BLOWN IN FROM PERU. Listen to the beautiful sounds of vessels similar to those tucked in niches behind the altar at Machu Picchu.
Joan Vann leads a special circle with Peruvian whistling vessels tonight at St. Francis in the Foothills.
The double-chambered vessels are a one-of-a-kind seven-piece set. Vann, a carrier of the vessels, will share the clay reproductions (circa 100 A.D.) in a ceremony honoring the four directions, the elements and the breath of life as it courses through the players and audience.
Anthropologists believe the vessels, replicas of those found buried with mummies in Peru, were used in ceremonies to induce altered states of consciousness for sacred rituals and practices.
The event, from 6 to 8 tonight, is open to the public in Room 50 at St. Francis, 4625 E. River Road, at the northeast corner of River and Swan Roads. For more information, call Lanny Lewis at 529-2686.
MARIACHI MAGNIFICENCE. Every seat in the house is a good one at this concert in the round as color, sound and movement blend in a feast for the senses.
An audience of 9,000 is expected at the Tucson Convention Center Arena for a mariachi extravaganza, Mariachi Espectacular Concert.
Mariachi lovers can't help but be excited about the event, which headlines Herencia Mexicana, the sons and daughters of the greatest Mexican singers of all time. Members include Irma, daughter of Pedro Infante; Maria Elena, daughter of Lola Beltrán; Gabriele, son of Javier Solis; Juan Mendoza Jr., son of Juan Mendoza "El Tariacuri"; and Juan and Laura, children of Juan Zaizar.
Other Espectacular performers include Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, one of the top U.S. groups and a longtime supporter of the Tucson International Mariachi Conference; Mariachi Mujer 2000, groundbreakers for women in mariachi; Mariachi Los Arrieros, teachers as well as performers, considered "ambassadors of the art"; and Mariachi Juvenil de Tecalitlán, recently named among the three favorite mariachis worldwide.
The performance is part of the 19th annual Bank One Tucson International Mariachi Conference, which runs through April 28. Proceeds benefit La Frontera Center, a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization providing mental health and substance abuse services in the Tucson community since 1968.
Tonight's Mariachi Espectacular Concert, which includes folklorico dancers from all over the world, begins at 7:30 at the TCC. Admission costs $21-$76. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 321-1000.
Other conference events include:
· Participant showcase, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall. This Showcase Concert is a culmination of the mariachi and baile folklorico workshops featuring student groups. Tickets cost $8.75. Call Ticketmaster, 321-1000.
· Mariachi and baile folklorico workshops, through Friday, April 27 at the Tucson Convention Center. To register, call 884-9920, ext. 243.
· Fiesta de Garibaldi, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Armory Park, South Sixth Avenue and 13th Street. The Fiesta de Garibaldi is a traditional re-creation of Garibaldi Plaza in Mexico City featuring food, game booths, mariachis and folklorico dancers--an event for the whole family. Anticipated attendance is more than 50,000.
For more information about any of the events, call Lolie Gomez at 884-9920, ext. 243.
BE A CRIME TO MISS IT. Three young sisters in Mississippi, all burdened with disappointing pasts, have gathered to await news of their dying grandfather.
Each brings her own insecurities and foibles--one shot her husband in the stomach, one is unmarried at 30 and the third has failed in Hollywood. You'll laugh and cry along with them as they triumph over their unfortunate pasts.
Crimes of the Heart, the popular comedy-drama that won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for drama is warm-hearted and zany, teeming with humanity and humor.
If you've never seen Beth Henley's poignant play, take a drive to Bisbee, where Crimes of the Heart opens at 7:30 tonight at Bisbee Repertory Theatre.
There will be an opening-night reception to honor Lobby Gallery artists Jill Babcock, Bill Haas and Molly Morgan Phinny. Their show, Patagonia Snaps and Splashes, features paintings and photographs from around their homes in Patagonia.
Patrons are encouraged to get to Bisbee early to find parking. BRT will be sharing the streets with La Vuelta de Bisbee bike races opening weekend.
The theater is at 94 Main St. in Old Bisbee, just up the hill from the main shopping district. Crimes will continue Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 on April 28 and May, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19. There will be three 3 p.m. Sunday matinees, April 29 and May 13 and 20. Tickets cost $10 advance at Atlanta's Music & Books and the Chamber of Commerce in Old Bisbee. Tickets at the door are $12 adults, $5 students.
SONGS FROM THE SOUL. Healing through sound is what John Tch-Lu Dumas is all about.
Dumas, whose background of fine arts, psychology and indigenous cultures studies is bound to pique interest, is an international artist, musician and inspirational teacher.
What better entertainer to line up for a concert benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society?
He's developed a unique sound therapy and healing ceremony he calls Shamanic Journey into Dreamtime. It's an experiential interactive sound therapy that facilitates the healing of mind, body and spirit.
The musical trip, including the sounds of didgeridoo, flute and nature, begins at 7:30 tonight at Zuzi! Little Theater at the historic YMCA, 738 N. Fifth Ave., at the corner of University Boulevard and Fifth Avenue. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 882-2994.
