August 24 - August 30, 1995

City Week

Thursday 24

JUST FOR THE RECORD. Wean yourself off that radio talk show crap and decide for yourself what it means to be an American by taking part in the "National Conversation," a nationwide effort to foster community discussion about "our nation's identity, direction and the values that unite and separate us." The Arizona Humanities Council is sponsoring a series of community forums in Tucson regarding Immigrant Culture, Values and Identity in Arizona. Program includes monthly conversations, a community survey, conversations via interactive television and a state-wide discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frances FitzGerald.

An orientation meeting for those interested in participating in the six-month program will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. For additional information call The Maverick Institute at 622-2279.

Friday 25

BORDERLANDS THEATRE. Lonely Planet, by Steven Dietz, won the 1993 PEN Center West Playwrights Award and was named "Best Play of the Season" by the Seattle Times. This touching portrait of two men dealing with the ravages of AIDS departs from the majority of gay-themed and AIDS plays by concentrating on two platonic friends: Jody, a map shop owner "on the oldest street in an American city;" and Carl, his hyperactive friend. Dietz examines "the emotional perils of a society defined by alienation rather than community and celebrates the mysteries of coming together when the world is falling apart." A set design utilizing an array of donated, empty chairs symbolizes the legacy of those who have died prematurely of AIDS complications. A portion of the donated chairs will highlight a silent auction, continuing through the run of the play, to benefit PACT for Life, Shanti and TAP.

Lonely Planet continues through September 3 with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, at PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Advance tickets range from $6 to $10 and are available at the PCC West cashier's office, Antigone Books and Jeff's Classical Records. Call 882-7406 for reservations and information.

Saturday 26

WHO'S NELLIE CASHMAN? Only in the historic mining town of Tombstone will you find a spectacle like Nellie Cashman Day, which sounds like the set of Little House on the Prairie come to life. But it just so happens that the birthday of this "heroic and liberated woman of the 1880s" falls on the eve of Women's Equality Day, which this year marks the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. So pick the best reason of three to head out on Highway 80 south to Tombstone City Park for a full day of eating, dancing and general revelry. The day opens with cake judging at 10 a.m. with live music by "Simple Gifts." A pancake race follows at 11:30 a.m. at the Visitor's Center on Allen Street, with local restaurateurs dressed 1880s style and flipping pancakes as they run toward the finish line at the historic Nellie Cashman Restaurant on the corner of Fifth and Toughnut streets.

Other events include a tribute, "Stalwart of the Last Frontier--Nellie Cashman," an auction for a box social luncheon (hey, just like in Oklahoma!), a cake walk from the morning's contest (at 10 cents per taste), a Women's Suffrage Parade, 1880s fashion show by Tombstone's Vigilettes, a trolley-tour of historic homes and 1880s-style children's games "for willing participants." We don't think that includes sending them down a mine shaft. Top off the day with a "traditional roast pork dinner" from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nellie Cashman Restaurant, or a "hiss and boo" action play called Treachery at Cartilage Creek or Our Hero Has a Bone to Pick, presented by the Repertory Theatre Group at 8 p.m. at Schieffelin Hall. Proceeds from all events provide scholarships for women. Call (520) 457-3929 for information.

POETIC JUSTICE. What can you say about a production that starts out with a quote by William Faulkner: "The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself"? Dreamtime/Dreamwalker, by Virginia Ikeda, is part poetry reading as well as dramatic production. The two-character play revolves around women poets, a generation apart, who fall in love. Ikeda describes her characters as " a manipulative, moody Gen-Xer and the other a stable, academic Baby Boomer...renewed through poetry." Staged readings of Dreamtime/Dreamwalker are at 1 and 8 p.m. in the Cabaret Room of the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. A $5 donation at the door is requested. Call 884-4875 for information.

