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Happenings -- Week of May 21

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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 4:00 am


Friday, May 30

• Enjoy an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy with Emmy-nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? Colin Mocherie & Brad Sherwood. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $28-$72; 547-3040.

• Laugh out loud with singer, comedian, ventriloquist and celebrity impressionist Terry Fator who burst onto the national scene after winning “America’s Got Talent” in 2007. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $25-$65; 800-344-9435.


Saturday, May 31

• Laugh out loud with comedian, singer, and writer Rodney Carrington. Details: 8 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $27.50 and up; www.startickets.com.



Thursday, May 22

• Listen to Robert Shaw and his live band bring to life the authentic Cash sound at Man in Black – the Music of Johnny Cash. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.


Thursday to Saturday, May 22-24

• Do some toe-tappin’ and knee slappin’ at the Arizona Banjo & Ukulele Blast featuring workshops, jamming, and concerts by renowned performers. Details: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Omni Tucson National Resort, 2727 W. Club Drive; $25/3-day pass; 400-7826.


Saturday, May 24

• Enjoy the unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms performed by the Gipsy Kings. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $46-$89; 547-3040.


Sunday, May 25

• Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and listen to the Tucson Pops David Sitton Memorial Day Concert featuring the Rosamunde Overture and Broadway show-stoppers. Details: Details: 7 p.m.; Reid Park, DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way; free; 722-5853 or www.tucsonpops.org.


Monday, May 26

• Honor the brave men and women from Southern Arizona who have served at the inspirational Memorial Day Hero’s Salute featuring the Arts Express Choir and Brass with special soloists. Details: 3 p.m.; University of Arizona Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road; $20 reserved seating; www.arts-express.org.


Saturday, May 31

• Spend An Intimate Evening with Justin Hayward, lead guitarist and vocalist of legendary rock band The Moody Blues. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $27-$69; 547-3040.


Sunday, June 1

• Listen to Musica Sonora - The Italian Concert featuring the cornetto, a wind instrument with a cup mouthpiece and a sound like a boy soprano performed by Alexandra Opsahl joined by singers Melanie Germond, Karen Knudson, Arizeder Urreiztieta, and organist Jeffri Sanders with gems from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque. Details: 3 p.m.; Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St.; $15, $5 students; 628-8119.


Tuesday, June 3

• Spend An Evening with Stephen Stills, legendary singer-songwriter, guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer whose career has spanned six decades. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $36-$66; 547-3040.


Friday, June 6

• Listen to the Whitney Houston Tribute performed by accomplished South African vocalist Belinda Davids. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $29-$49; 800-344-9435.



Saturday to Monday, May 24-26

• Celebrate the life and times of the Old West’s famous lawman in “the town too tough to die,” with costumed entertainers, gunfights and street skits, a chili cook-off, stagecoach rides at Wyatt Earp Days. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; downtown Tombstone; free admission; 888-457-3929.


Saturday, May 24, June 28, July 26, Aug. 23, Sept. 27

• Have a fun-filled evening featuring food, drinks, and live music at Sunset Saturdays at the Gardens. Details: 5-8 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $9, $5 members, $4 ages 4-12; 326-9686. 


Friday to Sunday, May 30-June 1

• Talk with hundreds of vendors, compare prices, learn the latest strategies for green building, remodeling, gardening and get show discounts at the Pima County Home and Garden Show. Details: noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Convention Center Exhibit Halls, 260 S. Church Ave.; free admission; 800-745-3000.


Sunday, June 1

Primavera Cooks! at Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails 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: 135 S. Sixth Ave.; $125 (advance reservations required); 308-3104.


Saturday, June 7

• Browse a variety of specialty vendors showcasing crazy, quirky plants and strange pottery at the Weird Plant Sale. Details: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; free admission during sale; 326-9686.



Friday to Sunday,May 30-June 1

• Write your own work of genius with tips from literary nonfiction author Christopher Cokinos at the Insider Tour: Creative Writing Inspired by Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument along with a visit to a world-class collection of pre-Columbian Mimbres pottery in Silver City, New Mexico, and a tour of the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona, sponsored by the Western National Parks Association. Details: meet at National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $570, $525 members (includes transportation, meals, lodging, and entrance fees); 622-6014 or www.wnpa.org.

Wednesday, May 28 

Let’s Explore the Desert! with author and naturalist Doris Evans for a close-up look at its wonders. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.


Saturday, May 31

• Bring the tropics home to your desert oasis with tips from potted garden expert Marylee Pangman at her class Tropical Plants Inside and Out. Details: 9-11 a.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $12, $7 members; 326-9686.



Wednesday, May 28

• Take a 3-hour walk through the canyon over moderately difficult trails with a volunteer naturalist to learn about birds, insects, and plants at Ned’s Nature Walk. Details: 8:30 a.m.; Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road; free with $5 parking fee; 749-8700.



Friday, May 23

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


Fridays, May 23-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.


Sunday, May 25

• Bring the kids for the tap and jazz showcase of The Roaring 20’s and Ballet Sleeping Beauty presented by the Academy of Ballet recommended for ages 4 and older. Details: 2 p.m.; Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave.; $14; 800-745-3000.


Sundays, May 25-Aug. 31

• Bring the kids to S.T.E.A.M. Sundays featuring science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics learning, exhibits, and activities. Details: 10 a.m.; Children’s Museum Tucson, 

200 S. Sixth Ave.; $2; www.childrensmuseumtucson.org.


Wednesday, May 28

• Use rubber track replicas to recreate animal tracks and learn how to identify tracks in the wild at Animal Tracking. Details: 2 p.m.; Flowing Wells Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road; free; 594-5225.



Saturday, May 24 

• Let the film Those Who Came Before: Southwestern Archeology in the National Park System transport you to some of the most spectacular archeological sites in the American Southwest where the compelling cultural legacy of pre-Columbian Puebloan peoples has been unearthed and preserved. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.



Tuesday, May 27

• Discover lifestyle choices that can help you prevent Type 2 diabetes, minimize symptoms and improve your health at Diabetes: Prevention and Management conducted by Pima County Health Department nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator Linda Dingle. Details: 2 p.m.; Wheeler Taft Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive; free; 594-5200.

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