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Thursday 8

PICTURE THIS. The enthusiastic shutterbugs of Arizona Photographic Collectors will host a lecture by Bob Rubin, dubbed "the charcoal master" by The Saturday Evening Post Magazine. Rubin will speak at the Collectors monthly meeting, and demonstrate how he creates charcoal portraits from camera film negatives.

Free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Sabbar Shrine Temple, 450 S. Tucson Blvd. For information, call 529-5072.

DESERT DRAMA. The Old Pueblo Playwrights unveil another season of dramatics that includes "ghosts from the spirit world, goblins from a personal past, youth's sexual awakenings, and old, unresolved issues."

That plateful of the human condition will be dished up through Sunday in staged readings by both budding and accomplished members of this well-respected local group.

Reading is at 7:30 tonight in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Readings continue at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, and at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 per performance, and available at the door. Call 743-0940 for details.

Friday 9

FAMILY FEST. Sisters Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway land in Tucson when The Invisible Theatre presents the acclaimed Sibling Revelry. This musical extravaganza featuring show tunes, pop duets and jazzy solos has enjoyed a sold-out stint at New York's Rainbow and Stars, with plenty of rave reviews. The New York Times calls Sibling Revelry "a thrilling display of vocal prowess."

Performances are at 8 tonight and 2 and 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Tickets range from $22.50 to $25, and are available at The Invisible Theatre box office, or by calling 882-9721.

WOLFGANG AND WAGNER. The Tucson Symphony Chamber Orchestra revisits the old masters with its Mostly Mozart concert. Highlighted will be Mozart's The Magic Flute, Overture, and Symphony No. 38, along with Wagner's Siegfried Idyll.

Performance is at 8 tonight in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Performances continue at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16, and available at the TSO box office, Dillard's, or by calling 882-8585.

GLASS SPATS. You know the story: an unwanted stepchild, a gnarly step mom, pumpkins, mice and an almost-missed shot at the big time. Now that wonderful tale of glass struggle returns in a melodic way, when the teens, tots and grown-ups of Arizona Youth Theater don their magic slippers in A Musical Cinderella.

Performance is 8 tonight in the Arizona Youth Theatre, 5671 E. Speedway. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m., and 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays, through January 31. Tickets are $6, $4 for kids, and available by calling 546-9805.

Saturday 10

REEL FUN. The Jewish Community Center is focusing its lens for another Jewish Film Festival. This year's celluloid roster includes 31 films from the United States, Canada, Israel and four European countries. Opening the series is The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story. At age 94, Hirschfield continues his long stint at as a caricaturist for The New York Times. He'll be on hand for the screening, along with the film's director, Susan Dryfoos.

The Line King shows at 7:30 p.m. in the JCC, 3800 E. River Road. Screenings continue through Wednesday, January 22. Times vary. Advance tickets for opening night are $20, $25 at the door, or $35 including Havdallah and dinner. Single tickets for screenings before 5 p.m. are $4, $3 for students and seniors. Films showing after 5 p.m. are $1 more. Festival passes are $60. Tickets are available at the JCC, or by calling 299-3000.

HIGH AND TIGHT. World-class warbling gets underway today with the Tucson Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society's annual show. This year's melodic smorgasbord will include the Tucson Sunshine Chorus, with comedy quartet The Aliens as special guests.

Show times are 2 and 8 p.m. in the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are $8.75 for the matinee, $10.75 and $12.75 for the evening performance, and are available at the TCC box office, Dillard's, or by calling 747-1215.

FUTURE GLIMPSE. The futuristic Community of Civano has plenty of naysayers, and just as many supporters. Regardless of public opinion pro or con, it looks like the budding, environmentally oriented settlement on Tucson's eastern fringes is a given. Now UA Biology Professor Ken Kingsley leads a visit to the site, discussing wildlife native to the area, and the community nursery.

Free event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community of Civano, located at Houghton and Nebraska roads. For details, call 889-8888.


RENAISSANCE MAN. Mark Salzman is a noted actor, martial arts expert and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Iron & Silk and Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia.

