City Week

Thursday 31

PRIMATE PREVIEW. Glimpse the future, or at least a thought-provoking preview, with the sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes.

The outdoor screening is presented by La Placita Village and the Fox Theatre Foundation, and all donations assist renovation of the historic downtown movie house.

Toting Oscar nominations for best costume design and best original score, the enduring film stars Charlton Heston as an American astronaut marooned on a freakish, supposedly faraway planet. This weird world is inhabited by ape-like creatures who hunt humans for sport. Heston and his astronaut crew are captured, and surprise the apes by speaking their language intelligently, spurring controversy among the primates over the intelligence of humans and the morality of their imprisonment. The film's surprise ending and Heston's trenchant style still hit home. Roddy McDowell also stars as one of the savvy apes.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. in La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., on the southwest corner of Church Avenue and Broadway Boulevard. Admission is free, but $3 donations are suggested. For details, call 623-2748.

ROOTS RENDERINGS. Artist Willie Bonner taps his African-American heritage for a new show in the UA's Arizona Gallery.

Bonner creates colorful, gestured canvases with powerful references to his experience as a man of color. His pieces are often augmented by photo-transfers from newspapers revealing inhuman treatment of African Americans throughout history. They're brought alive through the use of brilliant reds, blues and yellows, and a generous application of heavy black paint.

Bonner is currently a grad student in the UA art department.

The exhibit runs through October 5, with a reception from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 9, in the Arizona Gallery. The gallery is on the second floor of the Student Union, on the mall east of Old Main. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 621-6142.

Friday 1

WELL-DRESSED. Actress and playwright Linda Andresano adorns herself with several personas in Dressing the Part, her one-woman show presented by Live Theatre Workshop.

A longtime member of Tucson's theater scene, Andresano plays a wardrobe mistress who dons costumes and characters after a theater's final curtain. Live Theatre regular Bruce Bieszki directs.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday at Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets are $11, and are available by calling 327-4242.

DIDACTIC DUO. Painter Francisco Rodriguez and photographer José Galvez shed light on the Latin experience with a collaborative show in Industry--A Gallery.

A native of Sonora, Mexico, Rodriguez has lived in Arizona for the past 25 years. His art is characterized by its plastic inventiveness, revealing a preoccupation with the exuberance of textures. A UA graduate, his illustrations have appeared in numerous books and periodicals, and his paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

Galvez is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who aims his lens at the barrio and Mexican-American culture. A native Tucsonan, he portrays that heritage through "realistic and positive" works. Also a UA grad, he's worked for the Arizona Daily Star, and was a longtime shooter for the Los Angeles Times. Pieces from this display are also featured in two traveling exhibits: Americanos is organized by actor Edward James Olmos through the Smithsonian Institution, and Vatos is funded by the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

The Rodriguez and Galvez show runs through October 1, with a reception from 6 to 11 p.m. today in Industry--A Gallery, 439 N. Sixth Ave. Regular gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Saturday 2

THUNDER ROAD. Metal monsters rumble, crunch and bellow when the Tucson Rodeo Grounds hosts a motorized extravaganza.

Road rage gets a twist at this fossil-fueled fest, featuring everything from monster truck racing and a championship demolition derby to motorcycle racing and "tough trucks." Colorful big rigs rolling in from around the West include "Obsession" from California, "Whiplash" from Texas and Tucson's own "McGruff" and "Arizona Dust Devil."

So gather your gearheads for two nights of unrivaled piston partying, with proceeds benefiting the YMCA.

Gates open at 5 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Ave. Advance tickets are $9, available at El Campo Tire stores. Tickets are $12 at the door, and free for children ages 5 and under. Call 712-7243 for details.

COW KICKS. Serious cow folk might want to saddle up and mosey on down to the 85th annual Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo.

Nestled in the eastern shadows of the Santa Rita Mountains, this tradition-rich get-together will feature the usual rodeo action, from bareback bronc riding, team penning and steer wrestling to mutton bustin', ladies' breakaway roping and entertainment by The Gratnys Trick Riding and Roping. The "Best Little Rodeo in Arizona" also offers chow, plenty of beverages and even a big ol' dance.

The rodeo starts at noon today and tomorrow and at 1 p.m. Monday at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. Take I-10 east, turning south at the Sonoita exit. Drive time is 45 minutes. Admission is $8, $4 for children ages 4 to 12; it's $2 less on Monday. Call (520) 455-5553 for details.

Sunday 3

SALSA SOIR...E. The Tucson Jazz Society turns up the heat with Some Like It Hot.

