MOON WALK. Unscheduled snooze time propels an exhausted student over the rainbow in Caught Between Wonderland and Oz.
This latest adventure at Tucson's funky little Valley of the Moon comes complete with Alice, Dorothy, and a cast of unlikely characters. Families are invited to chat with these otherworldly inhabitants in the late George Phar Legler's midtown oasis. The historic park is operated by a cadre of dedicated volunteers.
Tours run every 30 minutes from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Saturday, May 13, at Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road, north of Prince Road and east of Tucson Boulevard. Admission is $5, $3 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for children under age 7. For details, call 323-1331.
PRIMAL DRIVE. Itch Productions plumbs the lighter side of our dark urges with Sex and Violence: The Musical.
This twisted fairy tale features a corrupt gumshoe with an Oedipal complex, a knife-wielding femme fatale caught in a dysfunctional marriage, and a sleazy tabloid reporter with a taste for dirt. Taking drama noir to levels Barbara Stanwyck, Lana Turner and Bogey could only dream of, this little gem pushes sublime suspense over the top.
Show time is 8 tonight, tomorrow and Saturday in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through May 20. Tickets are $11, $9 for students, available at the Rainbow Planet Coffee House, and by calling 748-0291.
FOREST FLURRY. Tucson Community Children's Theater takes a shady romp with The Jungle Book.
Kids of all ages are invited to join the fun in this timeless tale about the impish Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves who now spends idyllic days surrounded by his cast of furry friends, including Baloo the bear, the panther Bagheera, and a scheming python named Kaa.
Performances are at 7 tonight through Sunday in the Randolph Arts Center Auditorium, 200 S. Alvernon Way. Admission is free. Call 791-4663 for details.
BALLROOM BOOGIE. Put your peds to work -- and get your heart pumping -- with The Arizona Ballroom Company.
Every week this high-spirited band of high-steppers revels in Latin, ballroom and swing on Tucson's best dance floor. They offer classes for beginners from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, and for intermediates from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at 5536 E. Grant Road. Admission is $6. For information, call 290-2990.
FLUTE FEST. Flute legend R. Carlos Nakai brings his magic to Tucson in a performance benefiting Habitat for Humanity.
In 1994 Nakai was a Grammy finalist for Best Traditional Folk Album, and four years later he became the first Native American to garner a gold record with Canyon Trilogy. His star continues to rise, with performances and recordings that reach deep into his roots, projecting an ageless, earthy flavor of the ancient Southwest.
Show time is 7 p.m. at Saguaro Christian Church, 8302 E. Broadway Blvd. Tickets are $25, available at Piney Hollow or Sticks 'N' Strings. Call 296-5901 for details.
MOVIN' ON. ZUZI! Move It Dance Company regales the season with its first annual spring concert.
Appropriately, this outing showcases new works by troupe members set to music "as rich as the blues, as timeless as Edith Piaf, and as soulful as David Darling." Performers include Greg Colburn and Wendy Joy, with choreography by Nanette Robinson and Nancy Mellan.
Show time is 7:30 tonight through Sunday in Zuzi's Little Theater, in the Historic YWCA at 738 N. Fifth Ave. Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and students, available by calling 629-0237.
VENUE VISION. Help breathe new life into the lovely old Fox Theatre with a fundraising soiree in La Placita Village.
Efforts to revive the 70-year old venue, long hidden behind a facade on Congress Street, have brought together a wide-ranging cast of devotees including the City of Tucson, La Placita Village, the Tucson Arts District Partnership, the Tucson Fox Theatre Foundation and The Screening Room. Tonight they combine forces for an outdoor dinner and auction of movie memorabilia, topped by dancing and a screening of The Thin Man. Nominated for four Academy Awards, this 1934 classic stars William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan and Ceasar Romero. Adding flavor to the festivities are gourmet chow courtesy of Lume Trattoria and Wine Bar, Italian Kitchen and Tamalez; and hand-crafted beers from Nimbus Brewing Company. The Kings of Pleasure get things swinging with live music. (See this week's Arts section for more details.)
