'Everyone Under the Sun'Pride Week
June 17 through June 27
The organizers of Pride Week 2004 have been so bold as to invent a week made up of 10 days. At least they've got the schedule to back it up.
A social mixer kicks off the event at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Doubletree Hotel; miniature golfing and fish frys are on the schedule the next two days. At 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19, there will be a Catalina Park memorial vigil for Philip Walsted, the victim of a 2002 hate crime; attendees can meet at Wingspan (300 E. Sixth St.) after the event for refreshments and talk.
Head back to the Doubletree from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 20, for the Queer Wedding Expo, hit the Gay West performance of "Ladies of the Temple" at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, and wrap the celebration with Pride Week Community Bowling from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 27.
In between those events, you'll find gay youth dances, gay skates, relationship blessings, law nights (at which GLBT issues will be discussed), book and poetry readings, bar nights and more. A complete schedule of events can be found at the above Web address.
Appearing ActStage Magician of the Year Contest
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Monday, June 21
7010 E. Broadway Blvd.
While you were sleeping, Assembly 136 of The Society of American Magicians (motto: "Magic, Unity, Might") made their plans for the 2004 Stage Magician of the Year Contest, in which the area's most talented magicians vie for the trophy, title and respect of their peers.
The competition is serious--participating magicians are evaluated not only by the audience, but by a panel of five judges (three magicians, two muggles) who award points based on a set of six criteria. Magicians must prove they can quickly establish their presence and engage the audience; show up in a great wardrobe with high-quality props; exude personality and confidence; demonstrate the smoothness of their technique; ensure that the performance itself is both interesting and, well ... magical; and provide "entertainment value" beyond compare.
So what kind of performance wins a competition of this caliber?
"Well," says Norm Marini, who won the 2003 competition along with his wife, Melody, "I got put in a straightjacket and my wife got tied to a chair with 100 feet of rope, and then we had a contest to see who could get free first."
Tickets to the show are $10, available at Williams Magic & Novelties, 790-4060.
From Slums to SwankMilonga -- Tango Social
9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 19
hilton El Conquistador Resort
10000 N. Oracle Road
If you think tango is only for the elite--men and women with roses clenched between their teeth and money falling out of their pockets--think again. Like reggae, jazz and blues, tango belongs to the working class.
In the early 19th and 20th centuries, tango was the escape and outcry of the people who lived in the arrabales (slums) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. A pair of tango musicians, Angel Villoldo and Alfredo Gobbi (along with his wife, singer Flora Rodriguez de Gobbi), traveled to Paris in 1907 to make records, and soon, tango was sweeping the globe, becoming a worldwide craze that spawned endless variations. (America, not surprisingly, took the sex out of it.)
Thanks to its "low-class" origins (milongas were originally very humble, semi-clandestine gatherings), the tango was scorned in its home country until the '30s and '40s, when it experienced what Tucsonan tango dancer Mara Carlson, trained in Buenos Aires, describes as its "golden age."
Tango's true devotees kept Argentine tango alive during the following period of political oppression in Argentina; here's your chance to become a part of that tradition.
Beginning and intermediate dancers--as well as those who simply love to watch--are all welcome at this event. Join Carlson and others by bringing $5 to the door of Dos Locos Lounge, and lose yourself in the beauty of the always-ferocious Argentine tango.
The Real Lord of the RingsSaturn Talk; Star Viewing
5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 19
UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
1629 E. University Blvd.
After seven long years, the Cassini spacecraft is close to its final destination--the ringed planet of Saturn. Many local scientists are involved with the Cassini-Huygens mission, and three of them offer you a chance to find out more about it this Saturday night.
Bob Brown, Jonathan Lunine and Marty Tomasko will speak and answer questions about the mission, while kids can keep busy with hands-on activities like crater-making. Once darkness falls, head outside to the UA Mall for a star party, scheduled to start sometime around 6 p.m. Although Saturn itself can't be seen at this time, you'll get fantastic views of Jupiter, cloudbands and the four Galilean moons, not to mention a comet named NEAT.
The event is free, but kids should be signed up for activities by 5:45 p.m. The Flandrau Planetarium, just next door to the Lunar and Planetary Lab, will also be open, though regular admission prices apply. Watch for a Titan moon event in mid-July: With a thick atmosphere, it's described as being similar to Earth in its primordial-ooze phase, and Cassini intends to drop a probe on it.