Cheap Thrills REGIONAL RENDERINGS: Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca is home to some of the world's most beautiful indigenous art. Now a selection of those wonderful pieces has arrived in Tucson as part of a new exhibit in Utterback Middle School's G.A.S.P. Gallery.

Short for "Great Art By Students and Professionals," the gallery presents a combination of folk art objects, photos and oral histories from Zapotec, Mixtec and Chocholtec communities. Part of the Arizona Commission of the Arts Traveling Exhibitions Program, the display emphasizes the importance of artwork in the daily lives of Oaxacans, and how artistic skills and traditions are passed from one generation to the next.

Exhibit runs through October 10, with an opening reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 17, in the Utterback Middle School G.A.S.P. Gallery, 3233 S. Pinal Vista. The gallery is open during regular school hours. For details, call 617-6100.

HORN O' PLENTY. The TCC will be decked in turn-of-the-century finery when more than 200 costumed artists converge for the Harvest Festival.

Entertainment will include performances by the Scott Land Marionettes; Liars, Gods and Beggars; The Butterfly Man Robert Nelson; and The Alleycats. Demonstrations range from fudge-making and designing Victorian clothes to rag-doll making. There will also be a Kids Craft Corner, where a donation of food or $1 will benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank.

Event runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday,
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, and 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. Sunday in the TCC, 260 S. Church Ave. Admission is $5.50, $4.50 for seniors, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Call (800) 321-1213 for information.

COURTING RISK: "At my terminal, I pick up...bits from the sheets stacked in front of me, plug them in, turn it over, do the next one," begins Data Entry by poet David A. Neal, Jr. "His picture, taken on a harbor cruise, comes to mind. I imagine it...on the temporary wall next to me here. How could I explain it? The prospect awakens me."

A finalist in the 1997 Pearl chapbook contest, Neal presents his risk-taking verse in an appearance sponsored by the Make a Date With a Poet reading series at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 19, in The Book Mark, 5001 E. Speedway. An open reading will follow. Call 881-5180 for details.

BOUND FOR RESCUE: Help save a few hounds (or cats, rabbits, ferrets and potbellied pigs) at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona's Book Sale for the Animals.

Books, magazines, video tapes, audio cassettes, CDs and software will be up for grabs, all priced at a measly $2 or less. Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, behind the Humane Society Spay and Neuter Clinic, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. Call 321-3704 for information.

BAD BRASS: Ranked among the U.S. Air Force's top performing bands, Stellar Brass regularly draws huge crowds all across the globe, including stints in Carnegie Hall, at the 1993 International Trumpet Guild Convention, and in Poland.

Their repertoire likewise travels from baroque and ragtime to classical and jazz, under the direction of Master Sergeant John Gohl. They bring their high-flying horns to Tucson for one performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, at St. Philip's in the Hills Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Admission is free. For details, call 621-2998. TW

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