November 16 - November 22, 1995
SPRING REIGN. When her 5-year-old daughter was abducted
from her home in England and left to die, June fled to Namibia,
where she had lived a decade previously with her husband, an officer
of the British consulate. A Namib Spring opens on the eve
of Namibia's independence in 1990, swirling together issues of
nationalism and apartheid, of individual struggles and social
change, in a dialogue between June (Cynthia Meier) and her former
servant Edison (Darwin), a Hererro tribe member. June, on the
edge of sanity from the loss of her daughter, floats surrealistically
between past and present, between rural England and the harsh
South African desert. (See Jana Rivera's article in the Review
Patrick Baliani's A Namib Spring continues with performances
at 8 p.m. through November 18 at the PCC Black Box Theater, 2202
W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $8, $7 for students. Call 326-7354
for reservations and information.
SPIFFY SPEWS. The long-awaited, stunning third issue of
the Capt. Spiffy Comic features nine local artists, including
Max Cannon, Nate Dryden and emerging talent Kermit Hu, whose work
Spiffy creator John Forier says "just keeps getting better
and better." He predicts Hu is destined for greatness in
the mainstream market. The book is a compilation of submissions
responding to the criteria "entries must be spiffy."
While it's no small task to fill the good Capt.'s over-sized shoes,
the artists have responded with 35 pages of unfathomable interpretations
of our hero. "We like comics that are individual," says
Forier. "We don't cater to the mainstream."
All the artists will be on hand to sign comics, "bad superhero
food" will be served and "bad superhero videos"
shown, along with the unveiling of commemorative murals celebrating
Capt. Spiffy's third year on the planet. What more could you possibly
ask for, free of charge, from 5 to 8 p.m. on a weeknight? Buff
up the Spiffmobile and speed over to Capt. Spiffy's Trend-O-Rama,
944 E. University Blvd. Call 624-4643 for information.
FREAKS. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Southwest Center
for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., for the second Festival of Youth.
Freaks II delivers seven hours of ear-splitting Alternative Rock,
creative tattooing, body piercing, freakish fashion and "free
stuff." DJs Unknown, Aler and H-Bomb will be joined by Jesus
Chrysler Supercar (from Phoenix), Casey Tripped, Beergut, Los
Federales, Ever Ready (from San Diego), FUCT, M.A.C., Front Side
Grind and Brenda's Never Been, to keep you rockin' on that oh-so-cool
expansive wooden dance floor--which is the premiere place to boogie,
even in combat boots. This is an exhibitionist's dream date, with
contests for Best Male/Female Tattoo, Best Body-Piercing and the
coveted title of Best Overall Freak. Tickets are $7 in advance
from Toxic Ranch and all Zia Records outlets. They'll cost more
on the day of the show. Call 623-2008 or 884-1220 for information.
DAWG MUSIC MASTER. There are two things to which David
Grisman has pledged his lifelong allegiance: the dog and the mandolin.
His accomplished playing and canine devotion (see any of his two
dozen solo album covers for proof) led the late Jerry Garcia to
coin the phrase "Dawg Music" for Grisman's original
variations on everything from bluegrass to Latin jazz. His latest
release, Dawganova, as in bossa nova, is vintage Grisman:
spicy, polished and beyond categorization. This is a rare opportunity
to see a living legend perform in the intimate setting of the
Berger Center, where there isn't a bad seat in the house.
Experience "An Evening with The David Grisman Quintet"
at 8 p.m. at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway.
Tickets range from $15 to $19 in advance, $3 more day of the show
and at the door. Outlets include Hear's Music, Loco Records, Mars-Hall
Music Center, Zips Records (Speedway) and KXCI. Call 623-1000
for tickets and information.
HOLIDAY FARE. Get a leg up on the busiest shopping day
of the year by perusing the Tucson Museum of Art's 14th annual
holiday craft market today through Sunday in the museum's Plaza
of the Pioneers, 140 N. Main Ave. More than 80 booths sport fine
quality jewelry, furniture, clothing, leather, glass, ceramics,
wood and metal works, guaranteeing something unique for even the
most hard-to-shop-for on your list. In addition to live music
and refreshments in the plaza, visit the museum free of charge.
Balance the impending holiday bustle with a tranquil stroll through
Rebecca Davis' and Roger Asay's organic sculptural installations
in Touching Earth, Contemporary Southwest Images X--The Stonewall
Foundation Series. The craft market is open from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. today through Sunday; with regular museum hours from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Call 624-2333 for information.
