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Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 4:00 am

THEATER 

Thursday to Thursday, May 15-22

• Enjoy the spring dance festival presented by Flor de Liz Dance Ensemble. Details: 7 p.m.; Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road; 887-2085 or www.flordelizdance.

 

Friday to Sunday through May 25

Light Up the Sky with the Red Barn Theater production of a 1948 comedy about temperamental show-business folk. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; 948 N. Main Ave.; $16, $13 seniors and children; 622-6973.

 

Thursday to Sunday through June 7

• Catch a performance of the biting British comedy Loot spinning a frenzied web of conspiracies fueled by greed, lust and hypocrisy. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Live Theater Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $16-$18; 327-4242.

• 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, May 15

• Don’t miss the iconic country singer and songwriter Alan Jackson with his latest entry into bluegrass. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $40-$150; 800-344-9435.

 

Friday, May 16

• Enjoy Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square featuring the jazz vocals of Gigi Burton presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 7-9 p.m.; 814 E. University Blvd.; free; 797-3959.

 

Sunday, May 18

• Don’t miss the Tucson Jazz Institute’s Spring Big Band Bash featuring five bands including the Ellington Big Band upon its return from New York City competition. Details: 2 p.m.; Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.; $20, $15 seniors and students, children free; 903-1265.

• Enjoy the Tucson Flute Club Annual Recital including solos, duets, trios, and the TFC Flute Choir with an eclectic variety of compositions and styles. Details: 3 p.m.; East Gallery of St. Philip’s In The Hills Church, 4440 N. Campbell Road; free; 490-1817.

• Enjoy a performance of the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra playing native Slavic instruments and wearing colorful costumes. Details: Details: 7 p.m.; Reid Park, DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way; free; www.tucsonpops.org.

 

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.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Saturday, May 17 

• Help raise funds for Scout Troop 206 at a rummage sale, breakfast, and car wash. Details: 6:30-11 a.m.; Cross Middle School, 939 W. Chapala Drive; $5 breakfast, $7 car wash; 850-6453.

• Enjoy food and music while you browse antique and specialty vehicles at the Copper Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Vista Park, Main St., Bisbee; 520-432-5421 or www.bisbeearizona.com.

• Enjoy an evening of entertainment, games, and auctions with performances by the Canada del Oro Men’s Chorus and Tucson Desert Harmony Chorus at the Bizarre Bazaar and Auction. Details: 7-9 p.m.; MountainView Clubhouse Ballroom, 38759 S. MountainView Blvd.; $10; 591-8081.

 

Saturday to Sunday,

May 17-18

• Taste local wine, browse artisan vendors, and enjoy live entertainment at the Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival. Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Railroad Avenue, Willcox; $15; 520-766-3000.

 

CLASSES & PROGRAMS

 

Thursday, May 15 

• Discuss Great Literature of All Times led by Dr. Bill Fry featuring this month’s selection Washington Irving’s “Tales of the Alhambra.” Details: 10 a.m.-noon; Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free; 594-5580.

• Dive into the classification, biology, identification, and conservation of Raptors Part 3: Owls with Jeff Babson for a closer look at these remarkable nocturnal creatures. Details: 6-8 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $17, $12 members; 326-9686.

 

Thursdays, May 15 and 29

• See the changes that have come to the cactus forest in the last 80 years and think about what the next 80 years will look like at the Changing Cactus Forest. Details: 3 p.m.; Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail; free; 733-5153.

 

Friday, May 16

• Hop in your car for a journey through 25 million years of earth history while you observe the varied landforms of the desert – bajadas, washes, and outcrops at the Drive-Through Geology Tour. Details: 2-3 p.m.; Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail; included with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5153.

 

Saturday, May 17 

• Learn about the Chiricahua Mountains: History and Nature inhabited by Apaches, then by homesteaders and miners with unique rock formations, wildlife refuge, and botanic reserve presented by William Ascarza. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

 

Tuesday, May 20 

• Engage with the Oro Valley Discussion Group on current issues guided by reason and civil discourse co-facilitated by Marlene Schiller and Wil Eastland. Details: 1-3 p.m.; Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free; 594-5580.

 

Wednesday, May 21 

• Learn about a nine-acre desert park with plants salvaged from development by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society Rescue Crew at Jessie Byrd’s presentation Pima Prickly Park and Cactus Rescue. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

 

OUTDOORS 

Friday, May 16

• Explore the world of nocturnal birds on a guided walk at Nature Night: Owling Walk. Details: 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Tucson Mountain Park Ironwood Picnic Area, 1548 S. Kinney Road; free; 615-7855.

 

Saturday, May 17

• Help eradicate buffelgrass and fountain grass in Tucson Mountain Park with the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers. Details: 7-10 a.m.; 2020 N. Kinney Road; free; call 615-7855 for meeting location.

 

CHILDREN

Thursday, May 15 

• Break up your day at Lunch and Tumble for preschoolers and kindergarteners where they will enjoy games, open play, and story time while you run your errands. Details: noon-2 p.m.; Heart and Soul Gymnastics, Dance and Fitness, 8363 N. Oracle Road; $15, $10 sibling; 818-7974 or  www.heartandsoulgymnastics.net.

 

Friday, May 16 

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

 

Saturday, May 17 

• Enjoy crafts, activities, prizes, and Camp Expo at School’s Out, Freak Out for young girls presented by The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. Details: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tucson Mall Center Court; free; 293-7330 or www.tucsonmall.com.

 

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.

 

FILM

 

Thursday, May 17

• Bring blankets or lawn chairs to a Movie in the Park featuring Great & Powerful Oz on the outdoor screen presented by the Marana Parks and Recreation. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Dove Mountain Community Park, 12405 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.; free; 382-1950.

 

Monday-Tuesday, May 19-20

• Check out the works of students at the Pima Community College Digital Arts’ Digital Film and Video Screening with different programs each night. Details: 7 p.m.; Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; free admission; 206-6986.

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