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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. Grad student and sculptor Dean Hamerly takes on a series of topics, including domesticity, death, and ever-present bread, in his powerful exhibit When I Met You.
For Hamerly, bread is a metaphorical key to the creative process. Domesticity stems from that loaf as well, he says, and in turn provides a place of healing. And if you're wondering what the heck all that has to do with sculpting, you'll just have to check out Hamerly's show, running through May 14 at the Lionel Rombach Gallery, located on the UA campus at Speedway and Park Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 626-4215 for details.
STRING FLING. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra unveils its performance of the monumental Dvorak Cello Concerto, with guest cellist Carter Brey.
Performance is at 8 p.m. in the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $12 to $26, and are available at Dillard's and the TCC box office. For information, call 882-8585.
GYROICS. Yep, it's time once again for that Mediterranean stuff-fest known as the Greek Festival. Now in its 13th year, the three-day pita party features live music by Greek Compania, wine tasting, dancing and just about everything else related to that sun-drenched clime.
During its tenure, the gathering has turned into a not-to-be-missed local favorite, and this time around the theme is "Be Greek for a Day." Festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. today, 4 to 11:30 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Hellenic Community Center, 1145 E. Fort Lowell Road. Tickets are $2, free for seniors and kids under age 12, and are available at the door. For information, call 885-0505.
CRASH CARAVAN. Tucson's one-man foray into the surreal, in the form of strange and exotic performance art, returns when Mat Bevel presents Crash Caravan.
Characteristically, Bevel describes his last work for this season in enigmatic tones: "Families want an instant solution, go make your home an institution. A home is already a house, business is what it's about." And there you go.
Performances are 8 p.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday, and May 9 through 11, in the Mat Bevel Institute, 530 N. Stone Ave. Tickets are $6. For information call 571-8202.
FOOTLOOSE. The UA Dance Division takes note of National Dance Week by premiering six new works in Celebrate Dance, their annual faculty dance concert.
Performances include Games, a large ensemble ballet by Melissa Lowe and Jory Hancock featuring an "exotic score for piano"; Susan Quinn's "Sabor a Mi," combining traditional Argentine tango with ultra-contemporary jazz; and "Creation," a big piece that "explores--metaphorically, of course--the Big Bang, mutation, and the evolution of beauty," according to choreographer John M. Wilson. See related article in Review for more information.
Performances are 8 p.m. today and tomorrow in UA Centennial Hall. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors, available at the Centennial Hall box office. Call 621-3341.
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. The Tucson Folk Festival celebrates its 12th season in the heart of the Old Pueblo. This year's show features North Carolinean David Wilcox as headliner. Known for his songs, "How Did You Find Me Here," and "Eye of the Hurricane," Wilcox is also noted for his "soft flannel voice," innovative guitar work and intimate performances.
The two-day fest includes blues, bluegrass, ethnic and gospel artists performing on two stages. There will be plenty of open jams, good food, and a children's show with singing, dancing and face painting.
The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow in El Presidio Park, located downtown next to City Hall (Church Avenue and Alameda Street). Call 323-2138 for information.
Local band Aché Pa Ti will perform a vibrant repertoire of Afro-Cuban music and dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Ronstadt Transit Center. And Ballet Folklórico Infantíl, featuring a cadre of elementary school students, will perform Mexican traditional dance from 7:30 to 8 p.m. on Pennington Street between, Scott and Sixth avenues.
Also performing will be Mariachi Los Diablitos, from Sunnyside High School, and Danzarte-Ballet Folklórico del Sudoeste, known as Tucson's "Ambassadors of Goodwill."
All events are free. For details, call 624-9977.
MAGIC AND ILLUSION. Fascinating shapes, luminous surfaces and theatrical settings share the creative stage in an exhibit featuring new work by Joanne Kerrihard, now on display at Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery. Kerrihard's two- and three-dimensional paintings and works on paper are known to "explore the magic and illusion of the mind."
