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Thursday 7

CHALK ONE UP FOR SUMMER. School's out and the kids are already driving you nuts with, "Well, what is there to do?"

It can be tough filling all the hours in the vacuum created on the last day of school. But at least you can plug one of the hours today with a great--not to mention free--activity at Bookman's.

It's the super Sidewalk Chalk Drawing from 11 a.m. to noon. Bring a hat and some sunscreen and let the kids go to town on the sidewalk in front of the store. Bookman's is even supplying the chalk and drinking water.

The store is located at 1930 E. Grant Road. For more information, call Chris Stead or Dennis Pepe at 325-5767, or visit www.bookmans.com.


Friday 8

IT'LL MOVE YOU. Modern dance done right is the perfect way to spend an evening.

Two performances this weekend, presented by NEW ARTiculations, promise much.

The production Got Dance? is a collection of modern dances featuring the premiere of choreography by guest artists Bala Sarasvati, a professor of dance at the University of Georgia, and Merce Cunningham Company member Cedric Andrieux.

Kent State professor Tommy Parlon's piece, Fragile Knot, will be returning. Work by NEW ART members Cindy Alm, Nathan Dryden, Leigh Ann Rangel and Jessica Swartz also will be featured.

NEW ART is a professional dance company founded in 1997, and has gained popularity for its work incorporating theater, literature and new music into full-evening multimedia performances.

The shows begin at 8 tonight and Saturday at the Proscenium Theatre at Pima Community College's Center for the Arts. Advance tickets are $10 general, $8 students and are available at Antigone's, Bentley's or at the box office. At the door, tickets cost $12 general, $10 students. For more information, call 881-7888, ext. 227, or 882-0318.

See "Concrete Commentary," page 30.

STILL GOING, AND GOING, AND ... And you thought you missed it.

Not so. Miss Crystal, the "Songstress of the Sagebrush," is still entertaining audiences at Hidden Valley Inn.

The Crystal Palace Revue's old favorite, How the West was Sung, runs through July 22.

Miss Crystal is joined by a leather-legged singing cowboy, beautiful saloon gals and the bartender who put the "wahoo!" in whiskey for the Western dinner theater revue.

Admission is $13.95 adults, $8.95 children 12 and under. An optional show menu is available with entrées starting at $7.95. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and cocktails with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Show dates and times vary. Call 299-4941 for performance information. Hidden Valley Inn is located at 4825 N. Sabino Canyon Road.


Saturday 9

GREAT DANES. Southern Arizona is bound to feel just a tad toasty to these visitors.

The Danish Royal Quartet of Copenhagen brings even more warmth (and wit) as they visit Tucson for a couple of performances.

Soprano Charlotte Meldgaard, mezzo-soprano Pia Hansen, tenor John Venning and baritone Hans Lawaetz will be accompanied by pianist Knud Rasmussen in an enchanting mix of opera, operetta, musicals and Danish evergreens.

The group's usual touring area is Denmark, Holland, Sweden and Poland, so it's a good bet they'll be intrigued with their visit to Fred's Steakhouse and Arena near Three Points to entertain the Scandinavian Clubs of Tucson.

The public performance, The Southern Arizona Showcase, takes place at 7:30 tonight at Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Tickets are available at the door--$10 general admission, $8 seniors and students. For more information, call 298-1341.

GAMBLING ON THE FUTURE. A trio of children's charities hopes to rake it in when an estimated 750 folks try to figure out when to hold 'em, and when to fold 'em.

That's a gaggle of gamblers, but the women of the Active 20-30 Club of Southern Arizona are confident they can attract a big crowd to the 14th annual Casino Night.

The evening includes fine dining from 11 Tucson restaurants, including Pastiche, Jolie and the Lotus Garden. A silent auction, live music and dancing also are on the menu.

Co-chairs Blythe Henry and Kelly Medvec say the group hopes to raise $35,000 with the effort.

The event benefits the Steele's Memorial Children's Research Center, TMM Family Services and Project Yes. Some proceeds also will go to the Active 20-30 Club's leadership scholarship fund.

Casino Night begins at 7:30 tonight at the Savoy Opera House in Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. Tickets cost $35 per person or $65 for two at the door. For more information, call 882-2222.

JOIN THE TEAM. Ever dreamed of being part of a real team of archaeologists?

Here's your chance. The Old Pueblo Archaeological Center is inviting wannabes to a real excavation site to dig around under the supervision of a working archaeologist.

Learn about the Hohokam Indians, ancestors of the modern Pima and Tohono O'odham peoples, at a site that was a vibrant village between 1000 and 1350 AD. Previous excavations have recovered pottery, stone, bone and seashell artifacts.

Digs also have revealed prehistoric pit houses, apartment-like housing compounds complete with adobe and brick walls, and ancient canals.

The deal includes an initial lesson on archaeological methods and how to recognize artifacts, and information about the site's ancient residents. Most of the day, however, will be dedicated to excavation. You'll also get to participate in the cleaning and labeling of artifacts recovered during the dig.

