July 122

It's a veritable music feast tonight at the Downtown Performance Center, 530B N. Stone Ave. Orange County, Calif. punk rockers The Offspring will be headlining tonight, promoting the recent release of "Smash" on Epitaph Records. Opening for The Offspring will be Guttermouth and Tucson legends Feast Upon Cactus Thorns. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are just $5. Call 628-1650 for more information.

Or why not stay home tonight and catch "The Heart of the Matter," a documentary about the lives of a group of HIV-positive women. "Heart," which is part of PBS' alternative documentary series, "P.O.V.," airs tonight at 10:30 on Channel 6. Check it out.

The Tucson Balkan Peace Support Group meets tonight at 7 in the Servetus Room of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. Tonight's meeting will feature a showing of the video, "Romeo and Juliet: Sarajevo." Call 623-8905 for more information.


July 133

Hey hey, speaking of music legends (I know we were), Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown will bring his unique violin sound tonight to The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. The show starts at 8 p.m., so don't be late. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, so call 629-9211 for more details. Tell them you read it in the Calendar section.

Ooh, that hurts! Dr. Steve Swidler, charter member of the International Holistic Dental Association, will give a lecture today about dental materials and their relative compatibility with the human body. The lecture is free and will be given at the New Life Health Center, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd. Call 326-0834 for more information.

Tired of loud, cacophonous noise some people mistakenly call music? The UA Balalaika Orchestra is bringing a trio of acclaimed Russian musicians to Tucson tonight for a show, featuring virtuosos on the domra (a three-stringed Russian mandolin), the balalaika (a triangular Russian folk instrument) and the bayan (a Russian button accordion). The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center's Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at all Dillard's and TCC box offices.

For those who want to learn how to tickle the ivories, a workshop on playing pop piano will be held tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Desert Hills Recreation Center in Green Valley. Participants will learn how chords work in a song and how to play major and minor chords. For information about workshop registration and cost, call 327-0486.

Green thumbs, listen up! A class on raised bed gardening will be held today starting at 10 a.m. at Plaza Palomino, 2920 N. Swan Road. The class runs concurrently with the Plaza's Produce Growers market, which is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Call 795-1177 for more details.

Need another child but don't know where to get one? Local attorney John Gravina will be teaching a class about adoption options tonight from 7-9 at the downtown campus of Pima Community College, 220 E. Speedway Blvd. The cost of the class is $19. Call 884-6720 and register for course 74260A.

Heart disease can be a real bummer. Find out how to prevent it in a lecture entitled, "Hearty, Healthy Heartbeats," tonight at 7 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. Admission is free, and treating heart disease is not, so call 299-3000 and tell 'em you're coming.

Feeling bugged by insects in your garden? A lecture about what to do with those crawly critters will be held today at 9 a.m. at the Pima County Garden Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave. Call 628-5628 for more information.

This is not a preview for an episode of "The Twilight Zone": some scientists believe anti-oxidants and enzymes can slow down the aging process and help you live longer. Find out more tonight at 7 during the "Super Health Seminar," hosted by nutrition expert Doug Grant. The seminar will be held in the ballroom of the Westin La Paloma, 3800 N. Sunrise Drive. Admission is free, but you need to make reservations by calling 323-3522.

Those sweet syllables you hear are from poet Reginald Lockett, who will be reading from her work tonight at 7 in the Modern Languages Auditorium on the UA campus. Her reading is part of the UA's summer writers series, "Contact Zones: The Writer in the University and the Community." Call 621-1836 for more information.


July 144

For those recovering from something, there is good news. Leah Guidry, an expert in substance abuse, compulsive disorders and trauma-related issues, is giving a lecture tonight entitled, "Living Your Recovery," from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Windmill Inn, in St. Philip's Plaza at North Campbell Avenue and East River Road. This free talk focuses on "regaining trust, identifying feelings and other related issues throughout the recovery process." Call 624-3000, extension 2331 for more.

Remember the Bastille! But hey, even if you don't, Penelope's Restaurant, 3071 N. Swan Road, is bringing back memories of eighteenth-century France with a four-day gustatory extravaganza. Tonight features a champagne tasting from 5:30-7:30, with hors d'oeuvres including caviar, smoked salmon and desserts on the side, all for just $20. Tomorrow and Saturday feature a $27 buffet dinner starting at 6 p.m., with coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon and coquille St. Jacques to tickle your taste buds. Sunday includes a wine-maker dinner with Joe Campbell, from Elk Cove Vineyard in Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley. Sunday's festivities cost $45 and start at 6:30 p.m. Make your reservations at 325-5080.

