November 22 - November 29, 1995
STUFF YOUR CARCASS. Somewhere in a parallel universe, the
recipe for fruitcake is irretrievably lost and everybody has a
happy home to go to for the holidays. But for now we're stuck
in this one, with the season of fruitcake upon us and droves of
homeless and disenfranchised people with nowhere to go. From 10
a.m. to 1 o'clock today, the Santa Cruz Catholic Church School
Cafeteria, corner of 22nd Street and South Sixth Avenue, will
serve its fifth annual Thanksgiving meal for homeless adults and
children. Along with the meal, basic necessities such as blankets,
clothes and toiletries will be distributed. Call 722-9009 for
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1145 E. Ft. Lowell Road,
will also be serving today. In their tenth year of turkey trimming
with the Salvation Army, these folks dish out more than 1,200
meals each year. Fill your plate between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
All are welcome, they emphasize, free of charge--the homeless,
needy, elderly, or "just plain lonely." Call 888-0505
If you find yourself in good graces this year, consider stopping
in at either location to donate some time or resources to the
less fortunate. Whatever you can spare, they'll find a use for--especially
SEASON OPENER. Flandrau Science Center's annual holiday
planetarium show, 'Tis the Season, opens today with holiday
tales and traditions from around the globe. Spectacular video
and special effects projections explode across the hemispheric
dome of the planetarium theater, with music and narration recounting
winter solstice rituals from Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic,
Roman, Egyptian and Hopi traditions. No promises, but rumor has
it they're hoping to add laser imagery to their multi-media bag
'Tis the Season opens today with a special 2:30 matinee.
Regular showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and
2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through January 5. Tickets are $4.50
for adults, $3 for stargazers 13 and under, with student, senior
and military discounts. Flandrau Science Center is a short stroll
down the UA mall, at Cherry Avenue and University Boulevard. Call
621-7827 for information.
CLUB RHYTHM. Club Rhythm returns, Major Knucklehead style,
with a dance jam for the teeming masses. The Knucklehead Doctors
of Spin have found the cure for lead feet: an ever-changing musical
mix from all countries that know how to party. Along with their
usual fare from Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean, your requests
for pop music, R&B and Motown have been heard and obeyed.
Make tracks to the Club Rhythm Dance Jam at 8 p.m. at the Southwest
Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. General admission is $4,
$3 for KXCI members and $2 for kids 12 and under. Yes, the kids
pay at the door now, but once they're in, free child care will
keep them entertained while you spend some quality boogie-time
with your partner of choice. Call 721-7668 for information.
COYOTE RAMBLERS. Director Ken Tesoriere calls the latest
addition to the theatrical scene, Coyote Ramblers, "a new
group of experienced people." Many of the Ramblers worked
together with Su Teatro, with new members like Aaron Brown coming
in from the UA. Their first production, Modigliani, is
one Tesoriere says he's always wanted to do. "It's reminiscent
of my own work, in terms of the energy level. It's expressionistic,
(meaning) non-linear." How else to explain subplots that
include one artist who falls in love with a dead cow, another
who tries to join the French Army to steal a tank, and a dealer
who sells his wife's dresses while giving his clients' paintings
away for free?
The ribald comedy about artists struggling to survive in 1916
Paris was written in the mid-'70s by late New York playwright
Dennis McIntyre, a former associate of Tesoriere's. It was rewritten
and produced on Broadway in 1980, and now makes its Arizona premiere
in the rented space at a.k.a. Theatre, 127 E. Congress St.
Modigliani continues with 8 o'clock performances tonight
and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday through December 3. All tickets
are $10, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Shanti Foundation.
Call 797-7779 for reservations and information.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Twenty-two years after Roger
Corman's low-budget "B" movie about a star-crossed shop
owner and Audrey II, his man-eating plant, Little Shop of Horrors
found its way into the Orpheum Theatre in New York. The irresistible
music and witty lyrics (by now-famous Disney collaborators Alan
Menken and the late Howard Ashman) catapulted the unlikely story
into one of the longest-running productions in Off-Broadway history.
Arizona Theatre Company revives the cult-classic with a colorful,
high-energy production even the youngest audience members will
enjoy. Previews for Little Shop of Horrors continue through
Thursday, November 30, with tickets ranging from $21 to $25. Tonight's
performance is at 8 p.m. Regular evening and matinee performances
continue through December 16, with tickets ranging from $21 to
$30. All performances will be in the Alice Holsclaw Theater at
The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.
CELEBRATION OF ORIGINS. Thanksgiving weekend seems a good
time to reflect upon immigration in the United States. Let's face
it--we're all just immigrants here, a few local peoples notwithstanding.
The Center for Creative Photography's excellent Points of Entry
series heads into its second phase with "A Nation of Strangers,"
photography, portraiture, cartoons, illustrations and broadsides
examining "the history and breadth of immigration."
Co-curated by Arthur Ollman, director of the Museum of Photographic
Arts, and Vicki Goldberg, arts writer for The New York
Times, the exhibit packs more than 200 images into a provocative
display combining social documentary, artistic expression and
the personal experiences of the visitors themselves.
The Center for Creative Photography is in the UA Fine Arts complex,
south of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and University holidays.
Call 621-7968 for information on the exhibit and related programs.
TEMPLE TOURS. It's not quite as exciting as a magic door
in a wardrobe, but behind the stage curtain is a place where possibilities
abound--a portal to a world where vampires, vaudevillian masters
of days of old, and man-eating plants named Audrey come to life.
For those of us who'd never set foot on a stage unless there was
a gun to our heads (and not the kind with the banner that says
"Bang!"), this behind-the-scenes view offers a bit of
the magic without the stagefright.
Arizona Theatre Company docents offer free guided tours of the
Alice Holsclaw and Cabaret Theatres at 11 a.m. every Monday and
Saturday at The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Call
884-8210 for information.
MALONEY MELODIES. Phoenix-based singer/ songwriter Pat
Maloney may not be well-known to Tucson audiences, but he's captured
the attention of music writers around the country with sharp,
blue-collar ballads infused with "extraordinarily heart-felt
writing of various dysfunctions" (according to Performing
Songwriter). With a voice one writer calls "a shot of
Irish whiskey thrown down in a Texas saloon," and a style
The Green Line in Nashville compares to Jimmy Rogers, Bob
Dylan, John Prine and Tom Russell, Maloney seems to pack an acoustic
force to be reckoned with. Settle in for an evening of country-tinged,
contemporary folk at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Center for Music,
2175 N. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $5, $4 for TFTM, TKMA and KXCI
members. Call 884-1220 for information.
POET'S CORNER. The UA Poetry Center's fall reading series
continues as distinguished poet and essayist Jane Hirshfield,
author of The October Palace, Of Gravity & Angels
and Alaya, reads from favorite and unpublished works.
Hirshfield, a decorated author, scholar and editor of numerous
anthologies of women's poetry, currently teaches creative writing
at UC Berkeley. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New
Yorker, Atlantic, The Nation, The American Poetry Review and
The Paris Review of Poetry, but you can get a taste of
them for free at 8 p.m. in the Modern Languages Building auditorium
on the UA campus. Reading will be followed by an informal reception.
Call 321-7760 for information.
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November 22 - November 29, 1995