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JAZZ BLAST: Tucson music impresario Zeitgeist lights up the local stage with the fourth annual Jazz Showcase.

This concert benefiting the Bevel Education Fund includes the Ed Ulman Quartet, an exploratory ensemble playing unique interpretations of jazz standards and originals; Umbra, a new UA Jazz Studies group heavily influenced by John Zorn's Masada quartet; and Slop, with former Blue Monks ace guitarist Matt Mitchell. Rounding out the bill are Adult Party Experience, and the trio of Matt Finstrom, Rolf Jordahl and Jim Marshall.

The all-night show begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 2 in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Admission is $5. Call 882-7154 for information.

DAINTY MAYHEM: One of cinema's darkest comedies is revived with a screening of Arsenic and Old Lace.

This Frank Capra classic stars Cary Grant as newspaperman Mortimer Brewster--who's known for his diatribes against marriage--and opens ironically with Brewster tying the knot in City Hall. Mayhem ensues when he visits his eccentric aunties with the news, only to discover that they've adopted a strange hobby: murdering lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. They're aided in this skullduggery by cousin Teddy Brewster, who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt.

The movie will be screened under November skies by La Placita Village and the Fox Theatre Foundation. Proceeds go toward renovating the vintage downtown Fox movie house.

Show time is 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 in La Placita Village, on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church Ave. A $3 donation is requested. Call 622-0077 for details.

CELTIC HOMECOMING: Tucson's favorite Celtic cowboys, a.k.a. the Mollys, come home for a concert at the Nimbus Brewing Co.

This is one of those bands that makes categories meaningless. For their part, members of the Mollys describe their style as "tangled roots music." Whatever they do, they've been a hit, blending folk, Tex-Mex and Irish melody into a tasty gumbo that's become our city's hottest export.

Show time is 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 in the Nimbus Brewing Co., 3850 E. 44th St. Tickets are $7 at the door. Call 297-9133 for details.

SENATORIAL SCRIBE: Mystery writer and former Senator Fred Harris unveils his latest whodunit, Easy Pickin's, at Reader's Oasis.

Harris was twice elected to the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma, and was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976. Now a political science professor at the University of New Mexico, he's authored 10 non-fiction books, and first entered the mystery genre with the publication of Coyote Revenge, called "spare yet emotionally rich" by The New York Times.

Easy Pickin's is Harris' second book to feature Depression-era Oklahoma Sheriff Okie Dunn. This time, following two break-ins and an assault on his deputy, Okie decides to investigate three strangers who showed up in town looking for a missing heiress.

The free signing runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 1 in Reader's Oasis, 3400 E. Speedway Blvd. Call 319-7887 for information.

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