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Thursday 20

WAGES OF LOVE. Love can exact a toll far beyond heartache, a fact noted by the Arizona Women's Political Caucus in a forum titled Viagra and Birth Control: Is Your Sex Covered by Insurance?

City Week When Viagra exploded onto the scene amidst an orgasm of hype, there was an outcry to make it widely available--and to make insurance companies foot the bill. Lost in the excitement was the fact that common reproductive healthcare products and services--like birth control pills, abortions and vasectomies--are often excluded from insurance coverage.

The panel will explore this injustice. Featured speakers will include Ann Hernandez Urban, assistant research scientist at the UA College of Pharmacy; Bridget Riceci, social worker with the UA College of Medicine Rural Health Office; and Karen Ford Manza, health benefits and payments administrator.

Free event runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the Main Library's downstairs meeting room, 101 N. Stone Ave. Bring lunch. For information, call 297-3422.

GET GREEN. Working with nature rather than against it makes common sense, whether it results in lowered utility bills or overall healthier communities. That point is driven home when permaculturalist extraordinaire Brad Lancaster hosts a slide introduction to his vocation.

For the uninitiated, permaculture simply means designing your home or community to be sustainable, easy to maintain, and appropriate for the environment. In these parts, that means adding plants suited to arid climates, along with water harvesting, recycling, composting and gardening systems.

His free lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Pima Friends Meeting House, 931 N. Fifth Ave. Call 572-1672 for more information.

TAKING CHARGE. Learn to boss others around so smoothly they won't even notice, when Michael Zakis presents his Effective Personal Leadership seminar.

Zakis owns Higher Vista Management Training. His program will help you become a leader and top goal-setter, producing concrete benefits in your profession, home, and every other facet of your life.

Free seminar runs from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. For details, call 886-6588

Friday 21

DASTARDLY DUO. Despicable behavior can come in pairs. That point is driven home in identical spades when ill-intentioned twins travel the path of evil in Shifted Gaze, by Tucson playwright Mark Brady.

Performances are at 7 tonight and tomorrow in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Performances continue at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29, with
4 o'clock matinees on Sundays, August 23 and 30. Tickets are $10, with discounts available for students, seniors and the disabled. Call 293-5397 for reservations and information.

BUTT-KICKER. If you have a tough time rising from your duff to get things done, Resources for Women aims to help, with a lecture titled Business Procrastination Styles: How to Conquer Yours and Get Things Done.

Marilyn Osborn of Organized Solutions LLC will help you identify your own personal procrastination groove, and teach you techniques to be more productive.

Lecture runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in El Parador Restaurant, 2744 E. Broadway. Cost is $14, $12 for RFW members. Reservations are required. Call 388-8810 for reservations and other information.

Saturday 22

IN ERNEST. It seems he's always been belting out the blues, and perhaps he has. In fact, Ernest Baker--better known as King Earnest--spent some 30 years on the Chicago blues and R&B scene, learning his chops from legends Junior Park and Bobby "Blue" Bland. He leans towards the old Duke/Peacock sound, and when he warms up the chords, he comes closest to Howlin' Wolf, with a healthy dose of James Brown thrown into the mix.

Now King Ernest and his Taildraggers roll into Tucson as part of the Courtyard Concert Series. Performance begins at
8 p.m. in Plaza Palomino, 2970 N. Swan Road. Advance tickets are $12, available at Hear's Music, Piney Hollow and Plaza Palomino, Suite 219. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call 297-9133 for information.

YOLK YA-YAS. You may prefer them over-easy, scrambled or poached. No matter your preference, the perfect egg is indeed art.

In the Ukraine, however, that notion is taken a step further--a fact highlighted by a Ukrainian egg workshop at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. These foreign-inspired baubles sport elaborate patterns produced by a batik process. Instructor Susan Corl teaches the craft, involving melted beeswax, alternating colors applied by a pen-like tool, and lots of candles.

Workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the TBG, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Cost is $40, $35 for members, and pre-registration is required. For registration and other information, call 326-9686.

SCENT OF A TIRE. The smell of rain competes with the scent of burning rubber when the horsepower lets loose at Tucson Raceway Park. Tonight's action heats up as NASCAR super late models, grand American modifieds, mighty compacts and factory stocks take to the tracks under billowing August skies.

Gates open at 3 p.m., qualifying is at
6 p.m., and racing starts at 7 p.m. at Tucson Raceway Park, located on the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors and military, free for children ages 11 and under. For details, call 762-9200.

Sunday 23

BOTTLE OF WINE, LOAF OF BREAD. Get a taste of the good life when the American Institute of Wine and Food dishes up great chow and fine wine, with proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund for young chefs--a cause we all should support for obvious reasons.

Featured wines will be from the Robert Mondavi vineyard. Hors d'oeuvres will be served with Fumé Blanc, followed by a three-course dinner paired with wines. Guest speaker and wine aficionado Paul Nardiccio will discuss the sweet nectar's subtler qualities.

Uncork your Epicurean fantasies at 4 p.m. at Pastiche, 3025 N. Campbell Ave. Cost is $55, $45 for AIWF members. For reservations and information, call 749-4215.

