RISING STARS. The temperature skyrockets today when Rising Star Entertainment hosts the punk-pop outfit Fenix*tx.
Hailing from Lotus-land and riding the tide of their recent hit single, the melodic and edgy "Speechless," the band recently completed a tour with blink-182 and Silverchair.
Show time is 5:45 p.m. in the UA Memorial Student Union Cellar. Tickets are available for $5 at CD Depot, the University Activities Board office, and by calling 621-5779.
COP CONFLICT. Confrontations between the police and racial minorities are detailed in a lecture by noted civil rights attorney John Burris.
Author of Blue vs. Black, Burris has been at the forefront of many controversial disputes involving police brutality, most notably the case between Rodney King and the Los Angeles Police Department.
Burris discusses some of the best known and most disturbing cases of recent times in a talk entitled Let's End the Conflict Between Cops and Racial Minorities. The UA Associated Students host his appearance in recognition of Black History Month.
Free lecture runs from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 209 of the African American Student Affairs office, 1322 E. First St. Call 621-3419 for details.
HARMONIC ROOTS. Well-rooted vocals combine with force when Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir appear in Tucson.
The five-woman a cappella ensemble weaves a rich, innovative tapestry of African-American gospel and blues. Their stunning performances result in part from Tillery's extensive research into spirituals, work songs and related folk forms. Backed by hand percussion, the high-energy band has been a big hit at major festivals in Canada and the United States.
Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir take the stage at 8 p.m. in the International Arts Center, 516 N. Fifth Ave. Advance tickets are $14, available at Antigone Books, Hear's Music and CD City, and by calling 327-4809. Tickets cost $16 at the door.
PEDAL PUSHERS. Sweat your way out of gridlock with the Community Bike Ride.
Actually, the rides are leisurely, friendly affairs. But they push a dead-serious point: there's no way out of chronic traffic jams and gritty pollution without embracing alternative ways of getting from here to there. And bikes offer one of the best methods for avoiding auto-overload.
Riders meet at 4:30 p.m. the last Friday of every month in the Time Market Parking lot, 444 E. University Blvd. Ride lasts approximately one-and-a-half hours. Call 792-1334 for information.
NATIVE SCENE. Get your hands on top indigenous art at the Southwest Indian Fair 2000.
Hosted by the Arizona State Museum, the premiere show features contributions from more than 100 of the region's most outstanding artists, all under temperate February skies. The artists are on hand to discuss their work, ranging from textiles, basketry and kachina dolls to pottery and rugs. Entertainment includes music, storytelling and fashion shows, along with plenty of great native cuisine.
Southwest Indian Art Fair 2000 runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow, at the Arizona State Museum, on the UA campus inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Admission is $2. For information, call 626-8381.
TIKE TUNES. Tucson's Symphony Orchestra regales rugrats with another Just For Kids family concert.
The rollicking show features TSO's Brass Quintet blowing through a special adaptation of Camille Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals."
Free performance begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Oro Valley Town Hall Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Canada Drive. For information, call 797-3959.
ANCIENT TALE. Ethnologist Dr. Barney Burns discusses the evolution of arts and crafts among Mexico's rugged Tarahumara region.
A co-founder of Tucson's Native Seeds/SEARCH, and author of The Other Southwest: Indian Arts and Crafts of Northwestern Mexico, Burns has been visiting and trading with the region's Rarimuri people since 1969. Through slides and stories he presents a history of the Rarimuri, detailing their remote lifestyle, and discussing the ways an evolving craft industry in their homeland has affected them. A variety of crafts and books will be on sale.
Presentation runs from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St. Admission is $8, $6 for NS/S members. For information, call 622-5561.
SEASONAL SOUNDS. The Catalina Chamber Orchestra warms up for the coming season with their annual spring concert.
We know there hasn't even been a winter so far, but fine music is fine anytime. The orchestra tackles several ageless classics, including Beethoven's "Egmont Overture"; Muczynski's "Concerto for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra," featuring Michael Hester on sax; and Mahler's "Ruckert Lieder," featuring alto Korby Myrick.
