SILENCE IS GOLDEN. An extremely rare silent Marlene Dietrich stars in I Kiss Your Hand, Madam, Robert Land's 1929 portrayal of a Parisian divorcee who loses her divorce papers.
It's a comedy in German with English subtitles. And Marlene is joined by Harry Liedtke, Pierre de Guingand and Karl Huszar-Puffy. The film launches the UA's Department of German Studies Fall Film Series tonight at 7:30 p.m. The free screening takes place in the Modern Languages Auditorium located just off Second Street near Mountain Avenue. Free parking is available in any of the Zone 1 lots or at meters on Second Street. For details, call 621-7385.
THE BIG GUYS. Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mussorgsky. Can't get much bigger than these composers. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra launches its 74th season with piano soloist Awadagin Pratt tickling the ivories.
Pianist Horacio Gutierrez, scheduled to perform with the symphony, canceled because of an arm injury. As a result, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4 has been replaced on the program.Instead, Pratt, an acclaimed pianist noted for his musical insight and intense performances, will play one of the best known piano concertos in the repertoire, Beethoven's majestic Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor").
Beethoven wrote the "Emperor" concerto in Vienna while Napoleon's armies besieged the city. No one knows where the nickname "Emperor" came from, although, a French army officer said following the premiere, "(it is) an emperor among concertos." The program also features Tchaikovsky's "Capriccio Italien, Op. 45," known for its lighthearted gaiety and described by the composer himself as "an Italian fantasia on folk tunes for which I believe a good future may be predicted." And, finally, there's the massive and somber "Pictures at an Exhibition"--Mussorgsky's 1874 homage to his friend and artist Viktor Hartmann.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for Music Director George Hanson's pre-concert talk with Pratt at the Tucson Convention Center's Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets cost $14 to $41. Call the box office at 882-8585 for details.
BUDDHA GIRLS. The power of women in Tibetan Buddhism is long recognized by monks in seclusion (that tells you something).
Mentors of Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok quickly saw him as a reincarnated Yogi. Tulku spent his early years in Buddhist retreat at his monastery in Pemaköd in northeastern India. At 15, he undertook and completed the nine-year Khenpo degree at Namdroling Monastery in south India. Now he's a resident teacher with the Vairotsana Foundation in Santa Barbara, Calif., assisting Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche since 1999.
From 7 to 9 p.m., he'll address the power of women in Buddhism. His tours throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Texas illuminate questions and answers in English. Come hear him at the Providence Institute at 1126 N. Jones Blvd. near Speedway Avenue. Suggested contribution is $12. Tomorrow join the guided meditation and visualization, Tara: The Female Buddha, from 10 a.m. to noon at Living Community Center, 330 E. Seventh St. Call 290-6889 for more information about both events.
NOW MORE THAN EVER. Celebrate Sabino Canyon Day from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Why? The canyon's 100 years old today.
Tucson's treasure--a Forest Reserve in the Santa Catalina Ranger District--came close to burning down this summer. Thankfully, it didn't. Today's activities and educational presentations are for the whole family and include hikes, narrated nature walks, firefighter gear display and demonstrations on ecosystem, caves, ecology and the impact of forest fires on fish and animals.
Shadz Utterback Alumni Band provides the music. Smokey Bear makes a cameo. And the U.S. Forest Service and firefighters who fought the Bullock Fire get a special recognition.
Sabino Canyon is located at 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road just past Sunrise Drive. Call 749-1900 for details.
TALKING ABOUT IT. Small groups of Jews, Christians and Muslims are talking about religion, history and personal experiences. No politics allowed.
Interfaith conversations are the brainchild of Congregation Ner Tamid, The Islamic Center of Tucson and St. Francis in the Foothills Methodist Church. Interested and intrigued folks are invited to overcome prejudice by getting to know each other on a human level.
Groups meet at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Church, located at 4625 E. River Road near Swan. Call 299-9063 for more information.
THE WOMEN. Translated, that would be Las Doñas. And Tucson's Doñas are being honored today in the Arizona State Museum's Gran Tardeada for significant contributions to the community.
Living Doñas to be honored include Cele Peterson, Livia Leon Montiel, Esther Tang, Genevieve Whalen, Ofelia Vargas, Elizabeth Krucker and Joana Diamos. They were selected by Los Descendientes, an organization committed to preserving the unique cultural influences and language derived from the Spanish, Mexican and Territorial periods. In addition to honoring these women, the evening hosts a fashion show of traditional Mexican costumes from the museum's collections. Tucson's Official troubadour Ted Ramirez and the Santa Cruz River Band perform Mexican corridos and original love songs. Researchers demonstrate how they can help you trace your family history. And the museum's Native Goods Gallery displays photographs by Jose Galvez, who will be on hand to sign his latest book, Vatos.
It all starts at 5 p.m. at the museum, located at University Boulevard and Park Avenue. General admission costs $15 and $10 for ASM and Descendientes members. For details, call 626-8381.
