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Thursday 9

City Week NO-HOLDSBARD. Once the rake of Europe, young Henry was force-fed maturity when he suddenly passed from idle hours in the Boar's Head Tavern to assuming the leadership of England. And he was a quick study: His father had admonished him to avoid domestic grumbling by sparking "foreign quarrels."

Young Henry took this advice to heart, as he laid plans to invade France. The rest is history, as they say, in Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part I," the next installment in the Shakespeare Under the Stars series presented by Tucson Parks and Recreation Community Theatre.

These free performances are offered at
8 p.m. today through Sunday at the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, located west of Hi Corbett Field off Country Club Road. For details, call 791-4873.

TUCSON SIDEWINDERS. The Tucson Sidewinders return to town to kick off a four-game series against the Las Vegas Stars. As always, Thursday is buck-beer night, with cold brewskies and soft drinks selling for a mere $1 from first pitch until
9 p.m. Following the series against Las Vegas, the Sidewinders return July 13 through 16 to battle the Salt Lake City Buzz. Games begin at 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at Tucson Electric Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Tickets range from $3 to $8. Discount vouchers good for $1 admission to every Monday night game are available at all Circle K stores. Two-for-one tickets are available every Tuesday night for Safeway Club cardholders. For more information, call 434-1000.

MINUTE MADMAN. Living Blues calls Little Mike "a triple threat on vocals, harp and piano." Reflex says Mike and his Tornadoes "swing a tough groove that would make mentors Muddy Waters and Paul Butterfield proud." Legendary bluesman Pinetop Perkins is more blunt: "I call these boys 'the storm,' " he says,
" 'cause they'll blow you away."

Little Mike grew up on gritty New York blues, landed under the wing of Paul Butterfield, and later absorbed influences from Bo Diddley to the Rolling Stones. In 1978 he started the Tornadoes, and the band was soon roaring through the Northeast.

Now they're blowing into Tucson for one roof-raising show at the Boondocks Lounge, home to the Nothin' But the Blues series, produced by Tucson blues keeper o' the faith Terry O.

Show time is 9 p.m. in the Boondocks, 3306 N. First Ave. Advance tickets are $7, available at Hear's Music and the Boondocks. Tickets are $10 at the door. For details, call 690-0991.

Friday 10

NEW ARTICULATIONS. Their name says it all; and Tucson's NEW ARTiculations--the newest dance troupe in town--presents a collection of modern dances called After the Babble.

The evening performance features premiere choreography by local talents Nathan Dryden, Jennifer Pollack, Leigh Ann Rangel and Tammy Rosen, and well as guest choreography by Tommy Parlon, an instructor from Kent State University. For more information, see this week's Arts section.

Show time is 8 tonight and Saturday in the Tucson Center for Performing Arts,
40 E. 14th St. Advance tickets are $8, $6 for students, available by calling 408-1172. Tickets will be an additional $2 at the door. For reservations and information, call 408-1172.

ON COMET. Local author and astral aficionado David Levy will discuss and sign copies of Comets: Creators and Destroyers at 7 p.m. in the Foothills Mall Barnes & Noble, at Ina Road and La Cholla Boulevard.

Levy has penned more than 20 books and 100 articles covering the astronomical panoply. But he's perhaps best known as co-discoverer of Comet Schumaker-Levy, which rammed Jupiter in 1994. Joining him will be Tucson's Tom Bopp, who co-discovered Comet Hale-Bopp. He'll talk about heavenly bodies, stargazing, and the local astronomy scene. There will also be telescopes on hand for viewing the full moon. Call 742-6621 for information.

WATERSPORT. Tucson Parks and Recreation is helping to keep the Old Pueblo cool with summer pool parties. Friday nights are for the teen set, with rafts, refreshments and a DJ spinning the tunes. Saturdays are for the whole family, with free movie screenings. These free parties run through August 8, at different locations each weekend.

This week's bashes will be at the Udall Park Pool, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road; and at Archer Pool, 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd. The teen party runs from 7:30 to 11 tonight at each location. The family party runs from
7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at each location, and will feature The Lion King on the big screen. For details, call 791-4245.

Saturday 11

SWEET RELEASE. Downtown's historic Rialto Theatre toasts Tucson's musical best with the TAMMIES CD Release Party. This powerhouse show will include top vote-getters Shoebomb, Greyhound Soul, The Phantom Limbs, Funky Bones, 35 Summers, The Studdrifters, Sapphire Kieft, Creosote and Crawdaddy-O--all featured on the TAMMIES CD sampler.

Tonight's all-ages fun gets underway at 8 p.m. in the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $4 at the door. For information, call 740-0126.

CHOIRS AFIRE. Arizona's top belters gather under one high-volume roof at the Gospel Music Workshop of America's annual end-of-the-year musical.

The Season of Praise Musicale features choirs from Phoenix, Casa Grande and Sierra Vista, as well as some of Tucson's finest warblers. "There will also be some beautiful liturgical praise dancing," says spokeswoman Rochelle Magee. "It's a modern African religious dance that's full of joy."

