Friday to Sunday, July 4-6

• Catch a performance of The Comedy Genius of Ben Franklin featuring selections from the comic writings of one of the founding fathers of the United States. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; the Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave., Suite 154; $10-$12; 260-6442.

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, 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.

• Enjoy the music of renowned country 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

• Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening concert featuring the folk music of Fried Squirrel presented by the Friends of Catalina State Park. Details: 6:30 p.m.; Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road; $7/vehicle park admission; 825-9122.

• 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.

Tuesday, July 15

• Take a trip down musical memory lane at the Happy Together Tour celebrating 60’s music with The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, Chuck Negron, formerly of the Three Dog Night, Mark Farner formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, and Mitch Rider and The Detroit Wheels, and Gary Lewis and The Playboys. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $34-$72; 547-3040.

Friday, July 18

• Enjoy the unique rock ‘n’ roll style of singer, songwriter, and actor Chris Isaak. Details: 8:30 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; www.startickets.com.


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.

• 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.

• Celebrate the fourth with a Red, White and Bluegrass Barbecue with live entertainment, a buffet, and fireworks. Details: 5:30-8 p.m. (buffet), 8:45 p.m. (fireworks); Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive; $44, $22 children; 572-3000.

• 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.

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.


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.

• Learn All About Baja de Sur through a visual presentation on whales, dolphins, sea lions, birds, plants, archaeology, and culture presented by Katie Iverson and John Gentile of Wild Spirit Journeys. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

Thursday, July 10

• 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.

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 Desert Electric presented by Tucson Electric Power featuring presentations and demonstrations about lightning and energy along with Circus Amperean - Electricity Extravaganza. Details: 5-10 p.m.; 2021 N. Kinney Road; $19.50; $15.50 youth; $6 children; 883-2702 or www.desertmuseum.org.


Wednesday, July 9

• Help eradicate buffelgrass and fountain grass in Tucson Mountain Park with the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers. Details: 6-9 a.m.; 2020 N. Kinney Road; free; call 615-7855 for meeting location.


Friday, July 4

• Celebrate America’s birthday with a special Kidpendence Day where families will have the opportunity to decorate patriotic hats, participate in a geyser competition, paint fireworks and more. Details: noon-4 p.m.; Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave.; $8; 792-9985.

Saturday, July 5

• Sing along with the wacky multi-generation Evans Family Musical Merriment and the Civic Orchestra of Tucson 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.

• Learn how insects use chemicals to communicate, trick predators and survive environmental extremes at Science Saturday - Fizz Boom WOW! Stink bugs, Skunk Beetles and more! presented by Christina O’Connell. Details: 2-3 p.m.; Wheeler Taft Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive; free but tickets distributed one hour before presentation; 594-5200.

Tuesday, July 8

• Learn how to juggle the easy way with juggling scarves that float through the air, giving even beginning learners a chance to progress at the Juggling Show and Workshop for ages 12 and up presented by James Reid. Details: 4-5 p.m.; Wheeler Taft Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive; free but tickets distributed one hour before presentation; 594-5200.

Saturday, July 12

• Time to hoop it up at the AZ Knights 3 on 3 Tournament for girls and boys ages 11-14. Details: 7 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. games; Marana Middle School, 11279 W. Grier Road; $75/team; 255-6012 or jjackson2726@yahoo.com.

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.

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