August 3 - August 9, 1995

City Week

Thursday 3

VIDEO LOCAL. The VideoTENSIONS series concludes tonight with a showcase of local talent entitled "VideoLOCAL." While the jury is still out mulling over the entries, series coordinator Vicki Dempsey says she's excited about the overall quality of work. "The showcase may end up being somewhat of a departure from the socio-political theme, but one of the series' goals is to encourage the art of video for local's important to see what they're doing." What they seem to be doing so far includes everything from a two-minute dance piece to a portrait of a local activist. Dempsey breaks down submitted works into broad categories of documentary, personal expression and portraits of local people. Up to two hours of tape will be chosen, with most videos ranging from two to 25 minutes.

The VideoTensions series concludes with tonight's 7:30 screening at the UA Modern Languages Building auditorium. Admission is free. An artist reception will precede the screening. Call 621-7352 for information.

Friday 4

GET CAUGHT IN The Net. She's survived Speed, being engaged to a stranger in a coma (While You Were Sleeping) and the obligatory Late Night interview-from-hell on Letterman. But tonight Sandra Bullock faces an Orwellian future in which the difference between life and death is determined by RAM...or is it ROM? Whatever. The Net will have sci-fi fans and computer phobics frozen over their popcorn wondering of those words from the previews are true: "They did it to me...They're gonna do it to you."

See Bullock single-handedly battle cybervillains and governmental conspiracies at Catalina and Century Gateway theaters. See Film Times for information.

Saturday 5

DOES A BODY GOOD. For those of you who never make it out of bed to see the sunrise, today's your lucky day. La Leche League International celebrates World Breast-feeding Week with a one-mile World Walk along the David Bell Bike Path at Reid Park, on Alvernon Way between Broadway and 22nd Street, followed by a no-host breakfast at the Doubletree Inn. The walkers will depart from the trail head at 5:30 a.m., a presumably reasonable hour for new parents of hungry babies.

"(The walk) is as much to raise awareness as to raise money," says event coordinator Angela McCormick-Owen. Walkers will be promoting the League's goal to increase the incidence and duration of Breastfeeding worldwide, a lofty goal considering less than 40 percent of mothers in the United States leave the hospital breastfeeding, and most quit after six weeks.

The economic and health benefits are enormous, considering the average cost for formula alone for the first year is $830; and women who breastfeed for one year have a 64 percent lower incidence of pre-menopausal breast cancer. Most important are the health benefits to the baby, both physical and emotional. Unlike formula, an artificial substance which tries to mimic breast milk as closely as possible, breast milk actually changes to meet the needs of the baby.

"It's so surprising to me that more women don't (breastfeed)," says Owen, who counsels working mothers who want to breastfeed. "The main reason (La Leche) is so important is that we offer ongoing support. Women today aren't around other breast feeding mothers. Earlier in the century, extended families learned from each other. It is a learned art, and that's where the League comes in, setting women up for success. Despite information to the contrary, it's very obvious that as long as you have a nipple you can breast feed. It's actually possible to induce lactation even without a uterus or ovaries. And the ability to completely nurture your child is very empowering."

World Breastfeeding Week continues through August 7. For information on breastfeeding and League meetings, call 721-2516.

POETRY IN BLACK. Poet James Oliver is a classically trained actor who has performed all the way from Broadway to Hollywood. His one-man show, Poetry in Black, is a moving, dramatic journey through a long history of poetry by African Americans. Oliver speaks in character, including the voices of God, the preacher, mother, farmer, child and auctioneer. The one-hour show starts at 7 p.m. at the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $10, available at Western Medical, 5426 E. Pima St. All proceeds will assist Third St. Kids' attendance and performance at the fourth International Abilympics conference in Perth, Australia.

DOWNTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT. After the sun sets, come out of hiding and head downtown for a soothing evening of arts and music in the Arts District. Start of with roots rock, jazz, folk and funk with Hipster Dogma, performing from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Ronstadt Transit Center, Sixth Avenue and Congress Street. A double bill with alternative groove hounds Room and Max Waxi, the "space-rock jam band," starts at 7:30 p.m. on Scott Avenue between Congress and Pennington streets. Percussion ensemble One Heartbeat will belt out "cool rhythms of the night" from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Pennington Street; and John Todd's Jazz in the Boxx opens at 7:30 p.m. at Winsette Park on Fourth Avenue.

Gallery events include openings at Meliora Architectural Gallery (see preview under Monday's listing), 178 E. Broadway, and Berta Wright Gallery Shops, 260 E. Congress St.; short film screenings at Bero Gallery, 41 S. Sixth Ave.; and abstract and still life drawing demonstrations at Studio 220, 220 E. Broadway.

The Screening Room's 10 p.m. "late night" screening is Thirteen Ghosts, a "tongue-in-cheek spook opera about a nice American family that inherits a Victorian mansion." Admission is $4, and includes special glasses that make the mansion's ghosts visible to the human eye. Call 622-2262 for information.

