POLITICAL MONSTER. No, we're not talking about the last guy to leave the White House.

University of Arizona professor Michael Shueller is much more interested in Godzilla. Specifically, Shueller is intrigued by the historical and political ramifications of the first Godzilla movies.

Maybe it's something like playing a Kiss record backwards.

Anyway, Shueller's talk at Borders Books and Music also will touch on aspects of the more contemporary releases of movies starring the impressive if destructive creature.

The fun and informative lecture begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Borders, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. Part of a UA history department lecture series, it's free. For more information, call 584-0111.

MARKET WATCH. It happens every Sunday and if you haven't been in a while, you owe it to yourself to check out the Tucson Farmers Market.

The list of vendors is a who's who of healthy eaters.

Steve and Mounty Brown of La Oesta Garden, for example, offer a variety of vegetables grown right here in Tucson. Because Mounty is originally from Laos, many of her vegetables are exotics from Southeast Asia.

If meat's more your thing, check out Karen's Grassland Meats. Karen Riggs raises Brangus beef the old-fashioned way. She doesn't feed her cattle grain. Nor does she inject them with antibiotics or hormones. Taste the results.

Jesse and Danielle Barnes drive to Tucson each weekend from their home in Casa Grande with a harvest of tomatoes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, onions, potatoes and melons. Oh, and salsa and jams.

Get your carbs at the stand run by John and Nancy McKearney of Village Bakehouse. The couple studied the bakery business in Europe before moving to Tucson. Their bread uses a natural starter as opposed to a commercial yeast. The baking process takes 10 hours, start to finish.

Round out your fresh and healthful meal with a cup of tea. Maya Chai Tea provides a selection of exotic teas usually found only in India.

The market is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday in St. Philip's Plaza, at the southeast corner of Campbell Avenue and River Road.

COWBOY COLLECTION. Grab your hat and boots and amble over to Tohono Chul Park, where Saddle Bit and Rope runs through March 25.

The exhibition of tools and trades of the old Southwest features fine handmade cowboy gear as well as photographic portraits of cowboys and ranchers of the region and majestic views of the land they worked.

The photos, taken by Carter Allen, include short biographies of each of his subjects. The work provides a fascinating character study of 20th-century ranch life.

Complementing Allen's art, Bob Sharp's color Cibachrome landscape photos of the region expose its exquisite beauty. For more than 100 years, Sharp's family owned the San Rafael Ranch along the Mexican border, the last division of the Greene Cattle Company established by Sharp's grandfather, Colonel Greene.

The exhibition is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Sunday, when the hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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