Thursday 28

WHAT THE HELL. Man and Superman was written in 1903. The uproar that surrounded the work was so intense that if George Bernard Shaw were alive today, he'd probably still be catching flak.

The third-act dream sequence, Don Juan in Hell, is a stunning example of Shaw's controversial dialogue.

Extracted as a one-act play, which enjoyed a remarkable run on Broadway in 1951, it is often produced as a dramatic reading.

Live Theatre Workshop sticks to tradition in reading the piece, creating a lively impression of Shaw's view of hell ... and the residents there.

Don Juan in Hell, which runs through July 15, is performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays at 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets cost $12, with discounts for students, seniors and military. For more information, call 327-4242.

See the review of Don Juan in Hell, "Juan for the Road," on page 34.

JUST A FEW MORE DAYS. "Where the Desert Meets the Sea," "Whoa" and "Liberty and Justice for All?" are the titles of prize-winners in an exhibition that features the works of aspiring young photographers.

Perspectives is a show of 33 black-and-white photos shot by photography club members at Flowing Wells High School. The works display a wide range of content and well-executed techniques.

The exhibit at the Access Tucson Gallery, 124 E. Broadway Blvd., closes June 30, so if you want to see this creative stuff, you had better get moving. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 10 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 624-9833.

Friday 29

TOP SHELF CINEMA. A 1999 film based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book is set for the launch of the ninth annual summer Religion in Film series.

Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt's story of growing up in impoverished Depression-era Ireland. When his father abandons the family, young McCourt finds himself the man of the house.

McCourt then embarks on an inspiring journey to overcome the poverty of his childhood and reach the land of his dreams--America.

This great film, which stars Emily Watson and Robert Carlyle, is the first in a series sponsored by the Tacheria Interfaith Spirituality Center.

Angela's Ashes begins at 7 tonight at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., at the northeast corner of Campbell and River Road. Snacks will be served during the free screening in the Palo Verde room of the La Parroquia building.

KICK UP YOUR HEELS. Get a bang on the ear this weekend with a generous punch of traditional Irish music and song.

Round the House, a fast-paced Irish band, will be playing tonight at Montgomery's Irish Pub.

The band plays a variety of tunes and songs including Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes. Songs range from whimsical or rowdy to poignant. Round the House features a variety of acoustic instruments including mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, fiddle and guitar, with many songs and tunes accented by rhythm of the bodhran (Irish drum).

Believe it or not, you won't pay a penny to get in--there is no cover charge for the show that begins at 8 p.m. at Montgomery's, 9155 E. Tanque Verde Road. For more information, call 298-3014.

Saturday 30

BEST FOR LAST? It's a good news, bad news sort of thing.

The good news really is Bad News (Blues)--the band performs tonight in Summerset Suite, a jazz series at La Placita Village. The real bad news is that the hot Tucson group is the last to take the stage, winding up an event that's entertained music lovers every Saturday night for the past month.

Check out one of the city's tightest and most popular blues bands from 8 to 11 tonight at Broadway Boulevard and Church Avenue.

The show costs $14. Tucson Jazz Society and Blues Society members pay $7. Tickets are available at the door, or by calling 903-1265.

GETTING THE POINT. You may have missed the last opportunity to learn how to make spears.

If so, you're in luck, because Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's popular spearmaking workshop is making a return engagement.

Archaeology technician Allen Denoyer is conducting a "Making and Using Atlatls (Spearthrowers) and Spears" workshop today. You'll learn how to fashion traditional atlatls and wooden spears like those used in the not-so-good old days.

Your spear will be finely crafted from Sonoran Desert woods and leather. Denoyer will show students how to straighten their spears by heat-curing over an open fire. Along the way, he'll talk about how prehistoric lifeways are better understood through experiencing ancient people's artifacts and technologies.

You'll need to bring your pocketknife to carve the wood, but all other equipment will be provided. Participation is limited to 11 people. Violent felons and those with homicidal tendencies need not apply.

The workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon at the center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road. Cost is $40 per person. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, call 798-1201.

DINNER IN THE BRONX. A multi-course lasagna dinner will put you right in the mood for a one-act play that takes place on an Italian block in the Bronx.

Welcome to the Moon, by John Patrick Shanley, is featured in a night of one-act plays and dinner offered by Broadway Productions.

This one-night-only show, billed by promoters as a new concept for Tucson theater lovers, starts at 7 tonight at Chaffin's Family Restaurant, 902 E. Broadway Blvd. Cost for both the lasagna and entertainment is just $10. For reservations, call Chaffin's at 882-7707.

Sunday 1

CASHING IN ON THE FOURTH. A bake-off at a casino?

