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Thursday 26

GEORGE PREMIERES. After last winter's season-long cliffhanger, during which four maestros auditioned to fill the post of Tucson Symphony Orchestra conductor, tonight the winner takes the podium. George Hanson, a 38-year-old who's keeping his other jobs as an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic and music director of the Anchorage Symphony, leads the TSO through the familiar strains of Strauss' Don Juan and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Mark Peskanov is guest violinist. Evaluate Hanson's job performance at 8 tonight and Friday at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are $12, $17, $21 and $26. Fifteen minutes before show time, students with a valid ID can purchase tickets anywhere in the hall for $3. For information or reservations, call 882-8585.

BLACK MOON. Ancient peoples considered them the hallmark of dark tidings. But since Bob Dole has already visited Arizona, we can only figure today's lunar eclipse to be a timely reminder that eternal galactic forces could care orbital squat about man's silly political posturing. Telescopes will be erected on the UA mall across from the Flandrau Science Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to capture this humbling event. The center will also appropriately mark this blackout with the Pink Floyd laser show, Darkside of the Moon, proving that continuing reverence for dinosaur bands is beyond our control as well.

Telescope viewing is free. Laser shows commence at 6:30 p.m., with tickets available for $5 on the day of the show. Revenues go to the center's children's science workshops. Call Flandrau at 621-8451 for information.

SNAGGED. If you haven't yet gotten stuck in the Web frenzy, now's your chance, as the non-profit Arizona Consortium for Education and Training learns ya how to slyly snare other tech-freaks in your lair, roll them into on-line cocoons and suck their electronic juices dry, leaving only wide-eyed corpses adorned with funereal pocket protectors.

Sound like fun? You bet it is, in a predatory sorta way. Get the home page scoop on the Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Building 3200, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $60. For information, call 299-7512.

Friday 27

Image DO TELL. Big yarn spinners will be at work today and tomorrow, as the Tales of Arizona...Then and Now storytelling festival unrolls at the Arizona Historical Society and on the UA campus.

These very hip Homers range from ASU theater prof Don Doyle to Illinois teacher Ernie Love, from Gerard Tsonakwa of Quebec's Abenaki people to Barbea M. Williams, long a leading light among Tucson's African dance tribes.

Kids and their adults are invited to the session tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m., while grown-ups are the target audience from 8:45 to 10:15 p.m. Both gatherings meet at the Center for English as a Second Language Building on campus. Admission is $4, with children ages 6 to 18 getting in for $3. Group rates are also available.

Tomorrow, Doyle and Love lead Telling from Inside the Story--Being in the Moment, a workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Historical Society. Cost is $40. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Corbett Elementary School librarian Judi Moreillon hosts the free Showcase of Children's Stories, also at the society headquarters; and participatory storytelling will be the theme at another free session from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the lush lawn of the Arizona State Museum, University Boulevard east of Park Avenue. Call 327-4809 for details.

DANCING IN THE DARK. Tenth Street Danceworks puts on its free, annual modern-dance concert in Reid Park, trotting out such crowd-pleasers as "A Little Night Music," in which the music of Mozart is complemented by a water fight between company artistic director Charlotte Adams and dancer Thom Lewis; Nancy McCaleb's "Desert Sextet," danced to Vivaldi; and a new piece by Lewis, set to Lyle Lovett's music. This concert, always one of the most entertaining of the season, this year marks a major transition for the company: Adams, who's taken a job as director of dance at the University of Nebraska, is leading a dual-city life, keeping her ties to the troupe but handing some tasks over to Kevin Schroder, new associate artistic director. Schroder, a fine dancer who's worked with some of the greats of modern dance, including Merce Cunningham and Lar Lubovitch, debuts a couple of his own pieces, the no-music "Field" and "Mauriccio Capriccio," performed to the live music of Sean Sphere Kelly.

Bring your picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, entrance on Country Club Road north of 22nd Street. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Sunday. Fans of Charlotte Adams can fete her at a brunch from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, September 29, at the B&B Café, 330 S. Scott Ave., in the Temple of Music and Art courtyard. Brunch costs $20 a person, $35 a couple. For reservations call 798-6980.

ARID ROMP. Thorny amoré is afoot as the Desert Players open Cactus Flower at the Tucson Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Sixth Ave.

A wealthy dentist who's also a bit of a cad (open wide!) tries to floss his gal with a little lie about a prior fictitious matrimony. Prickly yuks ensue when aforementioned love interest becomes interested in meeting former bride.

Evening performances continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 o'clock Sunday matinees, through October 5. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. For information, call 579-3206.

Saturday 28

Image BLACK AND WHITE. Just when this country seems headed for peaceful shades of gray, the colors of racial polarization come back into sharp focus, painted from the hateful palettes of cynical politicos and Neo-Neanderthals boasting only bare skin where most folks tote brains.

And in the end, the ugly social portrait always comes up the color of money. Political strategist, businessman and economic development consultant Dr. Claud Anderson takes on this contentious topic Saturday, when the Tucson Black Chamber of Commerce sponsors Empowering the Black Community for Economic Competitiveness: A Focus Beyond the Vision.

Anderson, who authored Black Labor, White Wealth: The Search for Power and Economic Justice, also served as assistant U.S. secretary of commerce under Jimmy Carter. "He'll discuss how we can come together, and support each other, when we've been a fragmented community for so long," says Chamber Executive Director Doris Polite. "In Tucson, we're still so fragmented we can hardly find each other."

Lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. They'll range from $10 to $15 at the door. Call 742-7713 for information.

CAGED CRUSADE. The Reid Park Zoo raises cash to improve the lives of its wild things at its Zoocson '96 "Feast with the Beasts" party, with more than 20 local restaurants kicking in grub for the urban culinary safari.

