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



Tuesday, Aug. 12

• Spend An Evening with Fitz full of new satire, humor and cartoon fun with Arizona Daily Star Editorial Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons to help raise funds for Tu Nidito Children and Family Services. Details: 7 p.m.; Great American Playhouse, 13005 N. Oracle Road; $15.95-$17.95, $9.95 children; 512-5145.


Friday to Sunday

through Aug. 24

• Catch a performance of Peré Summers’ comedy The Stripper, The Wrestler, and Messages from Space. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; the Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave., Suite 154; $16-$18; 260-6442.


Friday to Sunday

through Aug. 30

• Catch a performance of Molly Sweeney, a poetic tale of a woman blind since infancy who is given the chance to see, exploring her fantasies and expectations of how modern medicine will change everything she’s ever known including the lives of those closest to her. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $20, $18 seniors/students; 327-4242. 




Saturday, Aug. 2

• Bring a chair and listen to an evening concert featuring Carol Markstrom - Vision Across The Range presented by the Friends of Catalina State Park. Details: 7 p.m.; Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road; $7/vehicle park entrance fee; 825-9122.

• Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and listen to the piano jazz fusion of the Larry Redhouse Trio led by the Navajo pianist Larry Redhouse at the Marana Summer Concert Series. Details: 7 p.m.; Crossroads at Silverbell Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road; free; 797-3959.

• Enjoy SwanRise Productions’ Rhythm Nights offering of world-class entertainment featuring contemporary jazz musicians Marc Antoine and Brian Simpson. Details: 7:30 p.m.; JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.; www.rhythmnights.com


Monday, Aug. 4

• Enjoy a Mariachi Extravaganza. Details: 7 p.m.; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $19.95; 888-9428.


Wednesday, Aug. 6

• Enjoy the multi-platinum artists Counting Crows featuring vocalist Adam Duritz, drummer Jim Bogios, guitarists David Bryson and Dan Vickrey, and David Immergluck, keyboardist Charlie Gillingham and bassist Millard Powers with special guest Toad the Wet Sprocket. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $30-$85; 800-344-9435.


Saturday, Aug. 9

• Enjoy a 3D experience at the cult classic Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, the smash hit multi-media laser and light show featuring the music of Pink Floyd. Details: 8 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $15; www.startickets.com.  

• Listen to the Latin pop of bachata singerPrince Royce. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $30-$85; 800-344-9435.


Saturday, Aug. 16

• Enjoy Estun-Bah Concert: Tony Duncan, Apache cane flute and Darrin Yazzie, acoustic guitar, blending traditional and contemporary musical styles capturing the true essence of Indian America. Details: 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $15, $12 members; 622-6014.




Saturday to Sunday,

Aug. 2-3

• Taste wine and food pairings, take horse-drawn winery and vineyard tours, and watch grape-stomping competitions at HarvestFest at Sonoita Vineyards. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 290 Elgin-Canelo Road, Elgin; 520-455-5893.


Wednesday to Saturday through Aug. 2

• Visit some of the country’s best birding areas at the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival featuring self-guided and guided tours, exhibits, and presentations about birds and butterflies. Details: 2047 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista; 520-515-0500 or www.swwings.org.


Wednesday to Sunday, Aug. 13-17

• Celebrate the bounty of southeast Arizona during the rainy season at the Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival featuring field trips, workshops, nature expo, and more to support the work of Tucson Audubon. Details: various times and programs; Riverpark Inn (festival headquarters), 350 S. Freeway; festival@tucsonaudubon.org or www.tucsonaudubon.org.


Saturday, Aug. 16

• Help raise funds for the Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance at the Salsa and Tequila Challenge featuring a culinary competition with unique recipes and drinks and entertainment by Ballet Folklorico La Paloma and local flamenco music performers. Details: 6 p.m.; La Encantada Shopping Center, Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue; $55, $45 in advance; 797-3959 or www.saaca.org.




Saturday, Aug. 2

• Learn about the original and reconstructed presidio, and see demonstrations of thread and yarn production from raw cotton and wool at Gayle Hartman’s presentation Reconstructing the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

• 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 Night featuring live animal presentations and a Conservation Education and Information Fair. Details: 5-10 p.m.; 2021 N. Kinney Road; $19.50; $15.50 youth; $6 children; 883-2702 or www.desertmuseum.org.


Sunday, Aug. 3

• Expand your mind at the Keeping Time in Early Modern Europe Summer Lecture Series presented by the UA Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies conducted by grad students and faculty with this week’s topic “Life’s Strange Eventful History: Navigating the Early Modern Life-Cycle.” Details: 10:15 a.m.; St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.; free; 626-5448.


Monday, Aug. 4

• Learn about the biology and adaptations of some of Arizona’s amazing creatures including rattlesnakes, scorpions, and Gila monsters at the presentation Venomous and Poisonous Creatures. Details: 11 a.m.; Flowing Wells Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road; free; 594-5225.


Tuesday, Aug. 5

• Volunteer at the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN) and help with projects ranging from decorating Care Packages to data entry at TNT – Tuesday Night at TIHAN. Details: 5-8 p.m.; 299-6647, ext. 204 or www.tihan.org.


Wednesday, Aug. 6

• Learn about the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the artists, art, and philanthropic work that is accomplished around the world as a result of this market at Stevie Mack’s presentation It’s Not a Market, It’s a Miracle. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.


Thursday, Aug. 7

• Take a special behind-the-scenes Insider Tour: Curator’s Tour of the Arizona State Museum taking you inside the vaults and other areas normally off-limits to the public. Details: meet at National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $95, $85 members (includes transportation, lunch, and museum fees); 622-6014.


Thursdays, Aug. 7-28 

• Start your day off right with a weekly invigorating and centering yoga practice in a beautiful setting led by certified instructor Laura Greenlaw at Yoga in the Gardens. Details: 8-9 a.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $40, $30 members; 326-9686.




Thursday, July 31

• Take a three-mile Mount Lemmon Wildflower Hike with botanist Meg Quinn on a cool mountain trail to seek out summer wildflowers. Details: 9 a.m.-noon; meet at Mount Lemmon Community Center, 12949 N. Sabino Canyon Pkwy.; free but reservations required; 615-7855.




Saturday, Aug. 2

• Travel through Time with the Unusual Suspects Trio meeting great composers from Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, to Duke Ellington 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.




Thursday, July 31

• Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a classic movie under the stars at the outdoor movie series Cinema La Placita with this week’s feature American Graffiti starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Paul Le Mat. Details: 7:30 p.m.; La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave.; $3 suggested donation; 326-5282.


Friday, Aug. 1

• Bring a blanket or lawn chair for a screening of Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader presented by the Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: dusk; Reid Park, Demeester Performing Arts Pavilion, 900 S. Randolph Way; free; www.saaca.org.


Saturday, Aug. 2

• Stay cool at the Marana Parks and Recreation Dive-in Movies featuring Despicable Me 2. Details: 7:45 p.m.; Marana Pool, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road; free; www.marana.com.

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