HOLLYWOOD DEVELPMENT. Been to a movie lately? If so, you know the outing's not cheap, especially when you consider the popcorn, cokes and the 12-pound Nestle's Crunch.
So, at $20 a person, a benefit to mark the opening of the Century 20 Park Place Theaters at Park Place Mall is a pretty good deal.
You'll get the popcorn and soda and a look at an advance screening (they haven't said what film will be shown). And you'll be doing it for a good cause--the opening of this new theater benefits the restoration of an old one, the Historic Fox Theatre downtown.
Seating is limited. For tickets, call 624-1515. The event starts at 6:30 tonight; the screening begins at 8.
QUICKSILVER CLASSIC. Now's a good time for a Shakespeare favorite.
Shifting gears slightly after a recent production called Psycho Beach Party, Quicksilver Productions now goes back a few years for A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Tucson's young actors and aspiring directors get great experience through Quicksilver productions--You Can't Take It with You, Wanda's Visit and The Zoo Story, to name a few--so get out and support this group.
A Midsummer Night's Dream opens at 8 tonight at the Cabaret Theatre in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Additional performances are scheduled for August 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. Tickets cost $6. For more information and reservations, call 797-4792.
ASTAIR AFFAIR. Dance down to La Placita Village for a date with the incomparable Fred Astair.
Audrey Hepburn co-stars in Funny Face, a classic musical set in Paris. The movie features the music of Gershwin and the fashions of Givenchy.
Each week, Cinema La Placita hosts Thursday evening outdoor screenings. Other upcoming films include Singin' in the Rain on August 16 and The Asphalt Jungle on August 23.
Funny Face begins at 7:30 tonight at La Placita, 110 S. Church Ave. For more information, call 325-2202.
YOUR TURN AT BAT. Learn all about those mysterious creatures of the night--bats.
The International Wildlife Museum is hosting a family night: "Bats" for all ages. Museum docents and local experts will educate the public with live animals and artifacts.
The museum, a non-profit educational institution dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of the world's fascinating wildlife, plans an evening of bat-related information, crafts and activities for the children. Also on the entertainment slate: "batty" games and scavenger hunts. An interactive play called I'm a Special Mammal! and storytelling will take place in the theater.
There will be a drawing for door prizes at the end of the event. The Oasis Grille restaurant and the entire museum are open all evening.
The bat bash is from 6 to 9 tonight at the museum, 4800 West Gates Pass Road, five miles west of I-10. Admission is $4 for non-members, free for members. No reservations are required. For more information, call 629-0100 ext. 336.
BAGGING IT. A leather and braided horsehair bag crafted in 1988 by inmates at the Arizona State Prison in Florence is among more than 100 interesting and unusual purses and bags on display now.
The cons' gift was presented to former Gov. Rose Mofford. Other offerings at the Arizona Historical Society Museum include bags made with steel mesh, beads, crochet, leather and fabrics.
The exhibit, From Pocket to Purse: Hand in Hand with Fashion, also shows off coin purses, puzzle bags and luggage from the 1880s to 1950. The items are presented in re-creations of early 20th-century storefronts and showcases.
The exhibit opens today, with a reception planned from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum, 949 E. Second St., in the Pima Gallery. There is no cost for admission to the show, which runs through February 2002. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 628-5774.
LESSONS OF LOVE AND LIFE. A story about a boy who grows up in an orphanage is the featured film in a free series at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church.
The Cider House Rules, a 1999 film based on a novel by John Irving, is about Homer Wells, who spent most of his life within the walls of St. Cloud's Orphanage in rural Maine, where his education was anything but traditional.
Though groomed by the orphanage's proprietor to take over, Wells decides instead to check out the world outside. Working in an orchard, the young man learns powerful lessons about life, love and home.
The screening is part of the ninth annual Religion in Film series, sponsored by the Tacheria Interfaith Spirituality Center.
The Cider House Rules 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. Snacks will be served during the free screening in the Palo Verde Room of the La Parroquia building.
MONSOON MADNESS. The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association loves rain.
