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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:37 pm

THEATER

Thursday to Sunday, April 17-27

• Enjoy a performance of the suspense-filled and cleverly written murder-mystery by Agatha Christie—The Mousetrap presented by Pima Community College Theatre Arts. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Black Box Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $15 and up; 206-6986.

 

Saturday, April 26

• Laugh out loud with stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias at his Unity through Laughter World Tour. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $35-$75; 800-344-9435.

 

Saturday to Sunday,

April 26-27

• Discover the romance, humor and wonder of Hans Christian Anderson’s world as the Tucson Regional Ballet performs the Princess and the Pea along with the timeless classic Les Sylphides. Details: 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave.; $18-$20; www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Saturday to Saturday through April 26

• Catch a performance of the Arizona Theatre Company’s Venus in Fur that that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., $53-$67; 622-2823.

 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 4

• Catch a performance of the comic romp Let’s Kill Grampa by Tucson’s own Pere Summers. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. 1st Ave., Suite 154; $16-$18; 260-6442.

• Follow the development of a December-December relationship between a feisty widow and a crusty widower who find love late in life at the play Southern Comforts. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $18; 327-4242.

 

Thursday to Sunday through June 7

• Catch a performance of the Great American Playhouse’s latest production Quest of the Cavemen. Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Great American Playhouse, 13005 N. Oracle Road; $15.95-$17.95, $7.95 children; 512-5145.

 

Thursday to Sunday through June 8

• Re-live the summertime 60’s in Surfside, California at Beach Blanket Bee-Bop. Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $16.50-$18.50; $8.50 children; 886-9428.

 

MUSIC

 

Thursday, April 17

• Listen to the Pima Community College Music presentation of Mark Nelson: The Melodious Tuba. Details: 7 p.m.; Recital Hall, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $8; 206-6986.

Friday, April 18

• Enjoy Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square featuring award-winning pop and rhythm and blues vocalist Crystal Stark presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 7-9 p.m.; 814 E. University Blvd.; free; 797-3959.

• Hear the uplifting story of South Africa’s past, present and future through tribal, traditional and popular gospel music performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir. Details: 8 p.m.; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $23-$50; 621-3341.

 

Saturday, April 19

• Enjoy the Oracle Piano Society presentation of Russian Piano Monuments featuring ASU Professor of Piano Robert Hamilton and Dr. Stephen Cook. Details: 3 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.

• Listen to the freshly composed all-original soundtrack to Buster Keaton’s classic film The General performed live on stage by a full chamber orchestra while the movie screens presented by ChamberLab. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $10; 547-3040.

 

Wednesday, April 23

• Listen to the music of the University of Arizona’s School of Music’s Top Guitarists. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $25, $22 in advance; 825-2818.

 

Friday, April 25

• Enjoy a Spring Concert: Classical Guitar and Piano performed by internationally-acclaimed musicians Michael Lich and Ji Sun Lee. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $15, $12 members (must be prepaid); 622-6014 or www.wnpa.org.

• Listen to great hits at A Salute to Burt Bacharach performed by vocalist Julie Anne and band led by Eric Westfall at the Tohono Chul Park Rhythm Night concert series. Details: 7 p.m.; 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $25, $20 members; $15 students; 742-6455.

 

Sunday, April 27

• Listen to the Tucson Concert Band performing “Chestnuts and War Horses,” treasures of the wind band literature which have stood the test of time. Details: 3 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $23, $20 in advance; 825-2818.

• Enjoy the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West featuring 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians under the command of Captain Jason S. Plosch. Details: 3 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; free admission but tickets must be obtained in advance; 547-3040.

• Listen while Bobby McFerrin and his band “spirityouall” reinvent Americana with new ingredients into the melting pot. Details: 7 p.m.; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $35-$75; 621-3341.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Thursday to Sunday,

April 17-27 

• Bring the entire family to the old-fashioned Pima County Fair featuring exhibits, food, stage concerts, and other live entertainment, carnival rides, educational exhibits, and a gem and mineral show. Details: 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday; Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road; $8, $3 ages 6-10, $5 parking; 762-9100.

Saturday, April 19

• Visit the Naranja Park Archery Ranges, see demonstrations, learn archery basics, visit with archery equipment vendors, and see a competitive Easter Shoot presented by the Arizona Bowhunters and Field Archery Association at Archery Demo Day. Details: 8 a.m.-noon (archery demos), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Easter Shoot); Naranja Park, 660 W. Naranja Drive; free admission; www.orovalleyaz.gov.  

