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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 4:00 am

THEATER

Monday to Sunday through March 30

• Enjoy a performance of The Belle of Tombstone at the Gaslight Theatre. Details: 3, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 3 and 6 p.m.; Sunday; 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $16.50-$18.50, $8.50 children; 886-9428.

 

Thursday, Feb. 6

• Enjoy a performance of the innovative Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet featuring Violet Kid, Tuplet, and Grace Engine. Details: 7:30 p.m.; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $27-$55; 621-3341.

 

Friday to Saturday, Feb. 14-15

• Laugh out loud with premier adult comedian George Lopez. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol Event Center, 5655 W. Valencia Road; $30-$55; 800-344-9435.

 

MUSIC

 

Friday, Feb. 7

• Listen to haunting flute music at the Scott August Concert. Details: 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $15, $12 members; 622-6014. 

• Listen to one of the most commercially successful artists to emerge from the ‘70s, singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $35-$65; 547-3040. 

• Enjoy a performance by gifted young musicians of the Bahia Orchestra Project featuring conductor Ricardo Castro and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in their North American Tour debut. Details: 8 p.m.; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $27-$55; 621-3341.

 

Friday to Sunday, Feb. 7-9

• Enjoy the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Berlioz & Ravel: Poetry in Music - MasterWorks 4 featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church; 7575 N. Paseo del Norte; $49; 797-3959; or 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; $43-$53; 882-8585.

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

• Enjoy a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Oh What a Night! Details: 3 p.m.; Desert Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; www.startickets.com.

• Don’t miss the first American performance of long-time British favorite Sam Kane The Entertainer. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.

• Listen to mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist Chris Thile encompassing progressive bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz. Details: 8 p.m.; UA Crowder Hall, 1017 E. Olive Road; $30-$40; 621-3341.

 

Sunday, Feb. 9

• Listen to the Tucson Concert Band directed by retired Navy bandmaster Lorelei Conrad for a lively concert of music with a Latin flair. Details: 2 p.m.; Mountain Vista Recreation Center, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.; $10; 731-1997.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 11

• Enjoy the music of award-winning Engelbert Humperdinck known for his romantic ballads. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $35-$86; 547-3040. 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 12

• Enjoy Pima Community College Music featuring a guest recital by Dave Zerkel, Tuba. Details: 7 p.m.; Recital Hall, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $8; 206-6986.

 

Thursday, Feb. 13

• Enjoy the Lonestar Acoustic Show twenty-year anniversary celebration and reunion with original lead singer Richie McDonald. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $22-$64; 547-3040. 

• Listen to dramatic soprano Christine Goerke at the peak of her career appearing as part of the Desert Song Festival. Details: 7:30 p.m.; UA Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Road; $35-$45: www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Friday, Feb. 14

• Take your sweetheart to a glorious cabaret evening on Valentine’s Day with vocalist Laura Benanti. Details: 8 p.m.; Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive; $85 (includes wine or champagne and dessert); www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Friday and Sunday,

Feb. 14 and 16

• Don’t miss the TSO premier of The Damnation of Faust - Classic 6 featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor William Burden, and bass-baritone Jordan Bisch. Details: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $27-$80; 882-8585.

 

Saturday, Feb. 15

• Enjoy Tucson Desert Song Festival Songs Without Words featuring speaker Eric Friesen and pianist Winston Choi. Details: 2 p.m.; Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave.; $25; 882-8585.

• Listen to Chris Mann who shined as a finalist on The Voice and has become even more popular since. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $25-$45; 547-3040. 

 

Sunday, Feb. 16

• Enjoy an afternoon of Big Band Jazz Favorites performed by award-winning youth bands of the Tucson Jazz Institute, The Ellington Big Band and Basie Big Band. Details: 1 p.m. (4 p.m. show sold out); Episcopal Church of the Apostles, 12111 N. La Cholla Blvd. $20; 575-4023.

 

Saturday to Sunday, Feb. 15-16

• Listen to the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra 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.

