SEX AND MONEY. Prostitutes, exotic dancers, adult movie stars and other sex workers turn the tables on Hollywood by telling their own stories through film and video at the Tucson Sex Workers Film Festival.
The event, which runs through Sunday, aims to show cutting-edge documentaries, narrative features and experimental films by current and former sex workers.
The "action" starts tonight with a 6:30 opening reception in the lobby of The Screening Room, followed by Annie Sprinkle's Herstory of Porn at 7:30. Based on her live one-woman show, this video explores the various genres of pornography, as witnessed by the wide scope of films Sprinkle has starred in and made.
Each day of the festival offers a variety of films, including:
· Juliana Piccillo's I Was a Teenage Prostitute at 8 p.m. Friday. Recently finished, this film explores Piccillo's work at a massage parlor when she was a teenager and the various ways this experience shaped her life. Reflexive and introspective, this film explores some of the stereotypes and subsequent shame that many people who were or are part of the sex work industry have to combat. Piccillo will be present at the screening to answer questions.
· Sarah McCool's Big Girls: Big Beautiful Women in the Adult Entertainment Industry at 9 p.m. Saturday. This documentary proves that being sexy and working in adult entertainment has nothing to do with body size and everything to do with attitude. Big Girls includes interviews with performers Scarlet Harlot, Candye Kane, Mendit Teats, Nye Wilden and admirers of the larger female body. Big Girls brings into question the myth that to be sexual and beautiful, women have to be thin. Carol Leigh, aka Scarlot Harlot, will be present.
The festival originated in San Francisco in 1998 to provide a showcase for the accomplishments of sex-worker film and video makers, as well as to screen material about sex workers and the sex industries from around the world. The fest screens locally November 8-11 at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.
Here's the price rundown: $6 single admission, $8 for Herstory of Porn, $15 for the opening gala at the Vaudeville Cabaret, $40 for a festival pass that is good for admission to six screenings and the opening-night gala, and $65 for admission to all screenings and the gala. For more information and a screening schedule, call 622-2262 or visit www.free.freespeech.org/panleft/sexworkers/
SERIOUSLY AUSTRALIA. Get past Crocodile Dundee and Foster's Lager and you'll discover some pretty interesting stuff comes from Australia.
For example, steps that have pounded the dust of a dry continent for so long are the source of a truly Australian dance language. Mingling international dance influences with its own unique shapes and rhythms, Bangarra Dance Theatre shares the country's native stories entwined with indigenous spirituality and philosophy. Bangarra truly reflects the lives and attitudes of the country's indigenous peoples today.
Tonight, the troupe presents Corroboree, a blend of sacred rituals, dance and song. A visually stunning dance piece that depicts a time when animal spirits occupied the land without the influence of humans, Corroboree is about the transformation of the human spirit and the relationship between Aboriginal people, creatures and the land. The performance contains some profanity.
Bangarra was founded in 1989 by Carole Johnson, an expatriate American dancer and director of Australia's national indigenous dance school, to promote appreciation for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Tonight's performance starts at 7:30 at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd., just east of Park Avenue. Tickets cost $16 to $28, with discounts available for children under 18, all students and UA employees. A free "Arts Encounter" will be held 45 minutes before the performance in the lobby of the Arizona State Museum, directly across from the hall. For more information, or for tickets, call 621-3341 or visit www.uapresents.arizona.edu.
OUTER LIMITS. The innovative folks at Orts are flying high this weekend as they launch a production of modern and aerial dance.
Expanded View promises choreography by Anne Bunker, Robert Davidson, Jan Justis, Anton Smith and Charles Thompson. The company brings back some dance favorites of the past, and introduces new works by exciting young choreographers and guest artists plus a major new video-dance collaboration.
Guest choreographer Jan Justis created the humorous Calculated Rag, inspired by the sitcoms and styles of the '50s and the music of Scott Joplin. The duet, performed by Thompson and Bunker, is based on a misunderstanding over a pocket calculator.
The amazing trapeze choreography of Robert Davidson will be performed in the chilling work called Dance of the Inclusae. Scarier than any haunted house, Inclusae is based on the early Christian practice of walling women and girls into cells to repent for the sins of their husbands and fathers on the crusades.
Employing a style of mobile flying dance apparatus similar to that used in Balanced Edge, NeuroSporatic is a large group work set on the full company. The performers skillfully ride on and manipulate this flying mobile in some breathtaking ways. This is the fourth and final installment of the NeuroSporatic full-evening work that will premiere as a whole in 2002.
Mourning Light is the latest work of Orts Theatre of Dance artistic director Anne Bunker. Featuring the intense music of Polish composer Henryk Gorecki, it also includes a video wall of images compiled by Chuck Koesters. The combination of imagery, dance and music makes this a powerful and moving new work.
Back on the light side, Bunker has also created Changes in the Night, a dance based on sleep and all the things that interrupt our peaceful slumber.
Shows begin at 8 tonight and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Pima College West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets cost $10 advance, $12 the day of the show. They're available at Bentley's, 1730 E. Speedway Blvd. (795-0338); Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave. (792-3715); and Silverbell Trading, 7007 N. Oracle Road (797-6852). Pay with plastic by calling the PCC box office at 206-6988. You can contact Orts and reserve tickets directly by calling 624-3799, checking out www.orts.org, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE LOVE OF LEGENDS. Paintings by Goya designed to evoke the heady spell of Seville provide the backdrop for one great opera.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni is based on the exploits of legendary lover Don Juan. The production features massive reproductions of Goya's paintings.
