Saturday, Sept. 28

• Let Emmy-winning comedian Kathy Griffin make you laugh discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders in an adults-only show. Details: 8 p.m.; Desert Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $40-$60; 800-745-3000.


Wednesday to Sunday, Oct. 2-13

• Enjoy a performance of Pima Community Theatre Arts’ The Trumpet of the Swan, a moving story of love and friendship with triumph over a disability adapted from E. B. White’s book. Details: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $8; 206-6986.


Friday to Sunday through Oct. 5

• Catch a performance of  The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe with eight interwoven stories revealing our society at its best and worst. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $18; 327-4242.


Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 10-13

• Get ready to rock with some of the most magical idols in a musical showcase featuring tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney on Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After! Details: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 & 5 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.; $22-$57;




Friday, Sept. 27

• Come see Heather Hardy, Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen, Grams and Kreiger, Ed Delucia and Hurricane Carla all in one incredible concert Blues is Jazz. Details: 7 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $26.50, $21.50 members/active military, $16.50 students; 742-6455.


Saturday, Sept. 28

• Listen to the music of world-class jazz artists Brian Bromberg, Bill Cantos, Mari Falcone, and Tucson Jazz Institute’s Ellington Big Band at a special fundraiser, Jazz for St. Demetrios to help recover from losses from a fire earlier this year. Details: 7 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $20-35; 547-3040.


Sunday, Sept. 29

• Enjoy a Cello and Piano Autumn Concert featuring Dr. Theodore Buchholz and Elena Miraztchiyska from the University of Arizona School of Music. Details: 2 p.m.; Oracle Union Church, 705 E. American Way, Oracle; donation of non-perishables for the Tri-City Food Bank requested; 520-896-2544. 

• Listen to the Kingfisher String Quartet featuring quartets by Beethoven and Brahms presented by St. Philip’s Friends of Music. Details: 2 p.m.; St. Philip’s in the Hills Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.; $15 suggested; 299-6421.

• Listen to Pima Community College Music Good Vibrations: Symphony Low Brass featuring  members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and friends with an eclectic mix of music from the renaissance to current day. Details: 3 p.m.; Recital Hall, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $8; 206-6986.

• Bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to Music Under the Stars: Tucson Pops Fall Concert featuring trumpeter Jim Wilson and violinists George Blum and Rose Todaro. Details: 7 p.m.; DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way; free; 722-5853.


Friday and Sunday, Oct. 4 & 6

• Enjoy Opening Night of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra fall season Victorious Shostakovich! Classic 1 featuring violinist Jennifer Frautschi and conductor George Hanson. Details: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $25-$80; 882-8585.


Saturday, Oct. 5

• Don’t miss a special concert of the legendary Grand Funk Railroad whose classic rock has spanned more than four decades. Details: 8 p.m.; Desert Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $15 and up; 800-745-3000.


Saturday to Sunday, Oct. 5-6 

• Enjoy the opening concert of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra season featuring guest conductor Dimitar Karaminkov. 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 Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte; $20, under 17 free; 308-6226.Sunday, Oct. 6

• Listen to Jazz under the Stars featuring Delphine Cortez with the Joel Robin Quintet presented by the Tucson Jazz Society. Details: 7 p.m.; St. Philip’s Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave.; $35, $30 in advance, $15 students/military; 903-1265.




Saturday to Sunday,

Sept. 21-Oct. 13

• Enjoy Oktoberfest on Mount Lemmon with a festival of German food and music. Details: noon-4 p.m.; Ski Valley, 10300 Ski Run Road; free admission, $5 parking fee; 576-1400.


Friday to Saturday, Sept. 27-28

• Take advantage of the ideal planting time and browse trees, shrubs, perennials, succulents, and wildflower seeds at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Plant Sale. Details: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; 2021 N. Kinney Road; 883-2702.


Saturday, Sept. 28

• Browse carvings and watercolors at the American Indian Arts Show featuring Hopi Katsina carver Coolidge Roy Jr. and Tohono O’odham watercolor artist Michael Chiago. Details: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free admission; 622-6014. 

• Sample southwestern brews and enjoy music and games at The Great Tucson Beer Festival to benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona. Details: 6-10 p.m.; Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way; $35-$90; 296-2400.


Sunday, Sept. 29

• Lace up your sneakers and get moving with the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona at their 2nd annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K or 1 mile walk/run. Details: 7:30 a.m.; Brandi Fenton Park, 3482 E. River Road; $12-$25; 319-3149.

• Bring the whole family for Lylah-Palooza to raise funds for Lylah’s fight with cancer featuring raffles, prizes, inflatables, rides, food, and more. Details: 2-7 p.m.; James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia; or


Sunday, Oct. 6

• Bring your friends and family to the Sittin’ with Jim Messina and Friends benefit for the family of Granite Mountain Hot Shot William Warnecke featuring the Ronstadt’s, Rillito River Band, Jim Messina in concert and more. Details: 2 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $30-$75; 547-3040. 




Wednesday, Oct. 2

 • Come meet the man, not the myth, and learn the story that Hollywood didn’t tell at the one-man theater performance Wyatt Earp: A Life on the Frontier presented by contemporary Wyatt Earp, a descendent of the historic Wyatt Earp. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $15, $10 members (must be prepaid); 622-6014. 




Saturday, Sept. 28

• Take a Honey Bee Canyon Park Birding Walk with expert Marjorie Flory to spot Gambel’s quail, verdin, gnatcatchers, and other birds of the southwest desert. Details: 7-8:30 a.m.; Honey Bee Canyon Park, 13880 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.; free; 615-7855.

• Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Ironwood Forest National Monument by helping improve the habitat for the last remaining native bighorn sheep herd in the extended Tucson area. Details: 7:30 a.m.-noon; meet at the Marana Airport, Avra Valley Road; free but registration required; 628-2092.

Sunday, Sept. 29

• Don’t miss the Everyone Runs Tucson Medical Center Reverse the Course Trail Race at Catalina State Park featuring a 5.2 mile walk/run course and a 10.3 run-only course. Details: 6:30 a.m.; 11570 N. Oracle Road; $35-$55, spectators free; 797-7867.




Saturday, Sept. 28

• Have fun with dance, technique, games and prizes at the Marana Dance Kid’s Camp. Details: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Coyote Trail Elementary School, 8000 N. Silverbell Road; $35, $30 in advance; 256-7990 or

• Bring the whole family to Pima Community College Theatre Arts Family Play Date to preview a scene from the upcoming production of the Trumpet of the Swan and enjoy other fun activities. Details: 9-11 a.m.; Black Box Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; free; 206-6986.


Mondays, Sept. 30-Dec. 2

• Bring youth ages 10-14 for fun, interactive projects and activities while parents enhance their skills in communication, setting rules and consequences, and effective follow-through at the Strengthening Families Program. Details: 5:30 p.m. (meal), 6-8 p.m. (workshop); Arizona Youth Partnership Offices, 13644 N. Sandario Road; free but space is limited; 744-9595 ext. 116.

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