July 13 - July 19, 1995

City Week

Thursday 13

VIDEO TENSIONS. This innovative series of progressive video works continues tonight at 7:30 at the Modern Languages Building auditorium on the UA campus, with VideoCOLLECTIVE, a showcase of works by visiting New York artists Cyrille Phipps and Cathy Scott. The two videomakers will discuss how the process of making work collectively impacts cultural production and the world we live in. This carefully curated patchwork of video artistry embracing social and political issues will send your mind a-swimmin' out of the mainstream. Admission is free, though a $2 donation is appreciated. Call 621-7352 for information and a complete schedule of screenings.

Friday 14

SCREEN SAVER. Just to warn you, this week's trend is toward finding as many sit-down, climate-controlled entertainment options as possible. As that infernal blast of desert wind wilts you in mid-stride, what could be more comforting than thoughts of Sweden, with all that snow and talented filmmakers like Ingmar Bergman? The Great Masters Summer Film Series continues tonight with Shame, starring Liv Ullman and Max Von Sydow, as married concert violinists who flee to a nameless island to avoid the ravages of a bitter civil war. The moral challenges the apolitical couple face weave into a dramatic tale which one character summarizes with the lines, "Sometimes it's like a dream. Not mine. I'm forced into someone else's dream." Film historian Leonard Maltin calls Shame a "powerful, brilliantly acted drama...one of Bergman's best."

Shame screens at 7:30 tonight at the Modern Languages Building auditorium on the UA campus, and also at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Admission is $3. Call 622-2262 for information.

Saturday 15

FIRE IN THE PARK. Enjoy our national parks and monuments while they're still open. Federal budgets and state pols being what they are, these natural "luxuries" may not be as timeless as Woodsy Owl and Smoky Bear once led us to believe. Coronado National Memorial celebrates July with free ranger-guided hikes on Saturday mornings through July 29, with afternoon hands-on activities from 2 to 3 p.m. in the picnic area. Each week will feature a different topic, from making rope from yucca leaves to identifying edible native fruits and nuts. Today's hike leaves at 9 a.m. from Montezuma Pass, completing a one-mile loop to Coronado Peak to observe the effects of the 1988 Peak Fire. The guided tour will teach hikers how to use the specialized equipment for fighting wildland fires, and possibly a chance to soak each other with water from the fire truck. Or mark your calendar now for next Saturday's tour of a natural limestone cave.

Wear sturdy shoes and carry at least one liter of water per person. Coronado National Memorial Visitor Center is located in Montezuma Canyon, five miles west of Highway 92 (21 miles west of Bisbee). Call (520) 458-9333 or (520) 366-5515 for information.

AMONG THE WILDFLOWERS. Closer to home, Tucson Botanical Gardens Education Director Meg Quinn graces TBG Porter Hall with an "armchair photo tour" exploring the high mountain meadows and coniferous forests of southern Arizona's Pinalenos and Chiricahua ranges. Mountain Wildflowers will take you to the gentle world belonging to Fringed Gentian, Shooting Star, Deer's Ears and Sneezeweed, to name a few. These are a diverse and abundant group set to bloom in late summer at elevations above 7.500 feet. Stop and smell the flowers from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the roomy, air-conditioned Porter Hall, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Cost is $8, $6 for TBG members, and includes admission to the gardens. Call 326-9686 for information.

Sunday 16

BUTTERFLY SAFARI. The word of the week is "lepidopterist." A title like that couldn't help but pertain to something delicate and obscure, such as that branch of zoology dealing with insects with four membranous wings more or less covered with small scales. Just so happens that's Jim Brock's specialty, and the subject of his book Butterflies of Southeastern Arizona. Brock says the abundant nectar of summer wildflowers supports over 100 species of butterflies in one canyon alone. He's hopeful that today's easy excursion through a "lovely riparian canyon" should yield as many as 50 species. Mary Erickson, of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, will lend her expertise to the interpretation of wildflowers. Call Baja's Frontier Tours (887-2340) or Pima Community College (884-6720) for registration and information. Cost is $59, and includes transportation, beverages and snacks.

