Cheap Thrills BROTHERLY BASH: Tucson erupts with Lebanese, Turkish and Folkloric Arabic music when the Brothers of Baladi and their frolicking entourage bounce into town for a series of concerts on Friday, February 26.

The Oregon-based brothers combine the Middle East's sensual sounds with guitars and keyboards, Arab/Turkish folk-shawm horns, modern drums, Celtic harmonies and even a touch of Mardi Gras. According to the The Los Angeles Times, that blend "opens a window on the world." Their appearances are completed by 10 dancers, including New York's Carmen Evans.

And the bro's have sure been around: Over the years, they've headlined at hundreds of colleges, clubs and festivals, and opened for legendary acts including The Mamas and the Papas, 3 Mustaphas 3, Leon Redbone, Paul Horn, Poi Dog Pondering and Zachary Richard.

Brothers of the Baladi will present free performances from noon to 1 p.m. on the UA main mall, and from 7 to 9 p.m. in the UA Social Sciences Building, Room 100, south of Old Main.

They will also perform at 9 p.m. in The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Advance tickets are $12, and available at Hear's Music, Antigone Books, or by calling 740-0126. Tickets are $14 at the door.

SQUEEZE PLAY: Accordion-meisters of all shapes and sizes will hit the keys at The Big Squeeze. Hosted by the Heidelberg, this jamboree showcases "button boxes and piano accordions, swing tunes and old favorites, toe tappers, knee slappers and bouncy heart warmers."

The party begins with individual players from 1 to 5:30 p.m., including performances by top barrel-rollers like Al Monti of Phoenix, Jim O'Brien of the UA Music Department, and "boppin' on the button box" by Bill Just of Seattle.

Ingrid and Ron Gardner will perform folk dancing at 3:15 p.m. An open jam fires up at 5:30 p.m., followed by a "blow-out polka party" at 7 p.m.

Of course, dogs, brats, beer and soda will also be available.

The Big Squeeze runs from 1 to 10 p.m. in the Heidelberg, 4606 E. Pima St. Admission is $3. For details, call 321-1614.

SNUG CENTURY: The long, warm tradition of Hopi quilt making is uncovered today in a lecture by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis.

She'll discuss the Hopi women who now comprise third and fourth generations of fine quilters. In fact, their quilts have become closely woven into the fabric of daily and ceremonial life in Hopi villages, and blend traditional Western patterns with Hopi imagery. The result is an amazingly dynamic tradition.

Davis herself is a fourth-generation descendant of western pioneers, and has authored a slew of books including Pioneer Quiltmaker: The Story of Dorinda Moody Slade, 1808-1895; Treasured Earth: Hattie Cosgrove's Mimbres Archaeology in the American Southwest; and most recently, Hopi Quilting: Stitched Traditions from an Ancient Community.

The slide presentation runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, 1000 E. Fort Lowell Road. TW

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