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HEAVENLY HARVEST. The Tucson Botanical Gardens gets into the Easter swing by highlighting plants native to the Holy Lands. The self-guided tour leads back into the gardens' serene nooks and crannies, where more than 25 Middle Eastern species, ranging from grapes and figs to frankincense and myrrh, will be identified with informational tags.
Tour runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Sunday in the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Admission is $4, $3 for seniors, free for children under age 12. For details, call 326-9686.
CULTURAL OBSERVER. For almost two decades, L.A. mural artist Roberto "Tito" Delgado has been portraying life in murals both here and abroad. His work includes collaborative projects with the East Los Streetscapers, a social and cultural Chicano public art group. His own pieces often present sharp cultural and social commentary, always with a dynamic form and content. Now Delgado brings his poignant vision to Tucson in a powerful solo exhibition.
Exhibit runs through May 16, with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the José Galvez Gallery, 743 N. Fourth Ave. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and during Downtown Saturday Nights. For information, call 624-6878.
VAST TRADITION. China's rich dance tradition graces the Tucson stage with a performance by Tzu-Hua (Mimi) Chen. Trained at the Taiwan Academy of Arts, this gifted dancer/choreographer arrived on these shores well-versed in the techniques of Chinese traditional dance. Later adding ballet and modern dance to her repertoire, Chen eventually graduated from the UA, where she earned a New Traditional Outstanding Student Award.
Today her résumé reads like a how-to guide for budding dancers: She teaches Chinese traditional dance at the Tucson Chinese School, and her choreography was presented at the Tulsa Dance Festival in 1996, The American Dance College Festival in Wyoming in 1998, and last year she won first place in the UA Student Showcase.
Chen attributes her success to a cultural blend. "With my Oriental background, I use my understanding of eastern culture to inject a new perspective into western contemporary dance," she says.
Performance is 8 tonight and tomorrow in the UA Gittings Dance Theatre, located at the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Tickets are $8, $5 for seniors and students, and available at the door, or by calling 621-4698.
LITERARY CRUISE. Ken Marshall has illustrated nearly a dozen books about famous ships and shipwrecks. But now he may have hit a timely tidal wave with Titanic: An Illustrated History.
Marshall is no novice when it comes to the tragic voyage, which he's studied for over three decades. He also illustrated Dr. Robert Ballard's The Discovery of the Titanic, and served as visual historian for the recent blockbuster film.
Marshall will sign copies and discuss Titanic: An Illustrated History from 7 to 9 p.m. in Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7325 N. La Cholla Blvd., in Foothills Mall. He'll appear from 2 to 4 p.m. tomorrow in the eastside Barnes & Noble, 5130 E. Broadway. Call 742-6402 for details.
HIGHLAND MELODIES. The lofty highlands of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador arrive in the Old Pueblo with a performance by Chaskinakuy. This duo, consisting of California recording artists Edmond Badoux and Francy Vidal, use a smorgasbord of traditional string, wind and percussion instruments to interpret the haunting indigenous music of the Andean mountains.
Tonight's performance is at 8 p.m. in the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Tickets are $8 and $10, $6 for seniors and students, free for children under age 10, and available by calling 888-8816.
REGGAEFEST. During his brief stint on the planet, reggae legend Bob Marley set a tropical-based tone of global unity and understanding. Now the great man is gone. But his legacy lives on at the fifth-annual Tucson Bob Marley Festival.
The outdoor dance party will include a full roster of reggae-drenched good vibrations, ranging from great music by internationally known bands to jugglers, dance troupes and poetry readings. There will also be a Kid's Playscape area, and plenty of great chow.
Event runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, and noon to 9 p.m. tomorrow, at Kennedy Park, 3700 S. La Cholla Blvd. Admission is free; donations of non-perishable food are requested. Call 795-6504 for details.
BIG SOUND. John Denman and 'Er Majesty's Dixieland Jazz Band ring in Easter with musical style. Featuring the acclaimed Denman on clarinet, Walt St. Pierre on trumpet and vocals, Tom Ervin on trombone and Jeff Haskell on piano, this all-star bunch will fire up Dixieland favorites and enough swing to rattle your egg basket.
Performance runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Philip's Plaza, 4380 N. Campbell Ave. Tickets are $10, $5 for Tucson Jazz Society members, and available at the door. For details, call 743-3399.
