Pima Air & Space Museum

Learn about air pressure, aircraft stability, and the four forces of flight with a series of experiments during a special event being held at the Pima Air and Space Museum on Aug. 17. The museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road.

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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.




Friday, Aug. 16

• Enjoy the Main Gate Square Jazz Summer Concert Series presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance featuring Hot Club of Tucson. Details: 7-9 p.m.; Main Gate Square, 814 E. University Blvd.; free; 797-3959.


Saturday, Aug. 17

• Catch the Mov’In & Groov’in Tour featuring Cameo, Morris Day and The Time and Evelyn “Champagne” King. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $38-$85; 800-344-9435. 


Wednesday, Aug. 28

• 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.




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. 15

• Beat the heat and enjoy an evening of visuals and vocals at Twilight Third Thursdays featuring art by C.J. Shane and the rock, pop, and country music of The Cordials. Details: 5-8 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $9, $5 children, $5 members, $3 member children; 326-9686.


Friday, Aug. 16

• Come out to Monterey Court for the Friday Night Beer Tasting featuring different craft breweries with their unique brews. Details: 5-7 p.m.; 505 W. Miracle Ct.; free admission and reduced price appetizers; www.montereycourtaz.com.


Saturday, Aug. 17

• Ride the wind and shoot the breeze with Sonoran Desert Flyers on National Model Aviation Day featuring a model aircraft demonstration and airshow. Details: 8 a.m.-noon; Naranja Park, 660 W. Naranja Drive; free; www.sonorandesertflyers.us.

• Help raise funds for the Equality Now foundation dedicated to promoting equality for women throughout the world at Can’t Stop the Serenity: screening of Serenity and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog. Details: 6 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $8-$10; 547-3040.


Tuesday, Aug. 20

• Celebrate Tucson’s Birthday with a Flag Raising Ceremony at Presidio San Agustin del Tucson. Details: 6-8:30 p.m.; 133 W. Washington St.; free; 837-8119.


Wednesday, Aug. 21

• Help raise funds supporting services for Tucson’s homeless and working poor at Primavera Cooks! with a multi-course meal prepared by apprentice chefs and sommeliers. Details: Pastiche, 3025 N. Campbell Ave; $125; 308-3104.


Saturday, Aug. 24

• 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, and salsa dancing as well as 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. 15

• Discuss Great Literature of All Times led by Dr. Bill Fry with this month’s selection Vachel Lindsay – “From the Congo and Other Poems.” Details: 10 a.m.-noon; Oro Valley Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free; 594-5580.

• Learn easy ways to harvest and process prickly pear fruits to make your own prickly pear juice and lemonade at the Prickly Pear Fruit Workshop with Desert Harvesters’ Amy Valdés Schwemm. Details: 4 p.m.; Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market; free; Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, www.communityfoodbank.com.


Saturday, Aug. 17

• Enter into the world of nature photography with fine art photographer Vicky Stromee with a discussion of basic digital camera operations and techniques and head out into the gardens to take your best shots at the class Introduction to Nature Photography. Details: 9 a.m.-noon; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $20, $15 members; 326-9686.

• Learn about the world of lightning photography at Cool Summer Nights at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Details: 6-10 p.m.; 2021 N. Kinney Road; $12, $4 ages 4-12; 883-2702.


Tuesday, Aug. 20

• Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour inside the vaults and other normally off-limits areas at the Western National Parks Association Insider Tour-Curator’s Tour at Arizona State Museum. Details: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; depart from National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $95, $85 members; 622-6014 or www.wnpa.org.


Wednesday, Aug. 21

• Learn about solar power and how homeowners can use the sun to power their homes at Technicians for Sustainability and the Milagro community presented by Kevin Koch who has worked in the solar field for more than 15 years. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014. 






Saturday, Aug. 17

• 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.


Tuesday, Aug. 20

Take a three-mile Mount Lemmon Wildflower Hike with author and naturalist Meg Quinn. Details: 8 a.m.-noon; Mount Lemmon Community Center, 12949 N. Sabino Canyon Pkwy.; free but reservations required; 615-7855.




Saturday, Aug. 17

• Learn all about bats while you enjoy interactive activities and crafts for the whole family at Batty for Bats. Details: 9-11 a.m.; Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way; included with zoo admission; 837-8187.

• Learn about air pressure, aircraft stability, and the four forces of flight with a series of experiments kids build, test, and take home at the program How Things Fly for ages 8 and older 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.

• Bring a flashlight and explore the museum in the dark at Night at the International Wildlife Museum. Details: 6-8 p.m.; 4800 W. Gates Pass Road; $8, $3 ages 4-12, members free; 629-0100.



Sunday, Aug. 18

• Have a light Brunch with Diana Madaras and do your holiday shopping before her Christmas Collection goes away. Details: 11 a.m.; Madaras Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline, Ste. 101; free; 615-3001.


Through Wednesday, Aug. 28

• View the works of visual artist and writer C.J. Shane whose works are influenced by the cultures of Mexico and China. Details: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, Porter Hall Gallery, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; included with $13 garden admission; 326-9686. 




Saturday, Aug. 17

• Take a glimpse in the present and past and learn how petroglyphs and pictographs help to explain Navajo history in the film: Canyon de Chelly-American History, Heritage and Tradition. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014. 


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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