Thursday 11

ZERRO!? Don Diego returns from Spain to find his beloved Capistrano in the iron grip of the corrupt Capt. Ramon in Gaslight Theatre's El Zerro! or No Arrest for the Wicked.

Upon seeing what has become of his homeland and her people, Diego joins the battle for liberty and justice. To do so, he must hide his identity. So he dons black cape and mask and finds romance and adventure as El Zerro!

A preview of the production by Peter Van Slyke, with musical direction by Lisa Otey, begins at 8 tonight.

The show, which runs through March 24, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Extra shows are at 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $13.95 for adults; $11.95 for seniors, students and active-duty military; and $6 for kids 12 and younger. For reservations, call 886-9428.

ATTENTION-DEFICIT DRAMA. If you like theater, but don't feel like sitting through a full-length production, the Cabaret Theatre may be the place for you this weekend.

Three one-act plays, Hello Out There, The Forced Marriage and Dentity Crisis, open tonight. Performances are at 8 p.m. through Saturday. Tickets are $6 at the Cabaret Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. For more information, call 797-4792.

Friday 12

BROADWAY BUCKS. Buckaroos on Broadway has found its way back to Hidden Valley Inn for a three-month run.

The Crystal Palace Players' revue of Broadway's greatest Western-themed musicals includes Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, the Gershwins' Girl Crazy, Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun and Lerner and Loewe's Paint Your Wagon.

Directed by UA assistant professor and Broadway performer Marsha Bagwell, the Buckaroos on Broadway cast features Tucson favorite Glenda Young as Miss Crystal.

The show opens at 7 p.m. tonight and runs through March 22. Hidden Valley Inn is located at 4825 N. Sabino Canyon Road, one-quarter mile south of Sabino Canyon Park. Tickets are $13.95 for adults and $8.95 for children 12 and under. A separate show menu offers entrées from $7.95.

For reservations, or to check on future show times, call 299-4941.

RULE OUT ART. Herb Stratford hopes his new exhibit, Metaphor, encourages art-lovers to ignore all the rules.

"I try to remove the viewer from preconceived notions of established order and universal experiences," says Stratford, whose works incorporate wax, salt, sand and magnifying lenses.

The Temple Gallery hosts Metaphor, in which Stratford's focus takes the form of assemblages in box form. Old objects--found photos, teeth, bottles and other items--are fixed to the box lids or suspended in wax, representing "encapsulations of a memory, an event or an emotion," he says.

The show runs today through February 21 at the Temple Gallery, 330 S. Scott Ave., upstairs in the Temple of Music and Art. An opening reception is planned for 6 p.m. January 19. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, please call 624-7370.

SHAW TIME. Clarinetist John Denman and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra conduct a musical tour this weekend of the works of the legendary Artie Shaw.

George Hanson leads the orchestra through Shaw favorites Stardust and Frenesi and the seldom-heard composition Concerto for Clarinet.

Denman has distinguished himself as one of the few musicians to successfully cross over to jazz from classical. He is at home playing anything from symphonic masterworks to swing.

Shaw was crowned "King of Swing" in 1938 with his first major hit recording, Cole Porter's Begin the Beguine. It is one of the best-selling records in history.

Hanson not only conducts this week, but performs as piano soloist for Leroy Anderson's Forgotten Dreams.

The Salute to Artie Shaw pops concert at Tucson Convention Center Music Hall begins at 7:30 tonight and Saturday. A 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Sunday. Tickets are $13 to $32. Call the TSO box office at 882-8585, or visit the box office at 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster, 321-1000, or at outlets at Robinsons-May and Wherehouse Music.

Saturday 13

TO WIT. Dr. Vivian Bearing, a demanding professor and brilliant scholar, discovers with a diagnosis of advanced cancer that life's most profound questions cannot be answered by intellect alone.

Vivian's journey to the end of her life is the basis for Wit, a play the New York Times called "the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made."

Tonight's opening preview is the Arizona premiere of Margaret Edson's powerful play. The Arizona Theatre Company production stars Karen Grassle, best known for her portrayal of Ma on Little House on the Prairie. Her Broadway credits include Butterflies are Free, Sweet Sue and Cymbeline.

Director Samantha K. Wyer says Grassle is a "strong, fearless actor who is willing to explore Vivian's ever-shifting world with grit but also with compassion."

Such attributes are needed, since Vivian guides the audience toward death with a series of flashbacks, lectures and wry musings with caustic wit and touching vulnerability.

ATC is dedicating Wit to trustee Elsa Paine Mulhern, who passed away in December. A special fund was established in her name. For more information about the fund, call Claudine Messing at 884-8210.

The play previews at 8 tonight and at other times through January 18. The play runs through February 3 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $22 to $35. For times and tickets, call the ATC box office at 622-2823. For group discounts, call 884-8210.

GET SLAMMED. If you've never seen poetry in action, here's a chance to see one of the best slammers around.

Gary Mex Glazner, a professional poet, will perform Voices of the Slam, a reading/performance from Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry. The anthology, which Glazner edited, documents the first 10 years of the National Poetry Slam.

Joining Glazner at the Max Bevel Institute will be Seattle Poetry Festival founder Noel Franklin, who recently moved to Tucson, and local artist and performer Mat Bevel.

Glazner's been busy. He is poet in residence at the Inn on the Alameda in Santa Fe. He is working with filmmaker Aaron Yamaguchi on a documentary about SlamAmerica, a poetry bus ride across the country. The ride last summer, which Glazner organized, featured 37 readings in 30 days in 35 cities. More than 100 poets participated.