NATURAL HOLIDAY. Catalina State Park celebrates Easter with a host of family activities. There will be a non-denominational sunrise service and pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., and an Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon.
Other action ranges from an Easter Bunny clown, a jumping castle, games and tons of prizes.
Park entrance fee is $4 per vehicle with up to four people. Additional visitors per car are charged $1 apiece. Children under age 12 are free. Catalina State Park is north of Tucson on Oracle Road, Milepost 81. For information, call 628-5798.
LITTLE BIG BIRD. It's a little bird that has caused one big fuss on Tucson's mushrooming northwest side, where its future is threatened by a planned high school. But what's the truth behind all these suburban shenanigans?
The Tucson Audubon Society hopes to answer that question with a discussion of the Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl by Scott Richardson, Urban Wildlife Specialist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Scott will present background information about the biology and ecology of the owl, updated owl research efforts in the Tucson area, and an overview of the current controversy.
Free lecture is 7 tonight in the UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. For information, call 629-0510.
KANSAS REDUX. Dorothy and her odd little band of fellow travelers make their obligatory pilgrimage to the weird world of flying monkeys, dark shadows and magic slippers when the Bianco Theatre Company presents The Wizard of Oz. This family-oriented production will include several new, original tunes along with a host of Oz standards, all by Bianco's cast of kids and teens.
Performances are 6 and 8 p.m. in The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway. Performances continue at 6 and 8 p.m. Mondays, May 4 through May 25. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and children, and are available at the door, or by calling 886-0860.
WORLD OF MYSTERY. The film Kundun revealed much of the tragedy of Tibet, and the story of the Dalai Lama's early life. Now you can get the full picture when the Arizona Friends of Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet present A Special Evening with Ven. Lobsang Samten. No one offers a better glimpse behind the scenes than Samten, who served as religious and technical advisor to director Martin Scorcese during the making of Kundun.
Event is 7 p.m. in the UA Social Sciences Auditorium, located west of Old Main. A $10 donation is suggested, with proceeds benefiting the Tibetan Children's Refugee Fund. For details, call 885-6527.
DIFFERENT VISIONS. Poet Rita Magdaleno will help kids see through "magic eyes" with a poetry program for families and children, presented by the Tucson-Pima Public Library.
Looking through their special lens at magazine pictures, kids will be encouraged to translate their own perceptions and feelings into words using crayons and construction paper.
Free event is 6:30 tonight in the Himmel Park Branch Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Call 791-4391 for information.
REVERSALS OF FORTUNE. Two gullible and cantankerous dads return home after a long voyage to find each of their sons in love with an undesirable woman. The sons are suddenly driven to panic, both at the thought of losing their true loves and their inheritances, in the Arizona Theatre Company production of Moliére's classic comedy, Scapin.
With family fortunes at stake, and up to their eyeballs in trouble, the lovers turn to the sly and conniving servant Scapin for help. In the hands of this fast-talking, quick-witted, smooth-operating scoundrel, things just have to turn out right. But not before everyone and everything has become fodder for Scapin's wild schemes and cunning pranks.
Preview performance is 7:30 tonight in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Performances continue Tuesday through Saturday, May 2, with Sunday performances on April 19 and 26. Times vary. Tickets range from $18.50 to $27.50, and are available at the ATC box office, Dillard's, or by calling 622-2823. Half-price adult and $10 student rush tickets are available at the ATC box office one hour before curtain time.
RIGHT ON. Just how far can the notion of victims' rights go before they smash into the United States Constitution? These and other thorny questions will be debated at Victims' Rights Vs. Defendants' Rights, a forum presented by the UA College of Law and the Tucson chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.
Arguing in favor of greater victims' rights will be Deputy Pima County Attorney David White and Stephen Twist, former chief prosecutor for the Arizona Attorney General's Office. Twist is principal author of pro-victims' rights legislation.
Arguing against such laws will be defense attorneys Robert Hirsh and Ralph Ellinwood. Judge John Davis will moderate.
The debate is scheduled in conjunction with Point of Fracture: Voices of Heinous Crime Survivors, a multi-media installation running from April 24 to June 21 in the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.
The exhibit and an accompanying book feature local photographer Amy Zuckerman's poignant black-and-white images of Tucson families who have survived the violent death of a child, mother, father, brother or sister. Edited by Karen Nystedt, the book includes interviews with 15 of these families struggling to rebuild their lives.
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