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REALLY GREAT SHOTS. Neon signs and the gleaming chrome of lunch counters are hallmarks of a style perfected by the likes of Robert Bechtle, Richard McLean, John Baeder and Jack Mendenhall.

Photo-Realism is a type of realist painting which emerged in the 1960s and 1970s whose subject is the photograph, or the photographic vision of reality.

Organizers of a new exhibition at Tucson Museum of Art have gathered up some great examples for As Real As It Gets: Super Realism and Photo-Realism from Private Collections and the Tucson Museum of Art Permanent Collection.

The show, which runs through Aug. 18, includes several new acquisitions from the past two years as well as special works of art borrowed from local private collections.

Tucson Museum of Art is located at 140 N. Main Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $5, seniors are $4, students 13 and older are $3 and members and children 12 and under are free. Sundays are free family days. For more information, call 624-2333 or visit

A NATURAL MYSTIC? Common sense tells me there isn't a whole lot happening in the great beyond.

But I'm usually wrong.

Anyway, maybe I should rethink things. The Common Sense Movement group is hosting a presentation called Mystic at Prayers.

According to the group's press release, a mystic is "a person who has power that is beyond human comprehension, power which intuitively comprehends the truth beyond human understanding and misunderstanding."

Not sure what that's all about, but the event's special guest, Syed Salahuddin, presumably will be able to shed some light on the subject.

The free event is from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tucson Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Free parking is available in the garage off Alameda. For more information, call 742-7361.

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