Opening This Week
ARIZONA ROSE THEATRE. TCC Leo Rich Theatre. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4836. Opening February 11 and continuing through February 19: third in the Rainbow trilogy, Rainbow Country Fair, "where everything that's good lives and bad things only come to visit." Regular performances are at 2 p.m., with evening performances at 7:30 on February 11 and 18. Tickets are $12, $7 children 12 and under, available at all Dillard's or charge-by-phone, 791-4836.
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-4877. Opening February 11 and continuing through March 4 in the Alice Holsclaw Theatre: Dancing at Lughnasa, a semi-autobiographical picture of life in rural Ireland in 1936. Tickets range from $17 to $26, available at the ATC Box Office, or by calling 622-2823. Call for reservations and show times.
GASLIGHT THEATRE. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Special performances February 13 and 14 only: The Wild West Revue, a mobile comedy/musical featuring Jubilee Jones. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 children, available at the theatre.
PCC CENTER FOR THE ARTS. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6909. Opening February 15 and continuing through February 25: Blues, a thoughtful portrayal of the plight of the homeless, blending movement, rhythm and music. Evening performances are at 8 p.m., with matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $4 to $5, available at the box office.
a.k.a. THEATRE. 125 E. Congress St. 623-7852. Continuing through February 26: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, an award winning play by Tom Stoppard. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7, with a $1 discount for students with ID, seniors, artists and a.k.a. Theatre donors. Call for reservations.
ARIZONA CHILDREN'S THEATRE. 3601 E. Broadway, #44. 795-9314. Continuing through February 19: Story Theatre Shows, Hansel and Gretel, The Most Remarkable Cat, and The Breman Town Musicians. Regular show times are at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 seniors, and $3 children. No reservations necessary.
GASLIGHT THEATRE. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Continuing through March 25: Sonny Montana Singing Cowboy. Rich Edmonson of Chuck Wagon and the Wheels, and Earl Brennion of the Titan Valley Warheads join Sonny in his Sagebrush Band. Regular show times are: Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m., with additional performances at 9:30 on Friday and Saturday. Matinees are scheduled for February 12 and 26, and March 5. Tickets are $12.95, $10.95 for seniors, students and active military; and $6 for children 12 and under.
ONE IN TEN THEATRE. 738 N. Fifth Ave., suite 131. 770-9279. Continuing through February 25: Movie Queens, the story of two feuding legendary actresses who are reunited for a Broadway play, only to find that their personal history is the real drama. Tickets are $9, $8 for students and seniors, available at Antigone Books on Fourth Avenue, at the door, or by calling 770-9279.
SERENDIPITY PLAYHOUSE. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 751-4445. Continuing through February 25: Andrew Bergman's Social Security, featuring "sour ball spitting" Sophie Greengrass, who's involuntarily invaded her daughter's upscale Manhattan life. Regular performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $12 to $15, with discounts for seniors, students and military. Call for reservations.
ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE. UA Peter Marroney Theatre. Fine Arts Complex, south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway east of Park Avenue. 621-1162. Continuing through February 11: Mad Forest, an incisive portrait of a society in turmoil, focusing on two families living under the reign and collapse of a totalitarian regime. Performances are at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets range from $6 to $12, available at Dillard's or the Fine Arts Box Office, 621-1162.
INVISIBLE THEATRE. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. Continuing through February 12: Peter Shaffer's sparkling comedy, Lettice and Lovage. "Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!" is the battle cry of Miss Lettice Douffet, indefatigable enthusiast of History and The Theatre. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $9 to $14. Charge by phone 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Going It Alone Series continues through February 10, with "Interiors," an introspective theatrical and dance journey featuring Anne Bunker. Call theatre at 882-9721 for schedule of workshops and performances. Tickets range from $5 to $12 for production events. Reservations are suggested.
SABINO PLAYERS. Sabino High School Little Theatre. 5000 N. Bowes Road. 512-3235, ext. 5270. Continuing February 9 and 10: Clue, an original adaptation by the Sabino Players, set on a stormy night in the 1950s. Tickets are $3.50 for adults, with discounts for students and thespians with ID, or two canned items for the Community Food Bank.
AUDITION NOTICE. Y.O.U.T.H. Presents, a new performing group, announces open auditions for singers and dancers from grades eight to 11. Audition appointments must be made by February 11 for audition day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 18, at Randolf Performing Arts Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way. Call 762-9072.
CASTING NOTICE. Local filmmaker is looking for actors and crew for a non-union, feature length thriller. Parts for Hispanic and Caucasian males and females in their '20s, and one male aged 40 to 60. Actors will receive copy, credit, meals and deferred pay. Send photo and resume ASAP to the attention of Mr. Gallea, Buried in Tucson, 1221 N. Olsen Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719.
Opening This Week
ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Opening February 15 and continuing through March 30: Navajo Code Talkers, a commemorative photographic exhibit by Kenji Kawano. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
BARN GALLERY. Rancho Linda Vista, next to Biosphere II, in Oracle. Continuing through February 28, with an opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m. February 12: North Meets South at Oracle, a group show of Phoenix and Tucson artists sponsored by the Arizona chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art. Call Judy at 896-2406 for information and directions.
DE GRAZIA GALLERY. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9191. Opening February 12 with a reception from noon to 4 p.m., and continuing through February 25: Seeds of the Medicine Wheel, beaded, wearable art pieces by Brooke Monfort. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
JOSÉ GALVEZ GALLERY. 743 N. Fourth Ave. 6246878. Continuing through March 4, with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, February 11: Down Under, a joint showing of sculpture and mixed media images by Julia Benites Arriola and Rudy Calderon. Also showing are recent works by Frank Romero, Joseph Maruska, Christina Cardenas and Gonzalo Espinosa. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment.
JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY. Art Building, UA Campus, Speedway east of Park Avenue. Opening February 13 and continuing through February 24: The Shadow of the Cross, a kinetic sculpture exhibit by Ned Schaper, a.k.a. Mat Bevel. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
TOHONO CHUL GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Opening February 15 and continuing through April 10: Flowers in the Wild: Prints by Judy Miller Johnson, hand-painted etchings of wildflowers native to Arizona and the Southwest. Johnson will demonstrate and talk about her work from 1 to 4 p.m. February 17, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 18, in the Exhibit Hall. Exhibit Hall hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A $2 donation is requested.
BERO GALLERY. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 792-0313. Continuing through February 18: Amalgam: recent photographs, by Brion McCarthy, features a series of large, vibrant abstracts and a quietly atmospheric series of black and white images.
BERTA WRIGHT GALLERY. 260 E. Congress St., and Foothills Mall at Ina Road and La Cholla Boulevard. 882-7043. Continuing through February 28: Stone Spirit Fantasies, introducing the work of Jennifer Carr. Sculptures combine Zuni fetishes with gems and minerals.
CFHS ART GALLERY. 4300 E. Sunrise Drive. 577-5090. Continuing through March 1: Catalina Foothills High School Department of Art invites the public to the second annual student art exhibition. Regular gallery hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. University of Arizona campus. 621-7968. Continuing through March 26: Art Museum, a new exhibition of works by contemporary artists Sophie Calle, Louise Lawler, Richard Misrach, Diane Neumaier, Richard Ross and Thomas Struth. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
CENTRAL ARTS COLLECTIVE. 188 E. Broadway. 623-5883. Continuing through February 25: Four Artists: Three Disciplines, featuring works by Jill S. Kelly, Gloria Isak-Morton, Jack Remington and Joan DeMott Sullivan. Regular gallery hours are from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with extended hours on Downtown Saturday Nights and Thursday Art Walks. Call 623-5883 for information.
HOTEL CONGRESS LOBBY. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Continuing through March 15: Saints and Devils, reverse glass paintings by Janet Miller. Open daily.
DAVIS GALLERY. 6812 N. Oracle Road. 297-1427. Continuing through March 11: Landscapes, three distinct interpretations by painters Thomas Chapin and Josh Goldberg, and sculptress Moira Marti Geoffrion. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
DESERT ARTISANS' GALLERY. 6536-A Tanque Verde Road. 722-4412. Continuing through March 5: Holy Habitats: Missions of the Southwest. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
DINNERWARE. 135 E. Congress St. 792-4503. Continuing through February 25 in the main gallery, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, February 11: Instincts, fiber sculpture by Ann Keuper. Works by Barbara Brandel and Linda Berkley will accompany the show in the small gallery. Orts Theatre of Dance will perform at the opening from 12:15 to 1 p.m.; and Keuper and Brandel will lead an informal discussion of their work at 7 p.m. Monday, February 13, at the gallery. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 7 to 9 p.m. Downtown Saturday Nights; and noon to 8 p.m. Thursday Art Walks.
EPIC CAFE. 745 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6844. Continuing through February: large-scale, whimsical paintings by Gonzalo Espinosa, on loan from the José Galvez Gallery.
ETHERTON GALLERY. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Continuing through March 25: color photography by Christopher Burkett and William Lesch, and mixed media constructions by Jeffrey Jonczyck. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, with extended hours on Downtown Saturday Nights.
G.A.S.P. GALLERY. Utterback Middle School, 3233 S. Pinal Vista. 798-2794. Continuing through February 28, with an opening reception from 5 to 6 p.m. on February 14: Language of the Lens, contemporary Native American photographs. Operated by Utterback students under the leadership of Sally Lovell and Josh Goldberg. Call for an appointment.
LOCAL 803, INC. 803 E. Helen St. 882-4625. Continuing through February 25: recent works by Douglas Denniston. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
MALAIKA. 2900 E. Broadway, #178. 881-0110. Continuing through March 31: a selection of limited edition signed etchings by Nigerian artist Tayo Takove Quaye, and the Masai series of stippling prints by Frank Feaster. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
MELIORA. 178 E. Broadway. 792-9544. Continuing through February 28: Tucson: An Architect's Perspective, an installation reflecting "the good, the bad and the ugly" of the emerging city, by Bob Vint. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment. Admission is free.
NEW DOORS OF THE ARTS. 242 S. Park Ave. 7709950. Continuing through February 25: a joint show with stone-metal sculpture by Zak Zakovi and paintings and paper works by Charles Piqué. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours Downtown Saturday Nights.
OBSIDIAN GALLERY. St. Philip's Plaza, Suite 90, 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Continuing through March 31: the gallery's annual jewelry show, plus the work of fiber and glass artists. Featured artists include: Michael Boyd, Barbara Brandel, Diane Egbert, Bill Ford, Debra May and Marne Ryan. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
PHANTOM GALLERIES. Various locations. 624-9977. Vacant window-front galleries doubling as temporary exhibition space include the following, continuing through March: 47 E. Pennington St., installation by Katie Cooper; 38 E. Congress St., an exploration of conflict in paintings by Beata Wehr; 110 S. Church Ave., mixed media paintings echoing forms of nature, by Alicia Louden.
PHILABAUM CONTEMPORARY ART GLASS. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Continuing through April 8: Paint and Glass: The Expressive Connection, Southwest Invitational VIII. The show features artists who use glass, rather than canvas, to paint. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
PIMA COLLEGE WEST CAMPUS GALLERY. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6385. Continuing through February 21: Elementary School Art: A Children's Art Exhibition. Work in the show has been submitted by the art teachers in Tucson area elementary schools. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
PINK ADOBE GALLERY. 222 E. Congress St. 6232828. Continuing through February: bronze sculpture by Michael Storey, leather bags by Carson Rogers and whimsical pottery by Ray Davis. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
PUZEY GALLERY. 47 S. Sixth Ave. 884-4522. Continuing through February at the Holiday Inn Downtown City Center, 181 W. Broadway: mixed media, colored pencil, acrylics and oils by Mark Brestel, Sandi Pageau, Brian Puzey and Dan Furnas.
