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ART WALK. The weekly gallery walk in the Downtown Arts District is on, with extended hours from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at various galleries and studios, and walking tours of window-front displays, outdoor murals, shops and cafés. Docent-led tours meet in the lobby of Park Inn, 188 E. Broadway, starting at 5:30 p.m.
View works by established and emerging Hispanic and Native American artists in Des Colores, continuing through January 31 at Gallery de Lucia, 320 E. Congress St. (in the old Uppity Women's Bookstore space). Unusual stops include photos from the Arizona Historical Society and the Buehman Collection focusing on the "Lost Tucson Theatre District," on display at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.; mixed-media works by Asian artist Donmee Choi in The Screening Room's Image Gallery, 127 E. Congress St.; and Roman and Dutch glass beads, pre-Columbian stone beads and "contemporary miniature works of art" at the Timeline Gallery in Piney Hollow, 427 N. Fourth Ave. Participating galleries include Etherton, Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, Dinnerware, Central Arts Collective and Berta Wright Gallery Shops. Call 624-9977 for tour information.
EIKO & KOMA. UApresents opens its Millennium Project with Wind, an experimental dance work by postmodern artists Eiko & Koma. Described as "serene yet haunting," Wind is a 60-minute piece which includes a musical score fusing the influences of Native American composer Robert Mirabal, the work of 16th-century composer Francisco Guerrero and the voices of the all-male a cappella ensemble, Chanticleer. Amid a shower of falling feathers, haunting music and contorting, coiling limbs, Eiko & Koma create a Japanese Garden of space inviting the audience to ponder all reality, both seen and unseen.
Wind sweeps the PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road, at 8 tonight and Saturday, January 27. All tickets are $15, with a $4 discount for students, faculty and children. Advance tickets are available at the PCC West Campus Student Center, Dillard's, and the TCC and Centennial Hall box offices. Call (800) 638-4253 for reservations and information. The Millennium Project is a five-year series examining the cutting edge of artistic expression using man and his relationship to the environment as a central theme.
RAID THE RED HOUSE. Richard Hatter and Rick Moyer give their debut performance as the Red House Theater Project, an endeavor hatched last spring in an effort to "bring back works lost in the ages of theatre gone by," as well as present new works by local playwrights. It's in the latter category that Hatter and Moyer, who've worked with a host of local groups, join with director Hal Melfi to present Rich Amada's The Timekeeper, a fast-moving, satirical drama Hatter saw two years ago as one of the Old Pueblo Playwrights readings.
It goes something like this: "Suppose all the timepieces on Earth were tuned in to and synchronized with one great, universal clock. When the cosmic chronometer that keeps the world on time strikes one, more than the mouse runs down as the high priests of The Timekeeper scramble to maintain order."
The Timekeeper begins at the stroke of 7 tonight and Saturday, January 27, at The Temple Of Music And Art Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 622-2823 for information.
MINERAL MADNESS. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, promises the best deals in town to collectors of all ages as the museum opens its doors for the fourth annual Mineral Madness Showcase and Sale, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, January 28. Demonstrations of the art of jewelry making and lapidary work, retrieving fossils and preparing minerals for display will be offered throughout the sale; and experts will be on hand to identify that found or forgotten "mystery mineral" in your personal collection. An array of newly offered fluorite specimens with perfectly formed cubes and octahedrons in a rainbow of colors "from noted localities in Hardin County, Illinois; Naica, Mexico; and Cumberland, England" highlights the sale.
Admittance to the sale is free with regular museum ticket, which is $8.95 for adults ages 13 and over, and $1.75 for children ages 6 to 12. Regular museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 883-2702 for recorded general information.
THE BOBS. Part comedy, part performance art and all musical adventure, the outrageous, four-man a cappella group known as The Bobs returns to Tucson for their first all-Bob Tucson show (many will recall their dance-group collaboration, ISObob, five years ago). From claim-to-fame originals like "Art for Art's Sake" and "Cowboy Lips," accompanying themselves with body percussion on many "instrumentals," and on through covers of Hendrix, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, the Grateful Dead and Taking Heads, you've never seen anything like these guys unless you've seen them before. Do not miss this beyond-live show, also a benefit for Third Street Kids, a performing arts organization specializing in involving kids with disabilities.