Dig sessions are offered on occasional Saturdays and during several weeklong events throughout the year. Minimum age is 12. Those who participate in two days of the field school may continue volunteering in the excavation for one year.

The latest dig is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today on private property about a mile from the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. Directions will be provided. Cost is $35 per person or $50 for two people. For more information, call 798-1201.


Sunday 10

ROCKFORD FILES. Diverse, ambitious and adventurous.

That's how some choir-lovers have described Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford. The Illinois-based choir, as part of a Southwest concert tour, will make a stop here to perform choral classics, American folk hymns, spirituals, show tunes, gospel and jazz.

Founded in 1964, Kantorei has been acclaimed in concert appearances in Europe, Japan and throughout the United States. The group, directed by Joel Ross, is in Tucson as guests of the Tucson Boys Choir.

The show starts at 3 p.m. today at Catalina Foothills Church, 2150 E. Orange Grove Road. The event is free, but donations are encouraged to defray traveling expenses. For more information, call 296-6277.

YES, YOU CAN. Thomas Deneke's Cerebral Palsy put him in a wheelchair.

That hasn't stopped him from becoming a recreational rock climber and climbing instructor.

"I was not one to give up," Deneke said of his first try at Tucson's Rocks and Ropes. "After my first lesson I moved up the wall at a steady pace and then out of nowhere I ran out of rocks to grab on to. I had done it! I can only describe the ultimate feeling you get climbing as incredible."

Check out Deneke and other inspirational athletes today at Rocks and Ropes, where Extraordinary Heights will bring out the unique talents of climbers with and without disabilities.

The event benefits United Cerebral Palsy of Arizona.

"This is a family event offering food, fun and prizes all day," said organizer Danita Rodriguez, who urged anyone interested in climbing to reserve a time on the rocks.

Novice climbers will be teamed up with climbing instructors, Deneke said, adding that pre-registration is encouraged because only 25 climbers would be scheduled for each two-hour block.

To reserve a piece of the action, call 795-3108, ext. 11 or 25. Donations will be accepted at the 12-hour event, which begins at 8 this morning at Rocks and Ropes, 33 S. Toole Ave. Donations also can be made to UCPSA, 2315 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719.


Monday 11

UP, UP AND AWAY. A dazzling multimedia theater and a truly unique educational experience await you at the Flandrau Planetarium.

If you think you've seen it all, think again.

Some 8,600 stars, galaxies, the sun, the moon and the planets and meteors are available on 30 projectors, two video systems and a sound system that will knock your socks off.

Interested? Flandrau, 1601 E. University Blvd., offers a wide variety of planetarium shows for all ages. For show times, ticket prices and other information, call 621-7827 or visit www.flandrau.org.


Tuesday 12

BUCKLE UP AND GO. We told you last week about an event to celebrate the opening of the MarsQuest exhibit.

The exhibit itself may have been short-changed, so here's more about a show that's out of this world.

It's an exhibit of national stature developed by NASA, the Space Science Institute of Boulder, the University of Colorado and Arizona State University, and it provides visitors with a first-hand sense of exploration.

The exhibit, brought to Tucson by the Tucson Children's Museum and SciEnTek-12, promotes space science education in an entertaining and exciting way. MarsQuest will inspire and motivate children and adults to share in the excitement and discoveries of this unprecedented era of Mars exploration.

MarsQuest has more than 20 interactive experiences and four demonstration models that allow visitors to play the part of explorers on Mars.

Visitors can send commands to maneuver a rover replica of Pathfinder's Sojourner over a simulated Martian landscape. They can also experiment with collage puzzles to learn how scientists assemble larger planetary views from many small images. And MarsQuest visitors can handle simulated Martian soil from the Johnson Space Center in Houston and experience a large-scale volcanic eruption.

These demonstrations and spectacular murals help visitors visualize important geologic features on Mars and Earth.

MarsQuest is organized around several geographic locations on Mars: Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system; Valles Marineris, a canyon as long as the United States is wide; and Ares Vallis, the Pathfinder landing site. For each location, the exhibit makes comparisons between Mars and Earth, giving visitors a real sense of the Martian environment.

MarsQuest runs through August 31 at Park Place. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Ticket prices are $4.50 adults, $4 seniors and $3.50 children. For more information, call 792-9985.


Wednesday 13

ART IN THE STARS. Georgia Schwartz finds inspiration in the vast skies above.

"Inspired by telescopic images of galaxies, nebulae and other astronomical phenomena, this series of paintings is part of an ongoing exploration of texture, color and reflected light," Schwartz says of her latest exhibition, which runs through June.

Schwartz, an active member of the Tubac arts community, adds that "movement and fluidity" are integral parts of her painting process.

Check out the artist's works at the Tucson Arts District Partnership, 4 E. Congress St. For more information, call 624-9977.

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