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MUSICAL KIN: Tight-knit melodies emerge at the Sister Classical and Brother Jazz concert, presented by the UA School of Music and Dance.

The performance showcases the talents of violinist and pianist Luca Ciarla, a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate who just released his first solo CD. "Sister Classical and Brother Jazz is an invitation to enjoy music without boundaries," Ciarla says. "By playing classical music on the violin and jazz on the piano, I have the chance to explore a different dimension where Mozart, Charlie Parker, Bach and Keith Jarrett are just part of the same family."

The free concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 17, in the UA Holsclaw Hall, located on the south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. Call 621-2998 for details.

BICYCLE BLAST: Join the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists for healthy forays into the great Arizona outdoors.

On Saturday, June 17, the cyclists will host an intermediate 12- to 15-mile ride near Golder Ranch on Tucson's northwest side. Call 299-9588 in advance, or 907-3782 on the day of the ride.

Also on Saturday, they'll host an advance ride along the Butterfly Trail. The hosts caution that those "with butterflies in their stomachs better pass this one up. It's highly technical, and requires much hard work in the small chain-ring." If you're still up for the adventure, call 327-0655.

Finally, on Sunday, June 18, SDMB offers a "True Beginner Class and Significant Others Ride." Novice pedal-pushers can learn how to shift, endure small bumps, maneuver turns and enjoy a short, easy trail ride. There will also be a no-leader ride around the big loop in Tucson Mountain Park on the west side. For information, call 219-4398.

DANCE AWAY: The Tucson Friends of Traditional Music kick up their heels with another contra and square dance, complete with local callers and live music.

For the uninitiated, contra is an energetic social dance, in this case presented in a non-smoking, non-drinking atmosphere. Bring a friend or come alone--you're guaranteed plenty of partners. And newcomers can catch the steps with an introductory session starting at 7:45 p.m.

"Come experience community dancing that takes you back to the historical log-cabin dance form, but still lights a fire under dancing feet of today," organizers say.

Dancing runs from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 17, in the Armory Park Senior Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave. Admission is by donation. For information, call 327-1779.

WELL-READ HEADS: Join fellow literary travelers at a contemporary fiction group hosted by Barnes and Noble Booksellers. You don't have to be Hemingway, Bellows or even (gasp) Stephen King to toss in your two-cents worth here. Currently on the discussion agenda: The White Bone, by Barbara Gowdy.

The fiction group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Barnes and Noble, 5130 E. Broadway. For more information, call 512-1166.

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