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SPOONFUL OF SUGAR. Homeopathy, acupuncture and the like have been used effectively for hundreds of years. But at the turn of the century, their development--particularly that of organic medicines--was cast aside in the west as a fledgling pharmaceutical industry determined the real money was in selling synthetic medicines (usually derived from their organic counterparts) to an unknowing populace. Ironic then, that a powerful consumer's movement is credited for the growth of alternative medicine around the world, and with opening a new dialogue within the medical profession.
Whether a novice observer or well-versed practitioner, tonight's lecture with internationally renowned biophysicist Beverly Rubik, Ph.D., will offer poignant insight into how alternative medicinal practices challenge a dominant cultural world view, what obstacles stand in the way of their use and research, and the many reasons why alternative modalities have been rejected by the mainstream. Take an exciting step into the science of the next millennium in Why Is Alternative Medicine Alternative?, a UA Integrative Medicine-sponsored lecture from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Arizona Health Sciences Center DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Cost is $10 at the door.
DESERT PLAYERS. Participate in a day in the life of six couples bumbling, pleading, arguing and otherwise coping with the pursuit of happiness in Lovers and Other Strangers, a series of vignettes on love, marriage and the battle of the sexes. Written by L.A. playwrights Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, this popular one-scene play has entertained audiences from coast to coast since the early '70s. Tonight's performance is at 8 p.m. at the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. (corner of Sixth Avenue and 14th Street). Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors and students, available at the door. Friday and Saturday performances continue through April 13. Call 579-3206 for reservations and information.
KLEZMERIZED. As Garrison Keillor once put it, "Klezmer knocks everybody's socks off." And the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars is a band like no other, wedding funk to Jewish folk with modern brass, mainstream jazz, and uniquely New Orleans second-line rhythms. You will dance, you will clap, you'll feel hip, and you will like it. In fact, it's indisputably the most fun you'll ever have with your clothes on, and it's only $5 at the door. Show time is 9 p.m. at the Rialto Theater, 318 E. Congress St. Call 740-1986 for information.
CUBAN PA TI. A tidal wave is due to hit the Old Pueblo tonight, and we suggest you seek refuge at the Southwest Center for Music. The prediction comes from Aché Pa Ti band leader Gary Rubenstein, who recently returned from his third trip to Cuba with a feverish mission to export Havana's hot, tropical passion for Afro-Cuban rumba, sun and salsa to the Southwest. The 10-member ensemble of seasoned musicians presents A Night at the Tropicana, a dynamic and infectious evening of music and dance blending folkloric harmonies with popular salsa rhythms to re-create the electric atmosphere of Cuban night life. This is music to listen to through your belly button, as the Cuban adage goes.
This tropical storm rages from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Save $2 on tickets by purchasing them in advance for $8 from Hear's Music or the Center. Call 884-1220 for reservations and information. A Night at the Tropicana is the first in a monthly showcase of Afro-Cuban music.
DOWNTOWN SATURDAY. Two times each month downtown Tucson dresses itself up like a grown-up city and stays up late, with crowds of people strolling the streets as if they lived there. It's a wonderful sight to behold. Catch the scenery streetside by horse-drawn wagon for only $5 per couple (up to two kids ride free). Ride stop is on the west side of the Ronstadt Transit Center. Or plant your feet at North Fourth Avenue's Winsett Park, where Stew Mortimer and Friends create "an urban drum scene" from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Stay for bluegrass by Out of the Blue, or tunnel through to Congress Street, where the music continues with a multi-faceted UA showcase from 7 to 10 p.m. at the transit center; live jazz on the patio at Gallery of Food; and a TSO String Quartet performance in Arizona Alley. Galleries with openings this evening include the following: Central Arts Collective, Meliora, Etherton Gallery, José Galvez Photography (on Fourth Avenue), and The Temple Of Music And Art Gallery. Call 624-9977 for information.
GARDEN VARIETY. If you're own garden leaves a bit to be desired, consider a tour of one of Tucson's finest at peak bloom: the Tucson Botanical Gardens and Tohono Chul Park. The former is a mid-town oasis of exhibits and demonstration gardens, conveniently located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Today is the final opportunity to take the guided "Plants of the Holy Lands" tour. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Call 326-9255 for information.
