City Week

Thursday 25

MASTERWORKS MOZART. A flutist and a harpist steal the spotlight tonight as the Tucson Symphony Chamber Orchestra unveils Moztly Mozart.

The program features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp and Symphony No. 36.

Janelle Olsen, principal flute with the orchestra since 1999, has been nurtured from birth in the warmth of classical music. Her mother was a pianist, organist, percussionist and singer, and her father was a university professor of woodwind instruments and a wind ensemble conductor. She spent the past summer traveling in South Africa as a soloist with John Rutter, performing his Suite Antique.

Harpist Patricia Harris is a seasoned veteran of the TSO. As principal harpist here for the past 30 years, Harris has established herself as a leading musician. She has played with the Mendocino Music Festival, Flagstaff Festival, Arizona Opera and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Olsen and Harris also are soloists for Howard Hanson's Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings, on the same program.

Tickets are $18. The Moztly Mozart concert is presented at four locations:

tonight, 7:30, at West Center Auditorium, 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley (520-625-0288);

Friday, 8 p.m., at Canyon del Oro High School, 25 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley (520-797-3959);

Saturday, 8 p.m., at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive (882-8585); and

Sunday, 2 p.m., at the Pima Community College Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road (882-8585).

Friday 26

J-O-B-S. Time is running out to meet Claudia Shear, a Brooklyn misfit whose crazy career track has landed her no fewer than 64 jobs.

She's been a pastry chef, a whorehouse receptionist, and a proofreader on Wall Street.

Blown Sideways through Life, an outrageous comedy about the anonymous workers--"Would you like fries with that?"--who make the world go 'round, plays through Sunday at Borderlands Theater.

Shear, an underling's underling, gives audiences a humorous, insightful and ultimately frightening look at the inner lives of those who serve us.

And what better place than Tucson for a play about service industry workers? Seems like the only requirements for 95 percent of the jobs here are a working knowledge of spatulas and a willingness to proudly wear an absurd corporate costume.

The play starts tonight and Sunday at 7:30 at the Zuzi! Little Theater, 738 N. Fifth Ave., in the old Y. A matinee begins at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 to $13 and are available at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave., and the Borderlands box office, 373 S. Meyer Ave. For more information, call 882-7406.

BROADWAY ROCK AND ROLL. If you tune in to Happy Days reruns and you think Grease is a movie worth watching twice, da do run, run, run to see this play.

Sha Na Na, the '50s-'60s group best known for its hit Leader of the Pack, stars in the Broadway blowout by the same name.

The Ellie Greenwich musical, nominated for the Best Musical Tony award, is the funny, poignant story of a pop composer's meteoric rise to the top of the charts.

Sha Na Na, still celebrating the music and memories of three decades, brings to the play its greatest hits, including Da Doo Ron Ron, River Deep, Mountain Wide, Chapel of Love and Be My Baby.

This is a group with staying power; it was in the original Woodstock lineup and starred in Grease, the most successful movie musical. Sha Na Na even hosted its own TV show for four years. The band still plays 100 concerts a year.

The play starts at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and at 7 p.m. Sunday. Matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All performances are at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are $26.50 to $39.50. Tickets are available at the TCC box office, Robinson's-May and Wherehouse Records. Charge tickets at 321-1000.

INVENTIVE DANCE. Improvisation and ingenuity, not tradition, are the backbone of a unique dance troupe that is becoming a Tucson favorite.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre brings its acrobatic feats back to town, this time to perform a second night with the Klezmatics in a new work co-commissioned by UApresents.

The troupe grew out of a dance class at Dartmouth College started in 1971 with the mission to offer new approaches to dance. Pilobolus now performs for stage and television audiences all over the world.

The shows tonight and Saturday begin at 8 at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. The curious will want to show up 45 minutes early for an Arts Encounter talk in Room 102 of the Center for English as a Second Language, 1100 E. North Campus Drive. Tickets, which may be purchased at the box office, are $22 to $34 for tonight's performance, and $26 to $38 for Saturday's show. For more information, call 621-3341.

ONE MAN, TWO ACTS. Events to the south, on the border, are the focus of what sounds like an interesting bit of drama.

Like Birds with Captions is a one-man, two-act play "about events on the border as seen through the eyes of a small-town editor," says Scott Stanley, the production's writer and performer.

"It's like Our Town meets Swimming to Cambodia meets Saturday Night Live," Stanley says, adding that "although the name of the town is never mentioned, I don't think I could have kept Tucson out of it if I tried."

Stanley is the editor of the literary arts journal The Tucson Poet, which has the distinction of having been sued by the Pima County Attorney's Office for its coverage of the U.S.-Mexican border.

The meaning of the play's unusual title will become perfectly clear to the audience, says director Dan Maher.

After the two-night engagement here, the production moves to Washington, D.C.