The Catalina Chamber Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. in the Catalina Foothills High School auditorium, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive. A recital by Music Academy of Tucson students precedes the performance at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, and available by calling 1-800-638-4253.
EGEN ON EDGE. Take a gander at cutting-edge work by Ned Egen in Utterback Middle School's G.A.S.P. Gallery.
The busy gallery, a venue for "Great Art by Students and Professionals," showcases Egen's latest sculptures, eclectic and intriguing works in metal. "Rusty, pitted and twisted iron contribute to my inspiration," he says, "to shape and assemble discarded objects in ways which lighten my spirit."
Ned Egen -- Metal Sculpture continues through March 31 at Utterback's G.A.S.P. Gallery, 3233 S. Pinal Vista. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 617-6100.
JAZZ BLAST. Tucson's hottest cats blow steam for the AZ Jazz Faculty concert.
America's original music is on tap with this brass-and-ivory blast, featuring Tom Ervin on trombone, Kelland Thomas on sax, and Jeff Haskell on piano. Guest artist Robin Horn rounds out the ensemble on drums.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in UA Crowder Hall, on the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway Boulevard and Park Avenue. Tickets range from $5 to $10, and are available at the UA Fine Arts box office, and by calling 621-1162.
TOSSED TIERRA. Old Town Pot Shop and Gallery gets down to basics with Earthbound: Ceramics by Joni Pevarnik.
Pevarnik is known for her ability to create stoneware that's both beautiful and functional, as well as for her stunning Raku vessels and salt-fired pieces. Her work is "inspired by the brilliant sunshine of Arizona," she says, "and the way that sunshine reflects off all that it touches. My Raku employs the various hues that copper gives off when it reflects the light."
The same dynamic informs her clay work. But added is the "mystery that clay provides. Each time you throw a pot on the potter's wheel, your mind relaxes and seems to meld with the spinning clay. Then, the fire has its own effect and the maker is soon an observer as the flame does its magic on each piece."
Earthbound: Ceramics by Joni Pevarnik continues through March 18 at Old Town Pot Shop and Gallery, 186 N. Meyer Ave. Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 620-1725 for information.
TWO-LANE TRADITION. The UA Center for Creative Photography celebrates print history with Arizona Highways: Sharing the Tradition.
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Arizona Highways, the exhibit features work by photographers who helped shape the visually stunning magazine over three generations. In turn, these lensmen also helped forge the world's image of our arid land.
The show continues through April 9 in the Center for Creative Photography, at the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway Boulevard and Park Avenue. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Today, the Center hosts From Land Scrapers to Landscapes, a 5:30 p.m. slide lecture by Arizona Highways Director of Photography Peter Ensenberger and Photography Editor Richard Maack. They'll detail the magazine's rich past, and its relationship to exhibition artists.
For information on the lecture or exhibit, call 621-7968.
TREK TALK. Tour exotic highlands during a slide show by doctors Thomas Anderson and Tulsi Uprety.
The presentation includes the temples of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and Pokhara, along with "incredible" mountain vistas and the Nepalese countryside they encountered during a five-day trek. The show highlights a tour the adventurous pair have planned for May.
Presentation runs from 6 to 7 p.m. in the PCC West Campus Aztec Building, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Admission is free. Call 327-3851 for details.
MILLENNIAL VERSE. The UA Poetry Center hosts a symposium and reading featuring poetry powerhouses Louise Glück and Dana Levin.
The author of eight books of poetry and one collection of essays, Glück won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for The Wild Iris. Her work has garnered plenty of recognition, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the William Carlos Williams Award, and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. A teacher at Williams College, she makes her home in Cambridge, Mass.
Dana Levin's first book, In the Surgical Theatre, received the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize, and was recently published by Copper Canyon Press. She's received fellowships, grants and awards from such venerable institutions as Pushcart Press, The Academy of American Poets and the Ucross Foundation. She currently teaches at the College of Sante Fe.
Glück and Levin participate in a colloquium on the state of poetry in Room 250 of the UA Swede Johnson Building, 1111 N. Cherry Ave. A reading follows at 8 p.m. in the UA Modern Languages Auditorium, east of the Administration Building and north of the main Mall. Both events are free. For information, call 321-7760.