Sweet soprano. A New York chef was so impressed with her creamy voice that he created a chocolate and hazelnut confection in her honor.
How many singers can say that? Then again, how many singers can match the talent of soprano nonpareil Renée Fleming?
With ravishing eloquence, Fleming has enraptured audiences as she brings Mozart, Richard Strauss and Verdi to exquisite, lyrical life. Her voice, with its spectacular soaring line and voluptuous lower range, has established her as a true diva among the great opera stars of the world. Her roles have included Handel's Alcina, the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Blanche in André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire.
"Not since the heyday of Birgit Nilsson and Luciano Pavarotti have critics and audiences held a vocal artist in such esteem as that now enjoyed by the soprano Renée Fleming," The New York Times writes.
Tonight, Fleming will perform "Di Cor Mio" from Handel's Alcina, "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Gershwin among a collection of other works by Strauss and Rachmaninov.
The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. Tickets are $48 to $60, with discounts available. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets also are available online at www.tickets.com. A free "Arts Encounter" will be held 45 minutes before the performance in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building, just east of Centennial Hall. For more information, call 621-3341.
Sad old story. A couple of young but talented actors will share the starring role in a play sure to make you tear up--no matter how many times you've heard the story.
Bisbee Repertory Theatre's The Diary of Anne Frank will alternate with two of BRT's young actors in the title role. Elizabeth Owens last appeared in A Christmas Carol, and Sierra Christensen is making her BRT debut.
The Diary of Anne Frank is written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and is directed by BRT's guest director, Susan Arnold. BRT's Lobby Gallery will feature the paintings of Bisbee artist Al Sandler.
Performances take place at Bisbee Repertory Theatre in its historical building at 94 Main St. in Old Bisbee. Tonight's show starts at 7:30. Other performances are scheduled for March 16, 22, 23, 29 and 20 and April 5. Sunday matinees are scheduled at 3 p.m. March 17, 31 and April 7. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. Students pay $5. For more information, call (520) 432-3786.
Going to the dogs. I met a lady who owns several greyhounds. She described her pets as 45-mph couch potatoes.
That made me chuckle. But, fact is, many greyhounds don't get the chance to lounge around the house once the roar of racing fans has died away. In fact, some survive just because a few people give a damn. Give a damn this weekend and race over to a huge garage sale, where you can grab a bargain and at the same time help rescue a greyhound.
Arizona Greyhound Rescue is holding the sale today and tomorrow to raise cash for the canines
The sale is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday at 1515 N. Mountain View Ave. near Speedway and Swan. For more information about the sale or about how to get a 45-mph couch potato of your own, call 886-7411.
Rock for the ages. Thanks to Jason Carlisle, bands like Great American Tragedy and The Blacks will live forever.
Live! Music! Photos! at the Gallery in Hotel Congress is a collection of Carlisle's photographs of performances at Club Congress. The images document Tucson's nightlife, capturing the energy and spirit of live music.
The show, which runs through April 28, reveals the power photography has to illustrate an emotion or event in a single image.
Carlisle is a Tucson resident and graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's of fine arts in Photography.
A reception for the artist starts at 7 tonight at the Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. For more information, call 624-5019. Cocktail primer. Drop by a charming 1938 Spanish Colonial Revival home tonight for cocktails.
Check out the home, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine, listen to musical entertainment on the home's lovely patio and automatically be entered in a prize drawing.
The reception in Colonia Solona historic neighborhood kicks off the Arizona Opera League of Tucson's 28th annual Home Tour.
Tours on Saturday and March 23 feature eight different homes--four each Saturday--in the Armory Park, Blenman-Elm, Colonia Solona, El Encanto, El Presidio, Fort Lowell and West University historic neighborhoods.
The self-guided exploration includes a seminar lecture, A Sense of Community, Tucson's Historic Neighborhoods, by R. Brooks Jeffery.
Tonight's event starts at 6. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 for a party of two. For ticket information, call 544-2502 or email RSPSAD@aol.com.
The tours--10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturdays--are $40 per person each Saturday. Tickets are available at Arizona Opera, Belden & Co., Borders Books & Music, Martie's Hallmark Shop, Meredith's Hallmark Shops and Rascon. For more information, call 544-2502.
Going back to calli. You might say Kishiko Hayashi Vance is old school.
Vance, a graduate of Tokyo Women's College of Art, has been studying Japanese calligraphy--brush painting--for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Japanese calligraphy organization Nihon Shuji. She holds rank 5--the highest possible for members not living in Japan--for both kanji and hiragana.
If calligraphy interests you, the March program for the Japan-America Society of Tucson has an offer too good to refuse. Vance, a society member, will share her knowledge during an event that also features hand-rolled sushi.
The event is from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Martin Luther King Building on the University of Arizona Campus, 1322 E. First St. To register, or for more information, call 241-0892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get going. Sometimes you need a bit of encouragement to get out of the house and take a walk.
Here's some: The Tucson Volkssport Walking Klub is sponsoring a noncompetitive, 10-kilometer walk today along trails in Oracle State Park. It's a great way to walk off a few calories and meet a few new friends.