RHYTHM IN YOUR SOUL. "Drums Around the World," an unprecedented evening of percussive entertainment by three unique music groups, marks time from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Café Sweetwater, 340 E. Sixth St. Mama Ritmo, a women's drumming group under the direction of Barbara Bird, will lead off the evening with an eclectic set of West African, Caribbean and original drum songs accompanied by singing and dancing. Next, Aché Pa'Ti blends folkloric vocal harmonies with the sensuous and exciting rhythms of Afro-Cuban rumba; and rounding out the evening is the popular Bahia and northwestern Brazilian music of Sounds of Brazil. Best of all, admission to this global sampling of ensemble drumming is free.

Sunday 27

MESSAGE OF HOPE. Some describe Anne Frank as "an ordinary girl who lived during extraordinary times." But she has since become the poster child for combating prejudice and intolerance throughout the world; and, in the spirit of the exhibit, of the triumph of mankind's goodness over its cruelty. Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945, is a traveling international exhibit including more than 600 photographs and documents. The exhibit was created in 1985 by the Anne Frank Center in Amsterdam and makes its first Arizona appearance in Tucson on a tour including Europe, Asia and the Americas. The exhibit, which is in both English and Spanish, will also include materials from the Arizona Historical Society and Bloom Archives documenting the life and times of folks in Southern Arizona. Exhibit co-chair Ruthann Pozez says it "will juxtapose Anne Frank's experience with the experience of people in our state during the same time." The award-winning videotapes Just A Diary and Dear Kitty will also be shown.

This expanded exhibit, entitled A Message of Hope: Anne Frank in the World, continues through September 22 at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. Says co-chair Essie Nadler, "It brings the message that within each person there is the capacity for tolerance, understanding and trust." Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Admission and parking are free.

Monday 28

YOU CAN TOO. We don't mean to sound like your mother, but it's time to clean out your closet. Goodwill Industries and the Community Food Bank are entering into the final week of the fourth annual Cans and Clothes for Our Community project, and since--we assure you--it's an unusually quiet night in the Old Pueblo, now's as good a time as any to weed out those forgotten clothes or part with that family-sized can of baked beans in the back of the pantry. No matter how humble your budget, you undoubtedly have some article better employed by one of our less fortunate community members. Clothing and non-perishable food donations will be collected through August 31 at all SUBWAY sandwich shops in Tucson.

Tuesday 29

QUNTRON AND FLOSSIE. "I hope it fits," says Luna Loca Café booking manager Nadia Hagen. She's referring to her latest engagement on the café's increasingly bizarre and wonderful entertainment calendar, Quntron and Flossie and the Unicorns' Puppet Show, featuring a one-man band, puppet show and exotic organ music. "It's huge. Really monstrous," says Hagen of the full-size church organ Quntron has hauled from his Louisiana home to clubs all over the country. "There's definitely a New Orleans influence," she muses. You mean the music, we ask? "No," she says, "the puppets." Flossie is a puppet, the "right-hand man," so to speak, in a host of what Hagen calls "small, cute-but-frightening hand puppets." Viewer discretion is advised. While the bulk of the show, organ notwithstanding, remains a mystery, Quntron clearly has some extraordinary events in mind. Seattle-based Bare Minimum opens the show at 9 p.m. with a jazzy grunge that's "hard, loud and melodiously lyrical." Cover is $4 at the door. Call 882-4488 for information.

Wednesday 30

PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY. Tucsonan Cy Lehrer has been photographing since 1959, and has a host of one-man exhibits to his credit at museums, universities and galleries nationwide. His latest show, Places of Ha'Shoah ("Holocaust"), is a stark, dramatic journey through sites in Prague, Theresienstadt, Cracow, Auschwitz/Birkenau and Budapest "devoid of human imagery" to convey the "dark, incomprehensible crimes perpetuated in these places." Three works, made in 1983 in Berlin and Dachau, will be presented for the first time in this 44-piece show accompanying the Anne Frank Message of Hope exhibit. Lehrer's works will be featured tonight in an artist's reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the JCC Gallery, 3800 E. River Road. Exhibit continues through September 22. Call 299-3000 for information.

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