NATIVE TALENT: More than 75 top Native American crafts
people will be on hand for the Southwest Indian Art Fair, hosted
by the Arizona State Museum. "Tradition and lnnovation"
are this year's themes, with an army of skilled artists falling
on either side of the creative fence.
One example is Michael D. Garcia, a Pascua Yaqui whose jewelry designs combine intricate patterns and blendings of colored stones. Another is Richard Honyouti, whose modern furniture stretches the limits of Hopi woodcarving tradition.
The fair will also include discussions, demonstrations and plenty of great music, revealing why it's quickly becoming a serious local tradition in its own right.
Free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, February 20, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at the Arizona State Museum, located on campus just inside the main gate, east of Park Avenue. Call 621-6302 for information.
HUMBLE SPUDS: Their name may be meek, but the Chicago duo Small Potatoes will doubtlessly steam your tubers. Playing everything from guitars to the octave mandolin, Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso "have a lot of fun with their music," says Folk Era Records. They joke about being "eclecto-maniacs," and claim their rich blend of Celtic to cowboy, country to blues, swing to Irish and yodeling is "the result of years of careful indecision." But don't let that fool you. Their music is anything but half-baked.
Small Potatoes comes to Tucson for one performance at 8 p.m. Friday, February 20, in the Community Church of the Foothills, 480 E. Ina Road. Advance tickets are $8, and available at Hear's Music. Tickets at the door are $10, $5 for children under age 12. Call 887-5413 for information.
POST-NATAL EXAM: Further explore that most examined of lives when The GoodLife Health Company presents Astrology of Famous Women: Princess Diana--A Mirror For Modern Womanhood.
This free, one-hour gathering follows the immortal beloved through her natal chart, and offers you a free two-page sample of your own chart just for giving a damn.
Event is 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, in the Goodlife Clubhouse meeting room, 444 W. Orange Grove Road. For details, call 544-4775.
LOST YOUTH: During her visit to the Big Apple, a mother feuds bitterly with her son, Arnold. It seems Arnold, who is gay, hankers to adopt his own son. Unfortunately, that notion doesn't sit at all well with the old gal. Neither does Arnold's former lover, who returns from the ashes to further muddy an already sloppy scene.
Still, it's all in a day's comedic bickering, in the Desert Players Theatre's production of Widows and Children First, part three of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy.
Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21, and 27 and 28, and 2 p.m. Monday, February 23, and Sunday, March 1. Tickets are $8, $7 for seniors, students and military, and available at the door, or by calling 733-0733.
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