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CELESTIAL CHOW. Launch into gastronomic orbit for a good cause at the 16th annual Galaxy of Fine Foods. More than 40 restaurants will contribute comestibles, with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.
Participating eateries include Barrio Grill, Cushing Street Bar and Grill, Daniel's, Ric's Café and La Fuente, with music by Cool Breeze and a raffle for travel and other prizes.
The event is 6 p.m. in the TCC Grand Ballroom, 260 S. Church St. Tickets are $40, and available at the American Heart Association, or by calling 795-1403.
GAY TROOPER. He may be pushing 90, but time hasn't slowed England's renowned gay expatriate, Quentin Crisp. Now the sprightly nonagenarian arrives in Tucson to discuss happiness and other lofty topics.
The happy traveler is best known for The Naked Civil Servant, his hilarious, touching book detailing his years as a London art school model. The book was later made into a play, and a TV movie starring John Hurt, whom Crisp calls his "representative on Earth." The Washington Post likewise calls Crisp "an international treasure."
Nor is he a stranger to the big screen himself. Besides a brief role in Orlando, he has appeared in Philadelphia, The Bride, and To Wong Fu. He also appeared as Lady Bracknell in the New York stage version of The Importance of Being Earnest.
An Evening With Quentin Crisp is a one-man show with no director and no script. He simply extemporizes the first half, while the second is devoted to chatting with the audience, all aimed at spreading his philosophy, "Never keep up with the Joneses: drag them down to your level. It's cheaper."
Performances are 8 p.m. today and tomorrow in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and available at Antigone Books, Tucson Trunk, the PCC box office and at the door. For details, call 206-6988.
BOOT STOMPERS. It's time to kick up a few cowpies when the Western Music Association's 10th annual International Music Festival lopes into 3/4 time. This year's festival will feature more than 80 groups, workshops, a yodeling contest and plenty of action for the kids.
Topping the performance roster are those eternal melodic equestrians, Riders in the Sky. Other acts include Sons of the San Joaquin, and singer-songwriter Johnny Western. Jam sessions, dances and general orneriness continue through the weekend, with repentance in the form of a Sunday morning cowboy church service.
The action runs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. today through Sunday at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road. Daily admission is $18 for WMA members, $18 for non-members, and available at Corral Western Wear, Cowtown Boots, at the door or by calling 743-9794.
MOST PREFERRED TROUPE. Cultural exchange marches on with a performance by the National Acrobats of China. Considered the foremost troupe in their homeland, they bring skills resulting from long years of training at the Fu Hsing Academy, where the acrobatic art form is transmitted from one generation to the next. They're also incredible athletes, and their props are the trappings of daily life, from chairs, tables and ladders to plates, bottles and jars. According to critics, the result is simply "beautiful and breathtaking."
The performance is 8 p.m. in the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church St. Tickets range from $28 to $36, and are available at Dillard's or by calling 791-4836.
BRAVE NEW PUEBLO. Proving that techno-whimsy isn't confined to Art Bell, the Old Pueblo joins the Brave New World with the TusCon 25 Science Fiction Convention. This annual gathering of sci-fi, fantasy and horror fans will feature writer Fred Saberhagen, artist Elissa Mitchell, and critic and horror writer Ed Bryant. That's in addition to panel discussions, readings, art shows and live-action role-playing.
The event is 1 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday, in the Executive Inn, 333 W. Drachmann St. Admission is $35 for the entire weekend, or $10 today, $20 tomorrow, $15 Sunday, and half-price for children ages 12 and under. For information, call 293-1455.
BLOSSOMING TRADITION. At the heart of traditional Yoeme (Yaqui) culture is the Flower World, an enchanted place mirroring the everyday lives of these ancient people. This world is likewise visited through the traditional Deer Dance, and by singing Deer Songs.
Now non-Native Americans can glimpse this sacred place when the Yoeme community celebrates its culture at the Arizona State Museum. Activities will include dancing, music, crafts and traditional Yaqui stories narrated by Francis Delgado.
The free event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the museum, located on the UA campus just inside the main gate, east of Park Avenue. Call 621-6302 for details.
CHARMED STEPS. The Isis Theatre Dance Company unveils its fall season with Third Time's a Charm. Appropriately, the performance will highlight three new works, including "The Wave," which brings to life the popular children's book, My Life With the Wave; Beach Boys Times Two, featuring "four unlikely males"--a school principal, a social-studies teacher, a football coach and a tenor; and Growing Up Female: What's the Story, a piece poking fun at gender issues.
Proceeds will benefit Third St. Kids, an excellent program providing performing arts experiences for disabled youngsters.
Show times are 2 and 8 p.m. in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. The matinee will include 45 minutes of uninterrupted "kid-friendly" works. Tickets are $8, $6 for students and seniors, $3.50 for the children's matinee, and are available at Creative Ventures, or at the door. For information, call 323-8437.
SURF'S UP. Legendary guitarist Dick Dale whips up his haunting surf sound for a power-packed show in the Rialto Theatre. Dale pioneered a dark, rangy style that rolls off the stage like a tsunami from the underworld. And decades after achieving iconic status, he still plays like a stubborn high tide that just keeps risin'. This is a show not to miss--his last Tucson appearance sold out in a flash.
Performance is 8 p.m. in The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $16, and available at Hear's Music, Guitars Etc., Yikes! Toy Store and Zips University. Call 740-0126 for details.
