November 22 - November 29, 1995

City Week


Thursday 23

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 information.

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 for information.

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 more food.

Friday 24

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 of tricks.

'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.

pix 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.

Saturday 25

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.


Sunday 26

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.

Monday 27

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.

pix 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.

Tuesday 28

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.

Wednesday 29

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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