University offers SEEK Saturdays to allow parents to learn and explore with their children in a variety of programs designed for children ages 5 to 14 years. Activities include hiking, mountain-bike riding, archery, artistic endeavors and more. Individual SEEK Saturdays range in price from $10 to $69 and include all materials, bikes, archery gear, etc. Call the UA Extended University at 621-UofA for registration and information.

Parents' Corner

TUSD BOARD MEETINGS. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, in the Morrow Education Center Board Room, 1010 E. 10th St. Call 617-7303 for information.

RAINBOW FAMILIES. Rainbow Families, a gay, lesbian and bisexual parents network, holds a support and discussion group every third Saturday of the month. Meetings are held in Room 31 of St. Francis in the Foothills Church at River and Swan roads. The next meeting is scheduled for October 21. All gay, lesbian, and bisexual parents, partners, and family members are welcome. Call Craig at 318-9348 for information.

F.E.M.A.L.E. Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge is a network of moms who have taken a break from their careers to be at home. Tucson has two chapters, northwest (529-8314) and central (325-6617). Chapters offer regular meetings, playgroups, Mom's Night Out activities and meals for new mothers. The central chapter meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, in the Rincon Room of the Alamo building at TMC, 5301 E. Grant Road. Dr. Jaime Ledesma will discuss Women's Health: An OB/GYN's perspective.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Women volunteers are urgently needed as phone mentors for young women who return to their community after participating in Job Corps training. These women need personal guidance and emotional support to help them assess and meet their current and future needs. Call Women In Community Service, Inc., at 792-3015 for information.

SINGLE MOTHERS BY CHOICE. Single Mothers by Choice is a support and networking group for women who have chosen to be or are considering becoming single mothers. Call Leslie at 745-5677, or Jean at 745-6777, for information and meeting location.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Children to Children, a non-profit grief support center for children and their families, seeks volunteers to train as support group facilitators. The next training session begins in September. Call 322-9155 for information.

TEEN DADS' SUPPORT GROUP. This support group meets from 5 to 7 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Center for Adolescent Parents, 1030 N. Alvernon Way. Free on-site child care, food, gas and/or bus passes are available. Meetings will cover life skills such as self-esteem, assertiveness, career direction and decision making. Call Susan Guerrero at 321-3823 for information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Tucson Centers for Women and Children (TCWC) seeks volunteers for multiple services for survivors of domestic violence. Call 795-8001 for information. Your involvement makes a difference.

LA LECHE. La Leche is a great organization that offers sensible advice for women who want to breastfeed their babies. Six monthly meetings are held throughout Tucson. Phone counseling is also available. Call 721-2516 for membership and meeting information.

THERAPY GROUPS. Jewish Family & Children's Services, a non-sectarian service agency for people of all races, religions, and ethnic origins, offers therapy groups for children and adolescents. Groups will deal with mild to moderate emotional problems, self-esteem issues, divorce and school-related difficulties. Cost is based on ability to pay. Call 795-0300 for more information.

THE PARENT CONNECTION. The Parent Connection, 5326 E. Pima St., offers a variety of educational and support services for families. The program's core is its Parent/Child Play program, which brings parents and children together for activities geared toward the social and physical development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The program provides instruction and discussion on communication, limit setting and nurturing for young children. Enroll now in Parents As Teachers, a free home-based program for parents of children ages birth to 2 years. The Parent Connection also offers a meeting site, library, indoor/outdoor play areas and referral to community resources for families. Additional class and lecture series and support groups are available. Call 321-1500 for registration and information.

PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS. Parents Without Partners, a support organization for single parents, meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 2447 N. Los Altos Ave., Chapter Hall, No. 45. Call 622-8120 for information.

LA FRONTERA WORKSHOPS. DES and La Frontera offer the following free parenting workshops throughout the month of October: Transitions/Games meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 21. Class teaches cooperation, quiet-time and transition games. Call Julie Mack at La Frontera, 884-9920 ext. 291, for registration and information.



MOUNTAIN BIKE CLASS. Tucson Parks and Recreation is offering Mountain Biking For Beginners, for teenagers, October 21 and 28. Class is designed to teach teens the safe and proper way to mountain bike. For the cost of $15, participants will be furnished with a bike, helmet and transportation from Randolph Center to hammer the hills of Redington Pass all day long. Call 791-4257 for registration and information.