THE BIG UNEASY. No, urban sprawl doesn't mean simply stretching out on the couch for a few Baywatch reruns. Instead, it's the creeping of concrete, cul-du-sacs and people into the increasingly threatened desert areas that make Tucson special.
Now county officials, working with environmentalists, have hatched the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, aimed at curbing the suburban spread. But will it work? The Southwest Center for Biological Diversity takes a hard look at that question with a pair of free hikes into areas earmarked for protection.
Today's hike will explore Cienega Creek, followed by a walk through Arthur Pack Park on November 22. Both hikes begin at 8 a.m. For directions and other information, call 623-5252, Ext. 307.
THREE-WAY TREAT. Help promote local culture and maintain a unique, funky theme park when Valley of the Moon hosts Book, Bake and Boogie. This musical extravaganza will feature a lunar line-up of musicians, including the country sound of High Lonesome, folk and blues by The Restless Natives, folk-tinged blues with Stefan George and Lavinia White, bluegrass with Greg Morton and Tim O'Connor, and singer-songwriter John Coinman.
Their melodies will waft through a perfect setting, complete with a comfy meadow, an aromatic bake sale, and a passel of tomes donated by Bookman's. Proceeds help maintain the Valley, established by the late eccentric George Phar Leglar, and cared for by a handful of devotees.
The party runs from noon to 5 p.m. in Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road, east of Tucson Boulevard and north of Prince Road. Admission is $6, $5 for TKMA members, and $2 for kids under age 16. Call 326-9021 for details.
ISLAND FEVER. Merritt Keasey is a former curator for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. He's also a superb explorer, and tonight he describes his forays to the midriff islands of the Sea of Cortez. Most of these 10 islands are uninhabited and restricted to everyone except those with special permits.
As a result, they're also teeming with wildlife, from tiny crustaceans to huge finback whales second in size only to the great blue whale. Keasey will also discuss the gull and tern breeding grounds on the Isla Raza.
He'll be proceeded by Laural Parks, a local activist who will explain the Feliz Paseos Park Project, with its innovative, universally accessible trail system and two wildlife corridors linking Oeste Wash with Tucson Mountain Park.
Both speakers are hosted by the Tucson Audubon Society.
The free presentations are 7 p.m. in the UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. For information, call 629-0510.
GET SQUARE. Click your hills and take a little rustic journey away from techno and hip-hop when Fred Feild's Ranch Dance Productions hosts another free Monday Night Square Dance.
These are old-time squares, but you don't have to be a hayseed to do 'em. All it requires is a little practice, a touch of determination, and a pair of five-gauge steel toe guards.
The dance runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Zenith Center, 330 E. Seventh St. Call 623-0913 for details.
GIMME SHELTER. Bobby Burns arrived in Tucson without portfolio. In other words, he was homeless, with no job, no family, and only a few bucks in his pocket. It was the last place the college graduate ever expected to be.
Today, Burns is assistant director of a local alcohol-recovery program, a part-time high-school teacher, and a man with a roof above his head. But he poignantly describes life on society's underbelly in Shelter.
This diary of his 41 days on the street is filled with the sights and sounds of homelessness, from soup lines and the rare pleasure of a fried-chicken dinner, to the emotional spectrum of crisis, from anger and self-pity to humility, shame, and ultimate optimism.
Burns will read and signs copies of Shelter from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in The Book Mark, 5001 E. Speedway. For information, call 881-6350.
SOCIAL DISSECTION. Many consider Robert Colescott the most important American figurative painter of his generation. His work has been described as an intersection of publicly lauded art with blatant political and social outline, tackling racial issues--and nothing less than the revisioning of American history and the American Dream.
No small task there. But even at age 72, the Tucson painter continues creating significant work, and remains a role model for a younger generation of artists exploring the issues of race identity, power and gender. Now his provocative vision is on display in Robert Colescott: Recent Paintings, a new exhibit in the UA Museum of Art.
"After painting for 50 years, this is a professional and personal achievement," Colescott says. "I pull the viewer in with humor, but when they begin to understand what they have to deal with in the paintings, they don't know whether to love them or hate them."
Exhibit runs through January 3 in the UA Museum of Art, located
south of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to
ROWDY REPTILES. Our own well-chilled reptiles, a.k.a. the Tucson Gila Monsters, are back for another season of West Coast League hockey. Tonight they hit the ice against the Fresno Falcons for some puck-pummeling competition. The Monsters will also honor Veterans Day with a special tribute to the military, including a professionally sung national anthem, and a color guard performance. They'll also break out the patriotic suds, with beer going for $1 a pop.
The match is 7:30 p.m. in the TCC, 260 S. Church St. Admission ranges from $6.75 to $12, with military discounts available. For details, call 903-9000.
CULTURAL CROSSOVER. Alexander de Grassi was born in Japan of Italian ancestry, and Aliesksey Vianna moved to Tucson via Brazil. Tonight, the two musicians light up the local stage in a show of multi-cultural virtuosity.
Vianna opens the show with a set of Brazilian jazz and classical guitar. His talents are known to Tucson audiences from his role as a founding member of Sounds of Brazil.
And Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls de Grassi "One of the greatest steel string guitar player/composers," while the Washington Post exuberantly describes his searing "One-man guitar duets."
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in The Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $15, $14 for In Concert!, TJS and TGS members, and available at Hear's Music, Guitars Etc., or by calling 327-4809. Tickets are $1 more at the door.
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