TALENT FOR TIKES: Saying Marla Lewis is good with kids is like saying color is good with paint -- or more to the point, that notes are good with music. Lewis creates educational, entertaining and interactive musical arrangements that have won accolades across the age spectrum. And with the release of her new album, We Love to Read, she delivers a slew of new, surefire rugrat hits like "I Love Foods that Start with "M' " and "Gentle Giraffe."

"I sang before I could talk," Lewis explains. "At the age of 3 in New York City, I sang "S'Wonderful' on the amateur hour radio contest Live Like a Millionaire, and I won! I didn't want to get off the stage, and the audience didn't want me to, either."

Have those talents faded? Hardly. "The children at my school are singing my choruses in the halls and asking for my autograph," she says.

Lewis brings her unique rapport with the tender set to Tucson for a performance at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 5, in the Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road. Call 791-4626 for details. Lewis will also perform at 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, in the Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road. Call 791-4531 for information. Both shows are free.

PURE FORM: The Drawing Studio celebrates the human form in Drawings from the Nude. For years this little studio has trained artists to focus on "the practice and education that occurs when one draws as a means of investigating what one sees." The current such investigation features some 80 works by 36 artists. Their ranks include both students and faculty, and media ranging from charcoal and conté crayon to pencil, ink, oils and watercolor.

Drawings from the Nude runs through August 27, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 7, in the Central Arts Collective, 188 E. Broadway. Regular gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and during Downtown Saturday Nights. For details, call 620-0947.

OUTWARD BOUND: Head for the hills -- the cool Santa Ritas -- on a trek with the Jewish Federation.

This 3.7-mile hike is moderate to strenuous, and covers a well-maintained trail from Madera Canyon to Josephine Saddle. Hiking time is approximately four hours, and isn't suitable for small children. Tour leaves at 10 a.m. Sunday, August 8. For directions and other information, call 577-9393, ext. 114.

BIKE BLAST: Kickstart Grill is making a name for itself on the two-wheeled circuit, and today it enhances that rep with a motorcycle extravaganza.

These ongoing Friday night gigs will include dealer displays and motorcycles competing for prizes in categories ranging from custom big-twin and sport-bike to American, European and Japanese. Southwest Boulevard will rev the proceedings to the next decibel level with live music starting at 7 p.m. Friday, August 6, in the Kickstart Grill, 8987 E. Tanque Verde Road, in the Bear Canyon Center. Admission is free. Call 760-3013 for details.

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