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Few may take notice, but the Student Union is chock full o' culture. Stop by the Union Gallery, across from the beloved televisions on the second floor, today between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to view Bob Carey's photography exhibit, "Silver." Admission is free, and the sign by the door warns the viewer of impending depiction of human sexuality, so why not meander by? The show will run until Sept. 24.

If you prefer to spend your time (and money) outdoors, however, subject yourself to the blistering Tucson sun for some shopping today on the Mall. Vendors will display their goods from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.... and not far from the ATMs, either.

The UA is sponsoring two events this evening to help make your first day back in the grind fun. Head on down to the Cellar, located on the first floor of the Student Union, at 5 p.m. to experience the first true Eat to the Beat show of the semester. The band has not publicized its UA engagement, so bring your dinner and sense of adventure - and at no cost!

There's live music until 8 p.m. Beats television dinners on the sofa. If you prefer the sights and sounds of the buff dressed in blue, take a run over to the Student Recreation Center at 6 p.m. for Wildcat Night. Door prizes and the chance to join in an unbridled sports competition await.

If socialization ain't your thang, fret not. The unofficial Week of Movies plays on here in Tucson.

Gallagher Theatre (all UA students' personal favorite) is showing "Hope Floats" at 7:30 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Sandra Bullock plays a woman who goes through a messy divorce and returns to the Lone Star State with her daughter to get on with her life. Apparently, she has to deal with some pretty unfriendly townspeople. Harry Connick Jr. plays such a vituperative soul. Admission is only $2.50, so you almost have no excuse not to go. Almost. Cheaper than Catalina.

If you have the transportation, take a ride out to The Loft tonight (3233 E. Speedway). "Under the Skin," a racy, human relationship film, is playing at 5:40 p.m., 7:20 p.m. and 9 p.m. If you can relate more to the heartburn aspect of a relationship gone sour, see "Cousin Bette" instead (all in the same theater, mind you). Jessica Lange plays a jilted lover who is plotting vengeance. Remember that adage about women scorned! Call 795-7777 for ticket prices.

Finally, a bit closer to campus, we have Club Congress (311 E. Congress). The alternative venue offers Multimedia Monday. The films du jour are "Sketches after Halle" (Cathy Lee Crane), "Walking with the Dead" (John R. Killacky), "The Delta" (Daughters of Houdini) and "Curt Brill" (Rosarie Salerno). All produced in Arizona, the independent films are shown sequentially within an hour. Live music will be provided by local bands Twine and The Cassadines. If you are older than 21, bearing identification and packing $3 in cover charge money, visit when the doors open at 8 p.m. Just take the trolley from school and walk under the Fourth Street underpass.

Just to prove that curiosity never killed a wild cat, I encourage everyone to attend Catfest '98, a free event taking place on the Mall Friday. Meet and greet UA cheerleaders, athletes and club members. A fashion show staging glamorous models will lure all people who want to stay in vogue. Come appreciate the sounds of the UA Marching Band and a special free concert with Blink 182, Assorted Jellybeans and River Fenix. The shindig starts at 6 p.m. Be there.


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