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Happenings -- Week of April 2

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Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 4:00 am

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Thursday to Sunday, April 3-June 8

• Re-live the summertime 60s in Surfside, Calif. at Beach Blanket Bee-Bop. Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $16.50-$18.50; $8.50 children; 886-9428.

 

Friday to Sunday, April 4-6

• Enjoy a performance of the one-of-a-kind Broadway hit musical adapted from Mark Twain’s classic novel Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn presented by Arts Express and the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Details: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.; $15, $12 students; www.arts-express.org or 319-0400.   

• Enjoy Ballet Tucson: Dance and Dessert showcasing dynamic dance styles along with gourmet desserts from favorite local restaurants. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday; Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd.; 800-838-3006.

 

Saturday to Saturday,

April 5-26

• 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.

 

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 Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $25-$125; 293-4336.

 

MUSIC

 

Friday, April 4

• Enjoy Friday Night Live! at Main Gate Square featuring the UA Jazz Trio and vocalist Crystal Stark presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 7-9 p.m.; 814 E. University Blvd.; free; 797-3959.

• Enjoy the Rhythm Nights concert series kicking off the season with The Ladies of Soul: From Aretha to Adele showcasing the best R&B women sung by Katherine Byrnes. Details: 7 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $25, $20 members, $15 students; 742-6455 or www.rhythmnights.com

• Listen to the music of the Grammy award-winning Doobie Brothers who have incorporated a wide range of American music styles into their sound over the years from country to jazz to rock and roll. Details: 8 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $45-$75; www.startickets.com.

 

Friday and Sunday, 

April 4 and 6

• Bring back fond memories of your favorite shows with the SaddleBrooke Singers performing The Best of Broadway. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Sunday; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $20, $18 in advance; 825-2818.

• Don’t miss the TSO debut of pianist Jeremy Denk performing Mozart and Wagner compositions at The Ring Without Words - Classic 7. Details: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $27-$80; 882-8585.

 

Saturday, April 5

• Bring the entire family for an exhilarating concert Ethan Bortnick: The Power of Music with Damian McGinty featuring a 13-year-old pianist, singer and composer and a special guest from Glee and Celtic Thunder. Details: 7 p.m.; PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $39; 206-6986.

• Don’t miss the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s one-night only-special concert with Amy Grant whose music career has spanned more than 25 years. Details: 8 p.m.; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $30-$90; 882-8585.

 

Saturday to Sunday, April 5-6

• Listen to the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra featuring the winner of SASO’s Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $23, $21 in advance; 825-2818;  or 3 p.m. Sunday; St. Andrew’s Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte; $20; 308-6226.

 

Sunday, April 6

• Listen to The Sons of Orpheus Spring Concert singing selections from their repertoire of music including opera choruses, works by Brahms and Liszt, contemporary choral gems, and cowboy classics. Details: 3 p.m.; Casas Adobes Congregational Church, 6801 N. Oracle Road; $17, $15 in advance, $12 students; 621-1649.

• Enjoy the music of multi-Grammy award-winning pianist and vocalist Diana Krall. Details: 7 p.m. UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $60-$80; 621-3341.

 

Monday, April 7

• Find inspiration in the angelic voices of Celtic Woman – The Emerald Tour celebrating their heritage through traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music. Details: 7 p.m.; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $39-$99; www.ticketmaster.com.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Friday, April 4

• Sample food from 24 different local restaurants, taste more than 150 wines from famous wineries, and bid on art, travel, services, and more at the Crush Wine, Food and Art Festival. Details: 6-9 p.m.; Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.; $75; 624-2333.

Saturday, April 5

Everyone Runs, Everyone Walks at the Tucson Medical Center 5.2 and 10.3 Mile Trail Race fundraiser benefitting local charities. Details: 7:30 a.m.; Catalina State Park, 11570 N. Oracle Road; $55; www.everyoneruns.net.

• Bring the entire family to the Marana Main Street Festival featuring live entertainment, children’s activities, and vendors presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Marana Healthcare, Northwest Fire District, and Marana Heritage Conservancy. Details: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; 13395 N. Marana Main St.; free admission; 382-1946.

 

 

Saturday to Sunday, April 5-6

• Browse artwork in all genres, listen to musical performances, and enjoy children’s activities at the Arts in the Plaza Fine Art and Jazz Festival presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; St. Philip’s Plaza, Campbell Ave. and River Road; free admission; 797-3959.

• Browse unique gift items by juried artists, clay art, pottery, jewelry, glass and metal arts, paintings, and listen to music by Spanish guitarist Gabriel Francisco at Arte en el Jardin (Art in the Garden). Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1510 W. Avocado St.

 

CLASSES AND PROGRAMS

 

Thursday, April 3

• Listen to highly decorated, retired Air Force Major General John Borling tell his story of surviving years of soul-crushing imprisonment during the Vietnam War by writing poetry at Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; free admission; 825-2818.

 

Saturday, April 12 

• 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.

OUTDOORS

 

Saturday, April 5

• Take a Tucson Mountain Park Birding Walk with expert John Higgins to spot various birds of the desert southwest. Details: 8-10 a.m.; Tucson Mountain Park Ironwood Picnic Area, 1548 S. Kinney Road; free; 615-7855.

 

CHILDREN

 

Saturday, April 5

• Follow Delilah the Dancer’s Grand Adventure on her journey through an enchanted forest featuring Oro Valley Music and Dance Academy at Magical Music for Kids presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 10 a.m.; Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive; free; 797-3959.

• Let’s Get Fit at Children’s Museum Tucson with fun fitness and health-related activities for the entire family. Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 200 S. 6th Ave.; free admission during event; 792-9985.

 

HEALTH

 

Thursday, April 3

• Learn how to navigate the challenges of joint issues with Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Kim Tucker at Commit to Be Fit Exercise and Treatment Options for Knee Pain and Arthritis. Details: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Oro Valley Hospital, 1551 E. Tangerine Road, Classrooms A and B; free; 866-694-9355.

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