For most Tucsonans (and I do admit to making a gross generalization here), the only exposure we've had to Middle Eastern music has been going to the Friday night belly dancing performances at the Casbah Teahouse. Unfortunately, that stuff's all pre-recorded, and rather hazily at that. Come find out what makes this genre tick at this morning's Music of the Middle East Series performance. Scott Marcus (University of California, Santa Barbara) will lecture on "Half-Flats and Sufism: Aspects of Arabic Music Performance" from 11 a.m. to noon in room 146 of the Music building. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the School of Music and Dance have made the event possible. Call Shirley Nellson at 621-5450 for details.
Planning on going somewhere for vacation this summer? Then it may behoove you to check out today's Program in Applied Mathematics Modeling Seminar. Aaron King will show you the mathematical side of trip planning as he lectures on "Population Dynamics in Seasonal Environments." Could make looking for a parking space a little easier. If you want the knowledge, come to room 402 of the Mathematics building at 12:30 p.m. Questions may be directed to Kathleen Leick at 621-2016.
Dr. Marc Postman (STScI) will read you some nap-time stories about astronomy this afternoon at the NOAO/KPNO/NSO/Steward Observatory and NRAO Joint Colloquium. Hear him describe what life was like "A Long Time Ago, in a Cluster Far, Far Away..." at 4 p.m. in room N210 of the Steward Observatory. Milk and cookies (or some sort of refreshments) will be available at 3:30 p.m. in room 204. Pat Breyfogle can provide you with the details at 318-8115.
Taking a probable lead from the Wildcat (or so I like to think), Stanley Faeth (Arizona State University) will give you the reporter's-eye view of mold and such at this afternoon's Entomology Seminar. Be in room 230 (the Auditorium) of the Marley building at 4 p.m. to hear about "Endophytic fungi and host plant herbivores: the inside story." Cesar Nufio will be hosting the event. Call the Department of Entomology at 621-1151 for more information.
Tsianina Lomawaima will take you from point A to point B of housing tonight at this semester's final New Directions in Southwestern Anthropology Public Lecture. You are invited to make the journey "From 'Hut' to H.U.D.: Federal Surveillance of Southwestern Indian Homes" at 7:30 in room 103 of the Center for English as a Second Language building. Suzanne Fish will gladly answer your questions if you call her at 626-8290.
Do you get lost in the maze of multiple-act performances? Then tonight's One-Act Play Festival is your chance to clearly enjoy some fine drama. The following three plays are being performed and directed by theatre arts students at 7:30 p.m. in the Laboratory Theatre of the Drama West building: "Real Women Have Curves," by Josefina Lopez; "A Chance Meeting," by Frederick Stroppel; and "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All to You," by Christopher Durang. The Fine Arts Box Office can provide you with seating information at 621-1162.