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ART OF DRIBBLING. Pablo Toledo, a Tucson graduate of the University of Southern California film school in Los Angeles, has written and directed a film shot entirely in South Tucson using all local actors, many of whom had never been in a film before.

Runnin' at Midnight portrays the lives of teens growing up in the barrios who turned to basketball as a way of dealing with challenges and struggles. The screening is part of the Sunday Night at the Movies series hosted by the Unlearning Racism Task Force of Congregation Ner Tamid and St. Francis in the Foothills Church.

Both Pablo and his father Larry, who co-produced the film, talk about the issues the film raises. The evening begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, with a pot luck dinner and concludes with a discussion of the movie. It takes place at the church located at 4625 E. River Road at Swan Road. Questions? Call 299-9063.

MEDIEVAL ROCK & ROLL. Do you know what a shawm is? How about a krumhorn or a vielle?

Wolgemut is a trio of German and American musicians who sing, dance and perform in period costume as they plays these historical instruments. The music is infused with drum rhythms played on various percussion instruments and bagpipes as well.

In case you wondered, their name translates from German as "to be in a good mood." They want you to dance in the aisles and have fun. The group's director, Michael Gartner, is U.S.-raised but loved historic German music so passionately that he formed Wolgemut in 1997. Also including Stephan Plonske and Anja Herman, the group is joined by the Phoenix-based percussion ensemble, Three Guys and a Bunch of Drums.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at St. Michael and All Angels Church, 602 N. Wilmot Road. Tickets at the door cost $7 or call 546-8223 for reservations or more information.

WORLD-WIDE TUNING. Long before the Internet, there was shortwave radio--a simple, low-cost technology allowing you to tune in the whole wide world. You can still listen to news, music, commentaries and other programs in English--plus a gaggle of other languages--from stations located on the dial all around the globe.

Why would you want to do this? The folks at Flandrau Science Center can answer that in their class on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Broadcasts from other countries open your eyes, giving new perspectives on world events. Folks in other countries see us a tad bit differently than we do in our own insular bubble.

Learn how to buy the radio that's right for you or just spend an hour or so eavesdropping. Fee for the class is $4 for members, $5 for non-members. The UA's Center is located at Cherry Avenue and University Boulevard. Call 621-STAR for information.

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