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MISSED MOMENTS. A New York Magazine critic calls it "as side-splitting a farce as I have ever seen." Now the Baked Pueblo is in store for some top-flight yuks with Noises Off, presented by the Tucson High Magnet School Theatre Department.
Written by Michael Frayn, this brilliant 1982 comedy lays bare a thespian's worst fears as it follows a touring company prone to dramatic lapses, detailing "that ghastly moment in which scenes in the production don't progress quite as they were rehearsed."
Directed by Art Almquist, Noises Off stars THMS regulars Aubyn Philabaum, Davida Price, Matt Lahiff, Rachel Wahl, Sean Hankinson, Nadia Hussain, Sandy Marshall and Julian Martinez, with set work by Brian McGinn.
Performance is 7 p.m. in the THMS Auditorium, 400 N. Second Ave. Performances continue at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $5, $3 for students, available at the door. For details, call 747-9757.
GRACE AFOOT. Wendy Joy and Emily E. Yewell present A Weekend of Dance as part of the UA Master of Fine Arts Graduate Dance Concert series.
Joy's "Cycles of Inspiration" combines slides, live music and original composition into a powerful night of movement, while Yewell's concerts will feature jazz and modern dance, and live collaboration with the a cappella jazz sextet Half-Dozen of the Other.
Joy performs at 8 tonight and 2 p.m. tomorrow. Yewell performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow, and 5 p.m. Sunday. Performances are in the UA Ina Gittings Dance Theatre, located on campus on University Boulevard east of Campbell Ave. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and seniors, available at the door. Call 621-4698 for reservations and information.
CREATIVE WAVES. The ocean becomes a visionary fulcrum with Sea Change: The Seascape in Contemporary Photography, now on display in the UA Center for Creative Photography.
This first-of-its-kind show joins photographers from several contemporary venues, all with one thing in common: their classical subject matter. The display establishes the seascape's revitalization as a modern genre, capturing its pure elements of water, air and light.
At the same time, the artists (from countries ranging from Scotland and Japan to Peru) readily explore the ocean's fate at the often-destructive hands of mankind.
Special events accompany the exhibit throughout the week, including tonight's opening reception, lectures, readings and storytelling.
Sea Change opens with a reception from 5 to 7:30 tonight, and continues through May 24, in the UA Center for Creative Photography, located on campus on the southeast end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information on this and related events, call 621-7968.
BIG LEAGUE LAYOUT. Enjoy more than 220,00 square-feet of big-league action when the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns and the UA Athletic Department host the Fan Fair Festival.
Modeled on the NFL Experience, this interactive extravaganza will feature more than 50 sports games, activities and special appearances for the entire family.
Event runs from 4 to 10 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Park Mall parking lot. Admission is $8, $6 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Tickets are available at the event, or by calling (800) 638-4252.
HOT WHEELS. Harbor a deep-seated fetish for momentum? Now you can nurture those yearnings and help a good cause at the third-annual Tucson Mini-Indy race.
For the uninitiated, a Mini-Indy is a scaled-down version of the famous Indianapolis racers. These wee roadsters are purchased through Easter Seals of Arizona by sponsoring corporations and organizations, which decorate and ultimately race them hell-bent through downtown.
This year's free event will include a parade, celebrity races, a carnival, crafts and a food fair. Race travels down Congress Street and up Broadway between Church and Granada avenues. Practice laps begin at 9 a.m., followed by a parade at 10 a.m. Event continues until 3 p.m. For details, call 745-5222.
SEED SOIREE. The green thumbs at Native Seeds/SEARCH are dedicated to preserving traditional strains of seeds, crops and farming methods; today they host an open house at their Fourth Avenue digs.
They'll be selling seeds suitable for spring planting--including corn, beans, squash, tomatoes, chiles and amaranth. Seedlings will also be up for sale, and plenty of NS/S staffers will be on hand to offer tea and gardening tips.
The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Native Seeds/SEARCH, 526 N. Fourth Ave. Call 622-5561 for information.
FAR-FLUNG FESTIVAL. Join the global beat when the European Multi-Ethnic Alliance fires up another European Fair in Park Mall.
Everyone from the Daughters of the British Empire to the Lithuanian Social Club will be on hand for music, dance performances and more great chow than you can shake a wiener schnitzel at.
Free event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow. For details, call 745-9059.
CLASSICAL CACHE. Beethoven's military marches share a performance with Arthur Pryor's "The Whistler and His Dog" in the PCC Wind Ensemble's winter instrumental concert.
Also on the musical menu are "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna," by Franz von Suppé, Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and John Paulson's "Epinicion."
Performance begins at 3 p.m. in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $4, $3 for students, and available at the PCC Center for Fine Arts box office, the PCC West Campus cashier, and at the door. Call 206-6988 for information.