RAW GALLERY. 43 S. Sixth Ave. 882-6927. Continuing through March 1: imPRISMed Perceptions, a mixed media installation including paintings and assemblages by David Belcheff and Rosemary Kimble. Cartoon-like satirical paintings shown with mixed-media found-object assemblages placed in an extra-terrestrial setting. Regular gallery hours are 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Dowtown Saturday Nights, and Thursday Art Walk.
SHIRLEE SIEVEKE STUDIO-GALLERY. 44 W. Sixth St. 882-5960. Continuing: A collection of watercolors by Shirlee Sieveke. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. during Art Walk, and by appointment.
T/PAC TRAVELING EXHIBIT. Tucson Main Public Library. 101 N. Stone Ave. 791-4391. Continuing through March 15: T/PAC's Rural Arts Traveling Exhibit visits the lobby, with works by Stella Clancy, Gloria Isak-Morton and Darlene Le Clair. Exhibit hours are: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART. 140 N. Main Ave. 6242333. Continuing through February 12: 30 Years in the Arena: Louise Serpa Photographs. Continuing through March 12: Kings and Queens and Soup Tureens allows modern viewers to see objects crafted for Catherine the Great, the Kings of Naples and Prussia, Mmes. de Pompadour and duBarry, Queen Charlotte and others. Throughout the duration of this exhibit, the Museum is collecting cans of soup for the Community Food Bank. Admission is $2, $1 for seniors and students.
UA MUSEUM OF ART. South end of the Olive Road pedestrian underpass, near Park Avenue and Speedway. Continuing through February 26: Mark Rothko: The Spirit of Myth, 24 expressionistic style paintings documenting a critical period in the evolution of Rothko's style. Continuing through March 5: DreamWeavers, an exhibition of paintings by 15 artists working in fantasy art and children's book illustration. Related events include children's workshops on writing, illustrating, and storytelling in February. Call 621-7567.
WINGSPAN. 422 N. Fourth Ave. 624-1779. Continuing through March 1: Essay of Abstract Expressionism, paintings by Liz Vaughn. Call for regular gallery hours.
ART!! GALLERY. 6328 E. Broadway, in the El Mercado Plaza. 745-8586. Continuing through February 14: Cowboy showcase celebrates rodeo month. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Continuing through February 14: the paintings of Howard Somers Conant and David Johnson Vandenberg. Influences include 14th and 15th century Islamic artists and Classical events and arts.
LAUGHLIN STUDIO GALLERY. 220 S. Norris Ave. 624-7354. Continuing through February 12: Celebrating the Southwest, watercolor landscapes by David Laughlin. Call for regular gallery hours.
TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Continuing through February 13: Sabino Canyon: Photographs by David Wentworth Lazaroff, a series of color photos capturing changes in light and season on the natural world. Continuing through February 20: an exhibit of colored pencil art in the Exhibit Hall. Regular gallery hours are: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A $2 donation is requested.
Out of Town
BISBEE'S FINEST. Bisbee's Finest Gallery. 21 Subway, Bisbee, AZ. 1-602-432-5137. Opening reception at 7 p.m. February 11: recent works by potter Danielle Winter, including 24 functional porcelain vases and bowls. Other February 11 events include the Bisbee Arts Coalition's Hearts for Arts Auction, the public library's annual chocolate tasting, and an arts opening at The Subway Gallery, featuring paintings by Bill Blomquist and Tucson artist Michael Chittock.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH. Unitarian Universalist Church. 4831 E. 22nd St. 748-1551. Watercolor Paintings of Travels, landscapes of Italy and Nepal by David Laughlin, are on display at the Artist of the Month Gallery at the church through Friday, March 3. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
DESERT DRAWING CLASS. Part hike, part art class, this workshop will help you get close to the landscapes you're learning to draw. All classes are $15, and meet from noon to 4 p.m. at the following locations: February 12, La Milagrosa Canyon; February 19, Tucson Mountain Park; and February 26, near the Tortolita Mountains. For registration and information, call 323-3944.
ART BREAKS. The UA Museum of Art, located at the south end of the Olive Road pedestrian underpass, near Park Avenue and Speedway, offers the following art talk at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15: Elizabeth Mitchell examines the depiction of women in 19th century English paintings in Hothouse Flowers and Clinging Vines: Victorian Women Against the Wall.
ART TALKS. The following lecture is free and open to the public: Mark Pauline will show videos and discuss his machine performances at 7 p.m. February 22, location TBA. Call 621-1251 for information.
ART SPACE PROGRAM. Tucson District Arts Partnership, Inc. announces the Art Space Development Loan Program, offering up to $5,000 in low-interest loans to preserve existing art space and develop new art spaces in the downtown area. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, February 24. For applications and information, call 624-9977.
COMIC ART CLASSES. Capt. Spiffy's, 944 E. University Blvd., offers classes focusing on stylized, more or less human anatomy, "guaranteed to make your work look exactly like many famous artists (like Picasso!)." Classes are four sessions, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays, starting February 13. Cost is $50. Call 624-4643 or stop by the shop for information and registration.
PHOTO EXHIBITION. Landscape photographer Mark Klett exhibits his black and white photographs from the recently published book Desert Legends: Re-storying the Sonoran Borderlands, through March 6, at the Desert Museum's Ironwood Gallery, 2021 N. Kinney Road.
T/PAC GRANTS. Tucson/Pima Art Council's grants deadline is March 17, 1995. Guidelines and applications will not be mailed. They may be picked up at the Arts Council offices. For information call Albert Soto at 624-0595.
CALL FOR ARTISTS. José Galvez Gallery is seeking artists in all media who wish to exhibit their work during 1995-96. The gallery exhibits contemporary work of and by Latinos. Non-Latinos must have a Latino theme to their work. Send a maximum of 20 slides to José Galvez Gallery, 743 N. Fourth Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705; or call 624-6878 Wednesday through Saturday for an appointment. Deadline is February 28.
