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WHITE DOVE'S REDEMPTION. There was a time not long ago when the Mission San Xavier del Bac stood in crumbling disrepair, its statues smeared by centuries of soot and dust, its ornate trimmings ensconced behind the general malaise of neglect.
But today, thanks to a cadre of "angels" funded by the Patronato San Xavier, the White Dove of the Desert has been brought back to resplendent life. It commemorates its 200th anniversary with Angels of Restoration: San Xavier del Bac, now on display at the Arizona Historical Society Museum. The collection includes photos of the restoration work still taking place, and timeless portraits of the mission's rich past.
Exhibit runs through December, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 tonight in the AHS Museum, 949 E. Second St. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For details, call 628-5774.
CUMULUS CROWD. Fourth Avenue continues to spite Mother Nature with its Monsoon Madness summer music series. These free concerts are drawing ever-bigger, very mixed crowds, offering the chance for you and yours to enjoy the avenue's funky environs as July's dark clouds sulk overhead. Tonight, Nicole Stein, Malfunkshun, and LD and the Funkateers hit the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Winsett Park stage, Fourth Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets. For information, call 624-5004.
NOSE JOB. The lying little puppet toting a deceitfully aroused proboscis returns to the Old Pueblo in Arizona Youth Theater's charming production of Pinocchio. Performed by kids, teens and adults, this timeless tale packs a moral wallop--fibbing is a generally rotten practice, and one that would probably have most of us facing regular nasal enlargement.
Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday in the Arizona Youth Theater, 5671 E. Speedway. Tickets are $6, $4 for kids, and available by calling 546-9805.
DIFFERENT TUNES. Just because they undertake the grave task of saving wilderness highlands from loggers, space bums and various government agencies, that doesn't mean members of the Sky Island Alliance don't enjoy an occasional chuckle.
There'll be plenty on the plate tonight, as the Alliance hosts a visit by melodic rib-tickler Bill Oliver. Described as an "intrepid troubadour, humorist and wordsmith," Oliver is known for such ribald classics as "Condo," "Get Along Litter Doggie" and "Please Don't Leave the Water Running When You Wash the Dog." Joining him will be Tucson's own Scotty Johnson, returning to the Baked Apple after three years in Hawaiian exile.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in the Soundings of the Planet courtyard, 3054 N. First Ave. Admission is $5. For details, call 884-0883.
GET INTO SYNC. Some 200 of Tucson's top aquatic tikes take to the concrete-lined depths in the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department's annual synchronized swimming extravaganza. The theme of this year's paddle-fest is "Childhood Dreams." That means a bunch of water babies, ages 6 to 18, will create visions of what they'd like to be when they grow up, performing underwater ballet to music representing various professions. Enjoy their liquid moves at 7 p.m. in the Fort Lowell Pool, 2900 N. Craycroft Road. Admission is free. Call 791-4245 for information.
MASONITE IN FLIGHT. His work has been called one of "the purest examples of ideal or absolute art ever executed." Within the oil-on-masonite abstract pieces of Joseph Maruska, viewers will find earthly palettes encompassing a broad scope of emotions, integrating numerous elements of color, composition, texture and form.
Joseph Maruska: New Paintings is on display through September 6 at the José Galvez Gallery, 743 N. Fourth Ave. Meet the artist at an opening reception from 7 to 10 tonight. Reception features a reading by local author Jay Rochlin, from his recently published book Race and Class on Campus. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 5 to 8 p.m. during Downtown Saturday Nights. Call 624-6878 for details.
NOCTURNAL RHAPSODY. The city once again opens its concrete heart with another Downtown Saturday Night. Topping tonight's agenda is the Tucson Poetry Crawl, beginning at 7 p.m. on Fourth Avenue and running the gamut of downtown's literary hot-spots. (See this week's Media Mix column for details.) And Laura Cone will be featured at the Tucson Musicians' Showcase, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Winsett Park, located on Fourth Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets.
That's in addition to all the groovy galleries and restaurants open throughout downtown for your viewing and chowing pleasure. For information, call 624-9977.
NEW DIGS. The guardians of botanical integrity at Native Seeds/SEARCH have new offices on Fourth Avenue, and they're inviting everyone to be part of the opening celebration. (See related story in this week's Currents section.)
True to its name, the group promotes traditional Southwestern farming methods and the use of native crop seeds grown and stored at its Alvernon Way headquarters. Now members hope their downtown digs will help elevate their underground profile a bit. "Thanks to our new location, we can play a more active role in the community," says Executive Director Angelo Joaquin, Jr. "We can share our conservation message with thousands of new Tucsonans."