ORACLE RUN. The thirteenth annual Oracle Run starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 28. Known as one of the toughest 10k's in Arizona, this 6.2-mile hilly course begins near the Acadia Ranch Museum on Mt. Lemmon Road and extends through Cody Loop Road and Cherry Valley before returning via the Mt. Lemmon Road. A one-mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 9:05 a.m. Over 200 runners are expected to race. All proceeds benefit the Oracle Historical Society. An All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast will be provided at the Acadia Ranch Museum for an additional charge. Call Dr. Darl Shipley at 797-2922 or 896-2603; or Dr. Trudy Larimore at 825-3103 or 742-9836 for race information.

CEDRIC DEMPSEY RUN. Join in the fun at 9 a.m. Sunday, November 5, for the 13th annual Cedric Dempsey Cancer Center Run. This charity event includes a 10k run and walk, two-mile Fun Run, and the brand new two-mile In-Line Skating Race. Enjoy the free food, fun and prizes. Call 626-5279 to register and for information.

EL TOUR DE TUCSON. Registration is open for the 13th annual El Tour de Tucson, scheduled for Saturday, November 18. Call PBAA at 745-2033 to register and/or participate in any of El Tour's activities; or pick up applications and information at any bicycle shop, Tail Winds or First Interstate Bank. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate.

VOLKSSPORT ACTIVITIES. On Saturday, October 21, the Tucson Volkssport Klub is sponsoring a 10K walk and 30k bike ride at Agua Caliente park, northwest of Tucson. Participants may start anytime between 8 a.m. and noon, however, everyone must finish by 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. A $2 fee will be charged for those desiring IVV credit. Call Fred Barton at 298-4340 for information.


WHERE TO MOUNTAIN BIKE? Dying to blaze some trails yet not quite sure where to go? Head to Bob's Bargain Barn, 2230 N. Country Club Road, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 25 as they and Full Cycle sponsor a seminar covering trail location and use, gear necessities and even how to find someone to ride with. Call 325-3409 for information.

ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS. The Center for Desert Archaeology now offers tours of both downtown Tucson and remote desert sites, providing new visions of Tucson's fascinating past. See the hidden 3,000 year-old village downtown, prehistoric rock art petroglyphs or half-day tours to Signal Hill, Picture Rocks and King's Canyon. Contact Connie Allen-Bacon at 881-2244 for more information on tours. Individual, group and corporate rates are available.

SAN PEDRO HIKES. A series of fall hikes will be offered October 21 through December 9. Hikes range in difficulty and duration, and include photographic ventures to the Little Boquillas Ranch/Boston Mill, Charleston/Indian rock art and Clanton Ranch Road. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress properly for weather conditions and bring food and a minimum of one quart of water per person. Pre-registration is required. Call (520) 459-2555 or (520) 458-3559 for registration and information.

BUILD A TRAIL. Join Bob's Bargain Barn in improving our mountain parks and monuments by volunteering some Saturday hours for the "Build a Trail" program. Bob's and Pima Trails Association are aiming at work every Saturday throughout 1995. Call 325-3409 for registration and information.

HIKING. Southern Arizona Hiking Club meets several days during the week. There are at least two different hikes on each of these days. All hikes are rated for difficulty. Call 751-4513 for more information.

SIERRA CLUB. The Sierra Club offers many outdoor activities including bike trips, campouts, picnics, singles events and various hikes for all levels. Call the Sierra Club at 620-6401 for information.


PAWS TO RECYCLE. Help keep the environment clean and keep a homeless animal safe and warm with PAWS to Recycle, a nationwide aluminum can recycle program benefiting local animal shelters throughout the month of October. Animal lovers are encouraged to call the Hermitage Cat Shelter at 571-7839 to arrange for pick-ups or drop-offs at various locations throughout town.

BEAR NECESSITY. The Sky Island Alliance will hold a meeting of the Bear Committee at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, at the Water Resources Research Center, 350 N. Campbell Ave. Continuing their efforts to promote peaceful co-existence between bears and humans, Sky Island welcomes volunteers to work on educational projects, garbage problems, and other ways to keep bears and people from having problems on Mt. Lemmon. Call 884-0883 for information.