ART TALKS. The Tucson Museum of Art Docent Council offers the following free art talks at noon on the following Mondays and Thursdays in February: February 9, The Great Age of British Watercolor: 1750-1880; February 13, Wyeth Family Dynasty; February 16, Frederic Remington; February 20, Will the Real Charles Russell Please Stand Up?; February 23, Ride 'em Cowboy; February 27, Great Masters of Western Art; March 2, Rodin: The Shape of Genius; March 6, Ladies of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
DEMONSTRATION. See glass art in the making at Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, 711 S. Sixth Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The public is invited to watch glassblowers practice their craft during these times. Call ahead (884-7404) to confirm the day's schedule or if there are more than six people in your party.
Performances This Week
BACH IN THE PARK. The Tohono Chul Chamber Players present music by Bach for violin, voice and harpsichord, at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 12, at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Reservations are required. Admission is $2 children and Park members, $5 non-members. Call 742-6455.
BERGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. 1200 W. Speedway. 327-4809. Huun-Huur-Tu, the amazing Throat Singers of Tuva, perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 11. Advance tickets are $15 and $17, with discounts for TFTM members and students with ID, available at Hear's Music, Piney Hollow, Bentley's, and Good Time Music; or by calling 881-3947 or 327-4809. Tickets are $1 more at the door.
BLUES BENEFIT. O'Malley's on Fourth. 247 N. Fourth Ave. 623-8600. Acoustic and electric blues artists come together for an all-star show featuring George Howard and the Roadhouse Hounds, Arthur Migliazza and the Blues Cats, Denis Ofret, Sam Taylor, Ken Tucker, and Walking Cane Mark from Phoenix. Show runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday, February 12, with a $5 donation at the door to support the upcoming Tucson Blues Festival.
CENTENNIAL HALL. UA campus, east of main entrance at Park Avenue and University Boulevard. 621-3341. Paul Dresher continues the Discovery Series on February 11, with a lively musical theatre performance, Looking West to East. Tickets range from $10 to $16. On February 14, legendary diva Marilyn Horne's mezzo soprano could be your best Valentine's Day present to date. Tickets range from $28 to $40, available at the box office, Dillard's, or by calling 621-3341.
EASTSIDE ARTISTS. United Methodist Church. 655 N. Craycroft Road. 299-7189. Concert organist David Higgs will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 12. Tickets are $8 at the door.
HARP FUSION. Casas Adobes Church. 6801 N. Oracle Road. 297-1181. The 10-harp ensemble will perform selections from their second CD, Desert Reflections at 3 p.m. February 12. Admission is by donation.
HOUSE OF SWING. The Santa Rita Ballroom, Broadway Boulevard and South Sixth Avenue, comes to life with the Gem Show Blues-A-Rama concert series, continuing with Sonny Antone Trio and the Eddie Burks Band on February 10 and 11, and Sam Taylor and Jimmy Lane's Blue Earth, along with Pete Pearson & Blues Sevilles on February 17 and 18. Advance tickets are $7.50, $20 for a "fan club package" good for any three upcoming shows, or $9.50 at the door. Gem show badge holders receive two admissions for $10 at the door. Call the House Hotline for details, 882-0755.
SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR MUSIC. 2175 N. Sixth Ave. 884-1220. The Center celebrates the release of Stefan George's new cassette, Stef's Blue Bait Shop, from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, February 10. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 624-9006 for information.
TSO. TCC Music Hall. 260 S. Church Ave. 882-8585. Check out Bravo Broadway! on February 10 and 11; and the Flute and String Trio/Wind Quintet on February 12. Call 882-8585 for tickets and information.
UA RECITALS. UA campus, east end of the School of Music. The following recitals will be in Crowder Hall: 3 p.m. February 12, piano by Nicholas Zumbro; 8 p.m. February 13, trombone by Tom Ervin; 8 p.m. February 16, piano and cello by Nohema Fernández and Claudio Jaffe. Admission for these events ranges from $3 to $8. Visiting composer Shulamit Ran will give a presentation at 4 p.m. on February 16, in Music Building Room 146.
MID-DAY CONCERTS. The following free performances will be from noon to 1 p.m. at Dinnerware Gallery, 135 E. Congress St.: February 15, Jay Vosk; and February 22, Orts Theatre of Dance.
ORGAN CONCERTS. Scottish Rite Cathedral. 160 S. Scott Ave. The winter organ concerts continue Wednesdays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on February 15 with Mary Lou Barker; and February 22, Carolyn Bean.
LA PLACITA CONCERTS. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, free concerts are held at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., in the gazebo area. Call 623-2748 if you would like to participate in the program.
NOON CONCERTS. St. Philip's In The Hills Parish continues the Winter Concert Series at 12:15 p.m. on the following Thursdays: February 9, contralto Lisa Monheit; February 16, woodwinds by The Blazer Quintet; and February 23, The Tucson Flute Club Flute Choir.
CENTENNIAL HALL. UA campus, east of main entrance at Park Avenue and University Boulevard. 6213341. The Sound of Music comes to Tucson on February 28, starring Marie Osmond. Tickets range from $25 to $35, available at the box office, Dillard's, or by calling 621-3341.
CHARLIE KING. The (Sweet) 16th Annual Concert of Charlie King is scheduled for Sunday, February 19, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. This concert by master singer/songwriter, storyteller and parodist will help raise needed funds for local groups. Tickets are $8 OR $12 including a 6 p.m. dinner, available by calling 623-1688. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $9.
PRESIDENT'S CONCERT. Centennial Hall, UA Campus. Student soloists and the UA Symphony Orchestra will be featured in this year's concert, which showcases the winners of the School of Music's concerto competition. Tickets range from $3 to $6, available at the Fine Arts Box Office, 621-2998.
ARIZONA MINI-CONCERTS. Belgian pianist Kate de Marcken performs Russian and Slavic compositions at noon Saturday, February 11, on the Pavilion Stage, northeast corner of El Con Mall, Broadway and Country Club Road. Concert is free and open to the public.
