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Weekend preview: Power of ten

  • Salvador Duran opening Friday at MAST
    Courtesy MASTSalvador Duran opening Friday at MAST
  • Wil Taylor opening Friday at Delectables
    Courtesy artist websiteWil Taylor opening Friday at Delectables

Salvador Duran opening/performance at MAST

For those who missed recent Salvador Duran solo performances, or his guest appearances with various Tucson outfits, including Calexico, Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta and Brian Lopez, Duran's art opening at MAST affords you not merely a chance to hear his duende-laden baritone, but to see his other life's work.

Duran is a painter of powerful images, reminiscent of both Mexican muralism and the brooding canvases of two European painters: the dark vision of figurative painter Francis Bacon and the palette of Abstract Expressionist Arshile Gorky. The paintings are full of the same rich kineticism of Duran's passionate performing self, and frequently confront difficult and vital cultural issues.

Salvador Duran's opening is Friday at 7 p.m. MAST Gallery, 299 S. Park. Call 720-0299 for more information.

Second City Does Arizona at Temple of Music and Art

The Second City, begun in Chicago 50 years ago, is arguably the world's best comedy troupe. Over the years, scores of Second City alums have graduated to film and television comedy stardom, including John Belushi, Joan Rivers, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Gilda Radner and John Candy.

At the invitation of the Arizona Theatre Company, the touring company has decided to turn their seasoned comedic chops to Arizona, much to our delight. "From sagebrush to Sheriff Joe, Green Valley to kokopelli, it’s time to batten down the barrel cactus because The Second City is doing a premiere comedy revue all about the AZ," says the press release. Minutemen sendups and McCain cracks would also seem imminent.

"The Second City Does Arizona, or Close But No Saguaro" opens Friday and runs through April 24 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Call 622-2823 or visit the ATC website for tickets. $26-50.

BANG! at Club Congress

BANG! The Backlot Arts Night Gala, a benefit for local film collective Pan Left Productions, will be held Friday at Club Congress. The Pan Left group has accepted 2-8 minute film submissions from filmmakers, each of which is about or was made in Tucson.

Films will include both fictional and documentary shorts, and will be screened digitally in the club. The night also features sets by musical acts Mr. Free & the Satellite Freakout, Mean Beans and Emily Spinach.

BANG! at Club Congress Friday 7 p.m.- 10 p.m. 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848.

Mark Growden with Brook Gauthier at The Screening Room

This two-night stand is not to be missed. A profile of Mark Growden and review of his new album "Saint Judas" can be found here.

In addition to two short sets by Growden, filmmaker-turned-singer/songwriter Brook Gauthier will open the show, accompanied by Brian Hullfish, Oliver Blaylock, & Paul Wright from The Missing Parts and Michael Dalzell from Molehill Orkestrah. 

Gaulthier's short film "Thresheld" will also be screened, along with two other shorts. And on top of that, The Movement Salon will be opening with an improv dance performance.

Mark Growden et al. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress. 882-0204. $8.

9 Queens Chess Fest at Hotel Congress

9 Queens is a national, non-profit organization that promotes and provides chess education to under-served and under-represented populations, especially girls and at-risk youth.

Saturday, 9 Queens is holding a free event for all ages at Club Congress. There will be lots of chess, of course, including free chess lessons, a Blindfold Speed Chess Tournament (speed chess), live music, face-painting and best of all, a human chess match, in which people are pieces.

9 Queens Chess Fest Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848. Free and all ages.

8th Annual Fiesta Grande Street Fair

A celebration of Tucson's west side culture and history of Barrio Hollywood will take place Saturday, April 10, from 9:30 a.m. to dusk and Sunday, April 11, from noon to dusk.  This event is free to the public and will take place on Grande Avenue (four blocks west of I-10) between Speedway Blvd. and St. Mary's Rd.

Just northwest of Tucson's Historic Downtown, Grande Avenue crosses through Barrio Hollywood, one of Tucson's oldest neighborhoods.  The multi-block festival will feature a kick-off parade, an exhibit of historical murals, food, live music, carnival games, and a classic car show. 

For more information, call the Ward 1 office at 791-4040.

Tucson Tattoo Expo at Hotel Arizona/Afterparty at the Surly Wench

The Tucson Tattoo Expo will be held all weekend at the Hotel Arizona. Tattoo contests and their frequent cultural companion events will be held throughout the weekend, including tattoo-inspired art, a car show, and the 2010 Tattooed Pinup Contest Saturday. 

A live music afterparty Friday at 10 p.m. includes sets from the Bordertown Devils, Texas Trash & the Hangovers and Outlaw Rebels.

Saturday, the afterparty changes venues to the Surly Wench Pub at 424 N. 4th Ave. The house dance company, Black Cherry Burlesque, will perform. Live music sets from Cadillac Steakhouse and Wolves close out the evening, which starts at 10 p.m.

The Hotel Arizona, 181 W. Broadway, hosts the expo. Admission is $10 for a one-time entry, or $20 for wristband for the weekend.

Relight the Night at the Kon Tiki

On Saturday, the grand tiki torches at the Kon Tiki will be relit, for the first time in over 25 years. To celebrate, the quirky Tucson landmark hosts the Relight the Night festival.

Performing the actual relighting ceremony will be local performance legends Flam Chen, who will be joined by The Disillusionists. The evening also features three live bands. Martin Denny-inspired exotica lounge combo, California sextet the Tikiyaki Orchestra, Las Vegas surf-hybrid  trio Thee Swank Bastards and local surf veterans Shrimp Chaperone will provide a hip soundtrack to the evening.

While we cannot wholeheartedly endorse the gargantuan, chemical cocktails or the victuals at the Kon Tiki, the evening's entertainment may be worth the consequences of a scorpion bowl or "monkeys on a stick."

Relight the Night Saturday starting at 5 p.m. at the Kon Tiki, 4625 E. Broadway. 323-7193.

Wil Taylor Opening at Delectables

An artist is frequently his own worst spokesperson. Wil Taylor describes his art thusly: "The nature of my work speaks through silence, moves through stillness, and in turn, surrenders to the dream."

Taylor's work, on the other hand, speaks quite fluently, largely in black and white prints suggestive of the work of late Victorian English artist Aubrey Beardsley. Taylor's sparse use of color is powerful.

What's more, Bisbee Americana duo Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl will play the opening. The pair play acoustically and sing beautifully, and should complete a romantic, artistic dinner at Delectables.

Wil Taylor opening Saturday 7 p.m. at Delectables, 533 N. 4th Ave. 884-9289.

Manslander Union

Disclosure: I love Jamie Manser and her beau Dan Rylander very much. So much, in fact, that I will sing them a song at their reception.

Guess what? You just got invited to a wedding. That's right, bring your best-behaved friends and celebrate the "Manslander Union" at the Rialto on Saturday. The event kicks off at 7:30, with live music from Fourkiller Flats, The Tryst, Al Perry, Cheepness, Greyhound Soul, The Kate Becker Project, Cathy Rivers, and guests The Shantowskis and me. All for free.

In lieu of a gravy boat they'll never use, the couple asks that you make a donation to the bands and the Rialto Theatre Foundation at the door.

Manslander Union Saturday 7:30 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. 740-1000.

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