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Thursday 17

SMALL PERSPECTIVES. It's hard to ignore the U.S.-Mexico border, with daily press accounts of drug seizures, illegal immigration, poverty and strife. But what's often lost in that picture are the perspectives of children who call the contentious region home.

City Week The UA Rural Health Office highlights their point of view with The U.S.-Mexico Border Through the Eyes of Children, a powerful exhibit of photos taken by kids in the border towns of Nogales, El Paso, San Luis Rio Colorado, Tijuana and Yuma. These images poignantly examine life on the line, accompanied by a 10-minute video. And you should catch this display soon--it closes on Monday, September 21.

Exhibit is in the El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway. Hours are
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For details, call 626-7946.

RAINY ROCKERS. The fun-lovin' folks of Fourth Avenue take the edge off our ebbing storm season with a series of Monsoon Madness concerts, held under roiling skies, and amidst the street's bustling shops and chow houses. Best of all, these weekly showcases won't cost you one thin dime.

Tonight Tammy Allen and Susan Noyes, along with Turpintine, take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. in Winsett Park, 316 N. Fourth Ave. Call 624-5004 for information.

Friday 18

LYRICAL MASTER. If there were a Poet's Hall of Fame, W.S. Merwin would certainly rank a prime spot. One of the giants of contemporary North American verse, he's garnered plaudits ranging from Pulitzer and P.E.N. Translation prizes to a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. He recently added to his more than 20 books of poetry with publication of The Folding Cliffs, a verse narrative set in 19th-century Hawaii.

Tonight Merwin will present a free reading of his work at 8 p.m. in the UA Student Union Arizona Ballroom, located north of the main mall. A brief reception will follow. Call 321-7760 for details.

GALS OF GREECE. Think the Old Pueblo suffers a leadership vacuum? Try ancient Athens, where City Fathers consistently failed to fix municipal problems from the get-go. Now City Mothers take up the toga, when Tucson Parks and Recreation's Community Teen Theatre presents The Assembly of Women, a timeless, hilarious comedy by Aristophanes.

Free performance is 7 p.m. in the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday through September 26. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Call 791-4663 for details.

Saturday 19

CREATIONS UNLIMITED. Thanks to the Tucson Arts District Partnership, our city's top creative types will put their work on the block for the new Art 2 Fine Art Market. Entertainment will include the Turban Jones Band, and invited artists range from Martha Kelly and Glenn Haily to Terry Golden, Christy Daniels and Wayne Chenault. (See this week's Currents section.)

Free event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. at 172 E. Broadway, and will include galleries, shows and open houses throughout the downtown area. Call 624-9977 for information.

BOP TIL YA DROP. Break out your fancy footwear and kick up some dust with the Tucson Friends of Traditional Music at Danceathon '98. This ornery fundraiser will feature hot southern Appalachian string music by The Tippers, and jazz, western swing, blues and bluegrass by the Ad Hoc Committee. Dancers with or without partners are welcome, and proceeds benefit the TFTM. Donations of dancing shoes and clothes are also encouraged, and there will be instructors on hand to show you the moves.

Free event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Armory Park Center Ballroom, 220 S. Fifth Ave. For details, call 579-2951.

BENEFICIAL BREWS. Sample some suds and help out the Sun Sounds radio reading service at the 12th-annual Great Tucson Beer Festival at Old Tucson Studios.

Sun Sounds is a great non-profit service providing news and information to roughly 50,000 of Arizona's visually impaired citizens. But such good work requires plenty of money, and that's where beer comes in: More than 20 local distributors, restaurants, retailers and breweries will be doing their part tonight, providing everything from fine cigars and sturdy stouts to chili and salsa. There will also be a wings cook-out with local media luminaries, a raffle, and a silent auction of round-trip airline tickets, golf packets, and other groovy stuff.

Event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. Tickets are $15 and $25. For tickets and other information, call 296-2400.

Sunday 20

TOP FORMAN. Any poet that Sonia Sánchez praises is worth the price of admission in our book. Add to that kudos from Publishers Weekly, calling 24-year-old African-American poet Ruth Forman "a direct descendent of Nikki Giovanni and Ntozake Shange," and how can you stay away? Forman visits Tucson to give a celebratory reading of her 1997 collection Renaissance, the follow up (or as critics say, the fulfillment of) the stellar We Are the Young Magicians. The free reading is at 7 p.m. at Starbuck's Coffee, in the Geronimoz Plaza on University Boulevard and Euclid Avenue.

HELP KNEADED. Help the Tucson Children's Museum raise some dough at the Great Harvest Bread Co.-sponsored "Knead-A-Thon."

Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat will join UA cheerleaders and friends of the museum to make and sell bread, with ingredients donated by Great Harvest. The celebration will also include an appearance by museum mascot Morris Explorsaurus, and plenty of family-oriented action.

Free event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Great Harvest Bread Co., 7090 N. Oracle Road. For information, call 797-4666.