HELLO OPERA. Say Hello to Opera previews Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut on the following Wednesdays, at 7 p.m.: February 15, Woods Library, 3455 N. First Ave.; and February 22, Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Arrive early, as seating is limited. Call 791-4627 for information. Performances are free and open to the public.
ART OF LEARNING. The UA Extended University offers this series of classes in art, music and history, to spin a new perspective on the world around you. The Blues Tradition traces the history of blues in a three-session series from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning February 28, at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive. Cost is $36. Call 624-UofA for registration and information.
TICKET ALERT. Tucson Jazz Society's sixth annual big band season will feature three dances in February and March, with performances by L.A. band Swing Savant, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Tucson Jazz Orchestra. Member series tickets are $32 for all three dances, or $47 for non-members. Single tickets are $18 each for the general public, $15 for TJS members. To order season tickets call 791-4838. Single tickets are available at the TCC box office, or by calling 791-4836.
PERCUSSION CLASS. Learn to play traditional drum music from Africa and the Caribbean with Art Rodriguez. This fun and exciting class will increase your sensibility for rhythm while teaching you how to play drums with others. All levels welcome. Classes are Monday through Thursday and Saturday. Cost is $3 to $5 per class. Call 884-0811 for locations and times.
Performances This Week
RODEO ROMANCE. The Arizona Gay Rodeo Association's "Rodeo Romance" fundraising Valentine's dance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Billed as a "mega-prom," the dance will feature recorded music, decorations and refreshments, including a cash bar. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. Call 323-0805 for more information.
RODEO PACHANGA. Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson sponsor this Historical Preservation Benefit Dance, with music by Mona Mayo Saguaro Band, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 12, at the Elks Club, 2404 E. River Road. Admission is a $10 donation. Call Susan at 321-0327 for more information.
TENTH STREET DANCEWORKS. PCC Center for the Arts. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 795-6980. Tenth Street Danceworks AND TSO String Ensemble present Strings Attached, a unique blend of modern dance and classical music. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors, available at the Center for the Arts, Dillard's or by calling 795-6980.
ZENITH DANCE COLLECTIVE. Zenith Center. 330 E. Seventh St. 325-0485. Body Prints Theatre presents Notions of Romance, an evening of improvisation by dancers from Tucson area high schools and other members. Performace begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 11. Admission is $3, or two for $5. Candy hearts provided.
MODERN DANCE WORKSHOP. Orts dancer Nanette Robinson offers on-going classes from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, at the Southwest Center for the Arts, 2175 Sixth Ave. Instruction combines Skinner Releasing, Tai Chi and Yoga. No previous dance experience is necessary. Call 887-1603 for more information.
FLOOR BARRE/MODERN CLASSES. Orts Company dancer and NYC refugee Lucia Zeffirelli teaches on-going classes combining the Copley technique with Graham, Ballet and Limón foundations. Classes meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Orts space, 930 N. Stone Ave. Price is $6 per class, or $20 for five classes. Call 882-0195 for information.
GOLDEN AGERS DANCING. Eagles Club. 1530 N. Stone Ave. Dance 'til you drop every Friday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. to the music of Mr. Smooth. $1.50 donation at the door. For information call Vickie Pearl, 888-7450.
OLD PUEBLO SQUARE DANCE CENTER. 613 E. Delano St. Country dance lessons offered every Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Couples, singles and teens are welcome. Call 795-8288 for more information.
LINE DANCE. Old Pueblo Square Dance Center. 613 E. Delano St., at First Avenue and Fort Lowell Road. OPSDA instructor Janalea will get the lead out of your feet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday in this alcohol-free, non-smoking environment. Classes are $3. All welcome. Call Bernice at 795-8288 for information.
WELLNESS DANCE. Syndee Pokora teaches two on-going classes to help relieve pain and stress and build healthier movement habits: "Mind/Body Unwinding," and "Dance for Wellness." Cost is $10 for a single class; the price of a 6-week session varies. Anyone may join at any time. Classes are held at La Danse Teknik, 2631 N. Campbell Ave. Call 326-2508 with questions.
GEM & MINERAL SHOWCASE. It's that time again, with Topaz as this year's featured mineral. The Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show convenes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. February 9 to 11, at two locations: Best Western Inn, 333 W. Drachman St., and Quality Inn University, 1605 N. Oracle Road (featuring mainly fossils). Other shows open to the public include: La Quinta Group, 655 N. Freeway, features Native American jewelry, opals, carvings, Brazilian minerals, and crystals, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through February 12. Shows of Integrity Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. February 9 through 11, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 12, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave. Admission is $3 per day, children under 14 are free with adult. Tickets available at all TCC and Dillard's outlets. For a complete list of dates and shows, call 770-2143.
JUST DO IT. Tie on your adventure shoes and climb "A" Mountain on Saturday, February 11, in the 10th anniversary of Norwest Climb "A" Mountain, Conquer Cancer, an American Cancer Society fundraiser. Choose from two routes: El Presidio Park route ascends 2.7 miles to the top of the mountain; or try the Pima College Downtown route. Both routes have rest rooms and water stops. Afterwards, take the shuttle down from the mountain to the festival at El Presidio Park, with various live entertainment, complimentary food from Cousins Subs, and Pepsi beverages. Turn in pledges by February 11 for your official Climb T-shirt. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the American Cancer Society, 1636 N. Swan Road. Walk begins at 9 a.m., with a mass balloon ascension at 10 a.m. in El Presidio Park. Entry forms are available at any Norwest Bank, Cousins Subs, or the Cancer Society. Call 321-7989 for information.
LA REUNION. Follow the footsteps of Hohokam, Mormon farmers, Fort Lowell soldiers, and settlers from Mexico, between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, February 11, in celebration of La Reunión de El Fuerte. Take a self-guided tour of the Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood. Alternate starting points include: east parking lot of Fort Lowell Park, Craycroft Road and Glenn Street; Cottonwood Lane, near the main parking lot east of Fort Lowell Museum; and San Pedro Chapel, 5230 E. Fort Lowell Road.