For information on the Arts District and Downtown Saturday Night events, call 624-9977.

SUMMER HARVEST. The Harvesting of the Vine Festival reaps havoc on the cool, foothills village of Elgin, in the heart of Arizona wine country, from 11 to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, August 6. Here at the base of the Mustang Mountains, near Sonoita, folks have gathered for the past 11 years to celebrate Arizona's oldest wine festival and fund scholarships for area students. Tickets are $12.50 and include wine tasting, souvenir wine glass, tour of local wineries, live music, chicken or steak lunch and a grape stomping contest. Call (520) 455-5613 for directions and information.

Sunday 6

ATOMIC BLAST. On the anniversary of the 1945 bombing, Valley Fever Community Opera and a.k.a. Theatre present The Rescued, "a song cycle by James Jordan about American P.O.W.s at the Hiroshima bombsite." This fictionalized telling recounts the true experience of rescued crew members from an American B-29 bomber plane, downed near the coast of Japan two days after the Hiroshima bombing. The men faced certain execution--once by the fishermen who saved them and again by a crowd of bystanders--if not for the intervention of a Japanese captain, Nobuichi Fukui. Captain Fukui spared their lives that the Americans would see with their own eyes the devastation caused by the bomb, including the final days with two American P.O.W.s--the only two to survive the initial blast--as they died slowly from radiation poisoning.

The production features members of The Resonars and Birthworm, and will have two performances: The 1 p.m. show will open with a performance by Ted Warmbrand; and Valerie Taylor will lead off the 5 p.m. show with a reading of her poetry. Tickets are $4, $3 for low-income individuals, available at the door. Call 881-5893 for information.

MONSOON MADNESS. Join the Tucson In-line Sk8 Club from 6:30 to 10 a.m. for the first Monsoon Madness in-line skate event, in the parking lot at Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. A "fun roller" 5K Citizen's race starts at 7 a.m., for "people who want to check it out, but don't want to race with the pros." A 30K Elite race follows at 7:30 a.m. This is a fast course, long, flat and smooth. Non-skaters will appreciate the "spectator friendly" one-mile loop, allowing racers to make multiple passes. If you're into skating, this is a great way to break into the sport and check out the club.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. for 7 a.m. racetime, and will continue until 7 a.m. for the 7:30 a.m. 30k Elite race. Fee is $20. All levels of skaters welcome. Participants 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent. Call 744-3792 for information.

Monday 7

MELIORA GALLERY. Meliora Architectural Gallery, 178 E. Broadway, will showcase projects by graduating UA architecture students throughout August and September. Featured works include the 1995 Ronald R. Gourley Award for Design Excellence, "Slipstream off Speedway," by Molly McKnight. The project combines architectural and landscape design for a proposed outdoor auditorium, restaurant and art gallery at the southwest intersection of Alvernon Way and Speedway. Criteria for selection included "respect for the earth and positive integration with the local environment," and was chosen for its "simplicity, clarity, honesty, integrity and naturalness." Other nominated UA student projects on display include "Tucson Film Studio" by Jason Holleb and "Architectural Services Center" by Anthony Amidei. "Transformations," a design exercise by students in their first professional year of architecture, will also highlight the exhibit.

Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 to 10 p.m. Downtown Saturday Nights. Call 792-9544 for information.

Tueday 8

LIZARD LAND. They greet us on the backyard wall, in the garage, on the clothesline, and under the mesquite tree. At times they're no more than a rustling in a nearby bush...and no less than a wriggling tail delivered by a bewildered cat. But the best times are when we catch them sunning on open ground or sleeping under a shady rock. Now they've become the true proprietors of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, where during the warm months the plants, pathways, boulders, berms and buildings transform the Botanical Gardens into a reptilian Club-Med.

The gardens pay tribute to lizards with colorful tiles depicting the six species found on the grounds, and a new brochure entitled The Official Guide to the Lizards of Tucson Botanical Gardens, free with admission. TBG, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $3, $2 for seniors. Children under 12 are free. Call 326-9686 for information.

Wednesday 9

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT. Fotografía, a group exhibition by local photographers Robert Martinique, Franc Moore, Elaine Querry and Jeffrey Scott, opens this week with a broad range of documentary-style images focusing on Mexico and Southern Arizona. Included are timeless depictions of the Bajío region of Guanajato, a series of vaqueros from Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora, hand-colored prints capturing Southern Arizona and classic black and whites of Mexico. From Scott, a Weekly contributor who will be showing his works for the first time, to Moore, a professional photographer since 1953, the show should lend an interesting mix of historic and artistic perspectives.

Fotografía continues through August 26 at José Galvez Gallery, 743 N. Fourth Ave. Regular gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Downtown Saturday Nights and by appointment.

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