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Riddle me this. What do a boy and a caterpillar have in common? Why, transformation, of course.

Join this boy as he learns that caterpillars become butterflies, that we all grow up and that change can be beautiful.

New Kiva Motions Puppet Theatre presents Butterfly!-- originally written and presented for The Desert Museum--a tale of the fear and magic that sometimes comes with times of change.

After the show, kids get some up close and personal action with the puppets and then the audience gets a chance to make a simple puppet to take home with them.

Performances start at 1:30 p.m. every Sunday at the Red Barn, 948 N. Main. Tickets are $3 per person; $5 for 2 children; and $2 for those with AHCCCS card or low income bus pass. For more information, call 887-5144.

Saturday freebie. If you're like many folks, an afternoon in a library is an afternoon well spent.

Same goes for shuffling away a few hours at Bookman's.

Saturday, you can browse the aisles and listen to some great music while you're at it.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Andrea Hankin will be playing at Bookman's Used Books, 1930 E. Grant Road, in a free event from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 325-5767.

Special appearance. Mario DeCiutiis, renowned vibe jazz performer, joins CrossTalk, the UA Electronic Percussion Ensemble, for its first on-campus solo concert.

CrossTalk is the only performance group of its kind in the world, according to Norm Weinberg, associate professor of music and director of the ensemble.

"The music of CrossTalk, includes every sound you can imagine, and some you can't," says Weinberg.

CrossTalk does not play traditional percussion ensemble literature electronically. Instead, the philosophy of the ensemble is to create, arrange and perform new works and offer new musical experiences and opportunities to musicians. The group's literature consists of solos, small chamber works and compositions using the entire ensemble. The performance literature contains a wide range of musical styles, from "pop" to "experimental," to provide musical contrast, variety and audience interest.

CrossTalk is celebrating the release of its new CD, Alias, which features the premiere of two new compositions.

DeCiutiis is renowned for his talent in percussive artistry as well as his technical expertise. He has served, since 1976, as principal percussionist at New York's Radio City Music Hall and in numerous Broadway shows. He has also been involved in the design, manufacture and sale of electronic drum controllers since 1986. He currently is president of Alternate Mode, Inc., a manufacturer of a variety of electronic percussion instruments.

The free performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Crowder Hall, Music Building, UA Campus, at the south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway Boulevard east of Park Avenue. For more information, call 621-2998 or visit www.arts.arizona.edu/music.

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