Over at Tohono Chul Park, colored eggs might be scarce, but you'll see plenty of Easter bunnies on the lush trails of the carefully tended grounds, tucked away at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Park hours are 7 a.m. to sunset daily, with a docent-guided "Walk in the Park Tour" at 1 o'clock today. Admission is $2.
Each offers welcome repast as well: The Prima Donna Café at TBG has prepared a special Sunday brunch menu with a variety of homemade breads, refreshing salads and tasty entrees like baked eggs and basil-roasted turkey. Call 293-2424 for reservations for 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. seatings. Tohono Chul's Tea Room, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will serve its regular scrumptious menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet nothings, indoors or in the shade of the patio. Call 797-1711 for information.
CONSCIOUSNESS CONFAB. Ever wonder how a juicy lump of electro-stimulated gray matter between your ears manages to somehow give you a sense of conscious experience? Plenty of folks have puzzled over the question, but no one has figured it out yet--or, if they have, they haven't let us in on the secret. This week, some of the biggest brains in philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, medicine, physics, biochemistry and other fields gather in Tucson to try to unravel the riddle of consciousness--and trust us when we say they've got some pretty wild theories. Tucson II: Toward a Science of Consciousness opens at the Tucson Convention Center at 1 p.m. and continues through Saturday, April 11. Registration is $300, $250 for students. For more information call 621-8632.
CAFÉ JAZZ. Tucson native Tony Malaby has lately been a regular with the Mingus Big Band at New York City's The Time Café, but he returns to his hometown for an evening of modern acoustic jazz tonight at 8 p.m. in the intimate, smoke-free SWCM Acoustic Café, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Selections include the members' original compositions alongside the occasional standard they promise to play "without overt sentimentality." Malaby's tenor sax will be joined by double bassist Trey Henry (from the quartet on 1995's vital Cosas collaboration with Los Angeles-based trombonist Joey Sellers) and drummer David Hocker, who makes his Tucson debut. See this week's feature in the Music section for more information.
General admission is $10, $9 for students and TJS members. Ticket outlets include Last Wax Records, CD Depot, Hear's Music and the Center. Call 884-1220 for information.
SEE SEEGER. Which one, you ask? Stretch your memory back some three-odd decades (if possible) to the last time Brother Pete performed in Tucson, to a packed house at the old Jewish Community Center. Rumor has it the show was legendary. Seeger returns to make history once again with two of his favorite performers: Brazilian songmaker Ticco da Costa and the powerful African-American vocalist Rande Harris. While best known for songwriting endeavors such as "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," Seeger's politically charged playing has taken on many faces over the past 50 years. "People forget there's as many different kinds of folk songs as there are different kinds of folk," he says of his reputation as a "folksinger." See what he's done for us lately at 7:30 p.m. in the refurbished Tucson High School auditorium, 400 N. Second Ave. Tickets are $18 in advance from Antigone Books, Bentley's on Speedway and The Folk Shop. Admission is $20 at the door. Call 327-4809 for tickets and information.
PLEASURE CHAMBER. One of the world's pre-eminent exponents of the Central European string quartet tradition, the Takacs Quartet, plays the TCC Leo Rich Theatre for one night only on a surprising stop on a tour schedule that includes London, Lisbon, Madrid, and various cities in Japan and Australia. Since its formation in 1975, the ensemble has reportedly appeared regularly in every major music capital, with frequent guest appearances at prestigious festivals such as Mostly Mozart in New York, the Ravinia Festival and Berlin Festival, and a debut performance at the Lincoln Center as part of the 1989 Great Performers series.
Concert begins at 8 p.m. at TCC Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave., with selections by Beethoven and Schubert arranged for violin, viola and cello. Tickets are only $12, $2 for students, available at the TCC box office. Call 791-4266 for reservations and information.
JONES READS. Rodney Jones has authored seven collections of poems, the most recent of which, Things That Happen Once, is due out sometime this year. His other books include The Troubles That Women Start Are Men, Apocalyptic Narrative and Other Poems, and Transparent Gestures, which received a National Book Critics Award in 1989. We could go on at great length listing all the awards, honors and fellowships he's received, but you'd only feel inferior and still wouldn't have any idea what his poetry sounds like. Better to attend the free reading at 8 p.m. in the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium. An informal reception follows. Program is sponsored by the UA Poetry Center and the Academy of American Poets. Call 321-7760 for 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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