MCCALLA'S MUSIC. There is almost an overwhelming amount of folk music around these days, and so much of it is peopled by bright lyricists and well-taught musicians. Deidre McCalla is a singer/songwriter who stands apart from the pack, perhaps because she is an African American who is also a lesbian. How many of these women do you hear on the circuit?
McCalla's voice is one of politics the way she sees it; but her optimism is as obvious and rich as her voice. Songs on her album Everyday Heroes & Heroines deliver her messages on peace and homelessness with such success that the Oakland Tribune called it "one of the best albums of the year."
Jess Hawk Oakenstar, originally from New Zealand and no slouch herself when it comes to terrific tunes, opens McCalla's evening concert at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., tonight at 8. Tickets are $9 in advance, $1 more at the door, with discounts available. Call 8841220 for more information.
WOMEN WHO DARE. The Screening Room ends its Primavera Film Festival honoring early women filmmakers with four films, including the 1913 humorous Alice Guy-Blaché film A House Divided, regarding suspected infidelity in marriage. Guy-Baché, who owned her own film production company, was also one of the first female movie directors.
The Smiling Madame Beudet, made in 1923 by director Germaine Dulac, gives more than an early nod to women's suffrage. Also on screen is a 10-minute thriller, Suspense, by Lois Weber, about a woman alone in a house while a burglar is lurking. Lots of film gimmicks in this one.
Brave the screen at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., tonight at 8 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Admission is $4, $3 for matinees. Call 622-2262 for more information.
SAXY MAN MAXWELL. It's a night of music and dance at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., as Mark Maxwell and the Desert Dream Band hop on stage to deliver some of the wonderful sounds he's pumped out on his relentless saxophone at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair over the years.
Tonight's concert--billed as the "Kokopéli Concert," in honor of his new album, will also feature top local musicians Karl Moeller on keyboards and didjeridoo, Steve Granek on percussion and Will Clipman, who's played with everybody from Carlos Nakai to Street Pajama. Jay Trapp brings his bass and there will be duels in the air as local sax and keyboardmeister Amo Chip adds his horn to the mix.
All this and they're even gonna clear the floor for a dance jam during the second set. Get your $7 tickets in advance at Hear's Music, Bentley's and the Angelic Realm, or buy them for $8 at the door. For more information call 623-8123.
BURUNDI DRUMMERS. Local drum group Mama Ritmo opens for the outstanding West African Drummers of Burundi at 8 tonight at Centennial Hall, Park Avenue and University Boulevard.
Rhythm and drumming take up just about all the air in the arenas where this group plays; the musicians are said to create an emotional and spiritual excitement with their dancing and jumping as they leap to beat on the large, brilliantly painted ceremonial drum, the Inkiranya. This small Central African nation has its history planted in agriculture and some of their rhythms still relate to the rituals of harvesting and planting.
They've been called primal, joyful, and downright acrobatic. This is a one-of-a-kind event that will pulse in your veins for years to come.
Tickets are $12 to $20 with $6 student rush tickets available. For tickets contact Centennial Hall at 621-3341, Dillard's or the TCC box office.
ASM OPEN HOUSE. When you have a chance to go behind the scene of anything, that's usually a good thing to do--unless there's a homicide behind the ropes.
Best hidden bet today is a trip into the usually closed halls and basements of the Arizona State Museum, just inside the main gate on the University of Arizona campus, Park Avenue and University Boulevard. Today is the one day this year you can peek into laboratories and storerooms to see tens of thousands of artifacts.
Along with the snooping, find educational activities for kids and a 1 p.m. Hopi dance performance by the children's dance group, Naa-Kwatsta Wisa. Craft demonstrations including traditional Tohono O'odham basketry and woodcarving will go on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ceiling-to-floor stocked storerooms will be open during those hours as well, displaying the recently donated collection of Norton and Edith Allen which includes 500 Hohokam pottery vessels. Prehistoric pottery lovers will be in heaven with the many other bowls, dippers and effigy jars on the shelves.
Labs open today include the Zooarchaeology Lab which analyzes what people ate back when and the Conservation Lab where the stabilization of so many wonderful pieces takes place.
It's all free. For more information call 621-6302. And let's not see you break anything along the way.