"We're taking Tucson--folding it in a Samsonite--and taking it on the road with us," says Stanley.

The play begins at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Seating is limited. Tickets are $7 to $10. Reserve tickets in advance by calling the box office at 622-2823.

Saturday 27

CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK. The NRA probably won't buy it, but maybe a return to prehistoric weaponry is the answer to the gun-control controversy.

Talk about a blast to the past. Now you, too, can learn to make arrowheads just like the prehistoric Arizonans did.

Archaeologist technician Allen Denoyer's workshop, Arrowhead Making and Flintnapping, teaches the fundamentals of making arrowheads using obsidian and other stone. All equipment is provided, but participation is limited to 11 people, and children under 9 are not allowed.

The session is from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road. Cost is $25 per person. For information, call 798-1201.

WHOLE LOTTA LEGEND. Goldie Preston Tracy Richmond stood 6-foot-4, weighed 350 pounds and wore a man's size 14 shoe. She had a heart to go with.

Goldie, a woman who made her own clothes to save money, and because she couldn't find much in the way of her size, was a rock miner, animal trapper and trader.

When she married Marion Tracy, Goldie was 21. He was a bit older--four decades--so instantly, she became stepmother to 7 children, grandmother to 17 and great-grandmother to 5.

Portraits in Cloth: Tohono O'odham Quilts of Goldie Richmond, an exhibit at the Arizona State Museum, celebrates yet another side of this extraordinary woman, that of artist.

"The major focus of the exhibit is Goldie's lifelong connection to the Tohono O'odham people, first through her work, then through her art," said Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, a Tucson author and herself a quilter.

A quilt titled Papago Indian Activities Quilt, which recently was designated one of the 20th century's most significant quilts, is one of three featured in the exhibit.

The Tracys opened Tracy's Trading Post in San Simon in 1932. Goldie, who learned to speak the Tohono O'odham language, continued to operate the store after Marion died four years later. Goldie remarried a man named Jim Richmond. They stayed in San Simon, making and selling her quilts.

Goldie died in 1972.

The exhibit opens today and runs through May 26. The museum is located just east of the UA main gate, at Park Avenue and University Boulevard. For more information, call 621-6302.

Sunday 28

SHE KNOWS YOU'RE COMING. Clairvoyant Stephanie Stevens brings her supernatural insights to Borders Books.

The visit is the first in a series of talks by Stevens called Premonitions, Prophecy and Predictions. The discussion will be followed by free mini-readings.

Stevens, long regarded as insightful of the supernatural and mysterious, will speak at 6 p.m. today at Borders, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. at Park Place. For more information, call 584-0111.

Monday 29

BIG BAND BONANZA. A group of 16 Tucson-based jazz pros will fire up the Gaslight Theatre tonight.

Big Band Express, a bunch of seasoned vets of the jazz scene, has played New Year's Eve at the Tucson Community Center, the Oro Valley Jazz Festival and the Tubac Arts Festival.

The group starts playing at 7 p.m. tonight at Gaslight, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Tickets are $10 adults; $8 students, seniors and active-duty military; and $6 children 12 and under. For reservations or more information, call 886-9428.

Tuesday 30

DOC'S DEAD AGAIN. Tombstone's been rocked by yet another dastardly deed!

Doctor Horatio Holliday has been found strangled to death in his home, slumped over his dining room table.

International investigator Charlene Chan is on the case and she's checking out some pretty prominent folks who are now on the suspects list.

Find out more as One Act Theatre Corporation presents a live interactive murder mystery at Hidden Valley Inn.

Seating for Tombstone Tragedy, which is one night only, begins at 5:30 p.m., audience participation begins at 6 and show time is 7. Dinner and drinks are optional. For reservations and prices, call 299-4941. Hidden Valley Inn is located at 4825 N. Sabino Canyon Road.

DREAMLIKE DABBLINGS. They are the images of afterliving.

Painter Betina Fink's new series, Ancestral Park, focuses on a contemporary burial ground near her home.

Abstract images from the park describe the transitory world of the (non) living. Fink's symbols, such as the bird, tree, vessel and Madonna, refer to dreamlike relationships and fleeting moments.

Fink's latest oil paintings are on display today through February 24 at Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 729-4503.

Wednesday 31

PROLIFIC POET. A poet whose work has expanded to include the production of a 13-part series on the craft for PBS television will read from her work tonight.

Terese Svoboda, author of seven books of poetry, prose and translations, also has produced poetry videos that have been shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Born and raised in Nebraska, Svoboda graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor's of fine arts in creative writing and went on to get her master's of fine arts in poetry at Columbia University.

Her works include Trailer Girl and Other Stories, A Drink Called Paradise, Mere Mortals and Cleaned the Crocodile's Teeth.

She will read at 8 tonight in the University of Arizona's Modern Languages auditorium. The event is free. For more information, call 626-3765.