City Week

See Planets; Support Charity

Telescopes For Telethon
6-9 P.M. Friday, March 26
Four area Wal-Mart Locations
3-10 P.M. Saturday, March 27
UA Mall

Before we go on, we promise that City Week will be classy enough not to make any Uranus jokes. Thank you.

This weekend, you have a great chance to check out the planets with help from local astronomers, and help a good cause at the same time. They're calling it Telescopes for Telethon.

On Friday, the friendly folks from the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, SkyWorks, Starizona and Stellar Vision will be heading to the four area Wal-Mart parking lots with telescopes in tow to show off the wonderful planetary lineup we Earthlings can currently view, including Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and our very own Moon. At the same time, organizers will be collecting optional donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and according to event organizer Wendee Levy, Wal-Mart will match the donations, up to $500, at each store.

The next day, the same astronomers will host what's being called the Really Big Night. From 3-10 p.m., folks will get to check out the sun (through safe, filtered systems, of course) and the aforementioned heavenly bodies thereafter with one of 40 telescopes provided. Again, donations will be collected for the MDA, so bring lots of dough to donate. The event was originally scheduled for the Sabino Canyon Recreational Area, but due to the kitty controversy, it had to be moved to the UA Mall.

So, there. No Uranus jokes--not even any Moon jokes. We's bein' cultured this week!

Puppet Shows = Positive Recreation

Second Annual Youth Expo
9 A.M.-4 P.M. Saturday, March 27
Pima County Fairgrounds

The Weekly has been pretty hard on Rodney Glassman in the past, but the man deserves some serious kudos for his foundation's efforts in putting together the Second Annual Youth Expo.

This year's event, which is themed "Youth Explorations," is scheduled to feature a number of participants, including the Catalina Council Boy Scouts of America, the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council, the Camp Fire USA Southern Arizona Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Learning for Life, 4-H and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson.

In addition to the requisite food, beverage and other vendors, the expo will feature entertainment including dance groups, magicians, musicians and our personal favorite, puppet shows. Other things to do and look at will include an obstacle course, ham radios, games, sports, crafts, pets, a miniature boat race, Native American displays and something described as a "30-foot monkey bridge."

The event--the brainchild of former Catalina Boy Scouts executive Lou Salute--drew 6.000 participants last year, and this year promises to be as big or bigger. Yes, it's--CLICHÉ ALERT--fun for the whole family!

And it's affordable fun, too. Admission is a mere $1--and that's only for adults.

The goal of the event, according to organizers, is to "promote civic involvement, positive recreation and education." That's a worthy goal; props to you, Rodney Glassman.

Barrio Focus

Illustrated Lecture on Tucson's Cultural Heritage
7 P.M. Friday, March 26
Historic Stone Avenue Temple,
564 S. Stone Ave.

The Historic Stone Avenue Temple is putting its focus on the barrios this weekend, featuring a lecture and two watercolor workshops.

On Friday, the UA's R. Brooks Jeffery--author, along with Anne M. Nequette, of A Guide to Tucson Architecture--will give a lecture titled, "The Barrio and Beyond: Tucson's Early Neighborhoods." The illustrated talk is slated to cover how the various architectural styles in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown paint a picture of Tucson's history. A news release for the event also promises that Jeffery will "provide historical information on the architectural elements that make Tucson's barrios so exciting."

While we adore Tucson's barrios, we're not sure we'd refer to them as "exciting," but we'll play along.

If Jeffery's lecture doesn't provide you with enough barrio excitement, then you're in luck: The next two days, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sarah Schmerl, a well-known local plein air artist, will run watercolor workshops on painting the barrios, with their color, texture, light and architectural details. Attendees will meet at the Historic Stone Avenue Temple and then proceed to Convent Street for the workshop. You'll need to provide your own lunch.

The cost for the whole shebang is $180; for the lecture and one workshop, it's $95. The lecture alone will run you $10 at the door. Call 885-1481 for details.

Guitar Guru

Leo Kottke in Concert
8 P.M. Saturday, March 27
7:30 P.M. Sunday, March 28
Temple of Music and Art,
330 S. Scott Ave.

The number of top-notch musical performances in Tucson this weekend is amazing.

In addition to the Arizona Jazz-a-thon mentioned in the Pick of the Week off to your left, and the various acts mentioned in the Music and Performing Arts sections of this week's paper, there's Leo Kottke.

The word "legend" is thrown around somewhat carelessly, but it's a safe label to bestow on Kottke. A member of the Guitar Player magazine Hall of Fame, Kottke recorded his first album in 1969, 6 and 12 String Guitar, beginning a 35-year career that's spawned upwards of 30 albums and a style of guitar playing that's credited to him. He released his last album, Clone, a duo with Mike Gordon of Phish, in 2002.

Apparently, Kottke was a trombone player before making a switch to the guitar. Smart move, Leo.

His shows are known for their mix of music and humor, and Tucsonans will get a chance to see him in action at either of two shows for the relatively paltry sum of $20. You get a $2 discount if you're a senior citizen. Tickets are available at the Arizona Theatre Company box office, by phone or at

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