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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:00 am


Sunday, June 29

• Enjoy the Gran Festival de Folklore Mexicano y Mariachi featuring Mariachi Vargas who has endured for five generations presented by Ballet Folklorico Tapito. Details: 7 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $17-$77; 800-344-9435.

Saturday, July 5

• Laugh out loud with America’s favorite comic and Comedy Central star Jeff Dunham and his beloved cast of characters on their “Disorderly Conduct” tour. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $40-$85; 800-344-9435.

Tuesday, July 8

• Experience the impossible at the Great American Playhouse presentation of It’s Magic! with award-winning magicians John Shryock, Mari Lynn and Norm Marini. Details: 7 p.m.; 13005 N. Oracle Road; $16, $8 children; 512-5145.

Friday to Sunday through July 19

• Catch a performance of Dorothy Parker’s Last Call, a one-woman show depicting the poet, critic, author, activist, and member of the infamous Algonquin Round Table who delighted in skewering the culture of the early Twentieth Century. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $20, $18 seniors/students; 327-4242.

Thursday to Sunday, through 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 through Aug. 31

• Catch a performance 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.


Friday, June 27

• Enjoy Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square featuring quartet Jazz Telephone playing original music rooted in the jazz tradition presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 7-9 p.m.; 814 E. University Blvd.; free; 797-3959.

Saturday, June 28

• Enjoy SwanRise Productions’ Rhythm Nights offering of world-class entertainment featuring international smooth jazz stars Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, and Jackiem Joyner of The Sax Pack. Details: 7:30 p.m.; JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.; www.rhythmnights.com.

Thursday, July 3

• Don’t miss an opportunity to see eyebrow-raising, endlessly surprising Kid Rock. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $62-$162; 800-344-9435.

• Don’t miss an opportunity to see renowned country music icon Kenny Rogers. Details: 8:30 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $45-$75; www.startickets.com.

Friday, July 4

• Show your spirit and wear red, white and blue to celebrate America’s birthday with patriotic songs by Arts Express Choir and Orchestra at the Let Freedom Sing Concert. Details: 3 p.m.; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $20 reserved seating, open seating free; 319-0400.

Saturday, July 5

• Kick off the Tucson Jazz Society 8th season of its Summer Series with an exciting repertoire of jazz, Latin, funk, and reggae influences performed by the Larry Redhouse Trio. Details: 7 p.m.; Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way; $20, $15 members, $10 veterans, seniors, students; www.tucsonjazz.tix.com.

Wednesday to Thursday, July 9-10

• Enjoy an evening of musical magic at the Sizzling Summer Sounds Cabaret Series featuring the Borscht Belt Boys and Girl, a trio of sensational singers celebrating the great Jewish composers and lyricists that influenced popular American song. Details: 9 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday; Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive; $50, $30 members (includes dinner); 800-933-1093 or 882-9721.


Saturday, June 28

• Take an easy-paced 15-mile bike ride on the Santa Cruz river trail ending at Menlo Park pool for a family-style picnic at the BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage) Hottest Day of the Year Benefit Ride and Pool Party. Details: 10:30 a.m.; starts at 44 W. Sixth St., ends at 1100 W. Fresno St.; $25 and up with a discount for families; www.bicas.org.

• Have a fun-filled evening featuring food, drinks, and live music by the Jeff Grubic Trio 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, July 4

• Enjoy an Old Fashioned July 4th in Tubac featuring games for kids and a “squirt-down” courtesy of the Tubac Fire Department. Details: 10 a.m.-noon; Tubac Presidio State Historical Park, 1 Tubac Road, Tubac; free park admission during event; or 4-9 p.m. live entertainment, kid’s zone, and fireworks; Tubac Golf Resort; $10 parking fee; 520-398-2704.

• Celebrate Independence Day with a family-style BBQ at the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ Four, Four, Four. Details: 4-7 p.m.; 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $4 admission July 4, 4-7 p.m.; 326-9686.

• Bring the entire family to the July 4th Celebration in Oro Valley featuring live entertainment, activities, food trucks, and fireworks. Details: 5-9 p.m.; James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia; free admission; 229-4700.

• Visit the Arizona Pavilions District for an evening of patriotic fun at the Marana Star-Spangled Spectacular featuring jumping castles, food vendors, country music by the Greg Spivey Band, and fireworks. Details: 6-10 p.m.; Crossroads at Silverbell Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road; free; 382-1946.

• Enjoy a Family-Style 4th of July in Tombstone with a softball tournament, food and fireworks at dusk. Details: Medigovich Field, 411 N. 9th St., Tombstone; 520-457-3106.


Thursday, June 26

• Discuss your essay, short story, novel, or memoir and discover creative writing techniques at the Writers’ Workshop presented by Alexis Powers. Details: 10 a.m.-noon; Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free; 594-5580.

• Take a look at Lizards of Southern Arizona, learn about their behaviors, and meet some of them in person at this family-friendly class. Details: 6-8 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $17, $12 members, $8 children; 326-9686.

Saturday, June 28

• Take a look at The Screen Legacy of the Grand Canyon State presented by Lili DeBarbieri with scenic natural desert vistas and mountains making a favorite backdrop of movies and television shows. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

Saturday, July 5

• Bring the entire family to the Ha:san Bak Saguaro Harvest Celebration featuring presentations, basket-weaving, critter displays, and saguaro syrup-making demonstrations. Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail; $5/car park admission fee; 520-647-7121.

Thursdays 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.

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 Native American Cultural Night featuring South Image Waila Music Band performing dance music developed by the Tohono O’odham people. Details: 5-10 p.m.; 2021 N. Kinney Road; $19.50; $15.50 youth; $6 children; 883-2702 or www.desertmuseum.org.


Friday, July 4

• Thank all the soldiers, sailors and airmen for their dedication, service and sacrifice for defending our freedoms at Military Appreciation Day at the International Wildlife Museum. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 4800 W. Gates Pass Road; $8, $6 ages 4-12, military free (with ID); 629-0100 ext. 385.

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.

Sundays through Aug. 17

• Follow the yellow brick road to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz with the beloved characters in a world full of wonder and excitement. Details: 1 p.m.; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $7-10; 327-4242.


Thursday, June 26

• Gain a better understanding of hip and knee pain and how surgery can help at the Joint Seminar with board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jose Alicea. Details: 4 p.m.; Northwest Medical Center Event Center, 6060 N. Fountain Plaza, Suite 130; free; 866-694-9355.

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