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Thursday 10

LITERARY LIGHT. Do you hanker to have your own way, to make things happen just the way you like 'em, and exactly when you prefer? We're talking no-frills, supernatural omnipotence here, folks: willing that bank teller to beef up your balance, brain-beating mechanics to refund bloated bills, and raising holy hell with all other bothersome bipeds.

City Week Those are the fantastical leaps made in the Tucson Parks and Recreation Community Theater production of Bell, Book and Candle. Written by John Van Druten, this romantic comedy highlights a few potent souls who can indeed cast spells and perform supernatural feats.

Tonight's performance is 7:30 p.m. in the Randolph Recreation Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through December 17. Admission is free. Call 791-4873 for details.

BLESSED BONES. Mexico City archaeologist Jorge H. Olvera is largely responsible for uncovering the remains of Father Kino in a humble Sonoran church. Now he arrives in Tucson to discuss and sign his book, Finding Father Kino: The Discovery of the Remains of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J., 1965-1966.

The Arizona Historical Society and the Southwestern Mission Research Center host Olvera's appearance, from 1:30 to
3:30 p.m. in the Sosa-Carrillo-Frémont House, 131 S. Granada Ave., in the TCC complex. Call 628-5774 for details.

SOUTHWEST STAR. Sonoran shepherds follow a Southwestern star, and embark on a perilous journey to witness the birth of Baby Jesus in A Tucson Pastorela, presented by Borderlands Theatre.

This high-spirited, hometown tradition is performed in English, with Christmas carols in English and Spanish accompanied by a live band.

Tonight's performance begins at 7 p.m. in the PCC Black Box Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Performances continue at
7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and
3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, through December 20. Tickets range from $7 to $12, $4 for children under age 12, and are available at the Borderlands office, Antigone Books, and the PCC Center for Fine Arts box office. Call 882-7406 for information.

Friday 11

PAINT, MEMORY. Joe Forkan's creative stomping grounds are the subtle tints of memory--those evocative, freeze-frame explorations of events pregnant with hidden or undisclosed detail.

Appropriately, his work draws its tone from photographs. Haunting, distilled images allow us to stare into the faces of the long-dead, dwelling on lost moments and rooting through the relics of vicarious recall. Conversely, they often influence and distort our recollections to agree with them. Or, according Forkan, "The images dictate, the memory changes, and the truth adapts."

These shifting, poignant images are on display in Joe Forkan: Paintings and Prints, continuing through January 6 in the upstairs gallery in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. An artist's reception gathers tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and prior to ATC performances. Call 624-7370 for details.

SEASONAL KEYS. Tucson erupts with seasonal tones when Desert Voices performs Traditions. Against a staged backdrop of Fourth Avenue, the chorus gathers for a holiday party and shares traditions from cultures around the world. Highlights include "Miracle," a tale of the White Buffalo Calf Woman, with returning special guest Mary Redhouse; and "Betelehemu," the vibrantly rhythmic Christmas song from Nigeria.

The chorus will also present the world premiere of "Appalachian Carols," by American composer Gwyneth Walker.

Show time is 8 tonight and tomorrow in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Advance tickets are $10 and $12, available at Antigone Books, Tucson Trunk, Unique on Central, and the Desert Voices office. Tickets are $12 and $15 at the door. Call 791-9662 for information.

Saturday 12

RAW DEAL. Tucson's gutsy RAW Gallery puts its art on the block today in a silent auction fundraiser for the gallery.

It's getting pricier to stay downtown, and that can mean tough times for a non-profit operation like RAW. For fans of fine art, it can also mean a ganga. Contributing artists include George Huffman, Joe Forkan, Lynn O'Brien, Martin Kim, Marvin Shaver, Michael Longstaff, Paul Mirocha, Rhod Lauffer and Tom Bergin.

The auction runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in the RAW Gallery, 43 S. Sixth Ave. Call 882-6927 for information.

HOT AND SAUCY. People calls them "Louisiana's hottest export since Tabasco!" Beausoleil's music combines a zesty gumbo of regional styles ranging from Cajun and Creole to Zydeco and Gulf Coast swamp-pop. Together for more than two decades, this band continues celebrating "the rhythm of life in Louisiana, where life is more laid back," says legendary bandleader Michael Doucet. See this week's Music Feature for details.

Tonight Beausoleil brings its "powerfully relaxed" sound to Tucson for one concert only at 9 p.m. in the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Black Leather Zydeco opens the show. Advance tickets are $16, available at Hear's Music, The Book Mark, Border's Books and Music, Yikes! Toys, or by calling 529-0356. Tickets are $18 at the door.

MISSIONARY ZEAL. The Guadalupe Vespers celebrate the appearance of the Virgin de Guadalupe with Camerata Tucson, a concert of Mexican early music performed in the San Xavier Mission.

