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By Tom Collins
Arizona Summer Wildcat
July 30, 1997

Performing, visual arts bountiful on campus

Some call Tucson the San Francisco of the Southwest. That point is open for debate, but one thing is not, there are cultural experiences to be had here in the Old Pueblo.

The University of Arizona features all the performing and visual arts through collections and performances around campus. Listen up.

The campus has several art galleries for your viewing pleasure. They include the UA Museum of Art, the Joseph Gross Gallery and Lionel Rombach Gallery in the Fine Arts complex and the Arizona Gallery, Union Gallery and Rotunda Gallery in the Memorial Student Union.

The Union Gallery kicks of off the year Aug. 14, with "Posters from the V International Biennale of Theatre Posters," running through Sept. 5. Coming up later in August, at the Gross and Rombach Galleries respectively, are Josephe Labate and Huey Lentz's digital photography exhibition, "Truth in Advertising" and "Stilled Life: Cadaver Studies." Truth runs Aug. 25 - Sept. 25, while Cadavers will run from Aug. 27 - Sept. 25.

This fall the Center for Creative Photography features two exhibitions.

The first, Sandra Semchuk's "How far back is home...," which opened July 13, is the only U.S. stop for the Canadian photographer's look at her life through pictures, rooted in images of family and self. The show runs through Sept. 14.

On Sept. 21 the work of Tseng Kwong Chi will come to the center in a exhibition titled, "Tseng Kwong Chi: Citizen of the World." According to the Center's calendar, the artist's work was acquired in 1994 and this show will feature about 41 pieces. Chi is, according to the center, an artist who delves into the search for "cultural identity."

The show runs through Nov. 16.

The Center gallery is open Mon.- Fri.. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.

The University theater arts program offers performances throughout the fall semester, starting with a reprise of it's summer production "Arsenic and Old Lace." John Kesselring's play, best known as a Cary Grant feature film, is the story of two elderly women who relieve senior men of their troubles and their lives. The show runs Sept. 2-21 at the Laboratory.

On a more classical note, the department presents two Moliere comedies this semester in the Laboratory. The production will feature "The School for Husbands" and "The Imaginary Cuckold" and runs Oct. 19 - Nov. 2

Lastly, the department will produce Robert Schenkkan's "The Kentucky Cycle" at the Marroney Nov. 3 - Dec. 7.

Kitty corner from, is the UA Music Department which features an ongoing series of recitals and concerts.

For example, this fall's schedule includes the continuing Faculty Artists Series. In September, the school's opera director Charles Roe will perform and solo concert with pianist Rex Woods. The fall also showcase's the organ in the Sept. 21 Roy A. Johnson Memorial Organ Concert. The concert features Jeffri Sanders and is named for the late university professor who was murdered two years ago.

For the student interested in culture on the national scale, the UA's Centennial Hall gives you the 1997-98 UApresents season. This year such international stars as Herbie Hancock and John McLaughlin will play on campus in September and November, respectively. The fall also features a tour stop for the Broadway classic, "Damn Yankees."

Student tickets for the shows are half price and range between $22.50 and $7. Subscriptions are also available.

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