THEATER

Saturday to Sunday, Aug. 16-17

• Get swept away by the grandeur and pathos of the musical Les Miserables presented by Arizona Onstage Productions. Details: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Berger Center for Performing Arts, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.; $25-$50; 882-6574.

Saturday, Aug. 23

• Laugh out loud with popular stand-up comic Carlos Mencia. Details: 8 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $30; www.startickets.com.

Saturday to Sunday, Aug. 23-24

• Enjoy the St. Andrew’s Bach Society Concert featuring the Artifact Dance Project, violinist Lauren Roth, and the SABS Chamber Orchestra in a new full-length ballet set to Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1713 E. University Blvd.; $18, $10 students; 808-2122 or www.standrewsbach.org.

Friday to Sunday through Aug. 30

• Catch a performance of Molly Sweeney, a poetic tale of a woman blind since infancy who is given the chance to see, exploring her fantasies and expectations of how modern medicine will change everything she’s ever known including the lives of those closest to her. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $20, $18 seniors/students; 327-4242.


MUSIC

Thursday, Aug. 14

• Bring a lawn chair and listen to the Zydeco Louisiana bayou dance party and Creole mix of  Dr. Mojo and the Zydeco Cannibals 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.

• Listen to multi-instrumentalists Oscar Fuentes, Tom Fetter, John June, and Mike Olson who make up the new group Borderland explore the roots of the music which is found on both sides of the border through rock, blues, Latin, and jazz. Details: 7-10 p.m.; Monterey Court, 505 W. Miracle Mile; 207-2429.

Friday, Aug. 15

• Tap your toes to a critically acclaimed production full of humor and hip-swiveling at Robert Shaw’s Salute to Young Elvis – Heartbreak Hotel featuring authentic costumes and top-notch musicians. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.

Saturday, Aug. 16

• Enjoy Estun-Bah Concert: Tony Duncan, Apache cane flute and Darrin Yazzie, acoustic guitar, blending traditional and contemporary musical styles capturing the true essence of Indian America. Details: 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $15, $12 members; 622-6014.

Sunday, Aug. 17

• Don’t miss long-running major rock band ZZ Top and legendary guitarist Jeff Beck. Details: 7 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $35-$115; 800-344-9435.

Monday, Aug. 18

• Enjoy the Blues and Soul Explosion – a Salute to the music of The Blues Brothers. Details: 7 p.m.; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $19.95; 888-9428.

Tuesday, Aug. 19

• Listen to multi-talented Randy Newman performing songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $49-$83; 547-3040.


SPECIAL EVENTS

Wednesday to Sunday, Aug. 13-17

• Celebrate the bounty of southeast Arizona during the rainy season at the Tucson Bird and Wildlife Festival featuring field trips, workshops, nature expo, and more to support the work of Tucson Audubon. Details: various times and programs; Riverpark Inn (festival headquarters), 350 S. Freeway; festival@tucsonaudubon.org or www.tucsonaudubon.org.

Saturday, Aug. 16

• 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 Harmonies featuring a variety of musical performances, young musicians, and a special build-your-own instrument activity station. Details: 5-10 p.m.; 2021 N. Kinney Road; $19.50; $15.50 youth; $6 children; 883-2702 or www.desertmuseum.org.

• Help raise funds for the Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance at the Salsa and Tequila Challenge featuring a culinary competition with unique recipes and drinks and entertainment by Ballet Folklorico La Paloma and local flamenco music performers. Details: 6 p.m.; La Encantada Shopping Center, Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue; $55, $45 in advance; 797-3959 or www.saaca.org.

Sunday, Aug. 17

• Primavera Cooks! hosting a multi-course, wine-paired meal prepared with help from apprentice chefs and sommeliers to raise funds supporting services for Tucson’s homeless and working poor. Details: Sunday, Aug. 17; Tavolino Ristorante Italiano, 2890 E. Skyline Drive; or Wednesday, Aug. 20, Pastiche, 3025 N. Campbell Ave.; $125; 308-3104.

Saturday to Sunday, Aug. 23-24

• Shop fine regional artisans and listen to live strolling musicians from acoustic violin to bluegrass at the Hilton Indoor Summer Fine Art Festival presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Hilton El Conquistador Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road; free admission; 797-3959.


CLASSES & PROGRAMS

Saturday, Aug. 16

• Don your apron and prepare yourself for a grand desert foods feast at the end of the Prickly Pear Harvest class where you will learn about harvesting, making jelly, and more. Details: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road; $60, $55 members; 883-2702.

• Learn how you can Make Flower Essences from Your Garden and Yard, subtle vibrational remedies that address emotional, spiritual, and mind body issues, presented by Deborah Mayaan, MA, founder of The Desert Heals Essences. Details: 10-11 a.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $12, $7 members; 326-9686.

Sunday, Aug. 17

• Expand your mind at the Keeping Time in Early Modern Europe Summer Lecture Series presented by the UA Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies conducted by grad students and faculty with this week’s topic “George Washington Was Really Born on Feb. 11: The Disruption of the New Gregorian Calendar 1582.” Details: 10:15 a.m.; St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.; free; 626-5448.

Wednesday, Aug. 20

• Get tips on choosing plants and pots that enhance your patio, plant for success and care for your potted gardens at expert Marylee Pangman’s class A Flourishing Potted Garden. Details: 8:30-10 a.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $12, $7 members; 326-9686.

• Revisit the route of the classic travel book Native Roads, A Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations with author and historian Jim Turner offering new information on this fascinating land. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.


CHILDREN

Saturday, Aug.  16

• Meet the dancing Duncan family at When We Dance: Native American Hoop Dancing Lessons and Storytime presented by Tony and Violet Duncan and family, an event just for kids. Details: 11 a.m.-noon; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.


FILM

Friday, Aug. 15

• Bring a blanket or lawn chair for a screening of A Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams presented by the Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: dusk; Reid Park, Demeester Performing Arts Pavilion, 900 S. Randolph Way; free; www.saaca.org.

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