Party time is 6 p.m. in La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., at the corner of Church Avenue and Broadway Boulevard. Tickets are $75 for the evening, $10 for the movie and dancing only, available at Jerry's Lee Ho Market, Casa Video, Caliente Home Accents, Metroform Limited, and the Eric Firestone Gallery. Call 696-2742 for details.
BUDDING WARBLERS. Enjoy a tapestry of young voices with the Tucson Girls Chorus.
Today the well-tuned troupe presents their 15th anniversary concert, showcasing music by the TGC Alumni Choir, pieces by Vivaldi and James Mulholland, and lots of American folk music.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are available at the door for $7. Call 577-6064 for information.
FEAR AND FLIGHT. The traveling exhibit I Never Saw Another Butterfly touches down at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.
The unique collection features art and poems by the children of Terezin, a Nazi concentration camp near Prague on the route to extermination camps for more than 140,000 Jews. Between 1942 and 1944, 15,000 children under the age of 15 passed through Terezin, along with many teachers, poets, musicians and artists. Only about 100 of these children survived the war.
At a secret Terezin school, they painted and drew scenes from their lost homes, from the fantasies in their minds, and even from their bleak surroundings. Their poems often reflected more of their fears than did their drawings. Buried for safekeeping along the camp's edges, the works are now part of a 4,000-piece collection held in the State Jewish Museum in Prague. The title of this show is taken from the poem "I Have Not Seen a Butterfly Around Here" by Pavel Friedman, who perished at Terezin.
Exhibit continues through May 26 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Fine Art Gallery, 3800 E. River Road. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 299-3000 for information.
SLEIGHT-OF-HANDERS. Fast-paced intrigue suddenly appears (or does it?) in It's Magic, featuring Loren Christopher Michaels and Eric Buss.
Michaels is known for high-energy performances combining everything from fire eating to grand illusion, along with a score of original music and special effects "guaranteed to take any audience on the ride of their lives." He's performed in locales from Las Vegas and New York to Vancouver, Toronto and Tokyo.
Buss' signature "After the Gig" routine landed him a Stage Champion of the Year award in 1995. He combines comedy with wild and crazy acts, and regularly wows audiences at Hollywood's Magic Castle.
Show time is 7 p.m. at The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Tickets are $10, available at Williams Magic and Novelties. Call 790-4060 for details.
VIRTUAL JUGGLING. The world-renowned Flying Karamazov Brothers juggle virtual reality with a visit to the Old Pueblo.
L'Universe, the Brothers' all-new, multi-media, high-tech extravaganza, poses two questions: What happens when the worlds of science, juggling, music and comedy collide? And what happens when the most brilliant minds in science meet the world's most insane entertainers?
In their last show, Sharps, Flats and Accidentals, the Brothers examined how music and rhythm related to juggling and other disciplines. L'Universe continues the theme of exploration by looking into the cosmology of the universe, and includes onstage consultations from such experts as Aristotle, Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.
Show time is 7 p.m. in the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Performances continue at 7 p.m. tomorrow through Friday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $22 to $30, and are available at the ATC box office and by calling 622-2823.
INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE. Being a 19th-century member of Uncle Sam's Army was hardly a walk in the park. But it is today -- literally -- with the museum at Fort Lowell Park's exhibit The View From the Barracks, featuring timeless frontier photography from the Buehman and the Owen Wister collections.
"Buehman specialized in shots of enlisted men, particularly of the black troops coming through Tucson in the 1880s," says museum curator David Faust. Wister, who also gained fame as author of The Virginian, included plenty of architectural photography in his work, with countless photos of human subjects caught in the mix.
That style is most notable in an 1893 shot of Fort Bowie, which also revealed the pioneers to have had their priorities firmly in place. "There was a fire at the post trader store," Faust says, "and the great thing about it is that they had a soldier in full dress, standing outside guarding the beer."
The View From the Barracks is on permanent display at the Fort Lowell Museum, located in Fort Lowell Park, 2900 N. Craycroft Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For information, call 885-3832.