Cheap Thrills

LOVE AND LAUGHS. I Was a Male War Bride is a comedy about a French army officer who falls in love with an American officer.

The Frenchman, played by Cary Grant, and his American love, played by Ann Sheridan, meet during assignments in post-war Germany. They marry, but have technical legal problems when she's ordered to return to the states.

Check out this funny flick Thursday and enjoy an evening downtown.

The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. at 110 S. Church Ave. The weekly screenings are free but a $3 donation to help restore the historic Fox Theatre is encouraged. Several La Placita Village restaurants will be open for dinner. For more information, call 325-2202.

FRESH HUES. A new exhibit features the works of local water colorists.

Nature's Moods at the Watercolor Gallery is a collection of new water-based media works by Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild members.

An artists reception is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Watercolor Gallery, 110 E. Sixth St. The show runs through October 20. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 318-0989 or 296-3786.

SADDLE UP. Two great rides are planned this weekend, so if you've got a bike, get ready to roll.

On Saturday, advanced riders will check out Charouleau Gap/Dynamite Canyon in a 16-mile jaunt. Meet for carpooling at Trader Joe's (southeast corner of Oracle and Magee roads) at 6:30 a.m. or 7 a.m. For more information, call Dick Bryant at 299-9588 or 907-3782.

Or enjoy an "epic" ride to Catalina State Park on Sunday. Meet at 7 a.m. in front of Wild Oats at Swan and Sunrise and ride to the park. The group will ride to the chutes and back via the 50-Year Trail. For more information, call Paul Mumford at 577-3657.

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists organizes the rides, which are free and open to the public. Helmets are required.