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TRES HOMBRES: Three riveting visions share wall space in a new exhibit at the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery.

The new show incudes paintings, prints and sculpture in a three-man exhibit by William Blomquist, Eric Twachtman and Imo Baird. Blomquist's work speaks of "carefully ordered ambiguities," on a creative plane where geometry meets emotion. His latest outing features monoprints, collographs and oil on panel.

Imo Baird contributes an array of figurative sculptures to the show. His two dozen or so free-standing humans and animals are crafted from found objects, including railroad ties, logs, mufflers, rusted metal and wire. Each of his creatures represents an archetypal figure; they're arranged together in small groups of 4 or 5. Most pieces stand between 3 and 4 feet high and reveal Baird's typical wit.

Eric Twachtman's new work focuses on abstract landscape paintings. While well-known for his mixed media on paper paintings, many pieces in this exhibit are ink on paper and were created at a summer 1999 workshop entitled "Re-Imagining the Landscape," at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The exhibit runs through January 29, with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. next Saturday, January 8, in the Dinnerware Gallery, 135 E. Congress St. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but donations are suggested for this non-profit, co-op gallery. For details, call 792-4503.

TITANIC VISION: Movies and reality merge once again -- via Dr. Strangelove -- at the Titan Missile Museum. Back in Strangelove's dark era, Titan nuclear missiles ringed Tucson in a cataclysmic embrace. Now, only one Titan survives, nestled in its subterranean home on the northern flanks of Green Valley. And it remains the only deactivated Titan site in the world that's open to the public.

The Titan Missile Museum accepts visitors from 9 to 4 p.m. daily, with tours beginning every 30 minutes. Admission is $7.50, $6.50 for seniors and military, $4 for children ages 10 through 17, and free for children under age 10.

Take I-19 south to the Duval Mine Road, Exit 69. Drive west approximately one-half mile, following signs to the entrance. Call 625-7736 for details.

CHILL 'N' GRILL: Chill with the UA Icecats at the Coach's Show.

The cat chat gives hometowners a chance to meet our talented puck-busters making up the Old Pueblo's hockey team, from co-captains Marc Harris, Paul Dorn and Tyler Bush, to standouts Mike Graves, Kyle Neary and Kyle McNeilance. They'll be joined by longtime Cats coach Leo Golembiewski, who'll be ready to lay out plenty of strategic analysis. There will also be chances to win hordes of Icecat goodies. The show will be simulcast on AM 1330, and on the Internet through StarNet.

Coach's Show runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 5, in the Varsity Club, 3823 E. Speedway Blvd. For details, call 319-9848.

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