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR. The Reid Park Arts and Crafts Fair hosts hundreds of artisans, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 12. The fair is in the park, at 22nd Street and Country Club Road. Food vendors will be on hand. Free parking and shuttle service will be available from Hi Corbett Field parking lot.
PSYCHIC FAIR. Check out Goddard Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St., for this new-age expo, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, February 18. Learn about and sample wholistic healing techniques, crystals and herbs, color therapy and aura photography, at this fundraiser for the Tucson Astrologers' Guild. Admission is $2. For information or a lecture schedule, call Layla, 327-2954.
RODEO EXHIBIT. The Tucson Rodeo Parade Equipment Museum, on the corner of East Irvington Road and South Sixth Avenue, will be open through February 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
TUCSON PUBLIC MARKET. Every Saturday, rain or shine, this vendor-run market meets at 135 S. Sixth Avenue. This is a real farmer's market, with all vendors growing and producing their products. Chilly winter mornings are warmed by a fire. New vendors are welcome. Call 792-2623 for information.
UPTOWN MARKET. The Uptown Friday Farmer's Market at St. Philip's Plaza gathers from 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays, through April 1995. The market features fresh produce and baked goods, and live music by the Liz Fletcher Group and the Sabra Faulk Band. Call 326-8010 or 577-8181 with questions.
Out of Town
RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. This authentic re-creation of a 16th century European market faire is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from February 11 through March 26. Admission is $10.95 for adults, $4.95 children 5 to 12 years, and 5-and-unders free. Senior tickets are $9. Look for discount tickets at all Fry's Food Stores. The grounds are seven miles east of Apache Junction on Highway 60/89. For information call 1-602-463-2700.
TUBAC FESTIVAL. The Tubac Festival of the Arts runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through February 12, featuring a wide variety of arts, crafts and entertainment. A portion of the festival proceeds go to United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona. Tubac is located off Interstate 19, at Exit 34 or Exit 40. Call 1-602-398-9296.
WELLNESS TRAINING. Greenspring Wellness Center, River and Craycroft roads, offers four new groups which promote healing and enhance quality of life: Wellness Training is a six-session group dealing with the effects of stress; Re-creating Your Life After Loss is an open group for those experiencing loss of any kind; Holistic Weight Loss is geared toward changing one's relationship with food; and Living with Cancer is a support group for those battling cancer. For information call 529-9666.
MOVERS AND QUAKERS. The Tucson Balkan Peace Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 14 at the Unitarian Church Servetus Room, 4831 E. 22nd St. Guest speaker is former Quaker representative to the United Nations Barbara Elfbrandt, who will speak on the practice of low-key reconciliation used by Quakers in many trouble spots around the world. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 748-1551 for information.
PEACE TALK. The Women's International League of Peace and Freedom meets at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 18, at Friends Meeting House, 931 N. Fifth Ave. Dr. Michael R. Gray, MD, MPH, will speak on Low Dose Chemical Exposures and the Gulf Experience. Lecture is free and open to the public. For information call 622-5743.
TESTIMONIES FROM THE INTIFADA. Veterans for Peace hosts this cineforum of Testimonies, a series of interviews with Israeli soldiers involved in suppressing the Palestinian intifada on the West Bank, written and produced by Israeli volunteers. Showing is at 7 p.m. Friday, February 10, at the Northwest Neighborhood Center, 2160 N. Sixth Ave. Donations are appreciated. For information call 323-2851.
HEART TO HEART TALK. The Third Annual Valentine Forum on Heart Disease convenes from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 12, at UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Speakers include aorta experts James Dalen, MD, Gordon Ewy, MD, and Jack Copeland, MD, will discuss new research, with input from four young investigators. Admission is free, with live broadcasts on Tucson Cablevision Channel 65 and People's Choice Channel 48. For information call 626-4146.
SELF EXAMINATION. The YWCA Women's Lecture Series continues from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 15 at TMC Marshall Auditorium, 5301 E. Grant Road, with Susie Hallowell, MA, CPC and Developing a Healthier Self, a discussion of healthy coping skills for positive change. Admission is free, but call 324-2000 for reservations.
MONEY TALKS. Mission Branch Library, 3770 S. Mission Road, offers a free series on financial investing. The following presentations will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays: February 22, Making Your Money Work for You After You Retire; and March 1, 10 Most Common Mistakes Made with Mutual Funds.
JUNG SERIES. The third of three lecture/discussions entitled An Introduction to C.G. Jung, continues from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, at St. Philip's In The Hills Parish, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Call 529-1433 for information.
HISTORICAL SERIES. The following lectures will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Arizona Historical Society Auditorium, 949 E. Second St.: February 15, Navajo Code Talkers, the experiences of WWII veteran Carl N. Gorman; and February 22, American Indian Homefront in Arizona During WWII, with Dr. Jere Franco. Lectures are $5 each, $30 for the series, which includes three additional lectures in March.
BOOK SIGNING. UA social sciences professor Andrew M. Greeley, author of Irish Gold, will be at the Book Mark, 5001 E. Speedway, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 11, for a reading, signing and discussion of his latest novel, covering The Troubles of 1919-1923.
POETRY READING. Award-winning "poet for the homeless" Luis Rodriquez reads his work at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, in the UA Modern Languages Auditorium, north side of the Mall, west of Cherry Avenue. For information call 321-7760.
BOOK SIGNING. Sharon Silver will sign her new book, Lifelines What You Absolutely, Positively, Need to Know About Life, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, February 10, at Barnes & Noble, 5480 E. Broadway. Event is free and open to the public.
BOOKSALE VOLUNTEERS. Call 326-8619 to volunteer your services for a four hour shift, or simply show up between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. February 14 through 19, at the El Con Mall Pavilion, Broadway east of Country Club Road, and support the Friends of Tucson Pima Library in this 200,000-book browsers' extravaganza.
POETRY READING. Gary Soto will read from his work at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Senior Ballroom, on the UA campus. One of the first Chicano writers recognized by mainstream press, he is the author of eight books of poetry, novels, short stories and memior collections. An informal reception will follow the reading.
