THE WHORE'S TOUR. Here's the "professional" description for the funders: The artistic mission of the Sex Worker Arts Festival is to showcase film and video, performance and art created by workers in the adult entertainment industry.
It's much hotter than that.
The annual festival starts at 3 p.m. with a free panel on the trafficking of sex slaves with scholar Penelope Saunders, social worker and former sex worker, Dawn Passar and sex work activist Carol Leigh at the UA Modern Languages Auditorium, located off Second Street at Mountain Avenue. At 6:30 p.m., Mirror Box Stories screens--an experimental documentary exploring the stories of eight Seattle women and their experiences within the sex industry. I was a Teenage Prostitute by Juliana Piccillo screens as well at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress. Admission is $6.
At 7:30, meet artists at a reception at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St. Creative dress is encouraged. It's free with your ticket to the Sex Workers' Art Show Tour that follows at 8 p.m. featuring dancing, spoken word, music and performance by Annie Oakley, Carol Queen, Penny Arcade, Michelle Tea, Carmen Li and others. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door and include the after-show party at 10:30 p.m. Don't miss the daring door prizes and hot lap dances. Skip it all and go straight to the party and you pay just $5.
Throughout the weekend there are screenings, a workshop on breath orgasms (get yours there), a panel on the sacred prostitute and steamy parties. For details, visit www.sexworkerartsfestival.com or call Pan Left Productions at 624-1779.
POP GOES THE SCIENTIST. "Fellows of the horse/overwhelmed upon their course/men who breach the secret vault/to mount the sacred horse ... " Come to the show and hear the next verse. Horsey in the Round is Mat Bevel's latest Surrealistic Pop Science Theater production.
Bevel, aka Ned Schaper, is known for his kinetic sculptures, poetry, performance, light and music. The work reflects the values of the Mat Bevel philosophy of using found objects to raise awareness of conservation, creativity, resourcefulness and art as a reflection of our surrounding culture.
Shows start at 8 p.m. and run Fridays through Sundays this weekend and next. The Mat Bevel Institute is located at 530 N. Stone Ave. Tickets at the door cost $8. For details call 622-0192.
SCI-FI SPECTACULAR. Get out your wookie suit--TusCon 29 is here! This annual gathering of sci-fi enthusiasts begins tonight and continues through Sunday, with a full schedule that includes panels with authors such as Hugo Award-winner Timothy Zahn and New York Times bestseller John Vornholt, a masquerade ball, an art show, computer and other gaming sessions, movies and, of course, filking. The convention is at the Inn Suites Hotel, 475 N. Granada. A full weekend membership costs $45, with single-day memberships available for $15 on Friday and Sunday and $30 on Saturday. For a complete schedule of events, visit http://home.earthlink.net/~basfa/
RACES START NOW. Continuing with the horse theme, the Tucson dance troupe, quasi cum aluminum, perform their latest piece, trifecta.
It's described as a high-energy dance project traipsing along the border between modern dance, Japanese Butoh and exaggerated everyday movements.
Brandon Kodama directs the production, the third for the troupe, embracing the theme of the physical vessel as home. Kodama says, "For most of the audience, the visual and audio aspects of the project are shocking, beautiful and emotionally charged."
In past performances, dancers adopted traditional Butoh accoutrements: stark white body makeup, closely shaven heads, nakedness. In trifecta, they'll draw on different Butoh aspects like extremely subtle facial expressions. Dancers featured are Jared McKinley, Serena Tang, Nadia Hagen and Brandon Kodama.
Two shows start at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the Historic Y, 738 N. Fifth Ave. Tickets cost $7 at the door. For information, call 792-4265.
BLESSINGS TO THOSE WHO THINK AHEAD. The Christmas Concert at San Xavier del Bac is still a month away. But today a limited number of reservations for this year's concert are being offered to the public.
In 1997, on the heels of the bicentennial of the Mission, a Christmas concert was held to raise funds for the ongoing preservation of the building and mission projects. Arriving guests were greeted with rain, sleet and freezing temperatures. At the end of the concert, the performers recessed down the aisle. Hushed silence filled the church; no one moved. Finally the audience figured out it was their turn and they slowly rose and followed the performers out.
The processional and performance is now a season ritual. This is the first year that the public gets a crack at advanced tickets to hear the Tucson Boys Chorus and the Sons of Orpheus perform Christmas carols and other seasonal music.
Performances are at 8 p.m. on December 11, 12 and 13. Tickets cost $75. (A portion is tax-deductible.) For reservations, send a check to Patronato San Xavier, P.O. Box 522, Tucson, AZ 85702. That's your reservation. If they sell out, they'll send your check back. Call 325-7976 for details.
STEP BACK IN TIME. Eleven lucky people get to learn how prehistoric people made and used flaked stone artifacts in a workshop taught by flintknapper and avocational archaeologist Sam Greenleaf. It goes from 9 a.m. to noon at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road.
The course is designed to help us modern folks understand how prehistoric people made arrowheads out of obsidian and other stones.
It fills fast, so call to reserve your spot. Admission costs $25 per person. All equipment is provided and you have to be at least 9 years old to participate. Call 798-1201 for details.
DARK ALLEY MOVIES. Usually dark alleys are not so inviting. You just get through them as fast as you can.
But for the Back Alley Film Festival, the dark, weedy thoroughfare is its theater du jour. For the third year running, Jerseyboy Productions features screenings of independent films from Tucson and beyond. This year, they're even bringing in films produced internationally.
Screening begins at 7 p.m. in the Bison Witches Bar parking lot, 326 N. Fourth Ave., between Seventh and Eighth streets. Films are projected onto a huge, white screen painted onto the side of a Fourth Avenue building. Ozlo provides musical entertainment.
