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CHANNELERS: Access Tucson, that local outpost of televised free speech, presents the following:

Local teens set course through today's mean streets in 2000 and Beyond, showing at 4:30 p.m. Mondays on Channel 61. Click and Clack likewise meet their match Thursdays, when the host illustrates that even mechanics named Dick don't always have to be one, on Dick's Automotive. The program airs at 9:30 p.m. on Channel 63.

Topnotch local and regional independent media, including documentaries, narratives and experimental videos, get their night in the moonlight at 9 p.m. Thursdays in Independent Voices on Channel 63, with repeats at 10 p.m. Mondays.

Get a cultural lift with Riding Low AZ Style, at 6 p.m. Thursdays on Channel 61.

And at 5 p.m. Wednesdays through November 27, Access broadcasts Back to Basics, the Food Conspiracy Co-op's chance to spread the faith via the airwaves.

The October 2 show will focus on Tempe's Gentle Strength Cooperatives, says Food Conspiracy General Manager John Mullé. "These shows are part of an information campaign," he says. "We want to explain what co-ops are--some people think they're actually socialist."

The broadcasts also describe operations at America's roughly 47,000 cooperatives, and the Food Conspiracy's changing role as big-chain grocery stores roll into the natural foods arena. "We don't have that market cornered anymore," Mullé says. "So now we're concentrating on our other strengths, how we really represent local areas, our environmental concerns, and how we're not a business based on maximizing profit, but instead upon realizing the maximum benefit to the community."

AFTERMATH: It seems only yesterday that they were hassled by edgy Chinese cops apparently overdosed on MSG. Today, panelists at The UN Women's Conference: One Year Later, will discuss the fall-out and progress following the monumental female gathering.

Sponsored by the Arizona Women's Political Caucus, this teleconference and discussion runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PCC East Campus. A $5 donation is requested. Call 881-7060 for registration and information.

BIBLE BELTERS: Hear those Heavenly chords rip with the Gospel Music Concert at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway, on campus at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind.

Sponsored by the Arizona Kidney Foundation, this event promises to be anything but a staid WASP snooze-fest, as the Gospel Music Workshop, South Side Presbyterian Choir, Prince Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Choir and Gatekeepers of the Ironwood Hills Church sing dedications of a spirited nature.

Tickets are $7 for adults, and free for kids under 12. They're available at the door, or at Gambro Health Care, Antigone Books, Gospel Supplies or the Trinity Book Store. For information, call 882-9665. TW

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