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Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 4:00 am

THEATER

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.

Thursday to Sunday through May 11

• Catch a performance of Dante’s Purgatorio, a poetic reimagining of a seminal work of western literature of the journey through the seven levels of sin, guided by the poet Virgil. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; The Rogue Theatre, 300 E. University Blvd.; $32; 551-2053 or www.TheRogueTheatre.org.

Thursday to Sunday through June 7

• 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 8

• Bring a lawn chair and listen to the piano jazz and vocals of  ForTheLuvvaMusic featuring the husband and wife team of Mark and Arlette Willis 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, May 9

• Enjoy the Grammy-nominated folk music of Loudon Wainwright III. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $18-$44; 547-3040.

• Celebrate the Future showcasing the winners of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition performing with guest conductor Michael Hall. Details: 8 p.m.; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $10, $5 children; 882-8585.

Saturday, May 10

• Listen to the Tucson Girls Chorus showcasing all five choirs at the Sounds of Spring concert. Details: 7 p.m.; Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.; $15-$18; 577-6064.

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.

Sunday, May 11

 • Bring a lawn chair and listen to the Tucson Pops Orchestra under the direction of Laszlo Veres featuring Stars of the Future with guest artists the Fourtissimo Saxophone Quartet. Details: 7 p.m.; Reid Park, DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way; free.

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, May 9

• Kick off the For the Birds exhibit at a Flocktail Party with live music, food and the first opportunity to bid on birdhouses before they are displayed. Details: 6-9 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $50; 326-9686 ext. 35.

Friday to Sunday, May 9-11

• See pre-1972 hot rods, trucks, muscle cars, and vintage race cars at the 40th Annual Rodders Day Show with Grand Marshall Larry “Mr. Hot Wheels” Wood presented by the Tucson Street Rod Association. Details: UA Mall, 1209 E. University Blvd.; www.tucsonstreetrodassociation.net or 869-4925.

Saturday, May 10

• Take a tour of the restored 1870’s Pusch Family Ranch house, browse the Historic, Western and Americana Artisan and Antique Fair, watch a Heritage Garden Demonstration, or visit the Farmers Market at the Steam Pump Ranch. Details: 8 a.m.-noon; 10901 N. Oracle Road; free admission; www.orovalleyaz.gov.

• Join the Antique Automobile Club of America and Tucson Vintage Motorcycle Riders Celebrating Classic Cars and the Open Road featuring the smooth rides your parents or grandparents drove along Route 66, food trucks serving 50’s diner food, and Pima County’s Living with Urban Wildlife trailer. Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; included with park admission $8 adults, $6 seniors, $2 children; 742-6455.

Saturday to Sunday, May 10-11

• Discover the Dinosaurs at an exhibit of pre-historic life for the entire family featuring 40 moving and replica museum-quality dinosaurs giving you the opportunity to actually get close and touch the dinosaurs. Details: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.; $18, $16 under 12; 791-4101 or www.discoverthedinosaurs.com.

CLASSES & PROGRAMS

Friday, May 9

• Unfold the mysteries of our nearest celestial neighbor with volunteers from the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association with telescopes set up for Moon Viewing. Details: 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Tucson Mountain Park Ironwood Picnic Area, 1548 S. Kinney Road; free; 615-7855.

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, May 12

• Get tips, guidelines, and marketing strategies at the Writing for Children Workshop presented by award-winning children’s author Marianne Mitchell. Details: 9-10:30 a.m.; Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free; 594-5580.

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.

Wednesday, May 14

• Learn what it meant to be A Woman Forest Fire Fighter in Parks from Linda Strader, who was hired in 1976 at a time when women in such challenging jobs were simply not accepted. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

Thursday, May 15

• 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


OUTDOORS

Saturday, May 10

• Take a 3-mile Cactus Hike 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.; Sweetwater Preserve, 4000 N. Tortolita Road; free but reservations required; 615-7855.

Wednesday, May 14

• 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.


VISUAL ARTS

Wednesday to Friday through May 9

• View Pima Community College’s Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, 2202 W. Anklam Road; free; 206-6986.


FILM

Saturday, May 10

• Discover the definitive film biography of an exceptional woman, with photographs, footage, and writings from her years in Alaska lobbying for wilderness conservation at the screening of The Mardy Murie Story: Arctic Dance by Craighead Environmental Research Institute. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.


HEALTH

Thursday, May 8

• Get your questions answered about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal disorders from neurosurgeon Tim Putty, M.D. at a Spine Seminar. Details: 4 p.m.; Northwest Medical Center Event Center, 6000 N. Fountain Plaza, No. 130; free; 866-694-9355.

Friday, May 9

• Learn about mental health issues at the 13th Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium sponsored by the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry in collaboration with the Arizona Nurses Association, Arizona Psychological Association, and Arizona Psychiatric Society. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive; $50-$100; 626-1392 or www.wmh.arizona.edu.

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