RISING SOUND: Guitarist Matt Mitchell has been a cational jazz scene since his days at the UA. He's since gone on to steady gigs with the Blue Monks, opening for such national luminaries as Herb Ellis and Mose Allison, Now he appears with his own group as part of Zeitgeist's Emerging Voices series.

Rounding out the Matt Mitchell Quartet are Aaron Bonsall on drums, Jeremy Patfield on sax, and Jem Solomon on bass. Together, they're "young lions guaranteed to turn up the heat" for a night of steamy, cutting-edge jazz.

Cheap Thrills The performance is 8 p.m. Friday, November 6, in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Tickets are $5, and available at the door. Call 882-7154 for details.

TERRA PLUMAS: Authors Janice Bowers, Gary Paul Nabhan and Simon Ortiz will read from their works in Voices of the Land, a benefit gathering for Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Bowers is a botanist and writer whose work reflects her deep ties to the natural world. She subsequently weaves connections among plants, animals and their environments throughout her books, which include Fear Falls Away and Other Essays from Hard and Rocky Paces, A Full Life in a Small Place and The Mountains Next Door.

Nabhan is science director at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and author of Gathering the Desert--a Burroughs Medal winner--and of Enduring Seeds. His latest publication is a book of essays titled Cultures of Habitat.

Ortiz is a poet from the Acoma Pueblo, and author of several poetry collections, including After and Before the Lightning and Woven Stone.

Native Seeds/SEARCH is an increasingly influential group working to conserve the traditional crops, seeds and farming methods of native peoples throughout the United States, and particularly the Southwest.

The reading is 3 p.m. Sunday, November 8, in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Advance tickets are $6, $5 for NS/S members, and available at The Book Mark, Tortuga Books, and NS/S offices. Tickets are $1 more at the door. Call 622-5561 for details.

RUSTIC RIDE: Giving birth on the frontier was no walk in the pediatric park. In fact, most medical situations in early Arizona called for unique, often stopgap remedies. Those ailments and their treatments are the focus of a lecture series at the Arizona Historical Society, held in conjunction with the exhibit, Life on the Edge: History of Medicine in Arizona.

Tonight, Dr. Mary Melcher, a historian, takes aim at having babies in the outback with her lecture, "Mothers, Midwives and Babies: Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Childbirth in Rural Arizona, 1910-1940."

Her lecture runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, in the AHS, 949 E. Second St. Cost is $6. Call 628-5774 for information. TW

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