The Bobs take the stage at 8 p.m. at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Select members of Third Street Kids open the show. All seating is reserved, with tickets ranging from $12 to $16. Pick them up in advance from Hear's Music, Loco Records and Antigone Books, or charge by phone by calling 881-3947. Call 327-4809 for information.
POETRY IN MOTION. "Welcome to Judevine, Vermont, not far from Stowe, up the road from Barre. Population 200. A place with one cafe, one mechanic, a welding shop, a Post Office and a town clerk," the director's notes introduce us. What they introduce us to is a town very like the real-life town poet and playwright David Budbill lived in for 20 years, writing poetry about the people he met and grew to love. Judevine is sort of a Lake-Woebegone-meets-Grapes of Wrath, recreating red-faced, working-class folks "desperate to survive, to love and be loved in small-town America." With minimal costume changes, no props and a soundtrack created live on-stage by the acting ensemble, we witness a parade of lives (26 in all) at work and at play, canoeing down a river, riding a Harley-Davidson at 120 mph, welding the boom on a lumber truck, harvesting Christmas trees, burying a beloved wife and on and on. Budbill himself is our guide throughout, distilling in the audience his years of careful observation, imparting great truth and enormous heart.
Tonight's preview of Arizona Repertory Theatre's Judevine starts at 8 p.m. in the UA Marroney Theatre, Fine Arts Complex at the southeast corner of Speedway and Park Avenue. Tickets are $5. Production continues through February 11, with tickets ranging from $8 to $12. Call 621-1162 for reservations and information.
LASANSKY'S LATEST. The Old Pueblo Arts Ensemble, a professional ensemble co-founded and directed by Enrique Lasansky (who's spurred the Catalina Chamber Orchestra on to its present state of excellence), gives its debut performance at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Native American flute master R. Carlos Nakai is the featured guest artist, performing the music of Arizona composer James DeMars. Most of the music presented in tonight's program appears on the album Spirit Horses, said to "bridge the gap between Western and non-Western musical traditions...incorporat(ing) haunting melodies of Native American cultures in European-derived musical textures." Traditional instruments such as the cedar flute and African "talking drums" are juxtaposed with modern orchestral instruments in an allegorical celebration of our "melting pot" society.
Tickets are $10, available in advance from the Center, The Haunted Bookshop, Jeff's Classical Record Shop, Hear's Music and Silverbell Trading. Student tickets are $5, available only at the Southwest School of Music and Dance, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Call 884-0811 for reservations and information.
FIFTH OF JULY. Playwright Lanford Wilson has long been lauded in the theatrical community for his warm, insightful character studies, from his passionate Burn This, performed last summer by Su Teatro, to lesser-known works like The Great Nebula in Orion, featured in One In Ten Theatre's evening of short plays last spring. One In Ten Theatre Company brings Wilson's wit and charm to the stage yet again with Fifth of July, one in his cycle of plays about the Talley family, in which Ken and his lover Jed find their Missouri farmhouse inundated with a mixture of oil-and-vinegar houseguests including two of Ken's hippie friends, his uptight sister and her daughter, and their eccentric Aunt Sally.
Fifth of July opens at 8 tonight at the Historic Y Theater, 738 N. Fifth Ave. Production continues Wednesday through Sunday through February 17. Tickets are $9 in advance from Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave., and $10 at the door. Call 770-9279 for reservations and information.
HOT OFF THE GRILL. Rise and shine with the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson as members grill area legislators about the State of the State at 7:30 a.m. at the Quality Inn, 475 N. Granada Ave. Senators and representatives for the lower latitudes of Arizona will explain the purpose and anticipated effects of various bills and proposals under consideration, as well as predict their passage. Make sure you let them know how you expect the vote to go.
Breakfast is $10 for members, $12.50 for non-members, with reservations recommended. Call 327-7652 between 9 a.m. and noon for registration and information.
City Week includes events selected by Calendar Editor Mari Wadsworth. Event information is accurate as of press time. The Weekly recommends calling event organizers to check for last-minute changes in location, time, price, etc.
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