PUEBLO ON PARADE: Civic pride meets seasonal spirit on
Friday, November 27, wities.
Sparkling, well-lit floats hit the pavement for the fourth-annual Tucson Downtown Holiday Parade. The parade starts at 6 p.m. at the Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave., and travels to the Tucson/Pima Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. It will be preceded by family-oriented entertainment at the museum, and followed by a frolic at the library.
At 7 p.m. there will be a lighting of Tucson's official holiday tree--the Peace Tree--in front of the library. Decorations have been constructed by kids from the library's bilingual story-telling group, with materials donated by the Tucson Downtown Alliance.
Also at 7 p.m., Pima County ushers in the Yuletide by lighting the holiday scene in front of the County Courthouse, 115 N. Church Ave. This cool vignette centers around an Italian-made crèche, donated by area businesses in 1951. The scene has been updated to symbolize many different cultures and holiday themes. For information, call 740-2690.
SUBCONSCIOUS DESIGNS: Three artists take the subconscious to task with glorious results in Figurative Allegories, now on display in the Etherton Gallery.
Holly Roberts is known for her unconventional combination of photography, delving into regions simultaneously inhabited by the routines of daily existence and the world of her imagination. By painting over pictures of her family, friends and animals, she captures a bit of the anima, the soul that provides a basis for reflection.
Saints and sinners, allusive innocents who pose and cavort in a Rousseau-like garden, are the turf of Eriks Rudans. Through captured moments of daily life and invocations of primal myth, his figurative paintings revel in stylized figures with tightly cropped heads and iconic faces, reflecting an affinity for the religious genres of the retablo and ex-voto.
Daniel Diaz's mixed media paintings deal primarily with the influences of traditional religious beliefs and the role they play in family life--the didactic teachings that seem, in his world, to "render no logical explanation." His handmade frames and simplified pictorial fields also recall traditional retablos and the religious imagery of 19th-century ex-voto paintings.
Figurative Allegories is on display through January 16 in the Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, and during Downtown Saturday Night. Call 624-7370 for details.
HARD-EDGED COLLECTION: In Liquor, Guns and Ammo, writer Kent Anderson brings together a diverse collection of his work, including chapters from Sympathy for the Devil and Night Dogs, non-fiction articles on blood sports and bloodthirsty men; a travel piece on Mexico's Copper Canyon; the screenplay Shank; and notes from a novel in progress.
Anderson's work has long been regarded by New York publishers as "too dark to be commercial," but Sympathy for the Devil is now considered possibly the definitive Vietnam novel.
The author discusses and signs copies of Liquor, Guns and Ammo from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, at Clues Unlimited, 16 Broadway Village, at the corner of Broadway and Country Club Road. Call 326-8533 for information.
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