Cheap Thrills

MELODIC BURN: If you like your music very warm--as in a south-of-the-border, jalapeño-inspired fire fest, check out Hot and Spicy. Featuring Amilcar Guevara on piano, Mike Levi on bass and Art Rodriguez on percussion, this burning trio haunts the otherwise calm, climate-controlled environs one of Tucson's biggest bookstores.

The free performance begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in Border's Books and Music, 4235 N. Oracle Road. For information, call 292-1331.

Cheap Thrills MONSOONPARTY: Obsidian Gallery defies the storm gods with its annual Outdoor Sculpture Show and Monsoon Party. On the agenda is art, hot dogs and beer. In other words, the very basics of summer.

On display will be some of the finest recent works by some of Tucson's best talents, including Jim Breining, Eric Cooper, Dan Enright and Alfredo Rivera.

Event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with beer and chow from 6 to 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, the gallery is hosting an indoor show featuring everything from sculpture and lamps to fiber works, chairs, mirrors, tables and paintings. Many of the names are the same as the outdoor show, with the addition of several artists, including Diane Schanz, Beata Wehr and Ben Strawn.

Exhibit continues through September 6 at Obsidian Gallery, 4340 N. Campbell Ave., in St. Philip's Plaza. For details, call 577-3598.

TUMBLING TOTS: Events include The Jumpin' Bean, The Baby Juggle, The smile Dance and The Tower of Power. We're talking about the "Lil' Olympics," wherein nearly a zillion carpet crawlers take to the floor to show off their toddler talents of titanic proportions. Sponsored by The Parent Connection, this outing is open to all, and provides parents with ways to learn about appropriate child development activities while involving their kids, from newborns to 5-year-olds, in fun, meaningful play. All tots will receive a participation award, and families can win additional prizes and "goody bags."

The games begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, in the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Registration is $10 per family. To register, call 321-1500. TW

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