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SEASONAL ZENITH. It simply wouldn't be spring without another choreographers' showcase by Tucson's top-flight Zenith Dance Collective.
This year the collective highlights the work of members Eva Tessler, Nanette Marie and Jon McNamara, along with independent local dance artists Nancy Mellan, Nate Dreyden, Elizabeth Breck and Jim Lobely. Full Woman, a repertory piece by Philadelphia's Sacred Ways Dance Co., rounds out the show.
Ranging from avant-garde to religion-inspired dance, Zenith spokesperson Tessler says, "The showcases are an important way to acknowledge and boost the diversity of dance in our community, providing independent artists with a venue in which to show their work and try new ideas."
Zenith performs at 8 tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Tickets are available at the door for $10, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Call 322-9021 for details.
POLITICS OF ART. The Arizona Women's Political Caucus looks at the big picture in Politics and the Arts, a forum covering everything from the local arts scene and public access television to the politics of funding and "censorship at every level of government."
Speakers include Jessica Andrews, managing director of the Arizona Theater Company; Sarah Clements, executive director of the Tucson Arts District Partnership; and Kate Hiller, community relations manager for ACCESS Tucson.
The free brown-bag forum runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the Tucson-Pima Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Call 297-3422 for information.
DIE-HARD DUO. Tom Paxton has spent the last 30 years penning and performing classic tunes recorded by Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Joan Baez. "I think we were all born singing Tom Paxton songs," says fellow recording artist Nancy Griffith. "He has such an amazing ability to write these classic songs that sound like nobody wrote 'em."
For his part, Charlie King has spent two decades skewering the status quo with humor and warmth. He calls it an artistic evolution. "I grew up on Hank Williams, Buddy Holly and my dad's collection of Broadway musicals," he explains. "Then I got caught up in the 1960s great folk scare. In the early '70s, I traveled to England and Ireland, which led me back to the rebel songs of America. The songwriters' revival in the '80s taught me to craft a good ballad--while my kids were teaching me to lighten up."
The result, according to Billboard Magazine, is King's ability "to remind us of the resilience of the human spirit."
Tonight, Paxton and King return to Tucson for a double dose of folk music at its finest, starting at 8 p.m. in the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Advance tickets are $13 for reserved seating, $10 for general seating, and are available at Hear's Music, Antigone Books, or by calling 327-4809. Tickets are $2 more at the door.
ALICE LIVES HERE. Lewis Carroll's odd classic becomes even weirder with Ballet Arizona's performance of Alice in Wonderland. This modern interpretation features the Mad Hatter on a skateboard, Caterpillar on skis, and red lobsters in scuba gear. Everything is set to wild choreography and musical environments as vast as the space between Bach's Brandenburg Concerti and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Tonight's performance is at 8 p.m. in the PCC Proscenium Theatre,
2202 W. Anklam Road. Performances continue at
BY DESIGN. Experience a dose of the eclectic, lovely and occasionally sublime in our manmade environs during the sixth annual Architecture Week, which kicks off tonight with a downtown walking tour.
The trek will proceed through the El Presidio neighborhood, and will be led by Annie Nequette, a professor in the UA College of Architecture. Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the free tour begins at 11 a.m. at Janos Restaurant, 150 N. Main Ave. Reservations are required. Call 622-6248.
Other design-minded events this week include Homes Architects Design for Themselves, a self-guided showcase of eight homes, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will benefit several Tucson children's charities. At 5 p.m. Friday, April 24, architect Rick Joy will speak about various design projects as part of the Distinguished Visitors Studio Lecture Series. And work by more than 35 local architects will be on display through Friday, April 24, in Tucson Mall.
TORTOLITA TOAST. Help the newborn burg of Tortolita raise cash and boost civic pride with their second fund-raiser party. Action on the boards includes three dance bands, a silent auction, and gourmet coffee and chow booths. There will be tons of kids' activities, and a barbecue dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m.
Event runs from 4 to 11 p.m. at 12951 N. King Air Drive. Admission is free. Advance dinner tickets are $7.50, available by calling 544-4057. Dinner tickets will be $10 at the door. Children's dinner tickets are $2 with the purchase of an adult ticket.
ROAD WARRIORS. Enjoy the spring skies and the scent of burning rubber when NASCAR super late models, limited late models, Grand American modifieds and factory stocks all take to the track at Tucson Raceway Park. This high-octane outpost is quickly earning a name for itself, and the action just keeps getting racier.
Engines rev at 7 p.m. at TRP, located at the Pima County Fairgrounds. Take I-10 east to the Houghton Road exit. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors and military, free for children ages 11 and under. Call 762-9200 for details.
