May 25 - May 31, 1995

[City Week]

Thursday 25

REVISITING ALICE. For those of you who laughed your way through the first Alice, take an extra irony supplement and head over to Invisible Theatre for the entertaining sequel, A...My Name Is Still Alice. This comedic musical revue puts the "feminist experience" center stage, with sketches and music with themes like "Sensitive New Age Guys," "You're Never Too Old for Love" and the plight of Mona Lisa and others in "Painted Ladies." Alice couldn't find better company, from her conception by Joan Micklin Silver and Julianne Boyd, Director Susan Claassen and cast starring Betty Craig, E. Ann Fortune, Yolanda Hovey, Dawn Veree and Margy Wilson. Token male Jack Neubeck, recipient of the Goldie Klein Memorial Guest Director's Chair, lends his tremendous talent as musical director. Tonight's 7:30 p.m. performance will be followed by a "dialogue with the audience" on what Claassen describes as "taking a production from the page to the stage"--the evolution of the musical revue format, feminist humor, and the challenge of creating a unique atmosphere within the confines of a small space. Claassen will moderate, with cast and designers fielding questions.

Alice continues with performances at 8 p.m. through June 11, with 2 o'clock matinees Sunday, May 28, and June 4, at Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. Tickets are $12 and $15. Call 882-9721 for reservations and information.

Friday 26

SISTERS ROSENWEIG Theatre in Tucson seems to run the gamut, from homegrown productions using everything from the wheat to the chaff, to traveling shows of unpredictable quality. One promising production visits Centennial Hall for five performances this weekend only. The Sisters Rosenweig, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Wendy Wasserstein (The Heidi Chronicles), has received rave reviews and standing room-only houses during its run at Lincoln Center and the Barrymore Theatre in New York. The comedy hit explores three sisters' quests for love, self-definition and fulfillment, embodied in the fifty-fourth birthday celebration of Sara Rosenweig, an American abroad and a leading London banker, with her two sisters--one of whom is leading the Beth-El Sisterhood from Newton, Mass., on their tour of the Crown Jewels, and the other an international travel writer.

Performances are at 2 and 8 o'clock tonight through Sunday, May 28, at UA Centennial Hall, main entrance on University Boulevard and Park Avenue. Tickets range from $16 to $26, with a hefty $10 discount for full-time UA students. The rest of the Arizona college rabble can purchase $6 rush tickets 45 minutes before the matinee and Sunday evening performances. Call 621-3341 for tickets and information.

TALES OF TUDURY. We can't say we've had the pleasure, because Teresa Tudury steps onto the desert stage for the first time tonight at 8 p.m. at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. But if her act is as entertaining as the gushing praise she's received from L.A. and San Francisco Bay area music writers, you'll all but make history by attending tonight's performance. How one artist can resemble Tracey Ullman, Sophie Tucker, Bea Lillie, Ethel Merman, Bonnie Raitt and Auntie Mame, with the star potential of Midler and Streisand, scrambles our analogy-making apparatus. But one common thread runs throughout: "undiscovered greatness." Expect an evening of cabaret gems like "Melancholy Baby" and "There Are Fairies at the Bottom of My Garden," touching originals from a tribute to Dad to working the morning shift at Lefty O'Doul's diner, and tireless stand-up comedy throughout. Guess it shows when you love your work. The deep, sultry voice of "L.A.'s Cabaret Queen of the '90s" will be accompanied by her solo acoustic guitar.

She must still be undiscovered, because tickets are only $6 in advance from Antigone Books, 600 N. Fourth Ave., and the Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $7 at the door. Call 884-1220 for information.

INCAICA INSPIRATION. This fifth annual event showcasing Hispanic cultural arts kicks off at 8 p.m. with a performance by the internationally-known Andean music ensemble, Khenany. Concert tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For an additional $6, meet the artists at a 7 p.m. reception in the Green Room. Ticket outlets include Dillard's, Hear's Music, Workshop Music and Good Times Music. A display of paintings by the late Salvador Corona will accompany tonight's concert.

The rest of the festival is free, and continues from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28. Andean music and dance, South- and Mexican-American food booths and more will color the north plaza outside the TCC Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. Call 888-8816 for information.