 

CLASSES AND PROGRAMS

 

Thursday, April 17

• Learn how to harvest, process, cook and consume cactus flower buds at the Cholla Bud Workshop taught by ethnobotanist Martha Burgess. Details: 8-11 a.m.; Tucson Mountain Park Desert Discovery Center, 7798 W. Gates Pass Road; $15 (reservations required); 615-7855. 

 

Saturday, April 19

• Learn the basics of residential systems at Irrigation in the Desert presented by business-owner and award-winning designer Jason Isenberg.  Details: 10 a.m.-noon; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $17, $12 members; 326-9686.

• Learn about the rodents, carnivores, hoofed mammals, bats, and other furry desert inhabitants at Jeff Babson’s presentation Arizona’s Mammals. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

• Join a discussion on real threats of harassment, bullying, domestic violence, and sex trafficking with educator Tim Wernette at Keeping our Daughters Safe from Victimhood. Details: 12:30-3:30 p.m.; YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave.; free admission but donations welcome; 884-7810 or www.YWCATucson.org.

• Identify and learn about Night Bugs of the Sonoran Desert at Outdoor Family Days for families with children ages 5-12. Details: 7:30-9 p.m.; Tucson Mountain Park Desert Discovery Center, 7798 W. Gates Pass Road; free; 615-7855.

 

Tuesday, April 22

• Explore the amazing world of dragonflies and damselflies at naturalist Jeff Babson’s presentation Dragons and Damsels. Details: 8-10 a.m.; Sweetwater Wetlands, 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive; free; 615-7855.

 

Wednesday, April 23 

• Hear about our state’s best places from authors and longtime activists Donna and George Hartz at their talk Arizona’s National Parks and Monuments. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

 

Saturday, April 26 

• Join the Amerind Foundation for a Native American Craft seeking to foster and promote knowledge and understanding of the Native Peoples of the Americas. Details: 11 a.m.-noon; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; included with  $13 garden admission, $7.50 children; 326-9686.

 

Wednesday, Thursday,

and Saturday, May 7-8,

14-15, and 17

• Learn about disaster preparedness and how you can assist emergency responders at Community Emergency Response Training (CERT), a 20-hour Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved course offered by the Town of Oro Valley Citizen Corps Council. Details: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday; Oro Valley Police Department Tangerine Substation Training Room, 1920 E. Tangerine Road; pre-registration required; contact Cassidy at 229-4964, csumpter@orovalleyaz.gov; or Scott Ingram, Oro Valley CERT Director at 576-0292.

 

OUTDOORS

 

Saturday, April 19

• Learn about the night sky and do some stargazing at a Star Party with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association who volunteer their expertise and telescopes. Details: 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road; $7/vehicle park admission fee; 628-5798.

 

CHILDREN

 

Saturday, April 19

• Make baskets, bunny masks, and do an Easter Egg Hunt. Details: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (egg hunt at 11 a.m.); Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. 6th Ave.; $8; 792-9985.

 

Sunday, April 20

• Bring your family and celebrate spring at the Garden Egg Hunt, visit the Garden Bunny, and enjoy a spring-themed kids’ activity. Details: 10 a.m.-noon; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; included with $13 garden admission, $7.50 children; 326-9686. 

 

Wednesday, April 23

• Bring the entire family to Sesame Street Live! Make a New Friend to explore the  universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities. Details: 3 and 6:30 p.m.; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $16-$52; www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Saturday, April 26

• Bring the kids for a rocking concert with professional musician Laurie Berkner who has been called “the queen of children’s music.” Details: 1 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $12-$27; 547-3040.

 

VISUAL ARTS

 

Monday to Friday through May 9

• View Pima Community College’s Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, 2202 W. Anklam Road; free; 206-6986.

 

HEALTH

 

Thursday, April 17

• Find out What You Need to Know About Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery from board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Rex Cooley, D.O. Details: 4 p.m.; Northwest Medical Center, Classroom D, 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd.; free; 866-694-9355.

 

Tuesday, April 22 

• Learn about primary hyperparathyroidism symptoms and treatments at Too Much of a Good Thing: Calcium and Bone Fractures presented by board-certified surgeon Dr. Lilah Morris. Details: 4 p.m.; La Paloma Urgent Care Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive; free; 866-694-9355.

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