FLUID FRUGALITY. For years Casa del Agua has been reminding us that we live in the desert, mostly by displaying the most innovative techniques available for preserving water in these arid parts.

Run by the UA Office of Arid Lands Studies, the hushed little house across the street from bustling Tucson Mall includes information about indoor water conservation, xeriscape, rainwater harvesting, and gray-water systems.

Free tours are offered on the hour from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, excluding holidays, at Casa del Agua, 4366 N. Stanley Place. Call 887-1185 to arrange special student and group presentations.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT. A pair of creative entities team up for the annual party benefiting downtown's Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery. Barrio Grill serves up great food for this "rib-tickling" soirée. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be followed by a barbecue dinner, margaritas, live music, and a chance to win a piece of prime work by Tucson artist Eric Twachtman.

Event is 6 p.m. in Barrio Grill, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Cost is $35 per person, $60 per couple. For reservations and information, call 751-6793.

Monday 24

RHYTHMIC RASCAL. Long-time local jazz man Jeff Haskell, a.k.a. the "Rascal," gets down on the ivories as part of Cottonwood Café's Summer of Jazz series.

Perched behind a baby grand, Haskell is known to fire up everything from swing to Dixieland, all with that polished flow for which the Rascal is known.

Haskell performs from 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Cottonwood Café, 60 N. Alvernon Way. Cover is $3, $2 for KUAT, TJS and Tucson Racquet Club members. Call 326-6000 for details.

PERMANENT PICTURES. A hand-picked panel of artists, arts professionals, prominent community folks and city officials recently reviewed more than 200 works by 53 Tucson artists. When the creative dust had cleared, this band of luminaries had made a providential decision, picking Eleanor Kohloss' "Ft. Lowell Historic District," and Gary Swimmer's "Event With Blue" as permanent additions to the city's Portable Art Collection. Tonight, Kohloss and Swimmer will be honored with a special reception in the offices of City Councilman Fred Ronstadt.

The city's permanent art collection has grown to include seven works. In addition to the paintings in Ronstadt's office, pieces are on display in the Ward 1 and 2 offices, and on the 10th floor of City Hall. They all focus on the visual vocabulary, cultural heritage and thematic elements of the Old Pueblo.

This afternoon's reception for Kohloss and Swimmer will gather at 5 p.m. in the Ward 6 City Council Office, 2205 E. Speedway. For information, call 791-4601.

Tuesday 25

BATTER UP. Watch Tucson's favorite bat boys tear up the turf as the Sidewinders take on Fresno tonight in some top-notch Pacific Coast League Play. Game time is
7 p.m. in Tucson Electric Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Admission is $4, $3 for military, seniors, and children ages 6 to 16. For details, call 434-1000.

INSIDE OUT. Downtown Tucson's lovely little Central Arts Collective opens its doors and shares wall space for the latest works by a trio of powerful artists in an exhibit titled Starting From Within.

The gallery is showcasing cast bronze sculptures by Phoenix artist Mary Bates. She's joined by Tucson artists Carl Rald and Ted Springer. Rald produces watercolor and mixed-media landscapes, while Springer specializes in mixed-media and sculpture.

Exhibit runs through August 29 in the Central Arts Collective, 188 E. Broadway. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m. during Downtown Saturday Nights. For information, call 623-5883.

Wednesday 26

BLUE LAGOON. The story is simple and timeless: a young girl falls in love on a Caribbean island. Propelled by the Gods, she undertakes a journey testing the depth of her passion in Once On This Island.

Reminiscent of The Little Mermaid, the tale is retold by a group of Caribbean peasants riding out a violent storm. Their imagination and faith, revealed through poetic dialogue, music and dance, brings the young girl's odyssey to life.

Taken from the novel My Love, My Love, by Trinidadian writer Rosa Guy, the drama was later set to music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the same team that landed a 1998 Tony Award for their Ragtime score.

Produced by Playwrights Horizons in New York, the work initially opened to invited audiences in 1989. By the following April, it was brought to the public amidst great acclaim.

Now Borderlands Theater brings Once On This Island to Tucson. Directed by Chris Wilken and choreographed by Barbea Williams, the show features an African-American cast of singers, actors, dancers and musicians, including Myiia Watson-Davis, Damon Bolling, Comel Belin, Sean Tinsley, David Hemthill, Ellen Benton, Regina Wills, David Shaw, Kyra Sellman and Thomas Kivlan.

Preview performances are 8 tonight and tomorrow in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $12, $7 for students. Opening celebration performance is 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $16, or $18 including the reception, with $7 student rush tickets available 15 minutes prior to show time. Regular performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through September 6. Tickets range from $7 to $16, available by calling 882-7406. TW

City Week includes events selected by Calendar Editor Tim Vanderpool. Event information is accurate as of press time. The Weekly recommends calling event organizers to check for last-minute changes in location, time, price, etc. To have material considered, please send complete information at least 11 days prior to the Thursday issue date to: Tucson Weekly, P.O. Box 2429, Tucson, Arizona 85702, or fax information to 792-2096, or email us at

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