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VISIONARY DUO: Powerful new works by Gwyneth Scally and Herb Stratford are on display in the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery.

Scally's paintings explore the subtle construction of the individual by the forces of culture. In her work, human figures are juxtaposed with a series of modern archetypes, creating a series that emphasizes consumerism, our bodily experiences of the world, and sexual roles.

Aiming to create "visuals which stay with the viewer," Stratford crafts small sculptural assemblages dealing primarily with the modern condition. These pieces use found and created elements meant to speak simultaneously on several levels.

The exhibit runs through October 14, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 30, in the Dinnerware Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. Regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and during Downtown Saturday Night. For information, call 792-4503.

I AM A CAMERA: Celebrated English artist David Hockney may be best known for his bright canvases of Southern California pool scenes, but he's spent a lot of time peering at the now-murky works of the Old Masters. Puzzled by some odd details of perspective, Hockney finally concluded that the Old Masters weren't always painting freehand; they seem to have relied on the help of primitive optical devices.

This controversial theory will get a hearing when Hockney himself joins UA optical sciences prof Charles Falco for a free discussion Thursday, September 21 at 3:45 p.m. at the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center. That building is just east of the parking lot on the southeast corner of Cherry Avenue and the UA mall. Get there early to negotiate the construction zone.

BALLFIELD BARON: A football legend is recalled with an outdoor screening of Knute Rockne, All American, presented by La Placita Village and the Fox Theatre Foundation.

The classic film was a major stepping stone for its two leading actors, Pat O'Brien and Ronald Reagan. According to TV Guide, O'Brien "gives a gung-ho performance as the great Notre Dame football coach." Likewise, the part of George Gipp, played by the Big Gipper himself, "turned Reagan's career around."

Show time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 21 in the courtyard at La Placita Village, on the southwest corner of Church Avenue and Broadway Boulevard. Admission is free, but donations for the renovation of downtown's venerable old Fox Theatre are requested. Call 623-2748 for details.

FLIGHTS OF FANCY: Enjoy topnotch local dance with a performance by Tenth Street Danceworks.

Hosted by Tucson Parks and Recreation, the show will include guest performers Dancers In Company, the University of Iowa's touring ensemble.

The concert will include three new works by Charlotte Adams, Tenth Street's artistic director. They include The Poetry of Physics, which was selected for this year's National American College Dance Festival, and The Dreamlife of Crows, a solo by veteran troupe dancer Chieko Imada.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, September 22 through 24, at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, in Reid Park east of Country Club Road and south of 22nd Street. Admission is free. For details, call 791-4873.

PETS AND PROSE: Score some bargain-basement tomes and help little critters at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona's fourth annual Book Sale for the Animals.

The firesale inventory includes thousands of books, videotapes, cassettes, CDs, software and books-on-tape. This bountiful harvest is donated by Bookman's Used Books, the Foothills Mall, Tucson Parent magazine and KWFM, among many others. All proceeds are earmarked for the HSSA's education programs for children, parents and teachers.

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 23 and 24, in the Foothills Mall. Call 321-3704 for information.

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