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Thursday 26

FUNNY GUYS. Sports cheers, high-fives and Neil Young sing-alongs accentuate the comedy in a play about a few guys who go on a retreat to the White Mountains.

See, there's this guy Andy, a men's movement pusher, and Robin, a crystal gazing new-ager. Anyway, these two flakes persuade Stewart, a mild-mannered grocer, and Randall, a skeptical city lawyer, to accompany them on a weekend men's retreat.

Everything that can go wrong does, of course, in The Wild Guys, a play that arrives in Tucson from Canada, where it's been well received during more than 30 professional productions.

The Borderlands production, directed by Chris Wilken, features a cast of great Tucson actors: Kent Sorenson, Patrick Burke, Dwayne Palmer and Brent Gibbs.

Tonight's preview begins at 7:30 at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets cost $12 general and $9 students and seniors. An opening celebration Friday begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $17 general and $9 student rush. Tickets are available at Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave., or at the Borderlands Theater office, 373 S. Meyer Ave. The play runs through August 12. For other performance times or for more information, call 882-7406.

SCOTTSDALE SLEUTHING. A Phoenix reporter has stabbed her pen at fiction and it looks like it might stick.

Betty Webb's book, Desert Noir, is the first in a new series featuring private investigator Lena Jones. The story, set in Scottsdale, is notable for its local atmosphere and vivid imagery of the city and desert.

Webb will discuss her efforts and sign copies of the book in an event that starts at 5 p.m. today at Clues Unlimited mystery bookstore in Broadway Village at Broadway Boulevard and Country Club Road. The address is 123 S. Eastbourne. The discussion-signing is free. For more information, call 326-8533.

PHILOSOPHERS OF DANCE. Motion for Alliance used to be called the Funkadelics.

What's in a name? These guys, who have been cranking it out at clubs in Boulder, Colo. for the past year and a half, are primed to show off their unique jazz-dance-trance music.

Rooted in a strong curiosity about what dance is and what it might be, MFA stretches the bounds of jazz, groove and trance music, developing a sound that is truly its own.

The show starts at 9 p.m. at 7 Black Cats. For more information, check out MFA's site, www.mfacentral.com.


Friday 27

TELLING SECRETS. When Sarah Miles and her husband, Henry, bump into Maurice Bendrix, with whom Sarah once had an affair, a secret is revealed that will change their lives forever.

The End of the Affair, a 1999 film that explores the intricacies of relationships, stars Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore and Stephen Rea.

The film is part of the Tacheria Interfaith Spirituality Center's ninth annual Religion in Film series.

Find out how this film fits in during a discussion to follow the 7 p.m. screening tonight. The End of the Affair will be shown in the East Gallery at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, Campbell Avenue at River Road.


Saturday 28

FANTASYLAND. Get out and enjoy a walk in the dark.

Valley of the Moon, just north of Prince Road and east of Tucson Boulevard, is a magical Tucson niche. Wander and wonder at your leisure through the pathways, caverns, pools and gardens of this fantasyland park built of rock and imagination. This Arizona and National Historic District and some surprise musical guests will delight children and adults of all ages. Bring your family and friends, but leave your pets at home.

Valley of the Moon will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free with donations accepted for restoration and maintenance. The address is 2544 E. Allen Road. For more information, call 323-1331.

YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO. Practice or learn to dance the original 1930s swing.

A swing and lindy dance tonight features live big band music performed by Shadz, directed by Stan Dunst.

The event is from 8 to 11 p.m. at Armory Park Center, 220 S. Fifth Ave., just south of downtown. Admission costs $5, and includes a basic lesson at 7 p.m. All ages, no partner needed, newcomers welcome. Join the fun and maybe you'll make a few new friends. For more information, call 991-6967.

WHO LET THE CATS OUT? Homeless cats are no joke, and it takes cash to take care of the problem.

The Hermitage Benefit, a fund-raiser for the No Kill Cat Shelter, is a great opportunity to pick up a beautiful piece of art and help out a kitty or two in the process.

Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art's exhibition benefits Hermitage, a non-profit organization that exists solely for the shelter, care and protection of homeless cats. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to the shelter, and there will be a box available for cash donations.

The exhibition will consist of 15 artists, each with two to three works in a general "kitty" theme. The following artists will participate: David Aguirre and Nora Kuehl, Craig Clements, Matt Cotten, Susan Delaney, Catherine Eyde, Susan Eyde, Tracy Featherstone, Ellie Leacock, Lori Lieber, Dawn Renée, Eriks Rudans, Julie Sasse, Gwyneth Scally, Josephine Swift-Miller and Donovan White.

