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FRANKENSTEIN AND GILDA. It hardly matters if your passion is horror, musicals, film noir or Westerns; a summer series of great flicks is showing at a major land grant university near you.

The classic 1931 film Frankenstein on Sunday kicks off a new summer screening series of 16-mm films that pays tribute to several Hollywood genres.

Each classic film is accompanied by a cartoon with a similar theme. Introductory comments will be made by UA media arts faculty and series co-curators Michael Mulcahy and Barbara Selznick.

Popcorn and refreshments complete the movie-house ambiance.

Tonight's schedule also includes Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein and Frankenstein's Cat, a Mighty Mouse cartoon.

Future screening include An American in Paris (1951, 113 minutes) with French Rarebit on June 10; Gilda (1946, 110 minutes) with The Great Piggy Bank Robbery on June 17; and Destry Rides Again (1939, 94 minutes) with Bugs Bunny Rides Again on June 24.

The Genres of Hollywood summer cinema series, which runs through June 24, is presented by the media arts department of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona.

All shows begin at 3 p.m. Sundays at Harvill Auditorium on the UA campus, at the very south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway Boulevard east of Park Avenue. Tickets are $3 general admission, $1 students. For more information, call 626-2847 or visit

RAINING ALREADY? The rains of summer probably are still a few weeks off, but that won't stop the annual fun on Fourth Avenue.

That's right. It's time again for Friday night Monsoon Madness gatherings at Winsett Outdoor Performance Center. The weekly bashes will stage some of Tucson's hottest bands.

This Friday, turn up to hear Audio Gusto at 7 p.m. and Forgotten Lore at 8:30.

Different bands--the roster includes Rothd'Lux, Interlocking Grip and Molehill--will take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday night through August 31. For more information, call 624-5004.

ORCHESTRAL MANEUVERS IN THE PARK. Pack up the family Saturday evening for a free showcase of some of Tucson's finest young musicians.

The Catalina Chamber Orchestra presents its Young People's Concert Under the Stars, featuring three extraordinary young soloists.

Harpist Kristie Withers will play the first movement of Handel's Harp Concerto and sopranos Clare McNulty and Elise Ackerman will sing "The Laughing Song" from Strauss' Die Fledermaus and "Vilja" from Lehár's Merry Widow.

The event is geared to families. Highlights include a bilingual performance of the classic symphonic fairy tale Peter and the Wolf (Pedro y el Lobo).

The free concert begins at 7 p.m. at Reid Park's DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center.

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