BIG DRAW: Downtown's vaunted Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery hosts artists from around the country for its Fourteenth Biennial Invitational Exhibition: Drawing. The names range from Georgia's Edward Arbra and Texas' Tereasa Sanchez-Burgher to Tucson's own Christine Dawdy and Eric Twachtman.

Cheap Thrills And the point is to highlight the not-so-simple act of simply drawing. According to the Dinnerware folks, the word itself "denotes a process and the object that is the result of that process--an active engagement and the tangible results of that engagement." In plain English, that means drawing more readily reveals the physical effort behind the work, makes it more concrete, than does painting.

Exhibit runs from Tuesday, August 12, through September 6, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 16, in the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday. Call 792-4503 for details.

FIELDS OF STEAM: The Tucson Toros hit the ground running when they go up against the Tacoma Rainers on Thursday, August 7. These boys of summer, otherwise known as the Houston Astros' AAA minor league team, tote a big local tradition under their belts. Another crucial aspect of that history--namely ice-cold beer--goes on sale for $1 when KLPX hosts Thirsty Thursday.

Sodas are also a buck, and there will be wieners galore at regular prices. The Toros take to the road next week, so keep in mind that this is your last chance to see Tucson's finest for a couple of weeks.

Game is 7:30 p.m. at the Randolph Park Hi Corbett Field. Admission is $4, $3 for kids. For details, call 325-2621.

OPAQUE ANGST: Downtown's charming little Screening Room presents White, the second in Krzysztof Kieslowki's powerful trilogy exploring the universal ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity. And no, the latter has nothing to do with hordes of rude guys in cute matching coifs.

In White, a Polish barber living in Paris finds his life destroyed when his wife divorces him for not fulfilling his manly duties, and proceeds to lock him out of their shop. Left with little more than his professional licenses and a big suitcase, he spends the night in a subway terminal, where he meets a likewise angst-ridden Pole.

Thus begins an odyssey of redemption that crumbles into the twisted climax of revenge, as he finds both wealth and poverty of the soul in his native Poland.

White shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, and 3, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 10, in the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress. Tickets are $4, $3 for matinees. For details, call 622-2262. TW

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