October 26 - November 1, 1995

City Week

Thursday 26

SPACE CASE. If you were to fall down a rabbit hole and pop up in Utah in the midst of a psychedelic mystery about Mormons, sex and aliens, you might be on the set of Plan 10 From Outer Space, the latest effort from writer/director Trent Harris (of Rubin and Ed fame). Then again, you might just be in Utah. Described as "Fellini on an Ed Wood budget," this sci-fi comedy is one whacked-out interpretation of Utah's history and Mormon ideology, as narrated by Lucinda Hall, the earthling whose obsession with a century-old book by a mad Mormon prophet, and her subsequent pursuit of the "secret of the bees," sucks her into a strange world filled with spacemen, polygamists, angels and diabolical conspiracy theories.

Go see the film that the selection board at the Sundance Film Festival appraisingly called "truly subversive" in its Arizona premiere at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Plan 10 unfurls at 8 tonight, with multiple screenings Friday through Sunday. Call 622-2262 for information.

Friday 27

WHISTLING DIXIE. The Dixie Chicks are nothing if not a testament to that pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps American individualism. The trio of world-class musicians played their first gig on a Dallas street corner, dazzling audiences with extraordinary fiddling and banjo/dobro picking, and harmonies "as sweet and natural as a field of bluebonnets." That first sidewalk serenade awarded them $400 in tips, starting them on a journey that would lead to an in-demand schedule from the Grand Ole Opry to entertaining at presidential parties. Since 1989 they've produced two self-made, self-distributed albums, and were named Best Country Band at the Dallas Observer Music Awards for three years running.

So when a group of students and faculty members at the UA decided to take the matter of funding undergraduate scholarships into their own hands, the Dixie Chicks graciously offered to perform a benefit concert to that end. Catch a little bit of Texas and a whole lot of fun at 7 o'clock tonight only at UA Centennial Hall. Tickets are $12 and $14. Call 621-3341 for tickets and information.

GOOD CLEAN FUN. We hope the preponderance of fine art auctions indicates a healthy degree of private funding for our arts institutions, since the public sector continues to lag pitifully behind. Tell us it's so by attending the Tucson Children's Museum's second annual kitchen and bath tour, Through the Back Door, which kicks off tonight with a live auction of hand-crafted, antique plumbing fixtures. You may have second thoughts about spitting in any of five pedestal sinks and bathtubs, fashioned into unique artistic entities by artists Susan Gamble, Maria Tayoumana Levy, Lynn Rae Lowe, Allan Mardon and To-Ree-Nee, but they're fully functional. Bidding starts at 10:30 p.m., with exotic coffee and desserts compliments of Gallery of Food. Come early and spend lots of money. Tickets are $25, with cost of admission deducted from the purchase of an auctioned item.

If you're more of a looker than a buyer, a seven-home self-guided bath and kitchen tour rounds out the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with chefs from Encore Med, Janos, El Charro, Café Sweetwater and Trio Bistro culling their culinary gifts en route. Tour tickets are $20. Call 792-9985 for tickets and information on all events. The museum is located at 200 S. Sixth Ave.

DANCE CRAZE. Flying, single-point trapeze, handmade stringed instruments accompanied by children's voices, homelife, video backdrops of the southern Utah landscape and planetary transitions from land to water...who but Orts Theatre of Dance could fashion these disparate elements into a cohesive evening of dance theater? See Margaret Regan's Collage for details.

Tickets for the season opener at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., are $8 in advance, $10 day of show, with those 15 and under admitted free with an accompanying adult. Tickets are available at Bentley's on Speedway, Silverbell Trading Co. and via the Internet: 73664.2175@compuserve.com; or ortspace@aol.com. Call 624-3799 for reservations.

Or head over to the UA for a full-length modern dance concert entitled The Fire Next Time, a dramatization based on the story of Joan of Arc, choreographed by Tenth Street Danceworks' Deborah Birrane. Other featured works include "Woman's Solo Dedicated to Franz Kafka, 1954," by Anna Sokolow; and Birrane's "Widow's Walk," with additional performances by Charlotte Adams, Thom Lewis, Nina Janik and John Salmon.

Warm yourself by The Fire at 8 tonight and Saturday at the Ina Gittings Dance Theater on the UA campus. Tickets are $6 at the door, free to children under 10. Call 621-4698 for advance tickets and information.

