Dual Guitars

The Carlos Almaraz Memorial Concert and Tribute at the Dorill B. Wright Cultural Center Saturday will feature acoustic guitar virtuosos Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah.

The duo--whose latest album "Primal Magic" recently topped record charts--performs rhythms ranging from rumbas to African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds.

"They're not at the top for nothing," event coordinator Michael Mora said. "We're all in for a real treat."

Strunz and Farah will be accompanied by a six-member band.

Opening the concert will be the Mendez-King Group, featuring guitarist Manuel Mendez and flutist Garret King. The Ojai residents perform South American and Spanish music, including light jazz and classical.

"Their music is a wonderful complement to Strunz and Farah," Mora said.

The concert--beginning at 8 p.m.--will be preceded at 7 p.m. by an exhibit featuring the artwork of Carlos Almaraz and others. Almaraz, an internationally acclaimed artist, died of complications from acquired immune deficiency syndrome in 1989.

The cultural center is at 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme.

The event is sponsored by El Concilio del Condado de Ventura. Proceeds will benefit AIDS Care Inc. and the Latino Health Coalition. Admission is $15. For more information, call 656-1115 or 654-1248.

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