HARDLY HUMBLE. One of Tucson's loveliest historic neighborhoods opens its doors today for the annual El Presidio Home Tour. Located near downtown, this year's tour will feature the Selim Franklin house, which celebrates its 100th anniversary. One-time home to the founder of the UA and a member of the 13th Arizona Legislature, the house was built for Franklin's bride Henrietta, whom he married under the arch of its rose garden.
Also included on the tour are Sonoran row houses, Territorial adobes, and a restored, railroad-era, brick Victorian "recently raised from the dead." Wildflower and traditional gardens will be open to visitors as well.
This self-guided tour runs from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $6, on sale between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 350 N. Main Ave. For information, call 791-9343.
GO FISH. Learn your way around a worm with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, which hosts a fishing clinic at Lakeside Park from 1 to 5 p.m. Rods and reels will be available on a first-come basis, along with a limited supply of bait. And best of all, fishing license requirements will be waived for registered participants during the clinic. Meet at Lakeside Park Ramada No. 1, 8300 E. Stella Road. Call 884-9394 for details.
TALKING POTS. The pots made by the Hohokam, Mogollon and Anasazi peoples were among the most highly developed of the ancient Southwest. Besides being pretty, artifacts uncovered today reveal a lot about the tribes' prehistoric lifestyle, including trade routes and communication pathways between the various groups.
Dr. Beth Miksa, an archaeological geologist with Desert Archaeology, discusses these ancient finds and their significance with the slide presentation Who Knows Where the Pots Go?
According to Miksa, making the pots could be either a simple or complex task, and the pieces and their decorative styles could lend clues to where they were made. She'll discuss techniques used by researchers to determine where the pieces originated, and who crafted them.
Free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Call 881-0526 for details.
STUDIES IN SIMILARITY. The Davis Dominguez Gallery says good-bye to its North Oracle Road home and prepares for its downtown relocation with Realtime, an exhibit featuring three closely linked styles.
Tucsonan Julia Andres takes delicate portraits-in-bronze of fruits and vegetables, and turns them into exquisite patinas. The resulting displays are elegant representations reflecting the spiritual or mystical essences of foodstuffs.
With his landscape paintings, Robert D. Cocke of Phoenix taps contrasting nuances to achieve an almost cartoon-like surreality. His rolling hills, marching clouds and gradated skies are encroached upon by jet contrails, city skylines and other hallmarks of human "progress."
Susan Conaway of Tucson displays her trademark magical-realist style with one large canvas and a series of smaller pictures comprising "The Wedding Suite" series. In these works, her subjects are portrayed in typical American weddings--except that they're wrapped and gagged like victims, set against a backdrop of Renaissance lighting.
Exhibit runs through May 16 in the Davis Dominguez Gallery, 6812 N. Oracle Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 297-1427 for details.
ARID ADDRESS. The Tucson Organic Gardeners aim to refresh with a little regional reality in the lecture Saving Rain: Water Harvesting and Conservation.
J.D. DiMeglio and the crew from Horizons West Landscaping present plenty of well-earned, water-saving tips that you can use in your own little patch of paradise. They'll also offer informational papers to take home, along with seeds, plants and garden items for sale.
Free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Heidelburg House, 4606 E. Pima St. Call 670-9158 for details.
ASIAN INTERLUDE. Critical acclaim has poured in from The New York Times, Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Publishers Weekly and Glamour. Now local author Lorraine Lachs turns out for a reading and signing of Flowers For Mei-Ling, her sweeping saga of China.
The story details the journey of a young Eurasian woman and devout communist during Mao's Cultural Revolution. As a successful business woman in Montreal, she reflects on the intertwining paths of the personal and political, spanning 50 years of Chinese history.
Free event is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 5130 E. Broadway. Call 512-1166 for information.
HAPPY TOGETHER. Lazlo Veres and Chad Allen direct a spring tour-de-force of Tucson High School bands. And we do mean bands: The line-up includes the Jazz Band, Cadet Band and Steel Drum Band, performing everything from classical ("Manzoni Requiem") to calypso and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Free concert is at 7 p.m. in the Tucson High School Auditorium, located inside the main building at 400 N. Second Ave. Call 617-7520 for details.
STAND-UP MAN. You've seen him in The People vs. Larry Flynt, and on the Late Show with David Letterman. Now Canadian comic Norm MacDonald rolls into Tucson with his Canadian funnybone fully intact.
MacDonald is riding a wave that began 11 years ago, when he toured Canadian clubs as a stand-up comedian. Soon he was in L.A., and writing for the ABC series Roseanne. During his stint with Saturday Night Live, MacDonald has honed his precise wit with sharp-eyed impersonations of Bob Dole, Quentin Tarantino, Burt Reynolds, and yep, even Letterman himself. Now rumor has it he's landed a spot on Howard Stern's upcoming Saturday night show.
Performance begins at 8:30 p.m. in UA Centennial Hall, located inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Tickets are $12, available at the Centennial Hall box office and Dillard's. For information, call 621-3341.
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