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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:00 am

THEATER

Thursday to Sunday,June 12-Aug. 30

• Come along for a time travel through American History at Naomi and Michelle’s Excellent Adventure featuring some great hits from the 80’s. Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Great American Playhouse, 13005 N. Oracle Road; $15.95-$17.95, $7.95 children; 512-5145.

Thursday to Sunday, June 12-Aug. 31

• Catch the new Gaslight Theatre musical comedy adventure “Ghostblasters”. Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday; 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $16.50-$18.50; $8.50 children; 886-9428.

Tuesday to Sunday, June 17-22

• Catch a performance of Jersey Boys, Broadway in Tucson’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical about rock-and-roll Hall of Famers the Four Seasons. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $25-$125; 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Friday to Sunday through June 29

• Catch a performance of G. Bernard Shaw’s classic tale Pygmalion of a professor teaching a girl proper English. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; the Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave., Suite 154; $18, $16 seniors and students; 260-6442.


MUSIC

Thursday, June 12

• Bring a lawn chair and listen to the jukebox favorites from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s featuring  Tucson Bandstand at the Oro Valley Concert Series presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 6 p.m.; Oro Valley Marketplace, Century Theatres Courtyard, Oracle and Tangerine Roads; free; 797-3959.

Friday, June 13

• Enjoy a live interactive Native American musical performance by Sound Healer, Hoop and Eagle Dancer and Spiritual Teacher Tony Redhouse. Details: 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Bookmans, 3733 W. Ina Road; free; 579-0303.

• Enjoy Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square featuring smooth jazz saxophonist, flutist and keyboardist Butch Diggs presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 7-9 p.m.; 814 E. University Blvd.; free; 797-3959.

• Listen to the music of country superstar Ronnie Milsap. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $26-$69; 547-3040.

• Listen to the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artist Gavin DeGraw and acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson with Christian Burghardt opening the show. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Casino del Sol Ava Amphitheater; 5655 W. Valencia Road; $25-$65; 855-765-7829.

Saturday, June 14

• Enjoy a tribute to the great American singer-songwriters of the 1970’s at TAD Management’s Time in a Bottle featuring the music of major superstars such as Jim Croce, Van Morrison, Carole King, and James Taylor. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.

Sunday, June 15

• Bring your dad and enjoy some hot numbers at Julie Anne’s Jazz. Details: 1 p.m.; Sunflower Community Center, 9401 N. Sunflower Park Drive; $12.

Tuesday, June 17

• Don’t miss the country music group Lady Antebellum: Take Me Downtown Tour. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $50-$65; 800-344-9435.

Friday, June 20

• Listen to the music of a true American songwriter Michael Martin Murphey who has left an indelible mark on our music landscape with hits going back to the early 1970’s. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $10-$54; 547-3040.


SPECIAL EVENTS

Thursday to Sunday, June 12-15

• Don’t miss the new Ringling Bros., & Barnum & Bailey circus show Legends featuring daring feats and spectacles of strength for the whole family. Details: 7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Convention Center Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.; $22-$87; www.ticketmaster.com.   

Saturday to Sunday, June 13-14

• Don’t miss the Park Place Guitar Festival presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance featuring live guitar performances, music exhibitors, and kids’ activities. Details: 6-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.; free; 797-3959.

Saturday, June 14

• Help raise funds for The Children’s Museum Tucson at the 10th Annual Father’s Day Weekend Golf Classic with contests, raffle prizes, lunch and awards. Details: 6:30 a.m. registration, 7:30 a.m. shotgun start; Hilton El Conquistador Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road; $175 or $700/foursome; 792-9985 ext. 112 or www.childrensmuseumtucson.org.

• Support our troops at the Flag Day event at Chicos when 10 percent of all sales goes directly to SaddleBrooke Troop Support to assist needy military, veterans, and their families. Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 7003 N. Oracle Road, (Casa Adobes shopping center); 825-4220 or 1mallnut@gmail.com.

• Celebrate Ted DeGrazia’s 105th Birthday with cake and ice cream while you stroll through the gallery grounds to see the art and architecture of this acclaimed artist. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan Road; free admission, donations welcome; 299-9191.

• Help raise funds for the gibbons to get a home makeover at Brew at the Zoo: Ales for Apes presented by Reid Park Zoo and FreedomSmokeUSA with a wide variety of craft brews and live music. Details: 6-9:30 p.m.; 1100 S. Randolph Way; $50, $40 members, $30-$40 in advance; 791-3204.

• Enjoy an evening of music and dance at the Fiesta Mexicana fundraiser presented by Ballet Folklorico La Paloma. Details: 7 p.m.; Zuzi Dance Theater, Historic Y Building, 738 N. Fifth Ave.; $10, $6 children; 256-4041 or www.palomadancers.com.

Wednesday, June 18

• Primavera Cooks! at Feast Restaurant hosting a gourmet wine dinner prepared with help from apprentice chefs and sommeliers to raise funds supporting services for Tucson’s homeless and working poor. Details: 3719 E. Speedway Blvd.; $125 (advance reservations required); 308-3104.

Saturday, June 21

• Don’t miss the Splash! charity event showcasing art of a different color with bold fashion displays, paintings, creative food and cocktails, and music presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 6 p.m.; La Encantada Shopping Center Courtyards, Skyline Drive and Campbell Ave.; $25; 797-3959.

Saturdays through Aug. 30

• Enjoy Cool Summer Nights at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as nocturnal creatures come to life and enjoy special activities with this week’s theme Conservation Chic and Comedy with a Buffalo Exchange Fashion Show at 6:30 p.m. and Tucson Improv Movement performance at 8 p.m. Details: 5-10 p.m.; 2021 N. Kinney Road; $19.50; $15.50 youth; $6 children; 883-2702 or www.desertmuseum.org.


CLASSES & PROGRAMS

Thursdays, June 12 through Aug. 28

• Observe huge clouds of Mexican free-tailed bats that fly out from under Tucson bridges at sunset and learn about this phenomenon from Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum docents at Bat Bridge Discovery. Details: 7-7:30 p.m.; bridge at River Road and Campbell Ave. or 22nd St. and Pantano Road; free; 883-2702.

Saturday, June 14

• Learn All about Saguaros from their ecology and traditional uses to the importance as nesting habitat for local desert birds with information on pollination, growth rates, distribution, and the damaging effects of extreme cold presented by author Meg Quinn. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

Saturday, June 21

• See footage as captured by remote, timelapse cameras of parental care and more, then meet live native snakes at Melissa Amarello’s presentation Rattlesnake Family Life. Details: noon; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.


CHILDREN

Friday, June 13

• Play games with friends and meet new people at Game Day. Details: 2-4 p.m.; Geasa-Marana Library, 13370 N. Lon Adams Road; free; 594-5255.

Fridays through July 11

• Bring the whole family to Summer Safari Friday Nights at featuring zoo-keeper chats, animal encounters, artifact stations, activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts. Details: 5-8 p.m.; Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way; $9, $5 ages 2-14; 881-4753.


VISUAL ARTS

Saturday, June 14

• Celebrate Flag Day at a Summertime Social: Ice Cream in the Exhibit House and view Patriotic Native American Artworks in Tohono Chul’s Entry Gallery. Details: 2-4 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; included with $8 park admission, members free; 742-6455.

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