INWARD SPIRAL. The fragrance of herbs, the crunch of pine needles underfoot and the ancient feel of handmade paper--these are the materials of our escape in A Spiral to Within, installations by Catherine Nash. The two installations are nestled within the south gallery of the UA Museum of Art, providing a unique sanctuary evoking those long-lost secret places we created as children: forts in the woods, nests in closets, tents made from blankets, chairs and tables. "I feel moved to create works that offer a solitude and silence that many adults cannot or do not seek in their lives," says Nash. "I seek to provide an opportunity for the viewer to relax, slow down and to feel safe and protected."
Stop and smell the straw from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, through October 22, in the UA arts oasis on the corner of Park Avenue and Speedway. Admission is free.
Shades and Shadow continues with performances at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday through November 5 at a.k.a. Theatre, 125 E. Congress St. Tickets are $9, $7 for students. Call 321-0493 for reservations and information.
FERAL FOLLIES. Having just survived the nine lives of the "Best Of Tucson" here at The Weekly, any mention of felines really gets under our fur. But ever diligent in our drive to inform you of all things great and small in the Old Pueblo, we knew we should remind you that Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's acclaimed adaptation of T.S. Elliot's beloved poems, slinks into town for three nights only at UA Centennial Hall. Showtime is 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, with weekend matinees at 2 p.m. 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.
Catch the spirit of All Hallow's Eve with storytelling from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road. Admission is free to members, $8.95 for adults and $1.50 for children up to 12. Call 578-3008 for information.
Downtown Saturdays. With the summer heat behind us, Downtown SaturDays once again spice up the weekend scene with art, architecture and barrio tours in and around the Arts District. Today's highlights include glass blowing demonstrations at Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, 711 S. Sixth Ave., and the storybook castle at the Children's Museum. Colorado guitarist Kirk James performs Delta blues, ragtime and acoustic Texas shuffles from 7 to 10 p.m. on Pennington Street, and jazzy Caliente livens up Fourth Avenue at Winsett Park. This season downtown visitors can tour the evening streets via horse-drawn wagons. For more information on Downtown SaturDay and Saturday Night events, call 624-9977.
Their collaboration draws from the folk roots of modern culture, with emphasis on the effect of cultural roots on Jewish identity and consciousness. Into the Woods begins at 10 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center, Dodge Boulevard and River Road. Also today, visual artist Ruth Weisberg's Brothers and Sisters exhibit opens with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Joseph Gross Gallery on the UA campus. Call 577-9393 for information on these and related events.
TRUE BLUES. The annual Blues Festival takes over Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with performances by Blues in the Park with Denis Offret, George Howard and the Roadhouse Hounds, Chick Rodgers, Steve James, Floyd Dixon, the Barbea Williams Dance Company, William Clarke, Coco Montoya and the excellent homegrown Sam Taylor Band. We don't have to entice you with free admission or details of the great food, abundant energy and epic performances about to take place, do we? Just go. And if seven straight hours doesn't cure what ails ya, head over to Berky's On Fourth Avenue, 424 N. Fourth Ave., for the Post-Festival Jam Session.
Avoid parking hassles by taking the free shuttle with continuous service between 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Foley's at El Con; and every hour on the hour from El Pueblo Neighborhood Center on West Irvington Road. Call 791-4560 for information.
Tonight's discussion continues Genesis: Culture, Continuity and Community, a week-long series of events using art to explore issues of contemporary cultural identity. Forum is free, and meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Call 577-9393 for information on this and other Genesis events.
Previews are a steal at $6, at 5:30 tonight and noon Wednesday at The Temple Of Music And Art Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave. A box lunch is available for $6 from B&B Café downstairs. Regular performances are at 8 p.m. October 26 through 28. Call 882-9721 for reservations and information.
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