NATURAL MYSTIC. Tucson favorite Neon Prophet is on the schedule for a do-not-miss-it reggae blowout this weekend.
The eighth annual Bob Marley Festival also features One Blood, Dr. King Cobra, Subdub, Up-Root and Grantman and the Island Beat. The lineup includes bands from Jamaica, South Africa, St. Kitts and Granada.
Part of a national tour that began 11 years ago, the event works to spread Marley's message of peace, unity and one love. The tour has landed in 45 U.S. cities. It is the longest touring festival in the world.
The festival is about more than great music, says founder Sirron Kyles.
"I wanted the tour to celebrate not only reggae and world beat music, but other things that were important to Bob Marley, including cultural and spiritual unity, world peace, natural foods and the environment," he said.
The tour's theme this year is "Natural Mystic." As usual, the undercurrent will be raising money for good causes; over the past decade, the festival has raised more than $225,000 in cash and collected a million pounds of food, school supplies and books for non-profit groups.
The festival is noon to 11 p.m. today and noon to
9 p.m. tomorrow at Kennedy Park, 3700 S. La Cholla Blvd. at Ajo Way. Advance tickets are $5 through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets the day of the show cost $10. Food donations are encouraged. Fans can get into the show for the first three hours each day with $5 or $8 in non-perishable food. For more information, call the festival hotline at 570-7003 or visit www.bobmarley-festival.com.
THINK INK. The former editor of the Cincinnati Herald is the guest speaker at an event celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Tucson Black Chamber of Commerce.
Jim Clingman's editorials and economic columns have been featured in hundreds of newspapers, magazines and newsletters across the country. He has been instrumental in establishing several black chambers of commerce.
The event, which includes time for networking and a book signing, starts at 6 p.m. at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Advance tickets are $12 adults, $6 students. At the door, tickets cost $20 adults, $6 students. For more information, call 623-0099, or e-mail email@example.com.
OUT WITH A BANG. The Philharmonia Orchestra of Tucson's season finale marks the solo debut of an award-winning percussionist.
Michael Compitello, a gold medalist at the 2001 Philharmonia Solo Competition, is just one of the highlights in the orchestra's Spring Gala Concert.
A variety of selections, including Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien, Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and Bernstein's West Side Story selections, are on the slate for an evening of beautiful music.
And there will be dancing, too; Ballet Folklorico Arizona and Ballet Folklorico San Juan will perform.
The concert begins at 3 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall. Tickets (unreserved seating) are $12 general, $8 seniors and students. Tickets are available at the TCC box office, Ticketmaster outlets and at the door. For more information, call 326-2793.
RETURN OF AN OLD FRIEND. After a 10-year hiatus, singer Damaris Drewry returns to Tucson for a concert to benefit the San Pedro Chapel.
Drewry and friends Lisa Otey, Mary Bouley and Randy and Amy Brauer are teaming up for a performance uniquely suited to the acoustics of the Old Fort Lowell neighborhood chapel.
Seeking to reach the heart and soul of her audience, Drewry plans an afternoon of a cappella improvisations, Irish fiddle, Native American flute and original and familiar guitar-accompanied vocals. Otey, Bouley and the the Brauers will add piano, Celtic harp, African drums and three-part harmonies.
The concert starts at 3 p.m. at the chapel, 5230 E. Ft. Lowell Road. Tickets cost $10 at Hear's Music and Antigone Books. Proceeds benefit the San Pedro 2000 Building Fund. For more information, call Penny Spicer at 325-3943.
MEET THE PREZ. University of Arizona president Peter Likins will talk about Campaign Arizona during the Friends of the UA Library's annual meeting today.
Likins will present an overview of the campaign and how its benefits go beyond raising money, in a speech called "Campaign Arizona as an Integrating Influence."
If you don't know much about the campaign, but you're interested in UA's future, or just want to meet the top Cat, the event at the Arizona Inn is a good opportunity.
A reception and no-host bar begins at 11:45 a.m. with a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. and Likins' presentation at 1 p.m. Cost is $40 per person, $15 of which is tax-deductible.
TAKE A TRIP TO JUPITER. Six-time Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova beams into Tucson today to talk about his latest sci-fi effort, Jupiter.
The author of more than 100 works of science fiction and fact, Bova has an uncanny instinct for the next big thing. He predicted the space race of the '60s, solar-powered satellites and virtual reality.
His novels, including Moonwar, Return to Mars, Moonrise and Colony, explore the impact of future technological developments on society.
The Florida resident will speak about Jupiter and sign copies of his latest book in an engagement at 7 tonight at Reader's Oasis, 3400 E. Speedway Blvd., No. 114. For more information, call 319-7887.
WEDNESDAY EVE. Head to Gotham tonight to hear a red-hot L.A. trio.
Eve 6, a band that hit platinum with its debut album in 1998, features the snappy lyrics of Max Collins. The band's hits include "Leech" and "Inside Out."
The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. at Gotham, 4385 W. Ina Road. Tickets cost $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at CD Depot, 1712 E. Speedway Blvd.; Zip's University, 946 E. University Blvd.; and Sticks N' Strings, 8796 E. Broadway Blvd.
See "Rhythm & Views," page 48.