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BARD 'N' PARK. Greasepaint greets grassy lawns when the Tucson Parks and Recreation Community Theatre presents Cirque de Shakespeare, wherein the human condition meets tightrope par excellence Zanuck the Daring, and Stromboli, the strongest honcho in the whole world.
Let Amazing Fish Boy slither into your heart, or the great Agonizing Dane bring you down, hearkening as he does from that land of ice-laden depressives.
Performances are at 8 tonight through Saturday, November 9, with a 2 o'clock Saturday matinee, at the Performing Arts Building auditorium, 200 S. Alvernon Way. Admission is free. Call 791-4663 for information.
POTLUCK PARITY. While the Declaration of Independence is mum on all hot dishes being concocted equally, it does say that every humanoid in this great land deserves a level playing field. Unfortunately, pandering beltway politicos have been running a bit fast and loose with that notion lately.
In a sign of growing strength and solidarity, Latinos took the xenophobic mindset to task on October 12, when thousands hit the streets of Washington, D.C., to demand their place at the national table.
No doubt the power mongers took notice, since the marchers represent the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. The Derechos Humanos Coalition/Arizona Border Rights Project debriefs locals on events of that historic day with a potluck at 6 p.m. in the Archer Center, 1665 S. Cholla Blvd., west of Mission Road and two blocks south of 22nd Street. A $5 donation and culinary contributions are requested. Call 770-1373 for details.
LAND O' LAKE. Oliver Lake gained avant garde fame in the Old Pueblo with his eclectic performances under the banner of Eneke the Bird, a group that first brought the adventurous saxophonist to town more than 15 years ago.
Now Eneke and Tucson Jazz Society bring the cutting edge back home with Lake's Matador of 1st and 1st, wherein the offbeat master recites his poetry interspersed with sax and flute, and engages in little chants with the "Spirit" voice echoing from an elaborate sound system.
Sound peculiar? Well, odd is in the ear of the beholder. Come test your limits at 8 p.m. in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $8 for Tucson Jazz Society members, $12 for non-members, available at Hear's Music and Borders Books and Music. For information, call 743-3399.
FIDDLING AROUND. Sure it's a bit of a cruise, but the 17th-annual Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival and Fiddle Championship, in the tiny town of Wickenburg, just might be worth kicking the Chevy into overdrive and burning a rut up I-10.
The Cadillacs of down-home stompers will include Flinthill Special, the Witcher Brothers and Somewhere in Time. Family bands are the theme today, while junior fiddlers take the stage tomorrow, followed by old-timers on Sunday, with more than $6,500 in prize cash at stake. All this action happens at the Wickenburg Rodeo Grounds, with camping available. Single admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for kids under age 12, with three-day passes available. Take Highway 93 forty-five minutes northwest from Phoenix. Call 1-520-684-5479 for details.
DON'T ASK. They come from across the hemispheric map, including such wildly exotic haunts as Argentina, Columbia, Peru and California. They call themselves the exotic ensemble Huayucaltia (pronounced why-you-call-tee-uh), and they bring on their autumnal migration a passionate pulse of ? with a modern sound. Catch them at 8 tonight in the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Tickets are $15 and $13, with a $1 discount for TFTM and TKMA members, available at Hear's Music, Antigone Books, Loco Records, Rainbow Moods, or by calling 881-3947.
Tibet OR NOT TIBET. By now the world over is aware of the precarious future of Tibet under what has been a hostile and oppressive Chinese rule. But back in 1959, restricted travel to this far-away land meant its gentle mysteries and violent nightmares were known to only a few. The current Dalai Lama was in his early 20s then, when he fled to India amidst rumors of impending assassination. Concerned not only with the preservation of their people, but also of the authentic Tibetan performing arts, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts was founded that same year; and a year later, the Dalai Lama established the Council for Religious and Cultural Affairs, under whose auspices TIPA fuctions today in Dharamsala, India.
The 55-member song and dance ensemble kicks off a two-day performance at 8 tonight on the World Stage at UA Centennial Hall. The two-part program includes both sacred and secular selections, featuring throat-singing monks, brightly costumed dancers, and skilled musicians playing handcrafted traditional instruments including horns, bells and drums. See Tantric sorcerers destroy the powers of evil in the Black Hat Dance; hear folk songs and storytelling from the Amdo Region, the birthplace of the Dalai Lama; and get a taste of Tibetan opera in Yaktse, The Dance of the Yaks.
A free panel discussion entitled How Is Tibetan Culture Faring Under Chinese Rule? precedes this evening's performance at 7 p.m. in the UA Douglass Building, Room 101. An abbreviated, one-hour "Family Adventure" program is offered at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 10. Tickets range from $9 to $23, available at the Centennial Hall box office. Call 621-3341 for tickets and information.
UPDRAFTS. Even if you remain bitter over the advent of slump-block design, you should give a nod to those folks in the architectural ranks. We know it's awfully hard to believe members of the same profession could design both the lovely old Pima County Courthouse and the plaster-shedding behemoth called the Tucson Convention Center.
But put such dichotomies behind you, and kick into high-design gear with statewide Architecture Week, spiced by tours, talks, exhibits and open houses.
Kids will be able to explore and experience the craft through Lego construction and career discussions presented by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects at schools and libraries throughout town.
Tomorrow the AIA hosts a free walking tour of downtown starting at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. R. Brooks Jeffery, curator of the UA Arizona Architectural Archives, will lead the first tour north through the El Presidio neighborhood, while the second tour will head as far south as the Sosa-Carillo Fremont house, and will be led by UA lecturer Annie Nequette. The pair are currently co-authoring A Guide to Tucson Architecture.
