ON A TEAR: Jazz dance band Kearney, Grams and Bronsdon celebrates its one-year "paper anniversary" with a ripping performance in the Boondocks Lounge.
Hot on the heels of its debut CD, Nine Waters, No Tip, the band is creating a buzz on the West Coast, with another tour from San Diego to Seattle in the works. Its ranks include drummer Kyle Bronsdon, a veteran player who's pounded the skins for luminaries ranging from James Cotton to Richard Elliot; keyboardist Brenden Kearney, a 1998 Tammie Award-winner who likens his raucous style to "trying to break Kyle out of jail"; and bassist Steve Grams, who boasts a career dating back to the '60s when he opened for legends like Mitch Ryder, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and the Detroit Wheels. He played later gigs with Bo Didley and Nappy Brown.
A potluck begins at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts up at 9 p.m. Thursday, August 3 in the Boondocks, 3306 N. First Ave. Admission is $4. For details, call 690-0991.
MASS MINDSET: Assuming you get all news of import from the indomitable Tucson Weekly, there still remains one burning question: How do other media affect your erstwhile discriminating noggin?
The Tucson Institute plumbs that quandary with a free discussion titled The Influence of Mass Media on Public Thinking. It's a meaty topic. According to influential linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky, "The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control--indoctrination we might say--through the mass media."
According to that purveyor of widespread wisdom George Will, "The First Amendment is not a blanket freedom-of-information act. The constitutional news gathering freedom means the media can go where the public can, but enjoys no superior right of access."
Find out where you fit into this complex picture from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 5 in the Tucson-Pima Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. For details, call 791-4393.
BOSSES IN TANDEM: The Tucson Community Teen Theatre revives Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters.
First performed by a Venetian commedia dell'arte troupe in the early 1700s, the show includes clever disguises, tons of coincidence, withheld information--and a gratefully happy ending.
Free performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Randolph Arts Center Auditorium, 2000 S. Alvernon Way, Wednesday through Friday, August 9 through 11; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 12; and 2 p.m. Sunday, August 13. Call 791-4663 for details.
INDUSTRIAL-STRENGTH TALENT: Powerful new works by eight artists are highlighted in Season Preview at Industry-a Gallery.
The creative lineup includes UA alumni painter Francisco Rodriguez, photographer José Galvez and sculptor Beth C. Guinter. The exhibit also includes photographers Jenny Lynn, John Maggiotto and David Wasserman, and painters Jeffrey Jonczyk and Matt Lisenby.
Season Preview runs through August 27, with an opening reception from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, August 4 in Industry-a Gallery, 439 N. Sixth Ave., No. 165. Regular gallery hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call 792-2620.