It's free, but donations support Jerseyboy's current film project, Idleheist, all shot in and around Tucson. Meet you in the alley.
MUSICAL MENTAL HEALTHCARE. Doing the dysfunctional dance? Jamie Anderson and the Therapy Sisters can take care of that.
Anderson has toured nationally for 15 years belting out songs with hilarious titles like When Cats Take over the World, I Miss the Dog More than I Miss You and, from her new album, I Wanna be a Straight Guy and the Menstrual Tango.
She'll be joined by Tucsonan Martie van der Voort. To add to the fun, The Divas of Dysfunction will be accepting new clients to open the show. From Austin, Maurine McLean and Lisa Rogers offer musical mental healthcare and on-stage banter.
The double bill starts at 8 p.m. at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. Tickets cost $12 to $14 in advance at Antigone Books and CD City or online at www.inconcerttucson.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. if you want to get your tickets there ($14 to $16). Call 327-4809 for details.
FIRE IT UP. Dan Coleman is the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's Music Alive Composer-in-Residence. Apparently he was affected by our incendiary climate while in residence.
The world premiere of his new work. Focoso, takes its name from the Italian meaning "fiery" or "ardently." Says Coleman, "I felt that the word evoked the intensity of Tucson's summer desert weather."
The Orchestra opens its MasterWorks Series under the baton of George Hanson with Tucson pianist Alexander Tentser performing Coleman's work along with Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4. The performance starts at 2 p.m. at Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Two other performances take place on Friday and Saturday at Canyon Del Oro High School and Catalina Foothills High School.
Tickets cost $22.50. Call the TSO box office at 882-8585
GAINING ENTRY. What factors should we use to decide who gets to come into this country? Who gets to decide?
Well Founded Fears explores the issue of immigration decision-making. It's part of the Sunday Night at the Movies series sponsored by the Unlearning Racism Task Force of Congregation Ner Tamid and St. Francis in the Foothills Church. Screening is preceded by a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. and is followed by a discussion of the movie.
It's free and takes place at the church located at 4625 E. River Road at Swan. Call 299-9063 with questions.
DRINKING FOR ROVER. Art for Animals helps our hapless, four-legged compatriots--the injured or ill, hungry, homeless or abused orphans that need our help the most. The non-profit organization was founded in 1999 by artist Diana Madaras.
Now it's time for you to help financially and, while doing so, enjoy some fine wine and dinner.
"The Great Grape," (winemaker Mitch Cosentino), offers his award-winning wines paired with a five-course dinner prepared by Michael Powell of Soleil Restaurant.
It all starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes a live and silent auction featuring rare vintages. Seating is limited to 100 and tickets cost $125 per person. Soleil is located in the El Cortijo Art Annex at Skyline and Campbell. For reservations, call 623-4000.
A PASSION FOR HIS ROOTS. José Barreiro is a member of the Taino Nation of the Antilles. He's known internationally for his involvement in indigenous communities in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. His work includes directing the American Indian Program at Cornell University and editing the journal, Native Americas, as well as several books on indigenous Americans. He's even written a novel, The Indian Chronicles.
Come hear him speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Modern Languages Auditorium, off Second Street near Mountain Avenue on the UA campus. His lecture is part of the Fall Poetics and Politics Series--a year-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the American Indian Studies Program at the University.
A reception and book signing follow Barreiro's free lecture. For details, call 621-7108.
GRANDMA'S HOUSE. My siblings and I thought it was a funny thing that even though we lived in the urban metropolis, we could still say that we went over the river (Delaware, that is) and through the woods (Fairmount Park) to Grandma's apartment house.
Invisible Theater's new production, Over the River and Through the Woods, follows the tribulations of Nick, a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey. Nick's still close to his grandparents in Hoboken, over the proverbial river and through the woods. Sunday dinners are a regular gig.
Then Nick gets a great job in Seattle and has to break the news to Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma that he's leaving this cozy scene. They scheme to keep Nick close to home. Are we surprised that it includes a lovely and single woman?
The family comedy is written by Joe DiPietro and stars Kevin Lucero Less as Nick and Sybille Bruun as the pretty girl who just may keep him firmly planted in Jersey. It opens today at 7:30 p.m. Shows continue daily through December 8. The theater is located at 1400 N. First Ave. at Drachman. Tickets cost $20 to $22. Call the box office at 882-9721 to get yours.
TELL ME A STORY. He's been called the best thing to happen to kids since tree houses. That's quite a moniker.
Though Bill Harley's songs and stories are aimed at the younger set, all but the most jaded will laugh at his puns and portraits of growing up. We all did that, right? (Well, most of us, anyhow.)
Harley's stories hark back to his childhood in Indiana--universal tales of picky eaters, parents and television, mothers who sing with the radio. On a serious level, he explores friendship, peace, respect for others and team play. A dad twice over, Harley has received a Children's Web Music Award, several Wammies and a Grammy nomination. He's also written four children's books and a play. He's in the process of writing a novel--for us old fogies.
Arts for All presents Harley in concert at a 10 a.m. student matinee today and a family show tonight at 6:30 p.m. Both shows are at Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger. Get them by calling 206-6986.
LIKE CHOCOLATE AND PEANUTS. Two good ingredients. Same with film and poetry.
Reader's Oasis presents its second monthly Film and Poetry Double Feature, pairing a short independent film with a live poetry reading.
This time around, the cinematic selection is Invisible World, a short narrative by Anna Keefer and Stacey Richter. It's a strange flick about the adventures of a young Tucson woman who dreams of becoming a Priscilla Presley impersonator.
Richter introduces the film followed by a blast of live poetry read by Tucson poet Christie White.
Two great tastes that taste great together. Stop by the bookstore at 3400 E. Speedway Blvd. at 8 p.m. for the shmorgasboard. Call 319-7887 with questions.