Saturday 28

CELTIC CROSSROADS. Reid Park rises to the highlands between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today, as all Tucson's kilt-clad clan members come out of the closet for an afternoon of traditional Scottish games, music, folklore and history. Even if you don't know plaid from paisley, the call of the bagpipes, clatter of clogs or thrill of athletic exhibitionism will have you high-stepping over to some activity you've always wanted to try but were too sober to learn, with more fun and games than you can shake a shillelagh at. They've even charitably included a selection of British beers along with the traditional Scottish and Irish food fare. Admission is $5, but bring a few extra greenbacks and stock up on kilts and highland accessories--like a pair of Welsh woolens for those chilly nights ahead. Musicians include Laurie Riley and Michael MacBean, Arm and Hammer, Danu, Seven Pipers Society and The Who?Legans. Call 883-6211 for information.

HUNS FOR HUNGER. Motorcycle clubs just ain't what they used to be. A few weeks ago, the What Do You Know quiz on public radio featured an apparently scary-looking biker guy who went on to school host Michael Feldman on the philanthropic nature of his organization...and to correctly answer all five obscure questions, from current events to "things you should have learned in school." It wasn't a high point in the career of his partner, a graduate student in social sciences, who didn't answer a single question. Score one for the motorcycle club. So as a tribute to the unsung service of motorcycle clubs everywhere, we encourage your participation in The Huns of Tucson's annual food drive, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shooter's Steak House and Saloon, the mosque-turned-western bar at 3115 E. Prince Road. Besides, there's a bike show and nickel draft beer while it lasts. Admission is $5 or five cans of food. Children under 12 are free.

RAGIN' CAJUNS. Costumes are optional at the Cajun dance party at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Bayou Seco will sweep you off your feet with a five-piece dance band playing Cajun waltzes and New Mexican and Norteño two-steps on fiddle, accordion, guitar, drum and washboard. Advance tickets are $8, $7 for KXCI and TFTM members, available at Hear's Music, Loco Records, The Folk Shop, Bentley's and Piney Hollow. They'll cost another dollar at the door. Call 327-4809 for information.

Sunday 29

TRUST NO ONE. Co-conspirators in the cover-up will tell you the X-Files convention is merely a cheap attempt to capitalize on the hit TV series by Chris Carter and David Duchovny. But we know the minions who tune in to the weekly adventures of agents Mulder and Scully will not be deterred. We're not impressed that Agent Krycek and "Cancer Man" will be the guest speakers (Boo! Hiss!), but the prop museum, including the alien fetus and mysterious boxcar bodies, is another story. Event organizers promise "a dark atmosphere, like the show...with things only fans would appreciate." Bring your flashlight and bulging wallet. Admission is $17 at the door, $10 for children 7 to 12. Advance tickets are $14, available at Dillard's and the TCC box office. Convention hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the TCC Exhibit Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Call 791-4266 for information.

Monday 30

SEE JANE SPEAK. Satisfy your primate urges by attending An Evening with Jane Goodall, a slide lecture by the good Doctor herself, on the individuality and intelligence of chimpanzees, conservation and habitat devastation in Africa. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, with proceeds supporting the Jane Goodall Institute's ChimpanZoo, a national research, education and habitat enrichment program. The 7:30 p.m. lecture will be followed by a booksigning at the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. All seating is reserved. Call 622-2823 or 621-2230 for reservations and information. Ask about the Golden Circle of Friends reception.

Tuesday 31

Cirque du Horreur. If Halloween parties never live up to your horrific expectations, tonight's festivities at Hotel Congress will chase away the ghosts of hauntings past. They've been building up to the witching hour with six days of sideshows, culminating with a line-up including John Doe of X, Al Perry and the Sultry Heifers, featuring Caitlin von Schmidt and Julia Mueller (a reunion debut by the first band ever to perform at the Club), Spillblanket, Chick Cashman and (of course) Phantom Limbs. If for some reason you can't drag your carcass down to 311 E. Congress St., all shows will fiber-optically appear live on the Internet from the Congress Club Cam. Call 622-8848 for information. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 day of show.

Wednesday 1

CARAS Y MASCARAS. Silviana Wood is well known to young audiences as a storyteller and artistic mentor. But she's no slouch with the adult population either, having worked in the substance prevention field for more than 20 years; and she continues to voice her opinions through the persona of "Doña Chona," a feisty 70-year-old activist appearing on Reflexiones, a program on KUAT-TV, Channel 6. Also an award-winning local playwright, Wood presents Caras y Mascaras: A Drunkard's Tale, a spirited, music-filled bilingual drama commissioned by Borderlands Theater. This magical play-within-a-play previews at 8 o'clock tonight, with performances continuing Wednesday through Saturday through November 11. Preview tickets are $6 to $8, available at Antigone Books, Jeff's Classical Records and Borderlands Theater. Call 882-7406 for information.

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