If the soft hum of escalators, the cheerful ring of cash registers and the combined smells of 13 international restaurant cubbies wafting through a mall makes your heart beat faster, get ready for Hot Nights-Cool Country.
That's right. Live music to complete your total shopping experience at the Tucson Mall. Country fans are in for a treat every Tuesday night in June and July as musicians take the stage for two-hour concerts.
Remaining acts in June are Harry Luge on June 19 and Audra and the Robertson County Band on June 26.
This down-home twist on America's favorite pastime--consumption--even includes the opportunity to chow down on special "Country Combo Meals" in the food court. Can it possibly get any better than this?
The concerts, from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Center Court, are free. The country meal deals are not. For more information, call 293-7330 or visit (no kidding) www.thetucson-mall.com.
TWO FOR ONE. Step out Saturday for a taste of contra and square dancing and you'll get a free ticket to the next bash.
First-timers can investigate contra dancing, energetic social dancing, in a non-smoking, non-drinking environment. The event, sponsored by the Tucson Friends of Traditional Music, features local callers and the driving force of a live string band.
Organizers say the dancing "takes you back to the historical log-cabin dance form, but still lights a fire."
The dance is from 8 to 11 Saturday night at the YMCA downtown, 60 W. Alameda St. Admission is $7. For more information, call 293-3783.
AMERICAN MASTERS. Get a good look at the work of a few masters.
Sanders Galleries is featuring large florals by James McGulpin; Southwest still lifes by Rose Ann Day and Carol Lee Thompson; and depictions of the Southwest by Tom Haas, Ron Himler, Larry Riley and Dan Bates.
American Masters Series Artists is showing through July 4 at Sanders, 6420 N. Campbell Ave. at Skyline Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 299-1763.
A WEEKEND FOR WILBUR. Most adults remember the tale of Charlotte the clever spider and Wilbur the pig.
Give your kids the chance to enjoy the story of the unlikely friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur, who teach each other about life on the Arable farm and the world outside.
"Friendship is one of the most satisfying things in the world," was the way Wilbur put it.
Charlotte's Web is directed by local educator Mary Ann Green and takes place at 1 p.m. every Sunday through July 22 at Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. Tickets cost $5. For more information, call 327-4242.