The action will include light refreshments, and a look at the group's new retail outlet. The grand-opening celebration runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at NS/S, 526 N. Fourth Ave. Call 327-9123 for details.
HIGHLAND RENDEZVOUS. Baja's Frontier Tours shares its explorational skill with a foray to the Santa Catalina Mountains. Bob Bingham, Mary Erickson and Piet Van de Mark lead the excursion into our nearby--and delightfully cool--"sky island."
Besides being home to an incredible smorgasbord of flora and fauna, the mountains also present a broad geological tableau. Erickson, a botanist, will interpret plant communities from desert scrub to mixed conifers perched at altitudes of 9,000 feet. Geologist Bingham, meanwhile, tackles the range from the surface down.
This is a tour-by-van, with no extensive hiking involved, and transportation from Tucson is included. Bring your own lunch. Event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $49, and reservations are required. Call 887-2340.
BLUE TO THE BONE. Sure, Ozzy Osbourne drags in the motley crew, and Keanu Reeves embarks from his velvet tour bus to portray a grizzled musician. But when it's the real American McCoy you're after, nothing is truer--or bluer--than the homegrown form called bluegrass.
As testimony to the durability of hillbilly, the Desert Bluegrass Association will hold its monthly jam at another keeper of the faith called the Texas T-Bone Restaurant. Everyone with a musical bone to pick is invited to listen or join in. Free jam runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at Texas T-Bone, 8981 E. Tanque Verde Road, in the Bear Canyon Shopping Center. For details, call 743-7086.
DRY LONESOME. Max Hammond was born in Salt Lake City, and it was the region's eerie, arid salt flats that first inspired his visual exploration of the naturally surreal. Later journeys ranging from Arizona to Central and South America added to his work, both stylistically and philosophically.
His richly colored, evocative abstract oil paintings rely on emotional response and subtle, personal metaphor in the artist's latest exhibit, Desert Solitaire. Heavily textured and layered, the pieces are often highlighted with incised, childlike marks and random dashes of brilliant color. Alternating between a sense of whimsy and the human psyche's darker reaches, the work sensuously explores both the visceral and emotional qualities of the abstracted, painted surface.
Desert Solitaire is on display through August 11, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 25, in the Union Gallery, located on the first floor of the UA Memorial Student Union. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, call 621-6142.
KINDRED LIVES. Being a teen in today's world can be rugged going. And rare is the documentary that tackles such trauma with true heart and respect. Fortunately, filmmakers Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio break new ground with Girls Like Us, shown as part of Public Televison's award-winning POV (Point of View) series.
Following four years of filming in South Philadelphia, the pair introduces us to Raelene's struggles with parenting and Anne's coping with her newfound sexuality. We see DeYona coming to terms with catastrophic loss, and Lisa entering the thorny world of relationships. Through it all, Wagner and DiFeliciantonio render a portrait that celebrates the power, fragility and drama of adolescence with uncommon patience and respect. The result is a rare peek into a world that's too often ignored, an airing of singular voices too regularly dismissed.
Girls Like Us shows at 10:30 p.m. on KUAT, Channel 6.
AUTO REVERSE. Is your neighborhood built more for cars than people? Do you yearn for something beyond the cul-de-sac riddled wasteland the urban Southwest is rapidly becoming?
There is an alternative, and the non-profit Tucson Neighborhood Development Corporation is working hard to make it happen. Its goal is to build a new 30-home community smack in the middle of town, one encouraging both strong neighborly ties and a feeling of safety. Today, the group hosts a free slide show and presentation of its plans in the Himmel Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Childcare will be provided. Call 570-6052 for details.
BIGGER PICTURE. The Arizona Historical Society continues its look through the official viewfinder with Our Legacy: Reflections of Arizona Leaders.
The lecture series asks elected leaders on its roster to present their perspectives of coming times. This week the task falls to state representatives Freddy Hershberger and Ramon Valadez.
Lecture is 7 p.m. in the AHS Museum, 949 E. Second St. Admission is $5, $3 for students. For information, call 628-5774.
WING IT. Easter Seals will hold its third-annual Wingfest to raise cash for kids and adults with disabilities. Twenty Tucson restaurants and lounges are flying into the chicken-tasting fray, and participating consumers will help decide the burning question: Who dishes up the best-tasting and hottest wings in town?
Event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Tucson East Hilton, 7800 E. Broadway. Tickets are available for $5 at participating restaurants, or $6 at the door. Call 745-5222 for a listing of restaurants and other details.
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