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By Kim Stravers
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 16, 1999
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Don't have the patience to schedule a health exam weeks in advance? Here's your answer: The University Medical Center's Health and Wellness Center will be holding a free Health Fair. Blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol screenings, as well as fitness evaluations and body composition tests, will be performed today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a walk across Speedway to UMC for flexibility tests, tai chi, yoga, and demonstrations. Your reward may not be limited to a clean bill of health, either; they will also be holding a raffle. Contact the UMC Health and Wellness Center at 694-2487 for more information.

Did you know that Arabic is not only a means of communication, but that it's also an art form? Alan Kaye does, and that may be part of the reason why he will be giving "An Illustrated Lecture" on "Field Work on Arabic in Yemen" this afternoon. Kaye is a professor of Linguistics and Arabic at California State University at Fullerton, and he will be gracing us with his presence (and knowledge) as part of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Brown Bag Lunch series. Check him out at noon in room 204 of the Franklin building. Satisfying answers to your burning questions can be had by calling the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at 621-5450.

Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, though prominent musicians, weren't the only folks to have 'dem blues. See how a score of African American women helped shape and define early American blues this afternoon at this week's Black History Month Film. "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues," a movie documenting the influence and contributions to blues by such women as Ma Rainey and Ida Cox, will be showing in room 100 of the Martin Luther King building from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Details about this and upcoming events sponsored by the Africana Studies Program can be obtained by calling Eleanor Navarro at 621-5665.

Sometimes, listening to an artist talk about her or his work is hardly supplemental to reading the artist's mission statement. Today's artist, however, breaks free from the traditional "I talk to you and then you ask me questions" mode and makes full use of his Gallery Talk time. Kenneth Shorr (UA associate professor of art) will perform a monologue in fits and starts this evening about a man obsessed with everything from candy to UFOs to buying the proverbial farm. Show up to the Center for Creative Photography at 5:30 p.m. to meet "Mr. Chatterbox." Call the CCP at 621-7968.

Gallagher Theatre isn't home only to cult films. Sometimes, the films are actually about cults. Bad ones, at that. Like Nazis. And tonight is one of those nights. The Hillel Foundation will continue their Conference on the Holocaust at 7:30 p.m. with a Special Film Presentation of "Garden of the Finzi-Continis," the story of an aristocratic Italian family living at the inception of the Holocaust. It's definitely worth your $2.50. Call 621-4678 for further information.