The annual salsa/Latin jazz dance competition will feature Tucson's own steaming ensemble, Rafael Moreno and Descarga. Competing for a slew of prizes, hoofers will display styles ranging from salsa and mambo to merengue and cumbia. And they'll be judged by a panel comprised of local music, press and dance celebs, including the Weekly's own editor.

Some Like It Hot runs from 8 to 11 p.m. in St. Philip's Plaza, on the southeast corner of Campbell Avenue and River Road. Tickets are $11, $6 for TJS members, and are available at the door. For information, call 743-3399.

HOPS HEAVEN. Blow off the stink and suck down a few suds when Bisbee hosts its annual Brewery Gulch Days.

The cool burg in the Mule Mountains will dish up a smorgasbord of small-town revelry, including long-running favorites like the Old Miz Biz Contest, a waterball tourney, chili cook-off, cakewalk and pet parade. There will also be carnival games for the kids, live music and plenty of great grub.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. today in Bisbee. Take I-10 east to the Benson exit, heading south on Highway 80. Drive time is about 90 minutes. For information, call 432-3733.

Monday 4

ART AFLIGHT. Our international air hub offers a global perspective with Peoplewatching, now on display at the Tucson International Airport.

Art at the airport? Yep, the TIA has long been highlighting regional and local talent along the center-core ticket area, sandwiched between the Delta and Southwest counters.

The latest collection features Shirley Oppenhiemer's intimate, mixed-media examinations of aging women in our society. Then there are the large-scale paintings of David Brown, which aim to externalize folks' inner journeys, heavily relying on wit and a "penchant for the double-edged metaphor."

Mary Dietz draws out her models, then captures the personality reflecting across their faces, in a style of portraiture she calls "an exhilarating challenge." Esther Snow's photography encompasses a wide range of subjects, from desertscapes to intimate self-portraiture. This display focuses upon her portraits of children. "Whether they engage in play with the camera, or are shy and want to hide from it, their true character is revealed," she says, "and remembered through the photograph."

Finally, Michael Rintala takes a spontaneous, abstract approach to the human figure, favoring loud color contrasts and a bold application. Contextually, he draws on his Asian-American roots as a looking glass in which to view self-image.

Peoplewatching runs through September 30 at the airport. For information, call 573-4868.

Tuesday 5

STEP BY STEP. High-step across the planet with a pair of international shindigs.

First, the Tucson Jewish Community Center hosts Israeli folk dancing--and dance classes--every Tuesday. Beginners can pick up the basics from 7 to 8:30 p.m., followed by advanced classes from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The TJCC is at 3800 E. River Road. Call 299-3000 for information.

And get a taste of the Emerald Isle with Irish dancing each Tuesday. These reeling high-steppers gather at 7:45 p.m. in Dance Moves Studio, 2514 E. Sixth St. Call 296-8476 for details.

Wednesday 6

FLOATING BACK. Take a cruise back in time when '70s supergroup Little River Band sails into Bob's.

This bunch of Aussies skyrocketed up the charts in their heyday, turning out nearly two dozen Top-40 hits and a pile of multi-platinum records. Now in their third decade of touring, they still know how to kick up an outback tune or two.

Show time is 8:30 p.m. at Bob's, 6350 E. Tanque Verde Road. Advance tickets are $15, available at Bob's, Hear's Music, Zip's on University, CD Depot, Guitars Etc., or by calling (800) 965-4827.

SHAKESPEARE LITE. The eternal bard gets briefly turned on his hilarious head with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

Old Will is unquestionably the King of English-language playwrights. Still, as any school kid knows, the great one simply used too many words. Finally three brave Californians--Jess Borgeson, Daniel Singer and Adam Long--took it upon themselves to synthesize Shakespeare's loquacious legacy into one evening-long romp that reveals the bard's "simple beauty."

For its part, the Reduced Shakespeare Company dates back to 1981, when Singer, a disgruntled drama student, returned from England to his native California. Inspired by Tom Stoppard's The (Fifteen Minute) Dogg's Troupe Hamlet, Singer began writing his own abbreviated version of Shakespeare's masterpiece. He was eventually joined by fellow scholar Borgeson, and by Long, an equally disgruntled bass player. The show evolved at Renaissance fairs, bar mitzvahs and weddings into a work The San Francisco Examiner calls "remarkably silly" and "a great send-up of Shakespeare."

Borderlands Theater is presenting the Tucson debut of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

Preview performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow in the PCC Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. The opening-night performance is Friday, September 8. Tickets are $16 including the post-play reception, or $13 for the show only. Regular performances are 7:30 Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday through September 17. Tickets range from $8 to $13. All tickets are available at Antigone Books, the PCC Center for Fine Arts box office, the Borderlands Theater office, or by calling 882-7406.