MELODIC MENUDO. A veritable musical smorgasbord erupts today when the Cultural Showcase presents its Concert and New Talent Show.
On the roster are Iranias' Polynesian Review; Cachi, a longtime bilingual singer with El Saguaro Band; Normita, known as the "Songbird of the Borderland"; Diana, a traditional and mariachi singer from Phoenix; and Cool Breeze, featuring top-notch tropical salsa by Homero Cerón and friends.
Concert runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Flamingo Travelodge, 1300 N. Stone Ave. Tickets are $15, available at the door or by calling 888-8816.
WELCOME HOME. The Sam Hughes Neighborhood Association hosts an historic home tour, featuring 11 lovely dwellings in one of Tucson's classiest, old-time areas. The tour will also take in four landmark buildings, including the Sam Hughes School, Himmel Park Pool, Benedictine Chapel and the Rincon Market. Several area artists will also throw open their doors to visitors. Proceeds will help raise matching funds to extend the historic district neighborhood.
Event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $6, available at The Florist on East Fifth Street. Tickets are $8 the day of the tour, and will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Sam Hughes School, Rincon Market and Himmel Park Library. Call 882-6791 for details.
PINT-SIZED PICASSOS. Five years' worth of artwork from all over Tucson--and all by kids--is on display in Celebrations of Form and Color, sponsored by the Tucson Museum of Art, the Bear Essential News for Kids and Terra Nova Restaurant and Bakery.
The exhibit contains more than 200 pieces originally assigned by classroom teachers from kindergarten through 8th grade. They include watercolors, pencil drawings, sculpture, ceramics and three-dimensional works tapping a remarkably broad array of budding talents. And these tender visionaries will compete for a variety of prizes, including TMA Art School scholarships.
"Each year I'm more impressed with the quality of these young people's work and the creative efforts of their teachers," says Judith D'Agostino, TMA Art School director. "Involving our children in the arts is something that must be encouraged and cultivated."
Exhibit runs through March 27 in the TMA Education Center, 140 N. Main Ave. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 795-9930 for information.
RIVER RECOVERY. David Krueper, an avian technical specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, has spent years surveying birds along the lush and increasingly threatened San Pedro River east of Sierra Vista. Now he'll discuss how conservation efforts in the San Pedro riparian area have affected that feathered head-count, in a lecture hosted by the Tucson Audubon Society.
Lecture is free and begins at 7 p.m. in UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Call 622-5622 for details.
TIMELESS TOUR. The Park Service's Western Archeological and Conservation Center celebrates Arizona Archeology Awareness Month with tours of its Tucson facilities.
Hour-long guided treks take in the immense storage and treatment facilities at the center, which houses archaeological, ethnographic and natural history collections for more than 40 national parks in the West.
Tours are at 1 p.m. through Friday, March 13, in the WACC, 1415 N. Sixth Ave. Reservations are required; call 670-6501, ext. O.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. In a review, Tucson Weekly art critic Margaret Regan called Trena Howard "a young and energetic painter who has boldly taken on the big issues. The sins of racism, colonialism, sexism and organized religion haunt her canvasses."
Now Howard's provocative work is on display in the Great Art by Students and Professionals (G.A.S.P.) Gallery, located in Utterback Middle School. This represents the fourth show by G.A.S.P., which is the only student-run gallery in the Old Pueblo.
Exhibit runs through March 24 in the G.A.S.P. Gallery, 3233 S. Pinal Vista. For information, call 617-6100.
RARE FEMMES. The lives, loves and aspirations of a group of seniors at a prestigious eastern college are grist for the dramatic mill, in the UA Repertory Theatre's production of Uncommon Women.
The action begins with a reunion of five close friends and classmates six years after graduation. In a series of flashbacks, the events that helped shaped them--from funny to painful--are deftly explored.
Performance is 7:30 p.m. in the UA Peter Marroney Theatre, located on campus at the south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. Regular performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, March 24 through 28, with select weekend matinees. Tickets range from $9 to $14, and are available at the UA Fine Arts box office. Call 621-1162 for reservations and information.
TOPICAL TROUBADOUR. Known for his guitar wizardry, thought-provoking lyrics and velvety voice, Dick Gaughan is considered by many to be Scotland's premier singer.
A native of Glasgow, Gaughan began his career in 1973, performing his politically tinged work mainly throughout Britain, Ireland and Europe, with rare trips to the United States sandwiched in between. Now Tucson gets a chance to hear the man called "Scotland's head and conscience," and the "Pete Seeger of Scotland."
Performance is 8 p.m. in the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Advance tickets are $10, $9 for students, and available at Hear's Music, Piney Hollow and Scot Photo. Tickets will be $12 at the door. For details, call 327-4809.
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