 

Thursday to Sunday

through Feb. 16

• Enjoy the Tucson Desert Song Festival featuring internationally-known soloists and conductors to perform alongside Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, UA School of Music, Chamber Music Plus, and Ballet Tucson. Details: various times, various locations; $5-$53; 888-546-3305 or www.tucsondesertsongfestival.org.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 18

• Don’t miss the traditional blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop, and unique sound of the King of the Blues, B.B. King. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $52-$98; 547-3040. 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Wednesday to Sunday, Feb. 5-9

• Browse the works of artists and crafters while you listen to music and sample ethnic treats at the Tubac Festival of the Arts. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 2 Tubac Road, Tubac; free admission; 520-398-2704.

 

Friday to Sunday, Feb. 7-9

• Browse the wares of more than 100 artists and vendors while you enjoy music, games, food and more at the Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; $8, under 12 free; Pinal County Fairgrounds, 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road; 520-723-4432 or www.pinalfairgrounds.com.

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

• Come prepared with a song, read from a script, and learn a small dance combination at the Great American Playhouse Auditions. Details: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 13005 N. Oracle Road; 512-5145.

 

Sunday, Feb. 9

• Help raise funds at the Special Olympics Pancake Breakfast. Details: 8 a.m.; Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815; 16045 N. Oracle Road; $6.

 

Thursday, Feb. 20

• Be part of an elegant tradition at Tucson Audubon’s Annual Gala Our Changing Climate with guest speaker Katharine L. Jacobs. Details: 5:30 p.m.; Hilton El Conquistador Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road; $150; 209-1809.

 

CLASSES AND PROGRAMS

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

• Attend a Panel on Publishing for new and experienced authors presented by Arizona Authors. Details: 10-11:30 a.m.; Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free; 594-5580.  

• Experience playing the flute first-hand and learn about its history at the American Indian Flute Talk presented by High Spirits Flutes. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014. 

 

Tuesday, Feb. 11

• Bring your flutes and join the fun or purchase one for the American Indian Flute Class taught by the High Spirits Flutes team. Details: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (beginners), 2-4:30 p.m. (intermediates); National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $45, $35 members; 622-6014. 

 

Tuesday to Friday, Feb. 11-14

• Learn Pocket Sketching as Journal, a quick-draw technique that allows you to capture the “feel” of a place and include personal comments taught by Kath Macaulay. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park Education Center, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte; $340; 742-6455. 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 12

• Let master storyteller Jack Lasseter tell you all about The Columbian Exchange. Details: noon and 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $5 (must be prepaid); 622-6014 or www.wnpa.org

• Listen to a panel discussion of POVERTY: The Working Poor, the first topic of the new Community Interactive series hosted by award-winning journalist Neal Conan with guest speakers from Tucson schools and local service organizations. Details: 6:30-8 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; free; www.azpm.org.

 

Friday, Feb. 14

• Take your date out for a memorable Valentine’s Day exploring the courting and mating behavior of butterflies and moths at Exotic Butterflies: Butterfly Romanticism. Details: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $22, $18 members; 326-9686. 

 

OUTDOORS

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

• Experience wonder and splendor of the Tortolita Mountain’s geology, flora and fauna on a 5.5 mile guided hike with an elevation gain of 480 feet on the Wild Burro Trail led by Marana Parks and Recreation. Details: 8 a.m.; meet at Wild Burro Trailhead, Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, 14810 N. Secret Springs Drive; free; 382-1999.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 11

• Experience the desert in Twilight Glow to Moon Shadows on a 2.5 mile hike. Details: 4:30 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road; included with $10/vehicle park entrance fee (reservations required); 733-5158.

 

CHILDREN

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

• Bring the entire family to The Great Paper Airplane Fly-off where children ages 6-14 display their paper airplane folding and flying abilities. Details: 9 a.m-5 p.m.; Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road; 574-0462.

• Experience the fascinating lives of ducks and learn tips for identifying the many waterfowl that spend the winter in Tucson at the Sonoran Desert Kids Club: Duck Butts Field Trip for families with children ages 8-12. Details: 9:30 a.m.-noon; Sweetwater Wetlands, 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive; free but reservations required; 615-7855.

• Help eliminate bullying in the community at the Anti-Bully Event-Will you be my friend? with children’s book author Marianne Marts. Details: 1-3 p.m.; Bookmans, 3733 W. Ina Road; free; 579-0303.

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