Friday-night gatherings at Winsett Outdoor Performance Center dubbed Monsoon Madness boast great reasons to head down to Fourth Avenue. The weekly bashes stage some of Tucson's hottest bands.
Tonight, hear Landis and Chango Malo in a concert from 7 to 10 p.m.
Monsoon Madness happens every Friday night through August 31. Future shows include DJ Seth Miles on August 17, Liberty School on August 24 and the Beating on August 31. For more information, call 624-5004.
THIS CAT'S NO STRAY. He was hot as a member of the Stray Cats. Seems like a long time ago, but Brian Setzer is still sizzlin'.
The ever-inventive Setzer, whose 17-piece band, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, was a huge success, is back to the basics again, ditching all but a few players for his latest experiment.
Setzer plays the Rialto Theatre tonight. For tickets, call 321-1000.
TAKE (ANOTHER) HIKE. Sabino Canyon's got just the thing for would-be active people feeling the summer blahs.
An easy 1.5-mile hike called A Passage through Time promises to unlock the mysteries of Southeastern Arizona's past.
Part of the "take a hike" series offered by the Public Lands Interpretive Association and the National Forest Service, today's hike starts at 8 a.m. at the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center courtyard.
Hikers are advised to bring plenty of water, sunblock and a hat.
For more information, call 749-8700.
LITTLE PEOPLE'S FAIR. Face-painting, a jumping castle, puppet shows and a Ronald McDonald magic show are among the activities at the 12th annual Baby Fair.
Bring the kids for a free day of fun and enter the little people in a diaper-drive poster-baby contest and the diaper derby.
The Baby Fair first and foremost seems to be a way of selling you something--the event showcases a variety of baby-related products and services. (It's co-sponsored by Babies 'R' Us.) But if you leave the wallet at home, you're all set to enjoy the free stuff.
The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Tucson Convention Center. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 795-1490.
FRUITY FLAMENCO. Chris Burton Jacome, a flamenco guitarist whose travels have included Seville, Spain, will be strumming at the Tucson Farmers Market today.
Jacome, who began playing guitar at age 13, was introduced to flamenco three years later. Since then, he has earned degrees in classical guitar performance and Spanish literature at the University of Arizona.
In 1998, Jacome traveled to Seville, flamenco's heart and soul, where he was invited to take over second-chair accompaniment to Juana Amaya, one of Spain's premier flamenco dancers.
Find out how good flamenco can sound today from 7 a.m. to noon at the market, where you'll also find 20 vendors selling organically grown vegetables and fruits, hydroponically-grown tomatoes, meat, teas, honey and more.
The market is located in St. Philip's Plaza, at the corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue. For more information, call 743-8063 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ART OF RAIN. Gayle Nason, Mary Schaefer and Larry Riley are among the artists featured in an exhibit at Sanders Galleries.
Monsoon Majesty also boasts the work of Ron Himler, Rose Ann Day, Tom Haas, Ron Stewart and Dan Bates.
The show runs through August 20 at Sanders, 6420 N. Campbell Ave., at Skyline Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 299-1763.
GETTING HUNGARY. Hollywood's depiction of Balkan and other peoples of Eastern Europe is revealed during a Bela Lugosi biography.
The video traces Lugosi's life in Eastern Europe in great detail. The commentary on Hollywood suggests why he had trouble breaking out of ethnic stereotyped roles because of his accent.
Lugosi had been a leading man in Hungary and found his change of status difficult to understand.
Following the video showing at the Unitarian Church, viewers can discuss Lugosi's life and the restricted roles available to actors with accents (besides the British). The discussion topic question: Has anything changed since Lugosi's day?
The event begins at 7 p.m. at 4831 E. 22nd St. and is free. Refreshments will be served before the program. For more information, call 623-8905.
BETTER THAN A CLOCK-RADIO. Paintings, ceramics and bronzes by 45 of the West's best talent capture the essence of our region's culture, tradition and past.
Check out the works of renowned artists such as Santos Barbosa, Duane Bryers, Deborah Copenhaver Fellows and Fred Fellows.
The Empire Ranch Foundation Western Art Exhibition opens today and runs through September 13 at Northern Trust Bank, 3450 E. Sunrise Dr. Business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.