February 16 - February 22, 1995

[City Week]

JASON EKLUND. He's an oh-so-young 25 and oh-so-hot on the folk road. Looks like we've got a long time to love him and his music. Jason Eklund has been hailed by critics as a terrific folk artist who has traveled a far piece already; his 1993 CD Jason Eklund, won praise from critics enthusing over his "good-ole-boy-been-on-the-road voice that sounds familiar, with just enough nasality for authenticity." Comparisons to wondrous folkies like John Prine and Dylan have been made, but the word on this guy is he's his own voice.

Eklund will rub his original blues and folk songs into your folk-happy veins at 8 tonight at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $7 in advance, $1 more at the door, with $1 off for KXCI members, and are available at the Center or the Folk Shop. Call 884-1220 for ticket information.

SUPER SOTO. Big-time poetry talent comes to the University of Arizona when Gary Soto reads his work in the Student Union's Senior Ballroom at 8 tonight. Soto is the author of eight books of poetry, with a forthcoming collection of his new and selected work due on the shelf this spring.

The UA Poetry Center's Alison Deming notes Soto is one of the first Chicano writers recognized by the mainstream press. He's the winner of many outstanding awards, including NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships. Soto has also authored novels, terrific short story collections and children's books. His reading is free and open to the public. For more information call 321-7760.

STRINGS ATTACHED. Susan Dick of Tenth Street Danceworks says you don't want to miss this evening of modern dance and classical music. Internationally-known choreographer Nancy McCaleb presents a new work and Isaacs, McCaleb and Dancers from San Diego will perform along with Tenth Street.

Join the dancers and the Tucson Symphony Quartet at 8 tonight in the PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors. Call 795-6980 for tickets or purchase them through Dillard's. See Margaret Regan's article in Review for more on this dance concert.

MORE FILTHY PEOPLE. They warned us last time they'd be back, and true to their insane word, The People Who Do That have a brand new hour "of vile and peevish sketch comedy." We're sure of that, and we know they'll provide hilarious sketches nonetheless, with all topics being fair game. This wild group of local comic talent invites you to the premiere of their show at 11 tonight at a.k.a. Theatre.

Organized late-night fun in this town can be hard to come by, so maybe you might like to embark on some raw, disorganized fun with this gang. Tickets are only $5, no reservations necessary, and each ticket purchase assures you have the opportunity to receive "random chunks of metal and tips on how to give your hair that Newt Gingrich Great-Looking Gray." For more information call 623-7852. The show continues Fridays and Saturdays through February 25.

BIG JUNIOR SALE. Just as we've recovered from Christmas, we're faced with the sale of the month for used stuff. What the Junior League knows how to do is raise money, and they've been putting on this extraordinary fundraiser for 37 years now. This time around looks to be as popular as ever. Need a pair of shoes? Calvin Klein sweater? Fridges, frames, frying pans and French horns make this free-form sale a free-hearted frolic.

Prices for everything are so cheap you'll be wandering around with armloads of things while trying to buy just one more book. This year the sale will be in the large Tucson Exposition Center at the south entrance to MarketPlace USA, 3750 E. Irvington Road, between Palo Verde Boulevard and Alvernon Way. It starts at 7 a.m. and runs only until 2 p.m. Veterans of this sale know to get there when the doors open. Admission and parking are free. For more information call 299-5753.

FIDDLER O'CONNOR. This ain't just your bluegrass fiddle concert, oh violin heads. Yes, Mark O'Connor has pulled his bow along with James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and Dolly Parton, but he's also worked with jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli and is no stranger to classical music.

Called a "musician's musician," O'Connor has paid delicious tribute to his string mentors, including Jean Luc-Ponty, Pinchas Zuckerman and Vassar Clements in his recent Heroes recording.

Hear this phenomenal artist play on the fiddle, guitar and mandolin at 8 tonight at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Outstanding Tucson musician Greg Morton opens the concert with a set of bluegrass jazz. Advance tickets are $15 and $13, with discounts available. Tickets at the door will be $3 more. Ticket outlets include Hear's Music, Zia and the Folk Shop. Call 632-1000 for more information.

THE CRAMPS. If you like a little trash with your psychobilly, you've got it tonight as Club Congress plays host to the venerable underground band The Cramps.

Harry Drumdini, Lux Interior, Poison Ivy and Slim Chance make up the current version of this un-slick, un-sophisticated and proud-to-say-so group that has been big on the underground circuit since the late '70s. Rock, psychedelic music, rockabilly and trash pop culture atomically combine to make this band a blast.

Opening the concert is Doo Rag. Club Congress reigns at 311 E. Congress St. Call 622-8849 for more information.

CHARLIE KING. A musician with a conscience, Charlie King is in town tonight to help raise money for several local groups, including SOLPAE (Sanctity of Life: People Against Executions) and Veterans for Peace.

This is King's 16th annual concert here, and you can be sure he'll be using his wit and wisdom to parody the best and worst of what our culture has latched onto lately. He's a great storyteller who has wrapped folk music around some of the most important subjects of conscience we know, and even some smaller ones like his Tucson-relevant "Murphy's Overpass."

Charlie King is in concert tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. For ticket information and time call 623-1688.

BLUES. Don Evans starts off his new position as program coordinator for the Pima Community College Drama Department by directing the Jerome McDonough play Blues continuing through February 25 at the Black Box Theatre, PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road.

Blues is a black comedy that utilizes performance art, music and movement to bring to life the stories of our homeless population. "Homelessness is an ever-growing problem which will affect each and every one of us sooner or later," Evans says. It's this involvement the play confronts--that of the homeless person, the helping community and those of us who come in contact with the homeless.

McDonough's play will be performed at a 3 p.m. matinee today, and at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $5, $4 for students and seniors. For more information call 884-6909.

DANCING AT LUGHNASA. It's 1936 in rural Ireland and the five single Mundy sisters are living together along with one of the sister's sons, Michael. Dancing at Lughnasa revels in the Irish spirit as Michael reflects on one summer during a harvest festival. Against a backdrop of poverty, the play stitches the lives of the hopeful Mundy women alongside the return of two male family members, one of whom is Michael's father.

Called "theatre at its fullest," by The New York Times, Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa (pronounce this LOO-nuh-suh, please), won three Tony Awards in 1992, including Best Play of the Year. Choreographer Jim Corti adds his notable skills to the numerous dance numbers in this production by the Arizona Theatre Company. Matthew Wiener directs.

Tonight's 7:30 p.m. show is followed by a discussion of the play by cast and ATC staff members. Tickets are $17 to $26, available by calling the box office at 622-2823. Dancing at Lughnasa plays at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., through March 4.

MACHINE SPECTACLE. Artist Mark Pauline takes science and technology out of its usual realm in the staid world and puts on a spectacle that will push your buttons.

Founder and director of the California-based Survival Research Laboratories, Pauline will present a lecture and video at 7 tonight to discuss his massive machine performances. Gregory Sale, of the UA's Joseph Gross Gallery, says Pauline builds enormous, self-destructing robot machines that "totally push the boundaries of responsibility." His flame-throwing and steam-shooting machines are as big as dump trucks, and sport saw blades or bang into each other.

Tonight's lecture will take place in the UA's College of Architecture Auditorium, Speedway and Park Avenue, just past the pedestrian underpass. For more information call 621-1251.

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