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Thursday 7

HAVE A BALI. Fine Stream Gamelan pulls out all the bells, gongs and whistles to get you in the mood for tonight's Indonesian musical interlude. The local orchestra, which varies in number but is unfailingly directed by composer, musician and maker of strange instruments, Matt Finstrom, presents a free performance at 6:45 p.m. in the Centennial Hall courtyard on the UA campus, main entrance on University Boulevard east of Park Avenue.

If you like what you hear, buy a ticket and head inside for the main event: Balinese music and dance by touring group Gunung Sari, starting at 7:30 p.m. Call 621-3341 for tickets and information.

Friday 8

POETRY LIES. Throw all those lofty ideals about Higher Meaning and Ultimate Truth out the window. The Tucson Poetry Committee is here to tell you: Poetry Lies. It's an intriguing twist, and a sensuous promise of the opening-night readings by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and Frank Bidart, starting at 8 p.m. at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

Image The Tucson Poetry Festival XIV runs through Sunday, March 10, with readings, signings and panel discussion by featured poets including Ai, Sherman Alexie, Eavan Boland, Alison Deming and Mark Wunderlich. Advance tickets are $5 per day, $10 for a weekend pass, available at Bentley's House of Coffee, The Bookstop and Antigone Books. See the official festival insert in this week's issue for a complete guide to programs and events. Call 623-7277 for information.

BALLET BRILLIANCE. In one of its final performances of the season, Ballet Arizona presents The Masters, an incredible trio of contemporary and classical works including George Balanchine's Serenade, Paul Taylor's Esplanade and Antony Tudor's Lilac Garden. "Not even in New York would you find these three ballets on the same stage," says Sybille Acatos, who will dance a farewell pas de deux entitled "Unstill Life," choreographed by Michael Uthoff, as a final nod to her 20-year performing career. See related article in the Review section for details.

Ballet Arizona takes the stage at 7:30 tonight and Saturday, March 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets range from $16 to $26, available at Dillard's or by calling the Ballet Arizona box office at 882-5022. Call 884-6909 for information.

Saturday 9

PRIMAVERA JAZZ. It's the event you've all been waiting for, even if you didn't know it: The world's longest-running women's jazz event celebrates its sweet sixteenth anniversary at 8 tonight at UA Centennial Hall, with a swingin' piano performance by Marian McPartland, backed by her trio. MacPartland, well-known for her Peabody Award-winning radio show, Piano Jazz, recently earned Downbeat magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award. Tonight's performance at the Primavera Jazz Concert is the focal point of the month-long showcase Primavera: A Celebration of Women in the Arts. Tickets range from $9 to $23, available at Dillard's and the Centennial Hall box office. Call 621-3341 for tickets and information. Call the Tucson Jazz Society hotline at 743-3399 for other Primavera events.

Image DESERT ROCK REIGNS. If it's live music you seek, played long, loud and with plenty of liquids to wash it down, hustle over to Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., where a fine assemblage of desert rockers amass for an evening aimed at breaking the sound barrier. Musicians scheduled to perform from 6 to 11 p.m. include Howe Gelb, the Phantom Limbs, Greyhound Soul, Pete Fine and Beyond Words, Al Foul, 35 Summers, Brcdyet, Kestiny, Catacoustic Groove, the Sand Rubies, and Dog and Pony Show. Admission is $5 at the door, with proceeds donated to Rainer. Call 622-8848 for information.

Sunday 10

Image PLEASURE CHAMBER. The third annual Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival opens tonight with a performance at 3 p.m. at TCCLeo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Scott Ave. The 16-member ensemble performs selections from Dvorák, Saint-Saens and Janácek in a multi-arts presentation combining acting, slide visuals and music. See Margaret Regan's article in the Review section for preview information.

The Winter Chamber Music Festival continues through March 17 with a full week of concerts, lectures and master classes. Tickets for individual concerts are $15, $5 for students, available at the door. TCC Leo Rich Theatre. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4220. Call Arizona Friends of Chamber Music at 298-5806 for information.

LUNAR TUNES. The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association hosts its annual Pick-Nic fundraiser from 1 to 6 p.m. at Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road, located north of Prince Road between Tucson Boulevard and Country Club Road. This membership drive and fundraiser for the Tucson Folk Festival features "Song Dog of America" Ron Pandy, explosive bluegrass giants the Titan Valley Warheads, Dennis Offret, the Ronstadt Cousins and Stefan George and Songtower. Moon tours will be offered throughout the day, and refreshments will be available (though bringing a blanket and brown-bag lunch is definitely encouraged). Partial proceeds will be donated to blues musician Rainer Ptacek. Admission is $4, $3 for TKMA, TFTM, ABA, TBS and KXCI members and $1 for children ages 6 to 12. Call 326-9021 for information.

Monday 11

Image KINGSTON TRIO. If the words "Scotch and Soda," "Tom Dooley" and "Working Man's Blues" mean anything to you, then put on your hush puppies and head over to The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., where the Kingston Trio celebrates 40 years of classic rock and roll. Original members Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds, along with "new guy" George Grove (who joined the trio in 1976), present a high-energy acoustic show with backup by bass player Paul Gabrielson and fiddle/guitar player Ben Schubert. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $24, available at the ATC box office and Dillard's. Partial proceeds benefit Third Street Kids. Call 622-2823 for information. Big spenders can ask about tonight's pre-performance benefit dinner with the band at B&B Café.

CZECH IT OUT. In an innovative twist on the presentation of chamber music, the Tucson Friends of Chamber Music (organizers of this week's fabulous Winter Chamber Music Festival) present a mini-concert and film screening revisiting the Prague Spring of 1968, when Soviet tanks rolled through the streets of Czechoslovakia's capital city. The musical program features works by Czech composer Leos Janácek, well-known for his emotional operas exploring jealousy, hatred, love and guilt while maintaining a compelling faith in humankind.

Although an unlikely pairing at first glance, Janácek's music is the perfect prelude to a screening of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, the 1988 award-winning adaptation of Milan Kundera's acclaimed novel. This sensual, intelligent story about emotional turmoil amidst political chaos is brilliantly acted by Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin. Program begins at 7 p.m. at TCC Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Tuesday 12

Image VOICE LESSONS. In celebration of Women's History Month, Invisible Theatre's Going IT Alone series takes a literary turn with a dramatic reading by award-winning Tucson writer Nancy Mairs. Excerpts from Mairs' inspirational memoirs reveal a portrait of a woman of strength, humor and vision who has overcome great adversity to share her perspective on life. Her works are a triumph of the human spirit.

Performances are at noon and 5:30 today, with additional performances on Wednesday and Friday, March 13 and 15, at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $6. Mairs also conducts a free journal writing workshop at from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16. Call 882-9721 for information.

Wednesday 13

THEATRE FROM HELLMAN. One In Ten Theatre opens a new series of "Closet Classics" with Lillian Hellman's Children's Hour, "a stunning picture of a child's lie." Meet Karen and Martha, two women who realize their dream of building a school and creating a life of relative peace, only to find the perceptions of one bored and precocious pupil thrust their reputations and livelihood to the brink of ruin. Production opens at 8 tonight and continues with performances Wednesday through Sunday through March 30 at the Historic Y Theatre, 738 N. Fifth Ave. Tickets are $9 in advance from Antigone Books, $10 at the door. Call 770-9279 for reservations 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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