These holiday vespers traditionally marked the opening of the Christmas season in colonial Mexico City. Highlighted tonight will be selected Renaissance and Baroque masterworks from Mexico, including several pieces in the Virgin's native tongue, Nahuatl. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Xavier Restoration Fund.

Performances are at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the San Xavier Mission, 1950 W. San Xavier Road. A $15 donation is requested. Call 740-1851 for details.

Sunday 13

SOULFUL THREADS. The Arizona State Museum continues its series of multicultural exhibits and educational gatherings with Weaving: the Soul of Fiber.

This free celebration includes a show and sale of Native American textiles and baskets. Storytellers will be on hand to discuss myths and legends surrounding the artworks, and craft demonstrations will continue throughout event hours.

The gathering runs from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. at the Arizona State Museum on the UA campus, just inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Call 621-6302 for information.

WEE WARBLERS. The Old Pueblo's fine-throated youngsters, also known as the Tucson Boys Chorus, belt their little hearts out today in another holiday concert.

This seasonal outing will feature Christmas carols, songs of Hanukkah and secular faves, in a musical traditional dating back to Christmas Eve, 1939.

If you haven't followed their comings and goings, the acclaimed chorus has performed throughout the world, including stints at the White House, St. Peter's Basilica, and most recently with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Show times are 3 and 7:30 p.m. in the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are $8 and $10, available at the TCC box office and the Boys Chorus office. For information, call 296-6277.

CHRISTMAS COVERS. Stroll among the stacks and get into the holiday groove during Bookman's Musical Showcase series, featuring Christmas tunes by sax man Ron Wagner. The free performance runs from 3 to 5 p.m. in Bookman's Used Books, 1930 E. Grant Road. Call 325-5767 for details.

Monday 14

BIG WIND. If you haven't heard of El Niño, you're either deaf or remarkably removed from the social hubris. Then again, we don't live in the Galapagos, where the storm's even ornerier sibling regularly raises its own hell. Known as the El Niño Southern Oscillation, this major climactic event usually occurs at three- to five-year intervals, and is a major controlling factor in the evolution of many Galapagos species.

Retired teachers Bill and Joan Page put in their time in the Galapagos, observing these unique circumstances. The couple relate their findings in a free slide-show lecture at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Audubon Society, 300 E. University Blvd., in the Historic YWCA building. The Sugarplum Raffle and a silent book auction will be held prior to the lecture, with proceeds benefiting the Society. Call 629-0510 for information.

Tuesday 15

RED PLANET REDUX. The red planet comes into sharp focus with Imag(in)ing Mars, a new exhibit at the UA Center for Creative Photography.

The exhibit centers around select digital photographs of the Martian landscape, recorded by the Imager for Mars Pathfinder developed at the UA. And what a window that robot-mounted camera opened.

Observation and imagination have mingled for centuries when it comes to describing the beguiling red planet. This exhibition takes that legacy to heart, combining the most recent wonders of space exploration with material that refers to centuries of Mars speculation and fantasy in science, art and popular culture. The exhibit was organized in conjunction with the UA Lunar and Planetary Lab, and includes 20 full color photos taken in 1997.

Imag(in)ing Mars continues through January 24 in the Center for Creative Photography, located at the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Hours are 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to
5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 621-7968 for details.

ANCIENT ARMS. The saguaro, unique to the Sonoran Desert, is about as close as we come to an official regional mascot. As a plant, it's distinctive as all get out, and surrounded by a special mystique.

Russ Buhrow, grounds curator at Tohono Chul Park, is well acquainted with the spindly giant. He discusses saguaro lore--such as how old and big they can get, and how many arms can actually sprout from their weathered trunks--and he'll also dish up a few tidbits on caring for your own saguaro.

His lecture is at 2 p.m. at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Admission is $2, free to park members. Call 742-6455 for details.

Wednesday 16

UNNATURAL EXPOSURE. A part of Tucson's past was exposed in 1954, when UA students uncovered the northeast corner of the presidio, and the prehistoric pithouse beneath the presidio's base.

Today, docents from the TMA will happily take you on a guided tour of this timeless site, and the entire downtown historic block. Tours include the Casa Cordova, Romero House, Corbett House, and Goodman Pavilion of Western Art.

Tours begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday throughout December at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. Cost is $2 per person. For information, call 648-2578.

HEARTFELT DRAG. Experience tradition in a different vein in Virginia Guadalupe, Drag Queen of Compassion, a Wingspan gallery exhibit by James Ru. The display consists of an elaborate centerpiece encompassed by a shrine and, not surprisingly, plenty of unconventional trappings.

Longtime artist Ru has contributed his talents to groups including the Radical Faeries, Queer Nation and ACT-UP in Seattle and New York.

Virginia Guadalupe runs through January 9 at Wingspan, 300 E. Sixth St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 624-1779 for information. 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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