CLEAN AIR CRUSADE: Leap astride your two-wheeled steed and join the forces of good for another Community Bike Ride.

Held on the last Friday of each month, these fun, informal forays are a great way to stoke your ticker, and make the crucial point that fossil fuel is a friend to neither man nor beast. If you're skeptical, take a look at our increasingly vaporized horizon -- or at the gridlock filling our streets.

The free Community Bike Ride leaves at 4:30 p.m. from the Time Market parking lot, 444 E. University Blvd. Rides last approximately one hour. Call 792-1334 for details.

FOOTLOOSE: Enjoy a top-flight display of fancy footwork when Tucson Parks and Recreation hosts Tenth Street Danceworks.

The concert will feature new choreography by Tenth Street powerhouse Charlotte Adams, along with always-stellar performances by Mark English and Thom Lewis.

Tucson's professional hometown troupe will be joined by Dancers In Company, hailing from the University of Iowa. Co-directed by Adams and Armando Duarte, the ensemble will perform works by Adams, Cecil Slaughter, Sara Semonis and internationally acclaimed choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning.

The free performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, September 24 through 26, in the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, east of Country Club Road and south of 22nd Street. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. For details, call 792-0493.

BAND AID: Big, bad and brassy -- that's our Arizona Marching Band. And now they're taking their stuff to the streets for the sixth annual Stand By Your Band fundraiser.

The fun begins with a parade starting at the intersection of Swan and Grant roads. The whole entourage -- including the pom/dance line and baton twirling team -- will march north along Swan to Fort Lowell Road, and the courtyard of Plaza Palomino. A concert will follow, along with a silent auction of merchandise and services contributed by Palomino tenants and other businesses. Also on the block is a special tailgate performance by the band.

The parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 25. For details, call 621-7027.

PLAYFULLY POIGNANT. Comic creators have finally gained long-deserved ranking as true artists, a fact revealed by an exhibit in the Museum of Contemporary Art's HazMat Gallery.

All currently working in the United States, their names range from the relatively obscure to the big-time, including Peter Bagge, Dame Darcy, Mick Diana, Matt Groening, John Howard, Kaz, Joe Marshall, Gary Panter, Howard Salmon, King Velveeda and Shannon Wheeler.

Linked by their use of narrative, these artists tend to base their work on constantly changing characters. In this exhibit, they lean towards the "more demented side of life," often through wide-ranging references to pop culture, from punk rock to Archie comics. If you have a funny-bone geared to alternative reflexes, this is a show not to be missed.

The exhibit runs through November 12 in the HazMat Gallery, 191 E. Toole Ave. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 882-7830 for details.

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