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ENVIRONMENTAL EDGE: Hard-line environmentalism takes a stand when the Tucson Botanical Gardens hosts an appearance by Rod Coronado. The evening will also include music, and a chautaqua (in character) portrayal of Rachel Carson.

Sponsored by the Sierra Club Rincon Group, the evening will focus on Carson, who is credited for prompting an awareness of environmental threats with her riveting book Silent Spring. Her character will be played by living-history interpreter Fiona Reid.

For his part, long-time animal rights activist Coronado was heavily influenced by Carson's work. Coronado first gained prominence when he helped sink two unoccupied whaling ships and arrived in New York to stage a press conference about it. He later served time in prison for sabotaging an animal testing lab.

The event is 6 p.m. Thursday, November 18, in the TBG, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. A $5 donation is requested. For details, call 620-6401.

TEAM TALENT: Time is running out to glimpse the work of two fine talents in the Hacienda Del Sol Gallery.

Vita Solomon's work has been exhibited in countless national and international venues, including the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute in London, the Paris Salon of 1966, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her portrait of Pearl S. Buck now hangs in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery. For that body of work, Solomon taps a variety of mediums, from oils and watercolors to pastels and prints.

Another mixed-media painter, Deezie Manning-Catron's work ranges from figure drawing to large-scale botanical representations. While living in Mexico for 20 years, she studied with Toby Joysmith and Alfredo Zalce. She also worked in New Mexico at the Sante Fe Institute of Fine Arts, rubbing shoulders with Lee Mullican, Susan Rothenberg and Nathan Olaviera.

The exhibit runs through November 30 in the Hacienda Del Sol Gallery, at the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch, 5601 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. The gallery is open daily. For information, call 299-1501.

ONSCREEN SCENE: Alternative celluloid takes a bow tonight when Upstairs Film presents the return of Flash Frame. Featuring a string of Arizona short films, the series is highlighted by the world premiere of "Harvest." Written and directed by Michael Toubassi, the film reveals how lust without trust can quickly turn pleasure into pain.

Also on the roster is "Motel" by Sharif Nakhleh, which poses the skittering query: Is life really as bad as the cockroach thinks?; "Mourning Lorraine," Stephen Judge's look at immortal amore; "Open 'til Three," Ari Lieberman's tale of a late-night diner where folks get more than they ordered; and Kaleb Smith's "El Curandero," a story of creation, destruction and healing. See this week's Cinema section for details. Flash Frame shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, in The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Tickets are $4, and available at the door. For information, call 622-1751.

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