Sad fact is most of Reid's lions, tigers and bears would be grist for man's meat grinder on their former home turf. Or they'd wind up as glass-eyed guests in haunting grounds like Tucson's dead animal repository, the International Wildlife Museum. Helping zoos like Reid continue their work certainly seems the lesser of two industrial-age evils. You can contribute to the ironic cause tonight at the gala kick-off at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person in advance, $35 at the door. Call 881-4753.

Sunday 29

Image GREAT VISUALS. Creative process is laid bare at Visual Thinking--Works from Associates of The Drawing Studio, now adorning the Tucson Pima Main Library's hushed walls.

Roughly 40 works by 15 artists demonstrate the steps taken towards meaning, from initial conception to finished composition. Each piece is accompanied by a written description of the often painful process. The idea behind this exhibit emerged from a Visual Thinking course taught by long-time local impresario Andrew Rush, and the display was curated by Jeffrey Schwartz. And getting an immediate peek at the outcome is mandatory, since the show comes down on Tuesday. Library hours are 1 to 5 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Call 622-0947 for information.

FORT LOWELL HOPE. In the days before fake practitioners operated under camera lights and pancake make-up--and between chronic bouts of supply room grappling--real MDs performed amazing feats of frontier healthcare in places like Tucson's own Fort Lowell.

And while today their antique instruments mostly resemble torture tools from some Latin American hellhole, those scalpels, chisels and saws were state-of-the-art in a day when most anesthesiologists doubled as barkeeps. Still, you'll probably be a lot happier with your own lousy HMO after getting a peek at the Surgeons, Scalpels and Malaria display. "With all the mosquitoes in Tucson, this exhibit is pretty popular right now," says Dave Faust, Fort Lowell curator.

Faust says the artifacts detail medical history in southern Arizona during territorial days, including catalogues of those primitive instruments. "Some of them were pretty gruesome," he says. "Definitely makes you glad to be alive today."

Exhibit continues through early February, and there's never an admission fee to the Fort Lowell Museum, 2900 N. Craycroft Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 885-3832 for information.

Monday 30

Image YOWCH. Yep, the high school sports season is again in high gear. That means hormonally ravaged teens will be suffering the pangs--not to mention pains--of emotional and physical black-and-blues.

For the former, call Loveline. But if you or yours have taken a good bodily pounding on the adolescent proving grounds, check out the Tucson Orthopedic Institute's free Bumps and Bruises Clinic every Monday throughout the fall season. Doctors will provide screenings, x-rays and consultations for minor titans who've been injured in the name of school pride, and referred by their athletic trainers.

"When injuries occur, prompt diagnosis is vital to both individual and team sports," says Bob Wallace, physical therapy guru at Healthsouth Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center.

Bob speaks the truth. And we hear girls pine for dudes on crutches. Find out if this and other underage theories are true tonight at 6 p.m. at the Orthopedic Institute headquarters, 2424 N. Wyatt Drive. For information, call 790-0900.

Tuesday 1

Image DRUHA-HA. Go figure. Bill Monroe barely cold in the grave, and now this? Well, it's true: Czech hillbillies Druha Travá (Second Grass) are bringing their European brand of folk-tinged bluegrass to the Southwest Center for Music tonight.

But these European good ol' boys ain't exactly babes in the post-Soviet woods. They're actually Grammy award-winning acoustical wizards with a rapidly growing international fan club, and are stunning global audiences with their stellar vocals and precise instrumentation.

Head Druha Robert Krestan is considered the Bob Dylan of bluegrass, while his comrades, Lubos and Pavel Malina, Lubos Novtnoy and Jiri Meisner, all tote a passel of top musical awards.

Local show producer Beth Judd says she met the Czechs at a Kentucky music conference, and reports that, "They are just amazing. They just flattened the audience there."

The very non-iron curtain for this show rises tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $9 for TFTM, TKMA, Desert Bluegrass Association and KXCI members. They're available at Hear's Music, The Folk Shop, Loco Music and Mountain View Restaurant, and will be an extra $2 at the door. Call 628-7471 for information.

Wednesday 2

GRANTED. Andy Robinson will sign Grassroots Grants: An Activist's Guide to Proposal Writing, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Native Seeds/SEARCH headquarters, 2130 N. Alvernon Way.

A former NS/S development director, Robinson penned "a complete guide to winning grants for conservation and social justice," says current Seeds staffer Kevin Gaither-Banchoff. "While working at Native Seeds/SEARCH, Mr. Robinson wrote more than 75 successful grant proposals."

With that many feathers in his bandanna, Robinson obviously knows his stuff. Now you can, too. Refreshments will be on hand, along with native chow, crafts and other literary tomes. For details, call 327-9123.

FRIENDLY FIRE SALE. Burn all that dog-eared Danielle Steele and refine your literary tastes at the 22nd annual University of Arizona Library book sale, sponsored by Friends (and buddies and acquaintances) of the UA Library.

If you're in the mood for a well-written ganga, you'll be astounded by the some 20,000 goods up for grabs, from $1.50 hardbacks to 50-cent magazines, and even ultra-cheap records and sheet music.

The Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society also throws its digs in the ring, with scholarly and popular books and journals at costs ranging from 25-cents to a wallet-caressing $5. Proceeds go to help humble librarians stare down the UA budgetary brown-nosers, who prefer sinking crucial collegiate gravy into stadium skyboxes for corporate greedmongers to giving students a good read. The sale happens in front of the UA Main Library from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call 621-6444.

City Week includes events selected by Calendar Editor Mari Wadsworth. 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.

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