The event is free, but there is a park entrance fee of $4 per carload of 4. Registration will be on site today, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 298-4340 or email Jolingarrett@aol.com.
Village people. Huipiles, cortes, fajas, cintas, tzutes, robozos and perrajes.
More than 300 items, including antique and ceremonial pieces and trajes (dress) pieces, will be available during St. Michael's Mayan Textile Exhibit and Benefit Sale.
"We have very fine examples of almost every village with a living textile tradition," says David Hamilton, Indegena Imports director.
You might be surprised how affordable some of the items are--prices on the "bargain basement" stuff to museum-quality items range from $40 to more than $600.
In addition to the clothes, the exhibit also features paintings by contemporary Mayan artists, including those by Santiago Atitlan artist Nicolas Reanda Quieju, whose work is collected by the Heard Museum in Phoenix.
The event opens at 10 a.m. today with an informal coffee-hour discussion and slide presentation by Hamilton on Mayan textiles and fashion trends. The sale is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Michaels, 602 N. Wilmot Road. For more information, call 623-3063.
Wild to mild. It's being billed as "an afternoon of adventure and an evening of adrenaline."
The Banff Film Festival World Tour brings some of the best of the annual film festival's awe-inspiring and breathtaking videos and films on diverse topics of mountain culture including: mountaineering, paddle sports, rock climbing, snow sports, wildlife and people and culture.
The shorts range from under five minutes long to almost an hour. The final slate of films--each show will be different--is chosen the day of the event.
For the adrenaline-craving, viewer selections may include: a free-wheeling mountain unicycle (yes, unicycle) descent of Pico de Orizaba in Mexico; footage of frenetic snow sports enthusiasts hurtling down extreme angles at breakneck speeds; and rock tower jumpers flinging themselves from unimaginable heights.
For the adventurous at heart but more contemplative viewer, the festival offers profiles of legendary climbers and adventurers like Alex Lowe and the pioneers of K2 ascents, and gorgeously filmed cultural encounters in faraway lands.
The event is 3:30 and 7 p.m. today at Muse, 516 N. Fifth Ave., north of 6th Street. Tickets are $8 each or $15 for both shows if purchased at the same time. A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Sky Island Alliance and Pima Trails Association. Tickets are available at Summit Hut, 5045 E. Speedway and 605 E. Wetmore, or online at www.summithut.com.
Big-time drummer boy. Russell Buddy Helm has performed with Frank Zappa, Chuck Berry, Tim Buckley and the Allman Brothers.
Now he wants to perform with you. Helm, the author of Drumming the Spirit of Life and The Way of the Drum, has been drumming since the age of 8 and has played live and in recording sessions with many rock bands. He has taught everything from Afro-Cuban to jazz, R&B, rock 'n' roll and reggae.
His current drumming workshops make the healing qualities of the drum accessible to all people, regardless of their musical backgrounds.
Join Helm for a drumming workshop that starts at 7 tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. Admission is $15 at the door. Reservations not required. Drummers of all persuasions are invited to attend. Bring your drums and rattles, etc. For more information, call 790-4933 or email CharLittle@aol.com.
In from the Outback. An artist whose work is on exhibit at the Women's Gallery in an exhibition called Stepping Out knows what it means to step way, way out.
Lin Fife has traveled extensively in Australia, and has spent much time researching and collecting Aboriginal art.
Fife's lecture tonight, Women's Business: Aboriginal Women's Art, will address how traditional and spiritual imagery is used in contemporary media in Aboriginal art.
The free event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the gallery, 3610 N. Prince Village Place, Suite 100. For more information, call 795-5288, ext. 104.
Island-bound. Hawaii's beautiful dance and song are as close as Sierra Vista.
The Halau Hula Ka No'eau formal Hawaiian dance academy and performing company, founded and directed by Michael Pili Pang, will present an interpretation of dance, drumming and chants.
The performance includes folklore of the Hawaiian Islands in an emotional, but energetic performance, reflecting the history and heritage of Hawaii past and present.
The event begins at 7 p.m. today at the Buena Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12 in advance, $3 for children under 12 and $14 at the door and are available at Oscar Yrun Community Center, the Ethel Berger Center, Safeway, MWR Box Office on Fort Huachuca and the Sierra Vista Herald office. For more information, call 1-800-288-3861.
High praise for a poet. "Ann Lauterbach's poetry is quantum-packed inside its own reality, releasing beams of light and time that bend across the world of human beauty."
Don DeLillo, author of Underworld and White Noise, offers such eloquent praise for poet Ann Lauterbach, who will read from her work tonight for the University of Arizona Poetry Center's Visiting Poets and Writers Reading Series.
Lauterbach has written extensively on art and poetics in relation to cultural value, most notably in a series of essays for the American Poetry Review entitled The Night Sky.
She has published six collections of poetry: On a Stair; And For Example; Clamor; Before Recollection; Many Times, But Then; and If In Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000.
The free reading begins at 8 p.m. tonight in the Modern Languages Auditorium on the University of Arizona campus. An informal reception will follow and books will be available for sale. For more information, call 626-3765 or email email@example.com.