A reception for the artists is planned for 7 to 10 p.m. tonight at Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art, 441 E. Grant Road. The show, which runs through August 23, will be available to view and for purchasing online at www.cherry-art.com beginning today. Regular summer gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment. For more information, call 903-0577.

JUST EAT IT. The author of Food Plants of the Sonoran Desert can fill you in what to eat on the trail.

Join botanist and author Wendy Hodgson for a presentation on Sonoran desert food plants followed by a book signing.

Hodgson is a research botanist at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and has devoted approximately 15 years to the research and compilation of material for this landmark publication.

The event is from 9 to 10 a.m. today at Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Admission costs $4 for nonmembers; members are free. For more information, call 326-9686.

ARTSY-CRAFTSY. Just can't wait to get in the Christmas spirit?

You don't have to; the Tucson Arts and Crafts Association has announced its annual Christmas in July show.

Tucson's arts and crafters will be selling handmade goodies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Elk's Club, 615 S. Pantano Road, at Kenyon between Broadway and 22nd. For more information, call 748-7481.

FIRST THERE WAS FLORA. Check out Fauna, an exhibition that follows quite naturally a show called Flora.

Imo Baird, Matt Bevel and Geno Foushee are among the newcomers to the pair of summer exhibitions at Obsidian Gallery. They join artists who presented work during Flora.

Examine the exquisite photography, metal arthropods, paper works and recycled sculpture today through September 15.

An opening for Fauna, closing for Flora and a celebration of the art in general is from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Obsidian, 4340 N. Campbell Ave., in St. Philip's Plaza, Suite 90. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 577-3598.


Sunday 29

SUNDAY SNICKERS. A matinee could be just the thing to perk up an otherwise drab Sunday.

Table Manners, part of Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Conquest trilogy, is a hilarious romp through would-be seduction.

The other characters, Norman's in-laws et cetera, act as satellites orbiting around him in this upended universe where laughter is the only certainty.

Live Theatre Workshop produced Round and Round the Garden, another play in the trilogy, in the summer of 1999. Critics loved it, and Table Manners promises even more summertime fun.

Check out Table Manners at 3 p.m. today at Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. The play runs through September 2. Tickets cost $12 with discounts for students, seniors and military. For more information and additional showtimes, call 327-4242.


Monday 30

SHOW ME THE MONEY. Financially struggling artists should show up today for a workshop that includes information about the variety of resources available to them.

The workshop, sponsored by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, includes useful tips about professional development grants; artist fellowships in visual arts, performing arts and creative writing; artist project grants; the Arizona Artist Roster that brings artists to schools; traveling exhibitions and more.

The event is open to artists in all disciplines--dance, theater, folk arts and so on.

This is a free deal that runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tucson/Pima Arts Council, 240 N. Stone Ave. For more information, call 602-255-5882 or visit www.arizonaarts.org.

GET PAWNED OFF. Like chess?

Put your skills to the test during free playing time on Mondays at Border's bookstore.

The store supplies the boards, the pieces and the atmosphere. You provide the fun during "Chess Knights."

All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend this popular game night, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. every Monday at Park Place, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information, call 584-0111.


Tuesday 31

HOT SHOTS. The work of some of the country's best young photographers is in Tucson.

Latent Discoveries: Investigating Identity through Environment, an exhibition at the Joseph Gross Gallery, follows a theme in which two- and three-dimensional works focus on investigation and discovery of personal identity by placing emphasis on a modern environment in constant flux.

The show features the photographic work of graduate students from programs across the country. Among the photography master's programs represented in the exhibition are the UA, Boston Museum School of Art, Cranbrook Art Academy, California College of Arts and Crafts, Rhode Island School of Design and others.

The list of notable graduate photographers is long, beginning with one of the event's co-curators.

Nicole Frocheur is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in photography at the UA. Her work has been shown in the annual exhibition of the American Photography Institute, New York University; North Light Gallery, at Arizona State University; and the Art Museum of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Frocheur has received a fellowship to the American Photography Institute at N.Y.U.

The show at the Joseph Gross Gallery--southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard--runs through August 9. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. For more information, call Jana Minka at 626-4215 or visit www.arts.arizona.edu/galleries.


Wednesday 1

TEENS TAKE THE STAGE. Tucson's most talented teen actors take the stage for a performance of a witty David-and-Goliath story of the Nuclear Age.

The Mouse that Roared, adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Leonard Wibberly, is a madcap face set during the hottest part of the Cold War.

The Tucson Community Teen Theatre program presents the play at 7 p.m. tonight through August 4 and at 2 p.m. August 4 and 5 at the Randolph Arts Center Auditorium, 200 S. Alvernon Way. For more information, call 791-4663.

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