Saturday 27

CABARET MAGRITTE. This experimental stage for performance art, music and spoken word hits D.P.C. Café tonight, with a line-up of artists as talented as they are unpredictable. Tonight's performance will include the first out-of-towners, Phoenicians Jeff Faulk and Annie Lopez, who've wowed audiences up north. Other performers include performance artists Amanda Ralph and Sara Allen, with spoken word by Leslie Epperson. There will be a "musical thing" by a group of unidentified musicians (hint: they've performed previously under the umbrella "Black Ploughman," with a bag of tricks including jams á la Dick Dale, Bauhaus covers and who knows what else). The suspense is killing us. So put on your adventure shoes, ferret out $2 from that vessel of loose change, and try something new. The D.P.C. Café is located at 546 N. Stone Ave. Call 882-4488 for information.

Sunday 28

MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE. Brigadier General Donald Dunlop served 30 years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He spent half of those years oversees--in WW2, Vietnam and Korea. When he and his family moved to Tucson 24 years ago, it was their twenty-eighth move in 30 years. He speaks today about Memorial Day 1995--50 Years Remembered, in a forum consisting of selected readings, personal experiences and remembrances from the audience. "The important message is that there are a lot of Americans who served in war, who gave their lives and also gave us our freedom and way of life," says the retired general. "This is pretty somber, on one hand, but also a celebration of the sacrifice our fellow Americans have given--the ultimate sacrifice." His thoughtful words about Memorial Day as a "time for sadness and reflection, but also a time to be thankful for our way of life," provide a welcome voice as Americans continue to debate our civic future.

All are invited to this free lecture at 10:15 a.m. at St. Philip's In The Hills East Gallery, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.

Monday 29

BATTER UP. We've always said the Tucson Toros are among the best entertainment values around, and tonight proves our point: Free tickets are available at all Tucson Circle K stores. Pick up a handful and check out our own Triple-A ball club as they battle the Vancouver Canadians at 7 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field in Reid Park. With a team full of close-to-major-league talent, the Toros are holding on to a precarious lead in the Pacific Coast League southern division. Root 'em through the latest homestand, which continues through tomorrow. For a complete listing of the team's games, see our listings section or call 325-2621.

Tuesday 30

BLUE MONKS. Café Magritte is a fine idea for any night of the week, but the live jazz in the Bowler Room tonight will add a little sugar to your café au lait. The Blue Monks humbly seat themselves in the corner and pour out jazz standards on electric guitar and bass for your listening pleasure. Add to that one of the decadent delicacies from Magritte's dessert tray, like caramel apple pie, tiramisu or a chocolate-hazelnut-vanilla cheesecake, and you've found the Zen of café experiences. Blue Monks Matthew Mitchell and Tracy York supplement their regular Sunday evening set with this additional performance from 7:30 to 11 p.m. in the Bowler Room, 254 E. Congress St. Call 884-8004 for information.

MUSEUM MUSE. If we as a people visited museums more often and ate more vegetables, we'd be a healthier society for it. Tonight's presentation sheds light on some of the many museum offerings and summer programs around town. Members of the Tucson Association of Museums will provide interactive, hands-on exhibits to pique your interest. See what you've been missing from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road. Call 791-4626 for information.

Wednesday 31

COURTYARD SALSA. These courtyard concerts at TCC, 260 S. Church Ave., have had such a great turnout the City has decided to extend the series with music on Wednesday, Friday and Downtown Saturday nights throughout the summer. Enjoy tonight's excellent Latin/salsa by vendors providing a welcome reprieve from summer cooking. Parking is $2. Call 749-4902 information.

READY FOR THE MELT-DOWN. You've probably noticed things around the Old Pueblo are slowing down. We're staying up later, moving slower, making more sun tea. We're all tossing and turning, judging from people overheard at the laundromat and grocery store check out lines. "I couldn't sleep at all last night--it was so hot." Yeah, since when is 75 degrees hot? We're entering the season that separates the moanies from the Zonies. But with the summer months come the subtle pleasures that longtime residents can appreciate: a long, sparsely-traveled Speedway at 5 p.m. Sudden availability of outdoor seating at restaurants. True, there's not as much going on around town this time of year, but take the time to drive--or ride--down your favorite thoroughfare, sit at your chosen outdoor venue, order an extra-large iced tea...and gloat.

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