Yeah, it's come to that. Casino of the Sun also is advertising sand sculptures, a car show and fireworks show in an effort to cash in on Independence Day enthusiasm. Hey, it is the American Way, after all.

A 25-ton sand sculpture will begin to take shape today in the casino parking lot. It will remain on display through July 3.

Also today, $7,600 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners of a car show that runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is open to the public and hopefuls may enter the show at the Club Sol slot club in the casino.

If you thought I was kidding about the bake sale, think again. That excitement is from 7 a.m. to noon July 2. Grab your potholders and hold onto your buns because your family's favorite pie, cake, cookies or bread could cook up some extra cash for you blackjack bugs; some $6,000 in prize money is up for grabs. You can register for the event from 7 to 7:45 a.m. the day of the event.

OK, for you boring traditionalists out there, yes, this July Fourth celebration will even include fireworks. (As if sand castles and baked goods aren't enough.) The "fireworks spectacular" begins at 8 p.m. July 3. It's free and open to the public.

Casino of the Sun is located at 7406 S. Camino de Oeste. Take I-19 to Valencia Road and take the west exit. For more information, call 883-1700.

TUNED UP FOR THE FOURTH. What would the Fourth be without a dose of Battle Hymn of the Republic?

St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church's summer choir will sing Peter Wilhouski's famous tune to the accompaniment of piccolo obbligato, snare drum and organ during a day of music and fun to celebrate Independence Day.

A "Star Spangled Ice Cream Social" will be held in the church's Murphey Gallery at 10:15. Congregations from the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services as well as the general public are invited to attend the celebration of Episcopal and American heritage.

The choir performance, which includes a postlude rendition of E. Power Biggs' arrangement of Stars and Stripes Forever, is featured in the 11:15 a.m. service.

The event takes place at St. Philip's, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., at the northeast corner of Campbell and River Road. For more information, call 299-6421, ext. 24.

Monday 2

IGNORING THE NAYSAYERS. You might call Kathy Lee Armstrong's work "repressionist."

As a child, Armstrong, who was born and raised in San Francisco, was all but forbidden to indulge in her twin loves: art and music. Undaunted, she doodled, sketched and cartooned the plants and animals around her and secretly entered art contests at school, where her work was denigrated by traditionalist teachers of the late 1950s and early '60s.

Owing primarily to this repressive background, Armstrong is truly self-taught. She has picked up and/or invented techniques. There are no rules.

Since she began by painting murals in homes, many of those techniques and media have been adapted to the format of hanging paintings. Armstrong's current paintings are a mixture of acrylics and household wall paint on Masonite.

In 1981, Armstrong married and moved to Tucson. Though no environment could be more different from her native San Francisco, she immediately picked up on the fascinating variety of plants, animals and atmospheres available in the Sonoran Desert.

Whether expressed as lush, tropical plantscapes or as harsh, sun-baked desert scenes, Armstrong's work exudes an uncanny mixture of respect for the subject, awareness of the feel of the environment and a vestige of the cartoonist's whimsy.

Armstrong's work is featured in an exhibition that runs through July 29 at Unity of Tucson, 3617 North Camino Blanco. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 577-3300.

Tuesday 3

POMP AND PATRIOTISM. A cast of 200 is lined up to entertain Tucson in a two-day Fourth of July celebration.

Now in its 18th year, Let Freedom Sing includes the Arts Express Choir and Orchestra, Tucson Concert Band, local musicians Armen Dirtadian and Richard and Kathy France and the On Broadway vocal ensemble.

The presentation is to bring together the community in a celebration of freedom and the hope for world peace. Special recognition will be paid to those who served in World War II. Historic flags will be displayed and a military honor guard will participate in both performances. Mayor Walkup and his wife will join the July 4 show.

The celebrations are at 7:30 tonight and 4 p.m. July 4 at the Music Hall in the Tucson Convention Center, 220 S. Church Ave. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the scholarship fund of the Fine Arts Youth Academy. For more information, call 319-0400.

Wednesday 4

A TASTE OF THEATER. The American Candy Company is in trouble.

Imported candy bars have undercut American's market position and company executives wring their hands wondering how to get the company out of its sticky financial situation.

Dream Bars, a new candy sensation, saves the day. The company's newfound success culminates in a Miss Dream Bars U.S.A. Beauty Pageant in Atlantic City.

Find out what else happens in Dream Bars, a summer musical comedy produced by Bianco Children's Theatre.

Four performances are scheduled at the Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Shows begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and July 7. Tickets costs $8 adults; $7 students, children and seniors. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. For reservations or more information, call 886-0860.

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