He also happens to be a fine amateur cellist. And tonight he'll navigate his way around the strings and tell a few tales, in a concert benefiting The Arizona Early Music Society. Joining Salzman will be local musicians Gordon Epperson, Marya Giesy, Grayson Hirst, Theodora McMillan, Mary Ann Meredith, Martha Salzman, Jeffri Sanders and Darlene Tillack.

Performance is 3 p.m. in St. Philip's In The Foothills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Tickets are $15, $10 for season subscribers, available at the door. For details, call 889-4310.

QUESTIONABLE FORTUNE. Catherine Sloper is one character living in New York's Washington Square, circa 1850, with her austere father, Dr. Sloper. Painfully shy, she reveres her dad, who unfortunately finds his daughter plain and a little short in the social graces department.

Love soon enters this troubled scenario in the form of a handsome suitor named Morris Townsend. Figuring the cad could only be interested in Catherine's pending wealth, the plot thickens when the doctor threatens to disinherit his daughter in the Arizona Theatre Company's performance of The Heiress, adapted by Ruth and Augustus Goetz from Henry James' novel, Washington Square.

Performance is 7 p.m. in the Temple of Music and Art Alice Holsclaw Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave. Performances continue through January 31. Tickets range from $18.50 to $27.50, and are available at the ATC box office, Dillard's, or by calling 622-2823. Half-price adult and $10 student rush tickets are available one hour before curtain at the ATC box office.

Monday 12

BIG PICTURE. Murals are hardly a new phenomenon. In fact, the medium dates back to the days when our distant ancestors first moved from Neanderthal graffiti to something resembling art. Such cave paintings are the earliest known artistic renderings of man, and over the ages murals have often been the means of ecclesiastical, commercial, cultural and political expression. Luckily, for many reasons the Old Pueblo just happens to be home to a bunch of these creative gems, many focusing on the Southwest's history and culture.

Today, Mark Barmann, a docent at the Tucson Musuem of Art, will host a discussion of Tucson's vibrant murals, exploring both prominent works and the more obscure, all accenting our town with color, variety and intriguing iconography.

Free lecture is at 1:30 p.m. in the TMA, 140 N. Main Ave. For information, call 624-2333.

Tuesday 13

DARKNESS VISITED. A land enduring centuries-old conflicts, Bosnia just might find peace if recent election results and redrawn boundaries continue to be respected. Unfortunately, that's a big "if."

Sue Ward, director of the UN Association of Southern Arizona, recently visited the troubled country as an elections monitor. She'll discusses her trip, and the region's prospects for peace, with a free slide lecture at 7 tonight in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. Call 623-8905 for details.

CHILL'IN. Former Olympic skating champs like Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Katarina Witt and Paul Wylie today bring their well-honed talents to Tucson with the glitzy Stars on Ice Tour. They'll do their thing to music ranging from Led Zeppelin to Louie Armstrong, and soundtrack tunes from Sleepers and The Wizard of Oz, among other classics.

Event is 7:30 p.m. in the TCC, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $38 to $50, and are available at the TCC box office, Dillard's, or by calling 791-4266.

Wednesday 14

ISLE OF FATE. The story of brothers Frank and Malachy McCourt are recounted through song and skit in the Borderlands Theater production of A Couple of Blaguards.

While pulling pints of Guinness, the pair describe growing up poor and Catholic in Ireland, where, at the movies, they're told not to cheer for divorced movie stars. In school, Frank learns the catechism, but finds himself wondering if forever staring into the face of God is enough reward for living a pious life.

Then comes America: The brothers struggle against prejudice, bouncing through a string of ludicrous jobs until they're finally assimilated. Frank becomes a teacher and loses his accent, while Malachy, not wanting to work, becomes a thespian.

Through it all, actors Alan Austin and Graham Thatcher weave these stories together by bringing to life 47 characters--from priests, teachers and bosses to little old Irish ladies and love interests--in a drama critics call "simply riotous fun."

Performance is 8 p.m. in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Performances continue Wednesday through Sunday, through January 25, with an opening celebration on Thursday, January 16. Opening night tickets are $15, $6 for student rush. Regular tickets are $8, $6 for students, and available at the Borderlands Theater office, Piney Hollow, or by calling 882-7406.

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