FIREWOOD PERMITS. The Nogales Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest has fuelwood applications for the annual firewood cutting season. Applications may be picked up at 2251 N. Grand Ave., Nogales, AZ, or at the Supervisor's Office, sixth floor, 300 W. Congress St. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Application fee is $50. Cutting season is open through October 31.

DEQ HOTLINES. The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality wants you to call 622-5700 to report cars or buses spewing disgusting, health-destroying smoke. If you spot any of those wildcat dump hogs call 622-5800 with the location, license plate number and type of trash being dumped. Businesses needing hazardous waste assistance can call the Hazmat Education Helpline at 740-3346.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE. The Tucson/Pima County hazardous waste disposal site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Friday and Saturday for household waste disposal. For more information call 740-3340.

RECYCLING. The following neighborhood drop-off centers are open 24 hours daily: Cholla High School, 2001 W. 22nd St.; Booth-Fickett Magnet School, 7240 E. Calle Arturo; Wrightstown Elementary School, 8950 E. Wrightstown Road; and Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St. All city and county landfills also have recycling centers. Call 791-5000 for hours and locations. Multi-material recycling facilities are located at Recycle America, 945 S. Freeway Blvd. Call 622-4731 for hours.

RETHINKIT LINE. Don't know whether to throw it, hoe it or stow it? The RETHINKIT Recycling Information Line, 791-5000, offers information for callers with recycling questions and concerns.


GARDEN DEMONSTRATIONS. The following free, one-hour demonstrations will be given at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.; and at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road: October 25, Winter Weed Control--The Pre-Emergence Gamble. Call 628-5628 for information.

BOTANICAL GARDENS. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Nursery hours are 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Fiesta de los Chiles takes place October 21 and 22. See this week's insert for information. Guided tours of the gardens are offered at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; and "Birds and Gardening" tours will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Call 326-9255 for information.

TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS. The Master Composters of the Tucson Organic Gardeners offer free lectures at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Lectures are preceded by a mini-market of organic produce, plant seeds and related gardening items. A compost maintenance site is also maintained at TBG with Master Composters are on site at TBG from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday to answer all your composting questions. All lectures are free and open to the public. Call the Compost Assistance Line at 798-6215; or call 883-0377 for information.


BOOKS: A Good Life by Ben Bradlee. A somewhat reluctant hero of the Watergate era (his initial heel-dragging was traced to his belief that even Nixon couldn't do anything as stupid as the things "Woodstein" were claiming), Bradlee tells a thoroughly enjoyable, warts-and-all story of his life and times as he rose to become the editor of the most influential newspaper in America. There are wonderful anecdotes throughout, tales of his friendship with JFK, his battles with the Nixon White House, his loyalty to and from Washington Post owner Katherine Graham, and the disastrous Janet Cooke fake-Pulitzer Prize fiasco. It all rings true, save for his assertion that he didn't know anything about JFK's philandering. But even on that, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

MAGAZINES: "The New Social Darwinists" in the October 1995 issue of Scientific American. It starts off with psychologist Devandra Singh's now-famous study showing men all over the world vary widely in their taste in female face structure, breast size, and other features, but come together in overwhelming numbers to find women with a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7 sexually alluring. Not surprisingly, this has caused some serious yelling among feminists, which in turn is indicative of the entire field of the social sciences, as evolutionary theory butts heads with political ideology and religious dogma in everything from economics to anthropology.

DON'T BOTHER!!!: We usually try to stay positive and upbeat around here, but we've just got to warn you about a stupefyingly ignorant book, The End of Racism by the moronic Dinesh D'Souza, whose Illberal Education stank up the bookshelves a few years back. His assertion in the previous book was that American students weren't getting a well-rounded education, thanks mainly to those who controlled academia as a means toward a liberal political agenda. It was at least an interesting argument. This new book is so stupid, I'm afraid I lost IQ points just reading the forward. Among his allegations are that segregation was designed to protect blacks, not suppress them, and that slavery wasn't about race; it was strictly about money. It takes this jerk over 700 pages and 2,000 footnotes to raise these arguments, and in the end, his only support for the latter statement is that a handful of freed slaves once owned slaves themselves. Among the worst books of my lifetime.

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