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Tuesday February 27, 2001

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By Mindy Jones

Grab your berets, snap your fingers and imitate the beatnik generation at tonight's Live Jazz concert. UA senior Mike Hay brings his saxophone and fills the upper level of the Park Student Union with his jazz combo. Hay won the 2000 National Saxophone Competition and will perform some of his original pieces. The show begins at 9 p.m. and all students, music enthusiasts and late night study-breakers are welcome at no cost. For more information, please call Susu Gray at 621-0768.

Can't make it to New Orleans for the annual Mardi Gras festival? Skip the local bar scene, complete with plastic beads and cheesy costumes, and check out tonight's presentation of Arte Latino Americano. Performed by the Mexican folklorico company Grupo Quetzalli de Veracruz, the 35-character collage of lights and colors resembles a Caribbean carnival. The show concludes Tucson's premier 2001 Arts Odyssey festival. Tickets for Centennial Hall's 7:30 p.m. showing range from $22 to $34. Seats can be reserved through the Centennial Hall box office at 621-3341.

The Africana Studies department concludes their celebration of Black History Month with this evening's screening of "Almos' a Man." The film was adapted from a Richard Wright novel and addresses maturity issues in a 1930s deep-South setting. Violent themes run throughout the 6 p.m. showing and will be addressed an hour before the screening for interested students. For more information or directions to the screening, held in the Martin Luther King Jr. building, please call Tania Corliss at 621-5665.

Do you get cold feet when a teacher asks you to stand in front of the class? Do you suddenly forget your name, your age and even your native language? The Writing Skills Improvement Program comes to the rescue with today's Graduate Writing Workshop. As a part of their weekly series, the discussion will address "Perfecting Your Presentation for Class or Conference." If you need to work on your posture, voice inflection or confidence level, take advantage of today's free workshop at 4 p.m. in the Modern Languages building, room 310. For more information, please call Donna Rabuck at 621-5849.

ASUA dominates the Mall today with a variety of informational booths for students. Among them will be representatives from UA organizations as part of the ASUA Spring Club Fair. Stop by the tables and get information on everything from women's rights to illegal immigrants. Also available will be booths set up for students to cast their votes for next year's student government representatives. If you need more information on any of today's Mall events, please call Joseph at 740-0068 or Erick at 621-6662.