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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:00 am

THEATER

Friday to Sunday through May 4

• Enjoy Spring Collection as the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre presents Sam Watson’s “Tales and Rhymes” bringing to life the dark tales from the Brothers Grimm and the lighthearted tales from the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday; 1737 E. University Blvd.; $12-$25; www.dance.arizona.edu.

 

Friday to Saturday, May 9-10

• Enjoy Pima Community College Dance Fusion embracing current, contemporary and classical choreographic themes and concepts intermixing styles such as ballet, belly dance, and flamenco.  Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $10; 206-6986.

 

MUSIC

 

Thursday, May 1

• Enjoy the Pima Community College Music season finale Wind Ensemble Concert under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $6; 206-6986.

• Listen to the UA Philharmonic Orchestra Concert under the direction of Matthew Spieker. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road; $5; 621-1162.

 

Thursday to Saturday, May 1-3

• Celebrate 32 years of Mariachi music and culture at the International Mariachi Conference. Details: 6 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. Saturday; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $10-$40; 800-344-9435 or www.tucsonmariachi.org

 

Friday, May 2

• Enjoy Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square featuring the hip, urban sound of Sylvan Street presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 7-9 p.m.; 814 E. University Blvd.; free; 797-3959.

• Enjoy the Pima Community College Fashion Design and Clothing department production Lights! Camera! Fashion! Details: 7 p.m.; Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $5 suggested donation; 206-6986.

Saturday, May 3

• Listen to the Southern Comfort Bluegrass Band. Details: 3-5 p.m.; Sunflower Community Center, 9401 N. Sunflower Park Drive; $10. 

• Listen to the legendary Tucson Boys Chorus Pops Concert performing a light pops repertoire. Details: 3 and 7:30 p.m.; Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; $15-$20, $8 children; 296-6277.

• Listen to the Pima Community College Music Orchestra Concert featuring high school and college students and community adults. Details: 3 p.m.; Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $6; 206-6986.

• Listen to the toe-tapping bluegrass of Peter Rolland’s Americana String Ensemble at the Marana Summer Concert Series. Details: 7 p.m.; Crossroads at Silverbell Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road; free; 797-3959.

• Enjoy the music of the national award-winning Ellington Jazz Band. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25; 825-2818.

• Listen to the music of Mexican pop icon Gloria Trevi. Details: 8 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; www.startickets.com.

 

Sunday, May 4

• Listen to the Tucson Girls Chorus presented by St. Philip’s In The Hills Friends of Music. Details: 2 p.m.; St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.; $15 suggested donation; 299-6421.

• Enjoy the Pima Community College Music Chorale and College Singers Concert featuring a mixed-voice a cappella choir under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng. Details: 3 p.m.; Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $6; 206-6986.

• Listen to one of the most celebrated musicians of our time Renée Fleming who has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center. Details: 7 p.m.; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $35-$105; 621-3341.

 

Wednesday, May 7

• Enjoy a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms performed by singer, songwriter, dancer and musical activist Johnny Clegg. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $23-$39; 547-3040.

 

Saturday to Sunday, May 10-11

• Enjoy the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra final concert of the season featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and guitar soloist Roberto Capocchi. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $23, $21 in advance; 825-2818; or 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte; $20; 308-6226.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Wednesday to Sunday, April 30-May 4

• Get a big dose of Tucson’s local music greats in the spirit of New Orleans jazz at the Parish Music Fest while you dine in a southern fusion gastropub. Details: 5 p.m. dinner, music at 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m. weeknights; The Parish, 6453 N. Oracle Road; 797-1233 or www.TheParishTucson.com.

 

Thursday to Saturday, May 1-3

• Browse many categories of books, CD’s, DVD’s and more at the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library Spring Book Sale. Details: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free admission; 594-5580.

 

Saturday to Sunday, May 3-4

• Bring the entire family to the Tucson Folk Festival featuring more than 200 musicians performing family-friendly music, dance and entertainment. Details: noon-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; El Presidio Park, 160 W. Alameda St.; free.

 

CLASSES & PROGRAMS

 

Wednesday, May 7

• Take an insider look into the natural history, ecology, and conservation of jaguars and ocelots to learn about Secrets of the Spotted Cats from Pinau Merlin of the UA/USGS Jaguar Survey and Monitoring Project. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

 

Saturday, May 10

• Learn how you can transform your everyday snapshots into creative memories with tips from Parks in Focus program manager Bret Muter at Beginning Nature Photography for Phone and Point-And-Shoot Photographers. Details: 9-11 a.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $12, $7 members; 326-9686.

 

Sunday, May 11

• Bring your own found objects to create Recycled Metal Flowers with instructors Rich and Ann Bates. Details: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $15, $10 members; 326-9686.

 

Monday to Saturday,May 12-17

• Take an Insider Tour: Chaco Culture National Historical Park hosted by archeologist Gwinn Vivian to study the ruins and explore theories that surround this mysterious culture. Details: meet at National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $990, $945 members (includes transportation, meals, lodging, and entrance fees); 622-6014.

 

OUTDOORS

Friday, May 2

• Take a 3-mile Cactus Hike on the Yetman trail with botanist Meg Quinn to enjoy the showy flowers of our local cacti and learn about their ecology and uses. Details: 7-9:30 a.m.; Yetman Trailhead, 400 N. Camino de Oeste; free but reservations required; 615-7855.

 

Monday, May 5

• Go Birding at Sweetwater Wetlands with a local birding expert on a guided walk to see a great variety of bird life. Details: 7:30-9 a.m.; Sweetwater Wetlands, 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive; free; 615-7855.

 

CHILDREN

Thursday, May 1

• Don your fairy attire and celebrate May Day at The Mini Time Machine making giant paper flowers, playing dress-up, and listening to Fairy Godmother stories. Details: 10 a.m.-noon; 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive; $6; 881-0606.

 

Saturday, May 3

• Try a hands-on experience with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson’s Instrument Petting Zoo and find your hidden talent at Magical Music for Kids presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 10 a.m.; Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive; free; 797-3959.

 

Sunday, May 4

• Don’t miss the TSO’s Just for Kids Grand Finale Concert featuring the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and TSO String Quartet with a southwestern musical retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Details: 2 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; donations welcome; 547-3040.

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