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BISBEE BOUND: UA English professor Richard Shelton landed in Bisbee as a school teacher following World War II, thus prompting a love affair with the grizzled little town that never ended, and culminating in his award-winning non-fiction memoir/history, Going Back to Bisbee.

From 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17, the Friends of the San Pedro River host a booksigning by Shelton at the charming San Pedro House, located eight miles east of Sierra Vista on Highway 90, Milepost 328. For information, call (520) 459-2555.

BERMUDA NADA: There's only one musical lawn in town when the Desert Bluegrass Association plants a little down-home revelry with its big monthly jam. All warblers, pickers and pluckers are invited to join in the free melodic action from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Texas T-Bone Restaurant, 8981 E. Tanque Verde Road, in the Bear Canyon Shopping Center. For details, call 760-8599.

LIP TRIP: Canadian author Peter Gault and New York performance artist Amy Rachelle take on the spoken word, and take a little bit off, in their boundary-stretching theater piece A Psycho-Sexual Incantation.

The pair have received plenty of press for spearheading the Spoken Word Movement, and Gault--called an "exciting talent" by The New York Times Book Review--has sliced through most traditional concepts of literature with his book, Knucklehead: A Journey Out of the Mind, and his CD, The Knucklehead Spoken Word World Tour.

Now they plan on taking Tucsonans to the other side with an appearance described as a combination of literary, musical and performance art. Against a backdrop of velvet curtains and a baroque stage set, "baring nearly all, the duo weave dialogue, through an arrangement of spoken word songs. Bodies painted and bedecked in colorful costumes, this is a theatrical event."

Gault and Rachelle host a novel release party and performance at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 17, in Luna Loca, 546 N. Stone Ave. Admission is $5. Call 882-4488 for details.

MINI MELTDOWN: That onerous little fellow with an angry inner dwarf returns to the main stage, when the Arizona Youth Theater presents Rumplestiltskin. And if you don't turn out for their show, the kids, teens and grown-ups of this otherwise cheerful troupe are going to stamp and stomp and stamp their feet until...well, you know the rest.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday through June 7 at the Arizona Youth Theater, 5671 E. Speedway. Tickets are $5, $3 for children, and available by calling 546-9805.

PENCILED IN: Poet, writer and incurable wanderer Ed Waters uses language to "give voice to the concerns of those who have no voice."

He shares a bit of that activist enunciation as part of The Book Mark's ongoing Make a Date with a Poet series. Free reading is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at The Book Mark, 5001 E. Speedway. For details, call 881-5180. TW

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