TUCSON POETRY FESTIVAL. This year's festival examines the relevance of contemporary poetry in our culture with the theme of love, as an expression of the fundamental human condition. Readings by this year's festival poets are scheduled for 8 p.m. March 31 through April 2. The poets include: Francisco X. Alarcon, Rafael Campo, Diane di Prima, Marilyn Hacker, Boyer Rickel and Jane Miller. Advance tickets are $5, $10 for a weekend pass, available in early March from Bentley's and The Book Stop.
POETRY CONTEST. The 12th Annual Statewide Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Tucson Poetry Festival Committee and Tucson Weekly, is open to all Arizona poets who have not published a full-length collection of their work. Submissions must be two identical, stapled sets of seven to nine page original manuscripts of recent work. Your name must not appear on any page of the manuscript. Enclose a cover letter with your name, address, titles or first line of submitted poems, and day and evening phone numbers. A $5 entry fee, payable by check to Tucson Poetry Festival Committee, must also be enclosed. Deadline is February 14. Mail entries to: Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 2429, Tucson, AZ 85702. First through Third place winners will receive cash awards, with selected poems published in the Tucson Weekly Festival Program, if space allows.
PRESIDIO GRILL LITERARY SERIES. The following dates are scheduled for guest receptions including appetizers and cash bar, at Presidio Grill, 3352 E. Speedway: February 16, Susan Lowell will speak of her experiences as a writer for children as well as adults, with readings from her novel-in-progress, The Wild West Waltz; March 9, Martin Hewlett discusses images of biology in contemporary literature, including a comparison of four popular science fiction novels. Receptions begin at 6 p.m. in the Metro Room, and tickets are $18. Call 327-4667.
DEAD POET'S SOCIETY. Hook up with the Dead Poet's Society, a writing forum and network designed for people who write and hide it in boxes. For more information call 327-3775.
BLOCK KIDS COMPETITION. Junior constructors from grades 1 to 6 meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 11, at El Con Mall, Broadway east of Country Club Road, for this annual event sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction. Each child will be given 100 plastic blocks and one hour to create a building of the past or a bridge of the future. Construction-industry judges will be on hand, and prizes will be awarded. Limited to the first 60 participants, so arrive early.
BUG 'EM. New Kiva Motions Puppet Theatre presents It's Really a Bug Show, a Mother Nature Fashion Show, bug quiz with Willy Knowit, and rockin' tunes like the "I'm a Cockroach Blues." Performance is University Termite and Pest Control's 20th anniversary gift to the community, on stage at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at the Children's Museum Natural History Gallery, 200 S. Sixth Ave. Teachers and principals can request a performance of the bug show at their schools by calling Settle Madden at 797-9431.
STORY TIME. The Tucson Rodeo Queen will be the guest reader for Story Time at Barnes & Noble, 5480 E. Broadway, at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 11. Admission is free and open to the public.
TERWILLIGER TALES. 7935 N. Oracle Road. 797-4061. Valentine Storyhour begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 11, with Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch, Love You Forever, Today is Valentine's Day, and other "love" stories.
HOMEWORK HELP. They won't do it for you, but Tucson Pima Library's 17 drop-in homework help sites provide experienced tutors to help students of all primary and secondary grades with their studies, as well as providing books and resources for students who want to help themselves. The program is free and available to all students regardless of the site location. Call 791-4393 for information.
BIG BOWL. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tucson offers Bowl for Kids, a day of free food, beverages, and fun, at the following locations: March 4 and 5, Lakeside Lanes, 8140 E. Golflinks Road; or March 11 and 12, Lucky Strike Bowl, 4015 E. Speedway. Teams of six secure pledges $75 per person to participate. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tucson. For information on how to register, call Fred or Elissa at 624-2447.
JUGGLING AND SELF DEFENSE. SEEK Saturdays, sponsored by UA Extended University, announces Safe Kids, Safe Moves: Self-Defense for Kids and Their Parents from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 18 and 25. This class, for ages 8 to 12, teaches techniques that give children the best chance of success, regardless of size. Classes meet in the UA Ina Gittings Building, Room 16, on the UA campus. $20 admits one adult and one child. Juggling and Games, scheduled for March 11 and 18, is designed to improve dexterity, balance and control. For more information, call 624-UofA.
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM EVENTS. February events at the museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave., include: Owo-Oye Fiestas from 10:30 a.m. to noon February 18; Science Alive! shows at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. February 18; and Rodeo Days special hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 23 and 24.
GARGOYLES. From the owners of the Fine Line, this hot alternative dance club for teens 14 to 18 will be open 8 p.m. to midnight every Friday and Saturday. There are also video games, pinball, pool tables, and soda/snack bar. Security provided. Gargoyle's is located at 3206 N. First Ave. in the Amphi Plaza shopping center. Admission is $5. Call 690-1930 for information.
INTERACTIONAL EDUCATION. Arizona Center for Clinical Management (ACCM) and Children and Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS) sponsor this free series to discuss issues affecting children receiving mental health services. The following lectures will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at ACCM, 1844 S. Alvernon Way: February 14, Crisis Services in Pima County; February 21, CPS/JPO/ACCM CATS, panelists from various mental health services organizations; and February 28, Psychiatric Medications for Children. RSVP to Sarah Gallardo, 747-7619, ext. 222.
OUR TOWN CLASSES. Our Town Family Center offers the following classes: Family Rules and Consequences for Breaking and Keeping Them, two Monday sessions, 7 to 9 p.m., February 20 and 27. Fee is $10 for both sessions. To register or for more information, call Kathie or Noreen at 881-0935.
F.E.M.A.L.E. Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge, is a support group for moms who have taken a break from their careers to be at home. Call Debbie Valdes at 825-2047 for information.