STAR STRUCK. Crash of the Comet may sound vaguely like the title of an Ed Wood film, but actually it's the far more coherent presentation by comet hunter David Levy, co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. The world-renown starman will give a non-technical overview of last summer's spectacular collision with Jupiter, including slides of this cosmic blow-out and what the scientific community has learned from it. Tonight's exclusive presentation is sure to entertain and excite your imagination, proving yet again that truth is much stranger than fiction...the reference to Ed Wood films notwithstanding. An informal reception will follow the 5:30 p.m. presentation, allowing guests an opportunity to meet Mr. Levy. Tickets are $25 and include entry in a raffle for an evening of star viewing with Mr. Levy himself. Proceeds will fund Flandrau and Project Artist youth programs. Flandrau Science Center is located on the north side of the UA mall east of Cherry Street. Call 621-4515 during business hours for reservations and information.

Monday 17

TELLING TALES. Artist Syd Clayton-Seeber's life reads like an epic tale of adventure, from a modeling and television career in San Diego and New York in the early '50s, through a son's illness in the '60s that would necessitate moving the family to Tucson's desert clime. The energetic Seeber supported her family by working as a disc jockey and television movie hostess, and later as the owner of a public relations firm and publisher. Her own health problems in the '80s would force her to close shop, ushering in a new devotion to painting. "A bout with cancer forced me to give up painting in my chosen medium, as chemotherapy and the odor of oils and turpentine did not agree with my system," she says of her switch to watercolor.

Her latest show, Tales of the Story Tellers, includes a series of faux stone pieces she calls "Petroglimpses" as well as several watercolors depicting the storyteller theme "as they might be seen through the eyes of Picasso, Dalí and Miro." See Seeber's works between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily, through July 31, in the Career Center of Pima Community College East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road; or on-line at http://www.asu.edu/wwol.

Tuesday 18

PUPPY LOVE. Due to a kid-oriented marketing campaign that was way off the mark, Fluke stands to be one of the most underrated films of the summer. True, loosely told this is the story of a man who is reincarnated as a dog. But this movie is hardly kid stuff. The second cinematic effort by Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei (Flight of the Innocent), Fluke plays off similar themes of survival and karmic redemption in a well-crafted tale that will have even the most skeptical among you holding your breath and blinking back the tears. There are some wonderful cinematic sequences, from a kinetic journey through a possible life-between-life, to a "pup's eye" view of emerging anew into the world of men. Go see this film, and you'll never look at your pet in quite the same way again.

Fluke is showing at El Con AMC Theater, 3601 E. Broadway. Call 881-1696 for showtimes.

Wednesday 19

WATCH THE SKIES. With the X-Files into the summer re-runs, you'll have to rely on your own imagination to imagine what's out there this summer. While the chances of naming your own comet or having a close encounter of the first kind (that's a saucer sighting in official extra-terrestrial lingo) are not likely to come to pass, Flandrau Science Center's Michael Terenzoni has kindly compiled a list of more dependable cosmic phenomena: Look high in the south after sunset for a very bright "star" and you'll find Jupiter, paired with the nearby red supergiant star Antares; Mars is visible as a fairly bright pale orange-red star in the western sky after sunset; and for early risers, Saturn continues to climb in the pre-dawn sky--look for a white star high in the south one hour before sunrise. If you're wondering why on Earth you'd want to beat the sun out of bed to look through a telescope, remind yourself that Saturn's rings won't again be visible to amateur astronomers until 1996.

Flandrau Science Center, on the UA campus, offers free nighttime telescope viewing from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, providing the sky is clear. Call 621-4515 for information.

Photo 1: Singing a different tune: The affable Sal Valdivia joins pianist Lisa Otey in the TKMA Tuesday Night Showcase, opening at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, in the SWCM Acoustic Café, 2175 N. Sixth Ave.

Photo 2: Comet's tale: World-renown comet hunter David Levy presents Crash of the Comet at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at Flandrau Science Center on the UA campus. Photo by Keith Shreiber.

Photo 3: Spectral appearance: Phantom Limbs shake a leg Friday evening, July 14, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.

Photo 4: Tall Tales: Artist Syd Clayton-Seeber's faux stone works highlight Tales of the Story Tellers, on display through July 31 at PCC East Campus Career Center, 8181 E. Irvington Road.

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