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HERE'S YOUR CUE. If you think you're a pretty good pool player, get your stick and shoot for Famous Sam's--with a little luck you could win a million bucks.

OK. So I lied. You'll have to be a damned good player, plus have lady luck on your side, to make it to the million-dollar mark.

One of the nation's largest billiards tournaments is coming soon to a Famous Sam's near you. The Canadian Club Sharpshooter Challenge, a free eight-ball tournament, is open to both male and female players of all abilities.

More than 400 events are being staged at locations in more than 30 states nationwide. One winner from each local event receives a custom Imperial Billiards cue while runners-up receive a Canadian Club Billiards fleece jacket.

The top two players advance to one of 22 regional tournaments, which start in January. Regional tourney winners get $1,000, runners-up get $500 and both advance to the national finals held next April in Las Vegas, where they have a shot at $1 million.

In Tucson, the action starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Famous Sam's at 8058 N. Oracle Road. For more information, call 531-9464. More information and official rules can be found online at

PICKIN' AND GRINNIN'. Hot music should warm up Wickenburg this weekend.

The 22nd annual Bluegrass Festival and Fiddle Championship at Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds boasts 13 events and $6,500 in prize money.

The event features three host bands on stage twice a day, food booths and arts and crafts. Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday. Entertainment starts at 1 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 7 a.m. and entertainment starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 928-684-5479.

FRESH STUFF. The works of three local women artists are featured in a new exhibition called Redesigned Beauty.

The Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona and the Amazon Foundation have transformed their office and conference room space into the Women's Gallery, showcasing women artists in Southern Arizona.

Now, artists Jo Andersen, Darden Bradshaw and Evamaria Lugo have taken up residence in a show that opens Friday and runs through December 20.

The Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona affects the lives of women and girls by securing financial resources to fund programs that promote their empowerment, advancement and full participation in society.

The gallery is located at 3610 N. Prince Village Place, Suite 100--one block east of Campbell Avenue on the north side of Prince Road. A reception is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. November 17. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 795-5288, ext. 104, or e-mail