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LOS LOBOS: The mighty wolf is back. But the return of these beautiful creatures to the outback has been met with as much misinformation and hysteria as truth.

To sweep away the myths and celebrate the wolf's revival, a contingent of environmental groups and government agencies are collaborating to celebrate The Spirit of the Wolf on Saturday, August 28.

The festival will feature two award-winning wolf documentaries, live music, lectures, and an evening howling contest. Speakers include Bobbie Holaday of PAWS (Preserve Arizona's Wolves) and Bill Chamberlain of Chino Valley's U.S. Wolf Rescue (Chamberlain will be accompanied by his "ambassador" wolf pal).

Folk favorite John Coinman and his band head the music lineup, and there will be free barbecue, pizza and plenty of vegetarian chow.

All the activity is designed to bring folks together and clear up lingering confusion surrounding wolf reintroduction, says Nancy Zierenberg of Wildlife Damage Review. "Although the wolf is adapting (to reintroduction), we aren't. We humans seem to have forgotten how to live beside wild creatures--If we don't decide to act now to protect the newly free wolves, the reintroduction process may not work."

Get in touch with your wild side at Death of a Legend and Never Cry Wolf, screening at 1 and 2:15 p.m. respectively, at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. The festival kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 28, at Armory Park, Sixth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets. For information, call 884-0883.

FOREIGN VIEW: The UA International Arts Society Program revives its excellent foreign film series with Swept Away (By An Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August).

This 1975 Italian import was directed by Lina Wertmuller, and tells the story of a slovenly sailor (Giancarlo Giannini) who's stranded on a desert island with his aristocratic boss (Mariangela Melato). A comic situation ensues from these reversed roles, leading to a more serious examination of the politics of class, sex and love.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 27, in the UA Modern Languages Auditorium, east of the Student Union and north of the main mall. Admission is free. For information, call 621-3527.

KEYS TO THE KINGDOM: Those eclectic, fun-loving folks over at Valley of the Moon keep the spirit of fantasy alive with their Quest for the Golden Key to Happiness.

This is the latest installment of the Valley's charming, ongoing tours at this unique historic landmark created many moons ago by George Phar Leglar. His funky little outpost has drawn Tucsonans for years, and is kept up to snuff by a cadre of dedicated volunteers.

Quest is an interactive tour geared to all ages. Tours run every 30 minutes from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 27 and 28, in Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road, north of Prince Road and east of Tucson Boulevard. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For information, call 323-1331.

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