KID'S KICK-OFF. Kids ages 8 to 15 are invited to show their stuff when Pima County Parks and Recreation hosts try-outs for their annual Punt, Pass and Kick Competition.

The free competition is open to all southern Arizona boys and girls. Winners will advance to the sectional competition in November, and on to regional competition in December, at Tempe's Sun Devil Stadium. Regional competitors will also receive tickets for themselves and two family members to an Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants game.

Pre-registration is requested, and a birth certificate copy is required. Check-in is
9 a.m. at Tucson Electric Park, 2800 E. Ajo Way. For pre-registration and other information, call 740-2680.

SONORAN BLUE. Cool yer heels and raise a little dander when the Desert Bluegrass Association fires up another jam session. All pickers, grinners--and even slackers--are invited to play or just park their backsides for some fine toe-tappin' at 4 p.m. in the Texas T-Bone Restaurant, 8981 E. Tanque Verde Road (in the Bear Canyon Shopping Center). For details, call 743-7086.

Monday 21

IN STEP. With the dance season back in swing, PCC revives its excellent Inside Dance: A Multi-Media Encounter series.

Led by Gray Montague, executive director of Ballet Arizona and former head of the Parsons Dance Company, these presentations trace the history of dance "from its sacred beginnings to the great outburst of creative energy seen all over the world during the last 100 years."

Tonight's presentation, Balanchine and Robbins, traces the divergent paths of the New York City Ballet's two most influential choreographers, comparing how they came to shape the company, and the mighty effect their legacy still has on everything from Broadway to ballet.

The free presentation is at 7 p.m. in the PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 2202 W. Anklam Road. For information, call 206-6986.

BRIGHT LIGHT. Alexander Goodman's career took him from Hollywood to Spain, where he painted and drew hundreds of scenic vistas and cathedrals.

Now the Etherton Gallery highlights the late Goodman's multi-faceted career in an exhibit titled The Spain that I Love: Paintings and Drawings.

While in Hollywood, he worked as top set designer for MGM and 20th Century Fox, contributing to such classic films as Dragonwyck, Show Boat and Anna and the King of Siam. But Tucsonans might be most familiar with Goodman's architectural work: He directed renovation of San Diego's historical Del Coronado Hotel.

It was architecture that took Goodman to Spain at age 60, where for 12 years he tirelessly honed his artistic skills.

The Spain that I Love shows through October 14 in Etherton's Temple Gallery in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and prior to performances. Call 624-7370 for details.

Tuesday 22

TALKING TALL. Warm up your vocal chords and head on down to another Storytelling Gathering, held the first and third Tuesday of each month. These informal tale-swapping gigs are open to budding yarn spinners and old pros, along with anyone else who simply wants to see the world's longest-running information transfer technology in action.

Free gathering runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the St. Philip's in the Hills Church Meditation Room, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Call 326-8966 for information.

TRANSLUCENT SPIRIT. Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass Gallery and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern Arizona combine forces to present Objects of the Spirit, Celebrating Judaica.

This new exhibit focuses on exploring "the triumph of the spirit and the renewal of hope as it is rendered in glass." That translates into stunning pieces by more than 30 artists, including Joel Bless, Barbara Brandel, Ricky Charles Dodson, Dani Katsir, Elizabeth Mears, Marcy Rubin and August Muth.

Exhibit runs through November 7 in the Philabaum Gallery, 711 S. Sixth Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call 884-7404.

Wednesday 23

HEAVY PETTING. The Invisible Theatre turns up the love-and-laugh meter with its presentation of A.R. Gurney's Sylvia.

This modern romantic comedy tells the story of a middle-aged urban couple, their marriage, and the "bone of contention" standing between them, in the form of their newly found dog, Sylvia. The New York Daily News calls it "one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays ever seen." According to The Arizona Republic, the comedy "is a clever show that can tug at the heartstrings. Confirmed dog-lovers should put this at the top of their list."

Opening performance is 7:30 p.m. in the Invisible Theatre, 1400 N. First Ave. Performances continue Tuesday through Sunday, through October 11. Show times vary. Tickets range from $14 to $17.50, and are available at the Invisible Theatre box office, or by calling 882-9721.

PAST PRESENT. Painter Melchor Ramirez transcends the day-to-day in a very big way, with work focusing on heroes and legends of the Maya, Aztec and Yaqui rulers. Nor can his career be called ordinary. First inspired to paint during his high-school graduation in 1980, he initially eschewed canvas for cars, which he covered with elaborate murals. Later, Ramirez tapped modern techniques to recreate the ancient. With polymers, bristle and airbrush, he brings his pieces to contemporary, rich and colorful life.

An exhibit of his work shows through October 24 in the José Galvez Gallery/Mexican American Cultural Arts Center, 743 N. Fourth Ave. Hours are
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and during Downtown Saturday Night. Call 624-6878 for details. 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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