The Arizona Children's Theatre Company presents their second annual Experimental Workshop One-Act Play Festival, running tonight through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. This year's festival includes "Terminal Bar," by Paul Selig, a futuristic view of the devastation wrought by plague; "Shadow and Lantern," by Donald Malmgren; and "The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa in the Garden," by Federico Garcia Lorca. The shows will be held in the ACTC's El Con Mall Theatre, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. Tickets are $7 and are available at the box office the day of the show. Call 795-9314 for more information.


July 155

Rockabilly legends Reverend Horton Heat will ignite the night tonight at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. Former Tucson band Gila Bend is also on the menu. Tickets for these eclectic groups are just $10 and the festivities start at 8 p.m. Call 629-9211 for more details.

"The Good Times Are Killing Me," a play about two 12-year-old friends, one black, one white, growing up in an interracial neighborhood in the 1960s, opens tonight at the Borderlands Theater at the Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. The play is based on an autobiography by nationally-syndicated cartoonist Lynda Barry. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets for the show are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and students. Tonight's tickets are $15, because there is a dessert reception after the performance. Call 882-8607 for more information.

Teenagers, remember that the Rillito Downz Teen Club is in full swing tonight and tomorrow for your summer entertainment. Located in the clubhouse at the Rillito Race Track, 4502 N. First Ave., the club offers cool music and even cooler games to amuse y'all. The fun goes from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., so what better way is there to cool off the night? It will only cost you two measly bucks to get in, so call 740-2680 for more information.

The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., is now showing the award-winning documentary, "Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance," about the 78-day standoff in the summer of 1990 between the Mohawks and the Quebec police and Canadian army. Screenings are at 8 tonight, 8 and 10 p.m. tomorrow and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4, $3 for the Sunday matinee. Call 622-2262 for more information.


July 166

Tucsonan William Roemer, former FBI agent and bestselling author, will be signing copies of his latest book, "The Enforcer: Spilotro, the Chicago Mob's Man Over Las Vegas," about Roemer's confrontations with Tony "The Ant" Spilotro, today from 1-3 p.m. at the B. Dalton Bookstore at Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road. Spilotro was the Chicago Mob's liaison in Las Vegas from 1971 until 1986, when he was buried alive in a cornfield in northern Indiana.

Parents, listen up! A first aid/CPR course for infants and children is being offered for your benefit today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital, 350 N. Wilmot Road. The course only costs $32 and includes a book. Register for this course right now by calling Laura Wing at 795-7233.

Free tunes will waft through the air tonight at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road. With paid admission to the park ($7.95), you can enjoy the live country sounds of the West River Band. The show begins at 7 p.m., but remember, to get the special discounted admission rate, you have to enter the park after 5 p.m. That admission price will let you see all the exhibits and ride all the rides as well as see the show. Call Ann McBride at 883-0100, extension 298, for more information. Yeeha!


July 177

Want to make friends with your heart? It's spelled C-A-N-O-L-A. The University Heart Center is holding its second annual benefit buffet tonight at El Saguarito Mexican Foods, 7216 N. Oracle Road. The menu will feature a plethora of meals, all made with canola oil. Also, remember to stop eating long enough to listen to Dr. Jack Copeland, surgeon extraordinaire, and nutritionist Doug Taren as they answer questions about the Heart Center, healthy eating and cardiovascular disease. Find it in your heart to attend. Tickets for the buffet are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 626-4146 for reservations.


July 188

Tucsonan Joan Brock, who has dedicated years of her life to helping blind children, will be signing copies of her autobiography tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 5480 E. Broadway Blvd. Her book deals with her service to the blind children, the unusual accident which left her blind and the unexpected death of her husband, which forced her to raise her daughter alone. Call 745-9822 for more details.

"In Search of the Divine: Medieval Mysticism and New Age Spiritualism," a free lecture offered by UA senior research assistants Curtis Bostick and Scott Manetsch as part of the Late Medieval/Reformation Studies Summer Lecture Series, is tonight at the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 710 S. Kolb Road. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. Call 621-1284 for more information.

"Life After Loss," a bereavement support group, begins weekly Monday meetings tonight from 5:30-7:30 in Carondelet Room A of St. Joseph's Hospital, 350 N. Wilmot Road. The group will discuss coping skills, personal growth and new beginnings. Call 620-5742 for more information.

Want to get involved with an important issue? The Tucson Centers for Women and Children are seeking volunteers for all areas. Training for general volunteers will be offered today from 6-8:30 p.m. Call Debbie Becher, volunteer coordinator, at 795-8001 to set up your training.

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