TAKEN TO TASK: Remember this: Tucson's mayoral candidates are vying to work for you, and our city's future lies in the balance. Three major neighborhood groups will put the contenders -- Libertarian Ed Kahn, Democrat Molly McKasson and Republican Bob Walkup -- through their civic paces with a "job interview." This forum will be televised live, and you're encouraged to attend.

The forum is 7 p.m. Thursday, October 14, in the Amphi High School Auditorium, 125 W. Yavapai St. For details, call 791-4711.

LEGIONNAIRE'S UNEASE: The poignant story of Herbert Strehlow, a former foreign legionnaire from Germany, and his love for a stricken Slovakian girl is brilliantly detailed in Lea, presented by the UA German Film Series.

Upon his arrival in Slovakia, Strehlow quickly falls for Lea, and wastes little time in buying her from her stepparents. He then forces the girl to come with him to Germany and become his wife. From these inauspicious beginnings, an unlikely relationship surprisingly blooms. Connecting on a spiritual level, their intimacy grows in this charming reaffirmation of love's potential.

Screening time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14, in the UA Modern Languages Auditorium, east of the Student Union, and north of the main mall. Admission is free. For details, call 621-7385.

FULL MOON LUNACY: Experience Halloween in a new light at Valley of the Moon.

Created by late visionary George Phar Legler, this funky midtown fantasy land is maintained by a cadre of dedicated volunteers. They'll dish up a howling good time with Haunted Ruins, described as a "fun, barely scary show for children and adults to enjoy."

Tours run every 30 minutes from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through October 30. Valley of the Moon is at 2544 E. Allen Road, north of Prince Road and east of Tucson Boulevard. Proceeds on Wednesday, October 20, will benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank. Admission is $5, $3 for kids ages 7 to 12, free for children under age 7 and Valley of the Moon members. For details, call 323-1331.

RHAPSODY IN BLUE: Get down and dirty at the 15th annual Blues Fest in Reid Park.

Culminating the Tucson Blues Society's Blues Week, this year's riveting lineup of gut-wrenchers will feature Angela Strehli, Lazy Lester, Teddy Morgan, Souleros, Lori Davidson and the Intruders, Fruteland Jackson and Mark Hummel. All the low-down action happens on the luscious lawns of Reid Park, under rapturous October skies. Bring a chair or a blanket.

The free blast runs from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 17, at the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, east of Country Club Road and south of 22nd Street. Afterward, Lori Davidson and the Intruders will host a post-concert blues jam at Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N. First Ave.

For information, call 617-4617.

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