SWEET SONGS. Their name is Fruit. Might it be because they sing such sweet and juicy harmonies?
They've been compared to the Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco with an Australian twist. The quintet hails from Adelaide and formed in 1995. Their goal was to create music that stretches boundaries and fires the imagination. Horn player and lead vocalist Mel Watson is a four-time winner of the South Australian Music Industry Awards. Susie Keynes and Sam Lohs play electric and acoustic guitar and share lead vocals. Catherine Oates plays bass guitar and adds backing vocals. Drummer Yanya Boston brings a churning world groove to Fruit's percussion and also sings back-up.
They've been here before, back in 2000. Now they'll weave tender ballads, grinding blues, scorching torch and rocking reggae on the stage at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 at Antigone Books, Brew & Vine, CD City and Enchanted Earthworks, or drop your $12 at the door. Call 440-4455 for more information.
PRACTICE WAR NO MORE. For a month, between two fateful dates--September 11 and October 7--the American Friends Service Committee Arizona Area Program hosts a No War on Iraq campaign to galvanize opposition to President Bush's proposed invasion of Iraq.
As events unfold this very minute in the heated militarized zone, the AFSC asks some hard-hitting questions: How many more children and other innocent people will die if we invade Iraq? Will an attack make people in the U.S. safer? Could Saddam Hussein be replaced by someone as bad or worse?
The campaign includes a free screening at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Cradle of Civilization is a window into Iraq from its archaeological past to its culturally rich present. Plus find out more about the candlelight vigil taking place next Monday, October 7, for the one-year anniversary of the bombing of Afghanistan.
The screening takes place at the Quaker Meeting House, 931 N. Fifth Ave. Call 623-9141 with questions.
INDIE VOICE. In conjunction with the Autonomous Media Conference--taking place in Tucson October 3-6 where everything from a how-to session on building your own FM radio station to basic pre-press skills will be covered--comes an evening of alternative video.
At 7 p.m., Access Tucson's Studio A screens two films. 9.11 follows the people of New York City as they speak out in the aftermath of events on September 11, 2001. Responding with spontaneous memorials, public sites of grief and discourse and mobilizing links with the broader anti-globalization movement, these folks aren't sitting still. The film offers a critical perspective on U.S. policy and documents the media treatment, racial backlashes and community response and was produced by the New York City Independent Media Center.
The second film, Argentina 2002 investigates how neo-liberal economics of the IMF and World Bank have left this country, once the model of development, in ruin. It chronicles the people's resistance in April of 2002 as it manifested in street blockades, factory occupations and asambleas--spontaneous neighborhood gatherings.
The screenings take place at Access Tucson, 124 E. Broadway Blvd. Suggested donation is $5 and proceeds benefit the upcoming Autonomous Media Conference. For details on both the conference and the screenings, call 628-8720.
WE'LL ALL BEGIN ON PAGE ONE. What would happen if everyone in Pima County read, and discussed, the same book? One Book/One Community is a project of the Tucson-Pima Library Foundation with the Tucson-Pima Public Library. They just may be able to pull it off. The project includes events and discussion groups in libraries, bookstores, schools and other community sites.
They'll start with Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima. Pima County Board of Supervisor Sharon Bronson and Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup both describe this book as a Southwestern literary classic. "We have chosen a book that will reaffirm the richness of the culture in our area," echoes Bronson. Published in 1972, Anaya's first novel was awarded the National Medal of Arts. The story follows Antonio through a small New Mexican town.
The official kick-off party for the program starts at 5 p.m. with music and cocktails and is followed by readings of selected passages, interpreted by local personalities at 6 p.m. The Michael Ronstadt Trio provides entertainment, plus there's a raffle. The free reading takes place at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. On October 16, Anaya joins a panel of scholars to talk about his book. For details on where you can find (or how you can start) a discussion group and information on the panel or kick-off party, call 881-9876.
A HAPPY SHOSTAKOVICH. He'd be proud to have a three-day Legacy Series in his honor.
UApresents launches its chamber music series with concerts by the Emerson String Quartet. Violinist Philip Setzer curated the series. Each concert offers a look at the final three quartets composed by Shostakovich as well as similarly profound compositions by classical composers whose work influenced Shostakovich.
The Emerson Quartet seems unequaled in its handling of the work. The San Francisco Chronicle boasts that the quartet "musters a distinctively muscular sound that is simultaneously gritty and lyrical and shapes it with rare unanimity into performances marked by vitality and rhythmic life."
That should make Shostakovich happy. On Tuesday they'll perform his "String Quartet No. 13 in B Flat Minor, Op. 138" along with work by Bach (selections from "Art of the Fugue") and Haydn ("The Seven Last Words of Christ"). Today they'll perform his "String Quartet No. 14 in F Sharp Major, Op. 142" along with String Quartets by Beethoven. And tomorrow they'll play his "String Quartet No. 15 in E Flat Minor, Op. 144" along with a Schubert Quartet.
Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. Tickets cost $50 per concert or $150 for the series. Student discounts are available. For reservations or information, call 621-3341.