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Happenings -- Week of August 18

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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:00 am



Thursday to Saturday,

 Aug. 22-Nov. 16

• Don’t miss the grand opening of the Great American Playhouse and their inaugural production of Pistol Pete: The World’s Greatest Cowboy. Details: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday; 13005 N. Oracle Road; $17.95, $15.95 seniors, $7.95 under 12; 512-5145 or www.gaplayhouse.com.


Friday, Aug. 23

• Enjoy a new play reading Walken in his Shoes with an impersonation of actor and comedian Christopher Walken presented by the Arizona Rose Theatre Company. Details: 7 p.m.; Temple of Music and Art, Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave.; $5; 888-0509.


Friday to Saturday, Aug. 23-31

• Laugh out loud at The Comedy Genius of O. Henry III based on the comic stories of one of America’s most beloved authors. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave., Suite 154; $12, $10 seniors/students; 260-6442.


Friday to Sunday 

through Aug. 25

• Catch a performance of Arsenic and Old Lace about two delightful old ladies practicing their hilariously twisted version of kindness and convenience. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Red Barn Theatre, 948 N. Main Ave.; $16, $13 children and seniors; 887-6239.


Thursday to Saturday 

through Aug. 31

• Enjoy a performance of Visiting Mr. Green about a cantankerous retiree and a young corporate executive who form an unlikely friendship. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; 327-4242.




Saturday, Aug. 24

• Bring a lawn chair and listen to the Music on the Mountain Summer Concert Series featuring Nancy McCallion and Her Wee Band. Details: 12:30-4:30 p.m.; 12901 N. Sabino Canyon Pkwy., Summerhaven; free; 237-4404.

• Step back in time and enjoy Fourever Tops – A Salute to the Four Tops and the Temptations in a high energy, choreographed show specializing in the music of Motown. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818. 


Sunday, Aug. 25

• Join with fellow toe-tapping, foot-stomping bluegrass lovers for the Summer Series of Bluegrass Jam featuring the newly formed group, Saguaro Sunset Bluegrass Band. Details: 2-3:30 p.m.; The ROC, Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road; free will offering; 297-3095.


Wednesday, Aug. 28

• Spend and evening with Slaid Cleaves performing tunes from his new CD “Still Fighting the War.” Details: 7:30 p.m.; Plaza Palomino, 2970 N. Swan Road, Suite 147; 319-9966

• Rock the night away with Ted Nugent who has carved a permanent place in rock and roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $32-$62; 547-3040.


Sunday, Sept. 1 

• Wrap up the Summer Series with the innovative blend of jazz, rock, Latin, and funk of Sylvan Street presented by the Tucson Jazz Society. Details: 7 p.m.; Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Grand Ballroom, 7000 N. Resort Drive; $35, $30 in advance, $15 students/military; 903-1265. 


Wednesday, Sept. 4

• Listen to the vocals of country music’s “Gentle Giant” Don Williams with hits spanning more than 20 years. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $29-$78; 547-3040. 




Saturday, Aug. 24

• Enjoy wine-tasting and live music at the Magdalena Bash at Kief-Joshua Vineyards. Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 370 Elgin Road, Elgin; 520-455-5582 or www.kiefjoshuavinyards.com.

• Take the Salsa and Tequila Challenge presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance featuring all types of salsas from more than 40 competitors, live mariachi music, salsa dancing, and tequila-based drinks to benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank and arts in the community. Details: 5:30 p.m.; La Encantada Upper and Lower Level Courtyards, Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue; $45, $40 in advance; 797-3959.




Thursday, Aug. 22 

• Explore the classification, identification, vocalizations, and biology of Amazing Arizona Amphibians. Details: 6-8 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $17, $12 members; 326-9686.


Saturday, Aug. 24

• Celebrate cultural diversity at Summer Saturday Evenings at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum featuring a Cultural Celebration through a partnership the Hopi Foundation, Tucson Museum of Art, Tohono O’odham Nation, and the Desert Museum. Details: 6-10 p.m.; 2021 N. Kinney Road; $12, $4 ages 4-12; 883-2702.


Wednesday, Aug. 28

• Learn about alternatives and possibilities for legal, natural burial within communities throughout Arizona from Life-Cycle Celebrant and Home Funeral Guide Kristine Bentz at her presentation A Return to Natural Burial in North America: How can we make it happen locally? Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014. 


Saturday, Aug. 31

• Learn about Southern Arizona’s Butterflies, from common backyard butterflies to rare strays from Mexico from Jeff Babson of Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.



Friday, Aug. 23 

• Take a 4-mile guided hike with Sabino Canyon naturalists crossing Sabino Creek then climbing to a rocky outcrop overlooking the creek with an elevation gain of 500 feet. Details: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Catalina Hwy. milepost no. 22.9; free except for any Forest Service fees; 749-8700.


Saturday, Aug. 24

• Take a Tucson Mountain Park Birding Walk with expert Jeff Babson to spot canyon towhees, rufous-winged sparrows, Gila woodpeckers, and other birds of the desert southwest. Details: 7:30-9 a.m.; Ironwood Picnic Area, 1548 S. Kinney Road; free; 615-7855.


Tuesday, Aug. 27

• Expect to see a great variety of birds including migrating warblers and flycatchers, water birds, raptors, and other surprises on a leisurely walk with Jeff Babson at Birding at Sweetwater Wetlands. Details: 7-8:30 a.m.; 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive; free; 615-7855.




Saturday, Aug. 24

• Make crowns, paint faces, and make balloon animals at the Prince and Princess Party with fairy godmother Silly Tassie. Details: 1-3 p.m.; Bookmans, 3733 W. Ina Road; free; 579-0303.

• Enjoy the museum in the cool evening with tram tours, hands-on kids’ activities, and demonstrations by the Physics Factory at  Night Wings. Details: 5-9 p.m.; Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road; $10, members and under 12 free; 574-0462.




Sunday, Aug. 25 and Sept. 1

• Bring the kids to Science Sundays at Children’s Museum Tucson for fun, hands-on science-related activities and special guests from Tucson’s science community. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 200 S. Sixth Ave.; $2; 792-9985.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 

Aug. 27-Oct. 3

• Take a hiking adventure and learn about the history, geology, and geography of the Santa Catalina Mountains at the After School Youth Hiking Program for ages 12 to 18. Details: 3:30 p.m.; Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road; $50-$60; 229-5050 or www.orovalleyaz.gov.


Saturday, Aug. 31

• Discover little-known facts about vultures and their important role in the environment through interactive activities and crafts for the entire family at Vulture Celebration. Details: 9-11 a.m.; Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way; included with zoo admission; 837-8187.




Saturday, Aug. 24

• Let the film: Last Stand at Little Bighorn cast some light on a frequently depicted but little understood moment in American history using journals, oral accounts, and Indian ledger drawings as well as archival and feature films. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

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