The performance is at 8 tonight at the Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. A $5 donation is suggested at the door. For more information, call Franklin at 740-9915, or e-mail her at See "Slam Academy," page 30, for more information.

NOT SIMPLY SOPRANO. Ancient Voices of Children, inspired by the poems of Spaniard Federico Garcia Lorca, provides the material for a soprano regarded as one of the most gifted interpreters of contemporary vocal music.

In one performance only, Dora Ohrenstein, a solo vocalist with the Philip Glass Ensemble for more than a decade, will sing as part of a talented group convened by the always interesting Coyote Consort.

"This year we are moving more dramatically in a different direction," says Mark Rush, co-founder of the Coyote Consort, which aims to present chamber music in innovative ways. "For example, we will have a piece from Jimi Hendrix. It is a colorful and unusual program that won't be like most concerts, which is what Coyote Consort is all about."

For her part, Ohrenstein will focus on Ancient Voices of Children, by composer George Crumb, whose masterpiece features a dramatic exchange between a boy soprano and an adult mezzo-soprano. Crumb sought to reveal in music the "haunting imagery" in the poetry of Lorca, a celebrated poet who was assassinated at 38 during the Spanish Civil War.

Tonight's concert at the UA Crowder Hall begins at 8. Tickets are $30, all seats reserved. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 621-3341.

DIG IN. Get your hands on Hohokam history at the Sabino Canyon Ruin, digging with experts from Old Pueblo Archaeology Center.

Between 1000 and 1350, the ruin was a vibrant village of Hohokam Indians, ancestors of the Pima and Tohono O'odham peoples. Excavations have uncovered pottery, stone, bone and seashell artifacts. Digs have revealed prehistoric apartment-like housing compounds and ancient canals.

An orientation includes the basics on the site's ancient residents, archaeological methods and how to recognize artifacts. Then the digging begins, followed by the cleaning and labeling of recovered artifacts.

No children under 12 are allowed at the dig from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. Cost is $35 per person. The dig is on private property. Directions to the ruins will be provided when you sign up by calling 798-1201.

Sunday 14

IN BLACK AND WHITE. Get a closer look at the conflicts and clashes between Jews and blacks and Italians in a photo documentary called Brooklyn Requiem: Bensonhurst and Crown Heights 1998-1994.

Susan Harris said her black-and-white photographs were taken to "create a forum of understanding between the people and communities whose lives were marred by these tragic events."

Harris has worked for the New York Times, The Jerusalem Post and U.S. News and World Report. Her work has been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art, the Gallery of Photographic Art in Tel-Aviv and many other galleries.

The new exhibition at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Fine Art Gallery also features the work of Lloyd Schermer. His whimsical creations incorporate the antique wood letters and foundry type from a Montana newspaper he published in the 1960s. Schermer worked in newspapers and television for 37 years, retiring in 1993 to begin a successful art career. His work is in collections around the country.

An opening reception is from 2 to 4 p.m. today. The exhibition continues through February 5. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Sundays. For more information, call Lori Lantz at 299-3000, ext. 103.

ALL IN THE FAMILY. Dozens of diverse live performances and a multitude of do-it-yourself arts and crafts highlight the Tucson Arts Odyssey's first Family Arts Festival.

Celebrating the breadth of the arts in Tucson, more than 50 groups will be represented in the free Sunday afternoon event at La Placita Village. Food will be available from La Placita's five restaurants.

The festival is from noon to 5 p.m. La Placita Village is located at 110 S. Church Ave. For more information, call 622-0077.

Monday 15

MLK MARCH. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a walk to the park.

A march today from the University of Arizona to Reid Park begins at 8:30 a.m. A festival at the park follows at 10 a.m. Organizers say they expect at least 1,000 people to show for the free party, which features speakers and entertainment.

Marchers should gather at 8 a.m. in the fountain area on the west side of Old Main. The route is from the UA mall to Reid Park's DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center.

For more information about the march, call Bobby A. Browning at 621-1145. For more information about the festival, call Donna Liggins at 791-3248.

Tuesday 16

FOR RENT. The wildly successful Rent returns to Tucson two years after its sold-out run at Centennial Hall.

Inspired by Puccini's La Bohème, the play is the joyous and breathtaking musical that celebrates a community of artists as they struggle with soaring hopes and tough realities.

Rent has been called the most exuberant American musical in a decade. Its success reinvigorated Broadway and resulted in a theater awards sweep that included the 1996 Tony for Best Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The show begins at 7:30 tonight and at various times through January 21. Tickets are $32 to $48. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Centennial Hall is located at 1020 E. University Blvd., just east of Park Avenue on the UA campus. For more information, call 621-3341.

An "Arts Encounter" talk takes place 45 minutes before tonight's performance in Room 102 of the Center for English as a Second Language, 1100 E. North Campus Drive, just north of Centennial Hall. See "The Village People" on page 30 for more information.

Wednesday 17

GREAT 'GRASS. Billboard Magazine says Laurie Lewis "continues to successfully walk the high wire above esoteric country, combining elements of bluegrass, folk and pure country to form her own seamless mix."

Lewis, who was a founding member of the pioneering West Coast bluegrass group Good Ol' Persons, will take the stage tonight at the UA's Crowder Hall. She'll bring her fiddle, beautiful voice and her Bluegrass Pals, which includes harmony partner Tom Rozum.

In 1990, Lewis won Country Album of the Year for Love Chooses You. More recent, a Lewis-Rozun duet, The Oak and the Laurel, was nominated in 1996 for a Grammy.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $13 for In Concert! members, and are available at Hear's Music, Antigone Books and the Folk Shop. Tickets are also available by phone at 327-4809. Crowder Hall is south of Speedway Boulevard, just east of Park Avenue.

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