Don Giovanni plays at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 to $72. Student discounts are offered with a valid photo I.D. Tickets are available through the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall at 260 S. Church Ave., Ticketmaster at 321-1000 or the opera company at 293-4336. Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.azopera.com.
GET SPACED OUT. The heavens should deliver in a stunning way this month as Saturn takes center stage.
In November, Saturn rises in the east 90 minutes after sunset in the Arizona sky. The ringed gas giant is usually one of the brightest and best planets to look at through a telescope.
To help you find Saturn and other objects in the fall night sky, large telescopes and giant binoculars will be set up on the University of Arizona mall in front of Flandrau Science Center from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. tonight, weather permitting.
The rings of Saturn will be directly visible from the mall location after 8 p.m. and from the Science Center Observatory's 16-inch telescope after 9 p.m. Both the mall activities and the observatory are free.
For more information on the night sky, visit Flandrau Science Center's Skywatchers Guide at www.flandrau.org/astronomy/. Also, the Science Center's Astronomy Newsline, a free phone line with sky information updated weekly, is available at 621-4310.
Flandrau Science Center is located at the corner of University Boulevard and Cherry Avenue. Viewing will take place on the UA mall, to the south of the Science Center.
BIG-TIME BENEFIT. The evening's lineup is like a who's who of Tucson talent.
Featured artists for the Zuzi's Little Theater Raise the Rent benefit include ZUZI! Move It Dance Company, Borderlands Theater, Bloodhut Productions, New ARTiculations Dance Company, the Bad Girl Storytelling Brigade, Theater of the Strong Eye and Arts for All.
But wait a minute. Order tickets now and you'll also get Beth Braun and Aurthur Miscione, Cantrell Driver, Nathan Dryden, Kristen Widmer and Ed Flores Photography.
And the music, not to mention great food and beer, will continue into the night with a celebration reception under the stars.
Don't miss this opportunity to support Tucson's most intimate little theater. Seating is limited for the event, which takes starts at 7:30 tonight at the Historic Y, 738 N. Fifth Ave. Tickets cost $50 and are available at Bentlley's House of Coffee and Tea, 1730 E. Speedway Blvd.; Antigone Books, 411 N. Fourth Ave.; and ZUZI'S Little Theater, 629-0237.
NATURE, MUSIC AND HUMOR. The press release brought me up short: "Let the journey begin--a world of beauty, music and global adventure awaits visitors to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum at the First Annual Folk Festival."
Global adventure? OK. So that's probably a stretch. On the other hand, you've probably run into people in Tucson who respond with a glazed look when you ask them if they've ever been to Mexico.
Anyway, get crazy this weekend with a road trip to glorious Superior, where you won't pay a penny for admission to the 323-acre arboretum, an Arizona State Park that's cooperatively managed with the University of Arizona.
Visitors strolling through this unique collection of arid land ecosystems on November 10 will also be treated to the songs and music of some of Arizona's premiere musicians nestled in sites throughout the park.
Haris Lea Blackwood, Penny Cass-Joplin with her custom-made harp, the country and rock sounds of Bob Mengle, guitarist Jay Taylor and the bluegrass licks and biting humor of Arizona's Trooper are all lined up.
Don't miss this chance to enjoy Sonoran scenery and plants of the world's deserts while ballads of the Old West, ghost stories, Celtic folk harp and songs of wit and comedic charm fill the afternoon air.
Regular Arboretum daily admission has been waived for the day and the artists are donating their performances to join the Arizona State Parks cooperative effort to boost donations to the Red Cross.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost 223 near Superior. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except December 25. For other information call 520-689-2811 or visit www.arboretum.ag.arizona.edu.
PEDALING A GOOD TIME. Good tunes and food followed by an auction are all part of one of Tucson's most unusual events.
Yes. It's time for the Bicycle Inter Community Art and Salvage's annual bike art auction. Now in its sixth year, the gathering features hundreds of art pieces celebrating the bicycle.
Music starts at 7 tonight, followed by a potluck and silent auction. BICAS is located at 44 W. Sixth St. For more information, call 628-7950.
MIGRATE TO THIS. Bob Stewart likes butterflies.
Likes 'em so much and found so much to say about them that he wrote Butterflies of Arizona: A Photographic Study.
Tucson Audubon Society presents Butterflies and Ecology, a program in which Stewart, also a photographer, will use close-up photography to show the relationship of butterflies to their environment.
The free event begins at 7 tonight at DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. For more information, call 622-5622.
THE FEMINISTS ARE COMING. This just in from a self-described Professional Punk Ass Feminist: The CR Collective will be busy this week at the University of Arizona.
The events, part of what was formerly known as Feminist Invasion Week, include something called "Visions of Equality" today and an information fair on Wednesday.
"Visions of Equality," which will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the mall, will feature various speakers who talk about their experiences with social-justice movements.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, also on the mall, the group will host an information fair. The event will include tables from different campus and community organizations.
For more information or to try to figure out just what the hell the CR Collective is, visit www.geocities.com/cr_collective/ or call the punk ass herself at 882-5675.
DIALING IN THE DINÉ. Rex Lee Jim is among the new generation of poets writing in Diné.
The author of Dancing Voices: Wisdom of the American Indian will talk tonight about his work in a lecture that is part of the UA's Visiting Poets and Writers reading series.
Jim is a Diné educational philosophy instructor at Navajo Community College. He has written Dúchas Táá Kóó Diné, a trilingual poetry collection in Navajo, Irish and English. In addition, he has compiled a book of the collected quotations of Native people.
Tonight's free reading begins at 8 in the UA Modern Languages auditorium, on the north side of the mall west of Cherry Avenue. For more information, call 626-3765 or e-mail email@example.com or visit www.coh.arizona.edu/poetry.