STEP INTO THE ARTS. Today at the TCC Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave., there will be a whole bunch of things for families to do to celebrate the educational art event "Step Into the Arts."
The Tucson Symphony's Orchestra Petting Zoo brings kids' noses right up to the keys and their hands to the strings. Music by the Fine Stream Gamelan happens at 2:30 p.m. and all kinds of performances and workshops for the kids, led by artists, are scheduled throughout the day.
Bring the future downtown to absorb and make art beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. For more information call 624-5997.
HISTORIC HOMES. El Presidio is a downtown neighborhood that has worked hard to maintain its strong residential base alongside a growing governmental and business border.
Today's tour highlights 10 very special homes and gardens including the Pulido House, a beautifully restored adobe row house on Meyer Avenue, the contagiously eccentric garden of Ilya Sloan across the way, a recent adobe home on Main Avenue and the Carroll/Aiken residence at 402 N. Main Ave., where the tour begins.
Susan Aiken and Chris Carroll inherited their 1898 home from Chris' mother, Gladys Carroll, who inherited it from her mother, Henrietta Herring Franklin, in 1963. The house has been continuously occupied by the family since then, and Aiken and Carroll have spent the last year working on it. "We've tried to do a restoration that honors the period of the house while keeping it livable," says Aiken. They've replastered, rewired, replumbed and were, she says, "fascinatingly able to go back to the archaeology of the house," including discovering original locations of walls and windows. They have also restored the trellis Gladys Carroll was married under in the rose garden. The rolling lawns, site of many Easter egg hunts over the years, are unlike any you'll see in Tucson.
Tour tickets are $6 and will be sold beginning at 402 N. Main beginning at 12:30 p.m. Homes will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.
PLANET SOUNDS. "Peace through music" is what the Soundings of the Planet recording people call today's concert theme, as they support Peacebuilders, a dynamic project aimed at reducing youth violence.
The successful New Age label based in Tucson says they are "more than a music label," and are proud of the environmental and philosophical practices they use in business as well. And you thought just Ben & Jerry's and The Body Shop did that.
Tonight's concert features founder Dean Evenson playing his flute compositions along with pianist Tom Barabas, whose Sedona Suite has landed comfortably on Billboard's New Age chart.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $8 in advance and are available at Hear's Music, Rainbow Moods and Soundings of the Planet. Admission is $2 more at the door. For more information call 792-9888.
HOLOCAUST CONFERENCE. All week long look for many events taking place at the University of Arizona as Hillel Foundation hosts its third annual Holocaust Conference. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps.
Noon today marks the start of the moving memorial vigil on the UA mall. It will end at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Participants will read names of murdered relatives and friends. Everyone is asked to join in reading some of the 22,000 names of Holocaust victims.
From 5 to 7 tonight a candlelight march will take place along with an array of performances--from poetry to dancing--that will tell the story of this nightmare.
Other events this week include a special $1 showing of the film The Nasty Girl and a lecture, Women in the Holocaust , at noon Wednesday at Hillel, 1234 E. Second St. For more information on the week's activities, call 624-6561.
DISCOVER DINOS. Dynamite dinosaurs have arrived at El Con Mall, and they're looking for more than Adidas sneakers and hot pretzels.
The 14 roaring, robotic dinosaurs want kids of all ages and their prehistoric parents to visit them. These dinosaurs and ice age creatures include the hump-backed, plated stegasaurus, a top-of-the-line T-Rex and of course a saber-toothed you-know-what.
These nearly life-sized models of adults and babies really give you an idea of just how big dinosaurs were and how much it cost to feed them. The exhibit is open daily through May 31 during mall hours. General admission is $3.50 for pint-sized paleontologists and $4 for their Mesozoic mentors. Call 795-9958 for more information and special group rates.
PATIENT A. Opening today and continuing through April 15 at the Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave., is the southwestern premiere of Lee Blessing's Patient A, directed by Deborah Dickey.
When Kimberly Bergalis allegedly contracted the HIV virus from her dentist, she was supposedly the first known person to have caught the disease from an infected healthcare worker. Her family commissioned this timely drama to explore her story. IT says this play unforgettably presents the devastation of the gay community, how the media treated the incident and the role politics played.
Tickets are $12 to $14. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For reservations call 882-9721.
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