Admission is free, with music starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1019 E. 31st St., at Park Avenue. Call 293-2978 for more information.

STEPPIN' OUT. They take their name from the Spanish phrase ¡Ya vas!, which means "Let's go!" It's an apt title for the spitfire Afro-Cuban and Brazilian band Yavaz. Voted "Best Latin Band" at San Diego's Annual Music Awards, the lively troupe brings a powerful blend of flamenco, salsa, samba and island rhythms to Tucson as part of the Plaza Palomino Courtyard Concert Series.

Performance is at 8 p.m. in Plaza Palomino, 2970 N. Swan Road. Advance tickets are $8, available at the Plaza Palomino management office, Hear's Music and Piney Hollow. Tickets are $10 at the door, with a $1 discount for KXCI members. For information, call 297-9133.

Sunday 12

POLISHEDROCK. Stefan George is a musical renaissance man. Over the years he's tackled funky rock and roll with the Brain Damage Orchestra, lovely instrumentals with Arm and Hammer, and bluesy, solo soul on his CD, Stef's Blue Bait Shop.

Now George and his acoustic band Songtower hit the stage to celebrate their latest release, City of Rocks.

Recorded at downtown's Wavelab Studios, the CD is a collection of "stories, portraits and mishaps" penned by George, with lush harmonies provided by Jan Daley and Lavinia White. The disc also features percussion by Will Clipman and Jay Trapp on bass.

Performance is at 9 p.m. at the Third Stone Bar and Grill, 500 N. Fourth Ave. Admission is $4, $3 for KXCI, TKMA and TBS members. For details, call 624-9006.

Monday 13

SWEET FANTASIES. The talented tikes and teens of The Bianco Theatre Company are back with their production of Dream Bars. This musical comedy tells the story of a new candy-bar sensation from the American Candy Company. In a tale of true Yankee marketing, the company plans to celebrate its success by sponsoring the "Miss Dream Bars U.S.A." Beauty Pageant in Atlantic City. Family-oriented hijinx are sure to ensue as the various contestants strut their confectionery stuff amidst general sweet-toothed raucousness.

Tonight's performances are at 6 and
8 p.m. in the Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway. Production continues at
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Tickets are $7, $5 for children and students, available at the door or in advance. Call 886-0860 for reservations and information.

Tuesday 14

CREATIVE TOIL. More than 60 kids display their creative talents in the Tucson/Pima Arts Council's new ArtWORKS! exhibit.

ArtWORKS began in 1993 as a summer jobs program for high-risk youth. Since then, some 600 students have completed 50 projects like compiling oral and written histories; creating murals, mosaics and silk-screens; and building furniture.

That hard work makes a well-deserved debut in the spotlight in this eclectic new exhibit. It's primarily an informational affair, meant to give the public a glimpse of the nuts and bolts of the ArtWORKS program through displayed project proposals, drawings, models, and pieces in progress.

Exhibit runs through August 14, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 17, in the T/PAC Community Gallery, 240 N. Stone Ave. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and during Thursday Night Art Walks. Call 624-0595 for details.

Wednesday 15

ASTRAL TRACKS. The eccentric legacy of George Phar Legler once again receives homage with free, public "moon strolls" through the Valley of the Moon.

Created by the late Legler, this bonafide historical site is an oddly beautiful fantasyland of caverns, pools gardens and moonlit magic "built of rock and imagination." Valley aficionados will be guiding tours on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, continuing through August 19. Moon-meisters note that their park "is definitely not just for kids!"

Tours run between 7 and 9 p.m. in Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road, north of Prince Road and east of Tucson Boulevard. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 323-1331 for information.

GROUND ZERO. The Cold War may have thawed, but that certainly didn't mark the end of international tensions. Nowhere are they more tense than on the Pakistani-Indian border. Both nations recently fired off several nukes under the guise of "testing." But never have "tests" been so blatantly provocative. To the rest of the world, these exercises should vaporize any smug illusion of security we harbor. They're nothing short of Armageddon's messenger, woozy with dark promise and knocking at the door.

Into this tenuous fray steps Dr. William Dixon, of the UA Political Science Department. Tonight he addresses the growing maelstrom with "Nuclear Testing and International Security," a lecture sponsored by the United Nations of Southern Arizona as part of its Summer Headline Discussions '98 series. Dixon will discuss India and Pakistan, the history of multilateral efforts to ban nuclear testing, and the troubled Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Lecture is 11:30 a.m. in Terra Nova Restaurant, 6366 E. Broadway. A one-time, $6 admission fee covers the entire series. Lunch for today's lecture is $11. Call 881-7060 for information. TW

City Week includes events selected by Calendar Editor Tim Vanderpool. 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. To have material considered, please send complete information at least 11 days prior to the Thursday issue date to: Tucson Weekly, P.O. Box 2429, Tucson, Arizona 85702, or fax information to 792-2096, or email us at

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