THE PARENT CONNECTION. The Parent Connection, 1010 N. Alvernon Way, offers Open Playtime, a drop-in opportunity for children to enjoy a playroom with slides, ladders, balance beams and more. February Open Playtime is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday for children 2-5 years old, 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday for children age birth through 2 years, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for children birth through 5 years old. "Dad 'n' Me" play group, for ages through five years, meets Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. "Awareness In Parenting" group shares how children think and feel, on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for parents of up to 5-month-old babies, and at 11 a.m. for parents of children 6 to 15 months old. Programs are $20 for four weeks. Single Parent Support Group meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Parent Connection. Meet and exchange ideas with other single parents. The "High Noon" brown bag drop-in support group, for working parents or those on tight schedules, meets every Monday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Limited childcare by reservation is available at $2 per child. Call 321-1500 for further information.
PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS. Parents Without Partners, a support organization for single parents, meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 2447 N. Los Altos Ave., Chapter Hall, #45. For more information call 622-8120.
TAKE A FLYING LEAP. Marana Skydiving Center at Avra Valley Airport, five miles off I-10 on Avra Valley Road, offers one day classes for solo and tandem jumps. For more information call 602-682-4441.
BIKE TRIPS. Jerry and Bev Pitcock have arranged more than 30 different "biketivities" for the month of February. Choose your own pace, length of trip, level of difficulty, day of the week and type of scenery. Treks range from a 50-mile ride to Oracle Junction to a short family outing along the Santa Cruz River Park, and everywhere in between. Call Park Avenue Bikes, 624-9506, for a daily schedule.
GROWING UP APACHE. Tumacacori National Historic Park and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park sponsor this talk by Chesley Goseyun Wilson, with song, music and story, at 7 p.m. Wednesday February 22, at the Old Schoolhouse at the Tubac Presidio State Park. Call 1-602-398-2341 for information.
DESERT CULTURE CELEBRATION. This third annual conference, Celebration of Desert Cultures, hosts a variety of field trips and lecture presentations from March 2 through 4. Cost ranges from $7.50 to $15 for lectures, and $7 to $25 for field trips in Arizona and Mexico. Call the Arizona Historical Society for information and registration, 628-5695. Space is limited.
HIKING. Southern Arizona Hiking Club hikes meet several days during the week. There are at least two different hikes on each of these days. All hikes are rated for difficulty. For more information on hikes and mountain bike rides, call 751-4513.
MAMMOTH HUNTERS. America's big-game hunters will be the focus of Peopling the New World: The Archaeology of America's Earliest Inhabitants, a three-week class meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, February 14, 21 and 28, at the Arizona State Museum, inside the UA campus main gate at Park Avenue and University Boulevard. There will be a field trip on Saturday, March 4. Class fee is $25 for AAHS members, $35 for non-members. Call 721-4268 to register.
PERMACULTURE CLASS. Dan Dorsey conducts Permaculture for Arid Lands, an intensive course offered at the Niche Community, teaching desert gardening, water harvesting, solar design, non-toxic and straw bale construction, community land trusts and more. Cost is on a sliding scale, $325 to $400, which includes vegetarian meals and simple accommodations. Partial scholarships are available. Niche is a project of a not-for-profit organization. For information call 624-8030, or 882-0985.
RECYCLING. A 24-hour recycling drop-off center is located at Catalina High School, 3645 E. Pima St. Bring your newspaper, corrugated cardboard, glass bottles, cans, plastic soda bottles and milk jugs to the southwest corner of the school grounds. Other city/TUSD drop-off centers are at Cholla High School, 2001 W. 22nd St.; Booth-Fickett Magnet School, 7240 E. Calle Arturo; Carson Middle School, 7777 E. Stella Road; Wrightstown Elementary School, 8950 E. Wrightstown Road; Gridley Middle School, 350 S. Harrison Road; and Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St.
RETHINKIT LINE. Don't know whether to throw it, hoe it or stow it? The RETHINKIT Recycling Information Line, 791-5000, offers information for callers with recycling questions and concerns.
ORGANIC GARDENING LECTURE. Master Composters Mike Merkwan and Lance Burnett get down and dirty in Organic Gardening: Eden Revisited, at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 9, in the Wilson Room at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Cost is $2 for non-members, free for members. RSVP to 742-6455.
ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING. This four week course by Tarke Sweet, is offered at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, through February 25. Cost is $40, $32 for TBG and TOG members. Class size is limited, so call Michele at 326-9686 to register.
TBG. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. You can take a "Birds and Gardening Tour" at 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday. At 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday, go exploring at the Gardens and learn about Tucson's native flora. Tours are $3 and include admission to the Gardens. Good news for plant lovers: the nursery at TBG will now be open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday until May. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12.
TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS. The Master Composters of the Tucson Organic Gardeners staff the Compost Demonstration Site at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, excluding holidays, and have experts on hand to answer all your composting questions. Call the Composting Assistance Line at 798-6215 for help or further information on how you can compost at home.
MUSIC: Boxing Gandhis by Boxing Gandhis. This L.A.-based alternative funk band is red hot right now. In fact, they feature a sound the Red Hot Chili Peppers would love to have and someday might if they ever get their juvenile heads out of their butts. Boxing Gandhis (the group) feature some killer funk grooves, combined with sweet vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship, recalling, at one time or another, everyone from Sly Stone to the Neville Brothers to Funkadelic. The album has several monster cuts, including "If You Love Me," which is getting some play on KEKO-FM here in Tucson.
BOOKS AND TELEVISION: In The Promised Land, the black northward migration in the mid-20th century comes to life in the hands of author Nicholas Lemann. And his book is the basis of a five-part documentary series on the Discovery Channel, beginning February 12. With February being Black History Month (much to the snide chagrin of Rush Limbaugh), several TV and cable stations are airing specials and documentaries. Most look like they'll be good, but if the Discovery documentary is even half as gripping as the book it's based on, it will make for truly outstanding television. In the book, Lemann traces the steps of several blacks as they make the move from the rural South to the industrial North (and then, in the case of a few of the people, back to the South). These stories will tug at you as you watch the people trade in one set of desperate circumstances for another.
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