Saturday, April 12

• Escape to a magical land of enchantment with Illusionist Michael Howell in Parallax with proceeds benefitting the Fox Theatre and Rose Ranch Animal Rescue. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $14-$16, $12 children; 547-3040.


Saturday to Sunday, 

April 12-13

• Enjoy a performance of Arizona Opera’s production of the comic masterpiece of wit, wealth and domestic warfare Don Pasquale set in 1950’s Hollywood. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $25-$125; 293-4336.


Saturday to Saturday

through April 26

• Catch a performance of the Arizona Theatre Company’s Venus in Fur that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., $53-$67; 622-2823.


Friday, Saturday, and

Sunday through May 4

• Catch a performance of the comic romp “Let’s Kill Grampa” by Tucson’s own Pere Summers. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. 1st Ave., Suite 154; $16-$18; 260-6442.

• Follow the development of a December-December relationship between a feisty widow and a crusty widower who find love late in life at the play Southern Comforts. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $18; 327-4242.




Thursday, April 10

• Bring a lawn chair and listen to the old school rhythm and blues of Mr. Boogie Woogie 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.


Friday, April 11

• Enjoy the Rhythm Nights concert series Big Band: From Beatles to Bop, featuring Mike Crotty and Deater O’Neill with Big Band Express. Details: 7 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $25, $20 members, $15 students; 742-6455 or

• Listen to the Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli tribute to the jazz of Nat King Cole. Details: 8 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $41-$65; 547-3040.


Friday and Sunday,

April 11 and 13

• Tap your toes down memory lane with the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus at their spring concert Medleys by the Oldies. Details: 7 p.m. Friday; Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; or 4 p.m. Sunday; Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road; $20, $15 in advance; 404-3148 or


Saturday, April 12

• Take a musical journey at the Tad Management re-creation of a Frankie Valli concert experience December ‘63. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.

• Listen to the contemporary music of multiple Grammy-winning recording artist Rob Thomas. Details: 8 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $45-$75;


Sunday, April 13

• Listen to the music of Van Cliburn Piano Competition finalist Nikita Mndoyants presented by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. Details: 3 p.m.; Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave.; $31, $11 students;



Wednesday, April 16

• Listen to the music of Kathy Mattea, celebrating her Appalachian culture along with her past hits and new material. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $25-$57; 547-3040.


Friday, April 18

• Hear the uplifting story of South Africa’s past, present and future through tribal, traditional and popular gospel music performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir. Details: 8 p.m.; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $23-$50; 621-3341.


Saturday, April 19

• Enjoy the Oracle Piano Society presentation of Russian Piano Monuments featuring ASU Professor of Piano Robert Hamilton and Dr. Stephen Cook. Details: 3 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.

• Listen to the freshly composed all-original soundtrack to Buster Keaton’s classic film “The General” performed live on stage by a full chamber orchestra while the movie screens presented by ChamberLab. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $10; 547-3040.




Friday, April 11

• Enjoy an evening of retro glamour and vintage lifestyle at Cocktails and Classics with art, music, dance, and culinary delights to benefit the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and Susan G. Komen Southern Arizona. Details: 5:30 p.m.; Tucson Mall Outdoor Pavilion, 4500 N. Oracle Road; $50, $40 in advance; 797-3959.


Saturday, April 12

• Bring the family and your visitors to the SaddleBrooke Spring Art and Craft Fair, featuring works of resident artists and artisans. Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; MountainView Clubhouse, 38759 S. MountainView Blvd.; free admission; 818-1000.

• Go day-tripping to glorious gardens at the Ultimate Home and Garden Tour presented by Tucson Botanical Gardens, featuring brunch, transportation to six remarkable homes, and a wine and cheese reception after the tour. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $140, $125 members; 326-9686 ext. 35.


Saturday to Sunday

April 12-13

• Do some toe-tapping and knee-slapping at the Marana Bluegrass Festival, featuring 10 top-notch bands. Details: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Ora Mae Harn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road; $12 or $20/weekend pass; under 12 free; 869-8468.

• Take the Oracle Artist’s Studio Tour, featuring more than 50 artists and artisans working in nearly every medium. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; begin at the Studio Tour Welcome Center, 1995 W. American Ave.; free admission;

• Taste wine from 20 Arizona wineries and vineyards, listen to live music, and meet winemakers from all four wine regions of Arizona at the Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival. Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Kief-Joshua Vineyards, 370 Elgin Road, Elgin; $20; 520-455-5582 or

• Celebrate aviation history and air power with military air demonstrations by the Thunderbirds and other military and civilian acts at Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona - Air Show and Open House. Details: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, 3180 S. Craycroft Road; free; 228-3406. 


Sunday, April 13

• Help raise funds for Parkinson Wellness Recovery at the Bowden PWR Hike with one to 10-mile hikes. Details: 7:30, 9:30, or 11 a.m.; Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road;







Saturday, April 12 

• Learn about the Spanish Barb horses that helped explore and settle the western United States and how they were bred and established as the horse of the missions at Maureen Kirk-Detberner and Mark O’Hare’s presentation The Horse That Father Kino Rode. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

Tuesday, April 15

• Learn about butterflies and visit Butterfly Magic after dark at the class What is That Butterfly? A Light-Hearted Look at Butterfly Classification. Details: 4:30-6 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $12, $7 members; 326-9686.


Wednesday, April 16

• Learn about the monumental architecture, exotic artifacts, and immense scale of an important phenomenon at Chaco Mystery Solved?  presented by John A. Ware of the Amerind Foundation. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

Saturday, April 19

• Learn the basics of residential systems at Irrigation in the Desert presented by business-owner and award-winning designer Jason Isenberg.  Details: 10 a.m.-noon; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $17, $12 members; 326-9686.

• Join a discussion on real threats of harassment, bullying, domestic violence, and sex trafficking at educator Tim Wernette’s presentation on “Keeping our Daughters Safe from Victimhood”. Details: 12:30-3:30 p.m.; YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave.; free admission but donations welcome; 884-7810 or




Saturday, April 12

• Take a Honey Bee Canyon Park Birding Walk to spot southwest desert birds. Details: 8-10 a.m.; Honey Bee Canyon Park, 13880 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.; 615-7855.




Saturday, April 12

• Celebrate Easter with carnival games, arts and crafts, and a candy hunt at the International Wildlife Museum’s Eggstravaganza. Details: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 4800 W. Gates Pass Road; included with museum admission; 629-0100. 

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