CAT NOIR. In conjunction with the Points of Entry
series at the Center for Creative Photography (of which the second
exhibition, Nation of Strangers, opens this week), The
Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., continues a film series celebrating
the contributions of émigré filmmakers with Edgar
G. Ulmer's The Black Cat, a masterpiece of horror which
marks the first pairing of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. It's
described as "inspired more by Aleister Crowley than Edgar
Allen Poe," with Ulmer creating a "filmed catalogue
of sadism, necrophilia, Satanism and murder combined with classical
music, art deco sets and clever camera work." Screenings
are at 2 and 4 p.m. today, and 3 and 6:15 p.m. Sunday, November
19. Admission is $4, $3 for matinees. Call 622-2262 for information.
RIGHT TO REMAIN SENTIENT. Back when couch potato products
were big on the market (sometime in the 1980s), there was a T-shirt
that read "Art may imitate life, but life imitates television."
Revisiting Network, Paddy Chayevsky's 1976 Academy Award-winning
film about an unscrupulous fourth-rate network that will air anything
to raise its ratings, including an insane, profanity-shouting
"mad prophet of the airwaves," we have to wonder. The
Arizona Bar Foundation Center for Law-Related Education (ACLRE)
is sponsoring the free screening as part of a panel discussion
on "the impact on democracy when increasing numbers of citizens
use television for news about government, at the same time that
networks are taken over by corporations that mix news and entertainment
values in order to increase ratings and revenue." We love
it--a free movie and a slap at the establishment media (what's
good for the networks is good for the dailies).
Exercise your right to a free movie from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Gallagher
Theater on the UA mall. Call 340-7360 for information.
EL NACIMIENTO. The spectacular El Nacimiento
Mexican Nativity exhibit opens with festivities from 2 to 4 p.m.
at La Casa Cordova, in the TMA Historic Block bordered by Franklin
Street and Main Avenue. Mary Luisa Tena created El Nacimiento
in 1978, adding new figures and stories annually to include more
than 200 handmade terra cotta figurines in a multitude of delightful
vignettes depicting rural Mexican life and customs. Her labor
of love has become one of the Old Pueblo's favorite holiday traditions,
housed in one of the city's oldest residences. Admission is free,
open during regular museum hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. El Nacimiento
continues through March 1996. Call 624-2333 for information.
HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEAVERS. Julia Ann McCoy is brimming with
enthusiasm for the artisan extravaganza sweeping the Ventana Village
Shopping Center at Sunrise Drive and Kolb Road, from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. today. The Holiday Spirit Arts and Crafts Festival joins
more than 100 local and visiting artists in a one-day event to
benefit Casa de los Niños. See what Santa's Southwest workshop
has turned out this season, with furniture, metal sculpture, watercolor,
textiles, wearable art and oh-so-much more. "The show runs
the gamut," says McCoy "with items from $2 to $2,000."
Under the umbrella of Spirit Weavers, the McCoy spousal-artist
team has organized a series of "Spirit Shows" to benefit
local charities through the arts. At the center of the activity,
Casa de los Niños will be accepting donations of children's
books and puzzles, as well as raffling off fine art paintings.
Bring gifts for Casa and pick up some new ones of your own--a
portion of all sales will be donated to Casa. Call 529-2072 for
DIG THE PIG POET. Some may not think it the most exalted
title, but along with his numerous awards (including the 1995
Western States Book Award for poetry for My Town), author
David Lee has been so dubbed for his seven volumes of poetry chronicling
life in a small farming town. The chairman of the Department of
Language and Literature at Southern Utah University, NEA fellow
and recipient of other awards too numerous to mention will read
and discuss his work at 2 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard of the
UA Poetry Center, 1216 N. Cherry Ave. Reading is free, and will
be followed by an informal reception. Call 621-5566 for information.
FLAMENCO FIREWORKS. The clap of castanets, the fiery rhythm
of Spanish guitar, stamping gypsy feet, the flamboyant movements
of lithe dancers, and the passionate wail of voices echoing of
love and loss on the desert plains of Andalusia. All elements
of Flamenco artistry feed off each other to create a truly electric
performance; and tonight's collaboration of more than 40 dancers,
singers, and musicians from the companies of Maria Beintez Teatro
Flamenco and Lydia Torrea Spanish Dance Company promise an unsurpassed
exhibition of this dying art. Southwest Dance presents one performance
only of Flamenco Fireworks at 8 p.m. at the TCC Music Hall,
260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $18 to $28. Call 791-4836
for reservations and information.
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS. Invisible Theatre's latest production
once again proves real life is stranger than fiction. Me and
Jezebel, written by Elizabeth Fuller, tells the true tale
of the summer of 1985, when screen legend Bette Davis arrived
at Fuller's Connecticut home for a one-night visit that lasted
a full month. Davis is played by Jetti Ames, with Donna Davis
portraying Elizabeth Fuller in this hilarious comedy directed
by IT Associate Producer Deborah Dickey. Performances continue
at 8 p.m. through December 2, with select 2 o'clock Sunday matinees.
Tickets are $12 and $14. Call 882-9721 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
for reservations and information. Tickets are also available at
the door. Invisible Theater is located at 1400 N. First Ave. at
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