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IN TIME FOR DINNERWARE: Stephen Hayes has a series entitled Animus, monotypes of animal heads transposed on nude human bodies. Aurore Chabot's "Eye Catcher" is a jagged tower of earthenware and wood; and Janine Klees disputes the means of production in our industrialized world with sculptures combining architectural models and video imagery. If you're cruising the Downtown Arts District's Thursday evening Art Walk, stop by for an earful as the artists each discuss their work from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. The joint exhibit, Concept to Completion, continues through July 13 at Dinnerware Gallery, 135 E. Congress St.

VIDEO QUEER: VideoTENSIONS, independent video with a biting socio-political bent, heads into its third showcase with VideoQUEER, video art and documentaries by and about gays and lesbians. In keeping with this year's youth-oriented theme, a gay youth tape will be featured. Screening is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium, Room 350. Series continues through July 18. Call 621-7352 for information.

STRING FLING: The chamber music scene explodes with a melodic crescendo of strings performing Vivaldi, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak and Piazzola. The Southwest String Quartet--David Rife, Michael Russell, Ilona Vukovic-Gay and Mary Beth Tyndall--are joined by seven additional string ensembles in a program that'll knock your socks off. The finale is an orchestral performance of the jig from Gustav Holst's "Saint Paul's Suite." Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Southwest School of Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students at the door. Call 884-0811 for information.

LAST DANCE: Jorge Esquivel trained at La Esquela Nacional de Cuba Arte, often partnering with the famous Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso. Now the principal character dancer with the San Francisco Ballet--the oldest ballet company in America--the gifted teacher concludes his stay as a guest artist at the UA School of Dance with a solo performance entitled Partnering the Greats (Alicia Alonso and Others) at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 24, in the Ina Gittings Dance Theater east of Cherry Avenue on the UA mall. Call 621-4698 for ticket information.

CROSSING BORDERS: Vince Gotera, widely published poet, fiction writer and literary critic, heads up the second in a four-part visiting writers series called Crossing Borders. Gotera, who authored Dragonfly and Radical Visions: Poetry from Vietnam Veterans, discusses his forthcoming chapbook, Mandarika, at 7 p.m. in the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium. Readings are free, and will be followed by an informal reception and refreshments. Call 621-3093 for information. TW

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