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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 4:00 am



Friday to Sunday, Aug. 9-25

• 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.


Through Sunday, Aug. 18

• Catch a performance of the Arizona Onstage Productions’ Closer Than Ever musical revue with songs that celebrate the gamut of human relationships, from birth to death, love to hate, the past to the future. Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Space, 330 S. Scott Ave.; $30, $25 senior/military; $20 students; 882-6574.


Friday to Sunday 

through Aug. 18

• Laugh out loud at the spoof Upton Abbey by James Gooden featuring Giles the super-efficient butler and the British family that couldn’t do without him. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; The Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave., Suite 154; $18, $16 seniors/students; 260-6442.


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.




Thursday, Aug. 8

• Bring a lawn chair and go back to music at its roots with the rockabilly of the Outlaw Rebels 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.


Saturday, Aug. 10

• Listen to the legendary Charlie Daniels Band perform their classics spanning 50 years of record-making. Details: 8 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $20-$40; 800-745-3000.


Wednesday, Aug. 14

• Sit back and relax as Lonely Street Productions brings great music to life at You’ve Got A Friend - Music of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.

• Don’t miss “living legend” Willie Nelson in concert. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $30-$85; 800-344-9435.




Friday to Sunday, Aug. 9-11

• Get an adrenaline rush as you watch the American Bicycle Association’s competitive, bicycle motocross racing tournament, USA BMX Southwest Nationals featuring riders of all ages performing tricks, jumps, and deep turns at high speeds. Details: 11 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday-Sunday; Tucson Convention Center Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.; $8 parking fee; www.usabmx.com.

• Bring the whole family to 65th Annual Vigilante Day as authentic Wild West history comes to life in the streets of Tombstone, “the town too tough to die,” with street entertainment, a chili cook-off, 1880s fashion show, a 10K run, and more. Details: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 395 E. Allen St., Tombstone; free; 520-457-3291.


Saturday, Aug. 10

• If you enjoyed watching “Dancing with the Stars,” come to Summer Dance Expo featuring local dance professionals and amateurs displaying their talents in all types of dance presented by Studio West School of Dance. Details: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive; $5; 747-9464. 

• Bring the whole family to the 94.9 MIXfm Baby Fair featuring family products, educational materials, medical services and recreational activities, puppet show, magic show, balloon artists, Diaper Derby, and the ’Tween Zone gaming area. Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tucson Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, 260 S. Church Ave.; free; www.mixfm.com.

• Help raise funds for education and mentoring for the Visually Impaired Association (EMVIA) at the Prickly Pear Festival featuring food, drinks, jewelry, gift ideas, door prizes and a silent auction. Details: noon-5 p.m.; Holiday Inn, 4550 S. Palo Verde Ave.; $5; 290-4770.


Saturday to Sunday, Aug. 10-11

• Browse art in all mediums and genre’s, see artist demonstrations, and enjoy live music, wine, and culinary arts in air-conditioned comfort at the 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.


Tuesday, Aug. 13

• Test your spelling know-how at the family-friendly Third Annual Adult Spelling Bee Tournament of Champions. Details: 6:30-8 p.m.; Sky Bar, 536 N. Fourth Ave.; free; 622-4300.


Wednesday to Sunday, 

Aug. 14-18

• Experience birding at its best at the Tucson Audubon Bird and Wildlife Festival featuring field trips, a nature expo, workshops, and programs. Details: various times; Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway; nature expo free, fees vary for other programs; 629-0510 or www.tucsonaudubon.org.




Thursday, Aug. 8

• Join others for a civil, facilitated discussion of current events with this month’s topics Korean Peninsula, Social Security, and Sequestration at And Now, the News facilitated by Bill Adler. Details: 10 a.m.-noon; Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free; 594-5580.


Friday, Aug. 9

• Explore the fascinating lives of bats through family-friendly activities and watch bats in flight at Nature Nights: Bats, Bats, Bats! Details: 6-8:30 p.m.; Brandi Fenton Park Visitor Center, 3482 E. River Road; free; 615-7855.


Saturday, Aug. 10

• Learn about the Arts and Culture of Ancient Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians, their relationships to the natural world, religious practices and deities, and possible reasons for the eventual demise of their way of life presented by Archaeologist Allen Dart. Details: 10-11 a.m.; Brandi Fenton Park Visitor Center, 3482 E. River Road; free; 615-7855. 

• Let specially-trained energy coaches from the City of Tucson and the Metropolitan Energy Commission show you how to save money by saving energy at home at the Reduce Your Energy Wasteline Workshop and take home a conservation toolkit of your own. Details: 10 a.m.-noon; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; free with $13 garden admission; 326-9686.

• Explore one of the most successful but least appreciated insect groups, The Marvelous Nocturnal World of Moths presented by 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. 

• Bring a flashlight and wear dark clothing for Nature Nights: Evening Owl Walk to learn about these nocturnal hunters and head out on the trail in search of owls. Details: 7:30-9 p.m.; Brandi Fenton Park Visitor Center, 3482 E. River Road; free; 615-7855. 


Monday, Aug. 12

• Watch Mother Nature’s summer fireworks show at Kitt Peak National Observatory Meteor Mania and view meteor showers under dark skies for adults and families with children ages 8 and older. Details: 10 p.m.-3 a.m.; State Rte. 86; $45, $25 ages 8-16

(reservvations required); 520-318-8726.


Wednesday, Aug. 14

• Learn about the diversity of Sonoran Desert Bees, their importance to desert plants and humans, and concern for their conservation presented by coordinator of the Pollinator Partnership Stephen Buchmann. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014. 




Wednesday, Aug. 14

• 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.




Saturday, Aug. 10

• Explore and learn the way rockets take flight and build your own experiments to take home at Imagine Rockets for children 8 years and old and their adult companions. Details: 1-2:30 p.m.; Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road; free with paid or member admission; 574-0462.

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