Exhibit opens with a reception from 7 to 9 tonight, and continues through May 24 at Dinnerware, 135 E. Congress St. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 792-4503 for information.
SWILL THRILL. For years now, the fine folks of Sun Sounds Radio Reading Service have been assisting Tucson's blind citizens by tackling everything from novels to grocery store ads over the air.
Now the service gets a heady little boost--in the form of hops-laden proceeds from the Great Tucson Beer Festival, featuring more than 100 of the finest brews in the world and a host of non-alcoholic drinks.
All the foamy action will happen against a backdrop of live jazz, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Plaza Palomino, 2970 Swan Road. Tickets are $25, available at the Rumrunner, Plaza Liquors, Frog and Firkin, Gentle Ben's, Rillito Creek, Pantano Creek, Magee Liquor, Liquor Dan, and by calling 296-2400.
DOILIES GALORE. Those local threadsmiths known as Spin and Weave will keep you in stitches with revealing techniques ranging from sewing, crochet and needlepoint to quilting, smocking and spinning.
They'll also be on hand for demonstrations of those timeless crafts. And you can get in on the action yourself, with plenty of materials on sale, followed by a needlecraft fashion show from 2 to 3 p.m.
Event continues from noon to 5 p.m. today in El Con Mall, 3601 E. Broadway. Call 795-9958 for details.
MEMORY AND HOPE. Organizations such as Wingspan, Desert Voices and the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network gather today to observe the 14th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial and Mobilization.
Folks will light candles and share stories, against a musical backdrop provided by Desert Voices. Participants are encouraged to bring candles and cups to shield the flame. Event is 7:30 p.m. in Armory Park, 220 S. Fifth Ave. Call 624-1779 for information.
DOLLED UP. Barbie is upstaged by a far more adventurous entourage when Tohono Chul Park hosts Fantasies in Fabric Art Dolls, created by Terry Enfield and Jo Ann Pinto.
Inspired by myths, fairly tales and folklore, the dolls are crafted from fabric and wire, a touch of paint, and "magic to enhance the details." Each has its own story to tell, from the boy journeying in a tortoise-shaped, hot-air balloon to the Sandman dozing in the embrace of a crescent moon.
"The figure often takes off on its own and takes me to some surprising places," says Enfield. "I don't always know where I'll end up."
Exhibit runs through June 9 at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Hours are 9:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A $2 donation is suggested. For details, call 742-6455.
BIG LEAGUE CHAT. Former and current governmental heavyweights share the podium, as the latest U.S. Foreign Policy Town Meeting gets underway.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations, UN Association of Southern Arizona and the Sunbelt World Trade Association, the gathering kicks off with a discussion of U.S.-Latin America relations by Richard Brown, of the State Department's Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. Other speakers include Raymond Burghardt, consul general-designate in Shanghai, who'll discuss U.S.-Asia relations, and Assistant Secretary of State Thomas McNamara, whose topic is supporting allies and preventing weapons proliferation.
Event runs from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second St. Tickets are $25, free for students, and available at the door. For information, call 881-7060.
WELL-TIMED. Tightly spun yuks in a series of one-act plays take center stage, as the Invisible Theatre presents David Ives' All in the Timing.
Winner of the 1994 Outer Critics' Circle Playwriting Award, the pieces center around Ives' obvious gift for humorous brooding, described by The New York Times as "sketches from some hilarious, celestially conceived revue. The writing is not only funny, it has density of thought and the precision of poetry...David Ives spins hilarity out of words!"
Those sketches range from "Universal Language," about a night course promoting a quirky language, to "Words Words Words," featuring chimpanzees intent upon writing Hamlet, even as they explore concerns like love and mortality.
Cast members include James Blair, Jonathon Ingbretson, Suzi List, Marisa Ross and Tom Toomey.
Show time is 8 p.m., with a 7:30 performance Thursday, May 8, and 2 o'clock Sunday matinees through May 25 at the Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. Tickets range from $10 to $15, and are available at the theatre box office, or by calling 882-9721.
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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