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Thursday 8

BIG BRASS. Beltway sophistication visits the provinces this week, when the National Symphony Orchestra rolls into town for a series of small ensemble performances and a full outing at the UA Centennial Hall, all part of the statewide American Residency Program. See related article in the Review section for more information.

Tucson's Arts District has been selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as the site for three free performances. A string quartet will play at 5:30 p.m. in the Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave., followed by a cello and violin duo at 6 p.m. in the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, 135 E. Congress St.; a brass sextet performs at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

And tomorrow night conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the Orchestra through Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, Bernstein's overture to Candide, a new work by an Arizona composer and other pieces.

Performance is 8 p.m. in UA Centennial Hall. Tickets range from $16 to $36, and are available at the Centennial Hall box office, Dillard's, or by calling (800) 638-4253.

INDIGENOUS CROONERS. Their name means "the singers" in Nahuatl, Mexico's lovely indigenous language, and their sound is a lush blend of traditional folk music from the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Today, Tucson's Hispanic Cultural Showcase brings critically acclaimed Tlen-Huicani to town for an 8 p.m. performance in the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Tickets range from $10 to $14, and are available at Dillard's, the TCC box office, Hear's Music, Workshop Music, or by calling 888-8816.

Friday 9

PERFECT FIT. Mary Cochran was formerly the principal dancer for the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Now she brings her broad range of talent and experience to the Old Pueblo, when Tenth Street Danceworks presents the appropriately titled Taylor Made for Tenth Street Danceworks performance.

A veteran of such classic Taylor pieces as Esplanade and Syzygy, Cochran is known as "an interpreter of Taylor's fleet-of-foot work who absorbs technique into her bones."

You can absorb that interpretive skill at 8 tonight and tomorrow, and 7 p.m. Sunday in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors, and are available at Bentley's House of Coffee and Tea, and at the door. For details, call 884-6986.

CELTIC BATTLE CRY. Known for mixing old tunes with a unique fusion of bagpipes, synthesizers, fiddles, flutes and guitars, the Battlefied Band forcefully thrusts Celtic music into the '90s. Founded 25 years ago in the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, they've spent more than two decades redefining the musical traditions of their native turf. See this week's music feature for details.

The Battlefield Band brings that highlands sound to Tucson with an 8 p.m. show in the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Tickets are $13 and $15, with a $1 discount for seniors, TFTM and TKMA members, and are available at Hear's Music, Antigone Books, the Harp and Shamrock, or by calling 881-3947.

WEE PICKS. Begun in 1985 as a performing arts program for youngsters with disabilities, the Third Street Kids Ensemble has grown into a local favorite. And now those tikes expound upon their own favorite tunes, dances and skits with Expressions '97. Show times are 7:30 tonight and tomorrow, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $8, $5 for kids ages 12 and under, and are available at the door. For reservations, call 622-4100.

Saturday 10

LATIN CATS. Those musical predators of the Norteño jungle make a triumphant return to town when the Tucson Convention Center hosts Los Tigres del Norte as part of the Mother's Day Super Dance and Festival 1997.

Also included in the line-up are Industria del Amor, Banda Zeta, and local faves Grupo Angel de Oro. Show time is 7 p.m. in the TCC Exhibition Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Advance tickets are $20, available at Yoly's Music Shops, Joyeria Blancas, Ana's Records, Arizona Records, Dillard's and the TCC box office. Tickets are $25 at the door. For information, call 791-4266.

MYSTIC HILLS. Local literary treasure Byrd Baylor celebrates the reissue of her long out-of-print book, The Way to Make Perfect Mountains. It tells the story--in Baylor's signature poetic style--of Native American legends surrounding sacred mountains in the Southwest. The author will be accompanied by the book's illustrator, Tohono O'odham artist Leonard Chana.

The free reading and signing runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at Coyote's Voice Books, 16 S. Eastbourne Ave., in the Broadway Village Center. Call 327-6560 for information.

BRAZILIAN QUANDARY. For most of us, it simply comes down to spinning the radio dial. But for Brazilian-born guitar ace Alieksey Vianna, it's downright tough to pick between jazz and classical when he fires up the strings.

"If it had been possible for me to choose, I would have already chosen by now," he explains. "For me, there are only two kinds of music: good and bad. And I try to stay on the good side."

Enough said. This award-winning Latin transplant shares a bit of that minimalist philosophy tonight, with a 7:30 p.m. concert in the Grace St. Paul's Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors, and are available at Hear's Music, or at the door. For information, call 296-9427.

Sunday 11

MOM'S MULCH-FEST. Sick of celebrating Mother's Day by dragging Ma down to Furr's Cafeteria for another all-she-can-eat Spamloaf luncheon buffet?

Feel like trying something organically different? How about taking Mom to the Tucson Botanical Gardens, where entire families are welcome to wander through the greenery, including the herb, cactus and "sensory" gardens. Many of those floral pathways are now in full bloom, the plant nursery and gift shop are open, and kids are encouraged to make special herbal cachets for mom from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.

The gardens are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Admission today is free. Call 326-9686.

Monday 12

FOREVER YOUNG. Those steadfast youths of the Bianco Theatre Company dutifully recall the way things used to be with their jubilant production of Peter Pan, showing at 6 and 8 p.m. Monday, and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday through May 31 at the Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway.

Tickets are $7, $5 for students and kids, and are available at the door or by calling 299-2931.

ARTISTIC MEDITATION. Karen Fitzgerald and Kathleen Velo have made names for themselves by capturing the shared qualities of transcendental light through stunning monotypes and pinhole photographs.

The result is the haunting, spiritual exhibit Into Light, conjuring up the sacred in countless ways. Fitzgerald's monotypes and etchings tap the abstract, glowing with an inner light revealed through ink washes. For her part, Velo tackles the panoply of feelings through representational views, and her subjects are inherently rich. From the physical landscape to antique buildings, they're all amplified by a magical articulation of light.

Into Light is on display through June 26 at the UA Rotunda Gallery, located on the third floor of the Memorial Student Union. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For information, call 621-8046.

Tuesday 13

WELL-VERSED TURKS. Gitane-puffing, beret-topped poets now refer to the Casbah on Fourth Avenue as "a rug-walled Turkish-style opium den." That might be stretching it a bit--the War on Drugs notwithstanding--but nonetheless it has become a favored hang-out for the lyrically minded.

And tonight that reputation becomes even more entrenched, when the outpost entertains another in its regular Tuesday eve Poetry and Storytelling series. According to local poet and host David Mitchell, "Tucson poetry has never been more vibrant. Never more colorful. And it's never been like this...People read from their original works. You can't imagine how original until you get here."

Well, spark a lamp under the hookah, Dave, we're convinced. Find out for yourself between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at The Casbah, 628 N. Fourth Ave. Admission is free. For details, call 792-9910.

Wednesday 14

REAL MOVEMENT. Local iconoclast Jon Morris has just released upon an unsuspecting public his first comic book, and the reviews are rolling in. Published by Tucson's Heirographics, Fishbone is "black and white and bizarre," according to Charlie Harris, manager of Fantasy Comics. "I'd say it's most comparable to MTV's Liquid Television, with lots of weird characters."

Critically acclaimed comic writer/artist Jimmie Robinson is a bit less subtle. "Fishbone is the coolest shit I've seen in a helluv ass long time...Fishbone is the shit."

And there ya go. Head on down to Morris' signing party, running from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Fantasy Comics, 3100 N. Stone Ave. Call 620-1880 for details.

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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