For information about these and other events, including student exhibits,
lectures and a Big Brothers, Big Sisters career day, call 622-6248. Call today to reserve a space for Sunday's walking tours.
HEAVENLY DANDRUFF. Those raucous thespians of the Gaslight Theatre rev up another pun-fest with Angel on My Shoulder, or Winging in the Holidays. Witness a small town stumbling into holiday cheer, a dad reunited with his rugrats, and a guardian angel finally gaining flight in this veritable smorgasbord of good tidings.
Or as Gaslight spokesgal Donna Davis
puts it, "Experience the magical moments of Christmas that come from a life well-lived, when generosity conquers greed, and gifts of goodness are the greatest gifts of all."
Might just be a dose of the right stuff to restore your faith in humanity.
Angel shows at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through January 4. Tickets are $12.95 for adults, $10.95 for students, seniors and military, and $6 for children ages 12 and under. Call 886-9428 for reservations.
CREATIVE ROUGHAGE. That funky little burg in the craw of the Mule Mountains throws its doors wide-open with the fourth annual Bisbee Fiber Arts Festival. Today, "Something New in Old Bisbee" is the theme, with a "shuffle contest" wherein consumers stroll from store to store, sniffing out the day each establishment first stocked its shelves with the famed "Copper Man." Prizes will be awarded to those who best tap that kitschy history. The Quarter Moon Cafe hosts the Bisbee High School Drama Department's Bite Size Theatre at 5:30 p.m. followed by La Luna Tunes at 9 p.m., and the Buzzards perform a street concert at 6:30 p.m.
Festivities and art shows continue through Sunday. To reach Bisbee, take I-10 east to exit 303, and head south on Highway 80 through Tombstone. For information, call 1-520-432-5421.
NATIVE ART. The UA American Indian Graduate Center will hold its annual American Indian Fine Arts and Crafts auction, with some 200 renderings--from Hopi Kachinas to Navajo rugs, pottery and jewelry--all up for grabs. Proceeds are headed for the American Indian Scholarship Fund, an endowment that's helped 24 deserving students since 1992, including public health student Tommy Begay. A Navajo, Begay says the scholarship has been "a valuable resource to me and my family, and now I have the unique opportunity to contribute to improving the health and well-being of my Native American people."
Now's your chance to drag home a few choice pieces, and help out these dedicated students at the same time. The auction runs from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. Tickets are $20 per person, or $30 per couple, available at the door. For details, call 621-7989.
SWEATHOGS. Poor Kathie Lee. Little did she of the porcelain smile know that her namesake duds were being stitched by malnourished pre-pubescents in foreign-production hell holes. Why, if she'd had an earlier inkling, maybe she'd have knocked at least 10 bucks off the retail price.
Now her professionally perky mug has been thoroughly doused in egg. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean the abhorrent practice isn't rolling on more or less unabated.
The American Friends Service Committee takes on that distasteful topic tonight with hands-on exercises concerning overseas sweatshops, maquiladoras, and twin plants lurking just inside the Mexican border, and our own careless roles in the matter. The free gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Pima
Friends Meetinghouse, 931 N. Fifth Ave. For more information, call 623-9141.
OH THE JOY. Want to know what makes those talented tuxedoed ones of the Tucson Symphony tick, or just hanker for a little one-on-one with your favorite cellist?
Enter the Tucson Symphony Women's Association. That contingent of devotees offers the chance to glad-hand with our local classics as part of their Joy of Music series. The program is from11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Southwest School of Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Admission is $5. Call 297-3150 for information.
GET REAL. Ever wonder what drives once relatively normal people to write editorials for the daily rag, or even for this convoluted tabloidal publication?
Or perhaps you simply want to re-confirm why you wisely opted to take up property management instead. Well, now's your chance to gloat, damn you, when Peter Stitt tackles the topic head on with a lecture called The Editorial Author: Writing, Editing, Publishing and Personhood. Pardon us, person what?
Stitt is editor of the highly respected Gettysburg Review literary magazine and author of several well-received books. He'll speak today from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the conference room of Babcock Hall, on the UA campus. Admission is free. Call 321-7760 for information.
BALONEY AND BLUEPRINTS. Join the denizens of downtown for a brown-bagger, when Sarah Clements of the Arts District Partnership unveils a master plan for multi-uses of the Historic Warehouse District.
There's no shortage of things happening in Tucson's heart, as dusty widgets give way to ornery artists in those big old lumbering buildings, now quaintly known as galleries. The mid-day meeting will highlight a downtown shop and restaurant, and all participants can compete for door prizes. The presentation runs from noon to 12:50 p.m. at the Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., with free parking available in the library's underground garage. For details, call 624-0595, ext. 21.
HOWDY-DO. Caca-kickers hitch up their britches and hunker down today, as the eighth annual Western Music Festival fires up downtown. This year's tribute goes to that Willcox homeboy and golden celluloid cowpoke of yesteryear, Rex Allen. The festival will feature workshops, yodeling and fiddling contests, evening concerts and jam sessions through Sunday, November 17. A children's workshop gets underway today at 11 a.m., and a free community concert featuring Rusty Richards and the American Cowboys hits the stage tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Red Steagall performs Friday night, and on Saturday night the gala gives fitting tribute to Big Rex. All the action is complimented by memorabilia from favorite flicks and songs of the "Western Era." The event is sponsored by the non-profit, Tucson-based Western Music Association, and held at the Holiday Inn City Center, 181 W. Broadway. Day passes are $20, and evening passes (from 7:30 p.m. on) are $12, available at Arizona Outfitters, Corral Western Wear and Cowboy Boots. Call 825-6621 for information.
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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