ROYAL DYSFUNCTION. Fatal family flaws are ripped apart in the Tucson Community Theatre's production of Macbeth.
Shakespeare's immortal tragedy centers upon an ambitious Scottish nobleman who will do anything to control the throne. The wheels of intrigue are set in motion when he and Lady Macbeth murder the King, in what is considered the English bard's darkest work.
Show time is 8 p.m. today through Sunday at the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, east of Country Club Road and south of Broadway Boulevard. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for your own comfort. Call 791-4663 for information.
SUMMER SIZZLER. El Parador Restaurant and Cantina join this week's musical line-up with another Thursday Night Jam Session.
The weekly events warm up with The Pete Swan Trio, featuring Swan on drums, Rob Boone on trombone and piano, and Craig Faltin on bass. The second set continues with local favorites including Lisa Otey, Susan Artemis and Ed Ulman, Matt Mitchell and Jeff Haskell.
The jam runs from 7:30 to 11 p.m. in El Parador, 2744 E. Broadway Blvd. Admission is $3. Call 881-2808 for details.
INNER DERVISHES. Free your gyrating inner child with another Bohemian Boogie at the Barefoot Ballroom. These ongoing, foot-loose frenzies are guaranteed to "awaken your sacred fire of movement," and let you "dance with all the motion and emotion of many musical styles." Plus, its just downright fun struttin' your stuff with a friendly cadre of fellow shakers, all to a broad range of recorded tunes.
Get down downtown from 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays in Ortspace, 121 E. Seventh St. (at the intersection of Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue). Admission is $3. For details, call 323-2438.
STORMY RHYTHMS. Snub the gods of weather and catch some fine tunes at another Monsoon Madness party tonight on Fourth Avenue.
This ongoing series at the outdoor Winsett Park stage features great local bands spanning the musical gamut from rock and ska to punk and funk, all under tempestuous June skies. Many avenue merchants keep their doors open late, offering goods ranging from crafty wonders to tasty grub.
Tonight's concert features a spitfire mix of energetic funk and punk with New Moves, and original rock slathered on by Butter. Show time is 7 to 10 p.m. at Winsett Park, 316 N. Fourth Ave. Call 624-5004 for details.
FRET FRENZY. Local string masters Howard Wooten and Marshall Jones come together for the Tucson Jazz Guitar Festival hosted as part of the Tucson Jazz Society's Summerset series.
The fret fest will also feature Ed Delucia and Matt Mitchell, two "young guns" who've gained the respect of their peers by developing their own distinctive sounds. They'll be joined by Tucson living legend Dickie Thomson for a powerhouse guitar summit.
Show time is 8 p.m. in St. Phillip's Plaza, on the southeast corner of Campbell Avenue and River Road. Tickets are $11, $6 for TJS members, and are available at the door. Call 743-3399 for information.
NOCTURNAL NOTES. Ever wonder what goes on out in the desert when the sun goes down? Do things get hairy for a tarantula after dark? Do skunks ever get stinking drunk in the wee hours? Or does the cool evening breeze prompt toads to pull up a stool and tip back a few?
Now you can take a peek at such critters' nocturnal pastimes with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Summer Saturday Nights program.
Docents will be on hand to acquaint visitors with the nighttime wanderings of southern Arizona's non-human residents, explaining how various plants and animals adjust to the soaring temperatures.
These guides know their stuff: the museum ranks among the nation's top nature outposts, featuring more than 300 species of native wildlife, and 1,300 varieties of desert plants. Highlights include the new coati exhibit, pollinator gardens, a mountain lion exhibit and wonderful hummingbird aviary.
The museum is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Saturday through September 30. Regular hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8.95, $1.75 for children ages 6 through 12, and free for members.
The ASDM is at 2021 N. Kinney Road. Call 883-2702 for more information.
PEE-WEE PLANET. Thirty local artists regale the wee set with global perspectives in Nuestro Pequeño Mundo (Our Small World).
This Spanish/English concert features colorful songs, dances and magic. Set against a light rock music score, the performances aim to teach tikes the value of cultural diversity by creating a "world of imagination and acceptance." Proceeds benefit children's programs sponsored by Friendly House.
Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. in the PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students, $8 for children ages 12 and under, and available by calling 206-6988.
FLORAL FLURRY. Just because it's a tad warm outside doesn't mean your yard has to look like a ravaged cheese crisp--not while the venerable Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is selling leafy plants at half-price. The inventory includes shrubs, vines, trees, perennials and ground covers that thrive in the summer heat.
"It's actually a great time for planting right now because the plants are growing so rapidly," says Arboretum Curator Dr. Carol Crosswhite. "Many of these plants love the hot weather." She says leafy plants that bloom in the summer include yellow bells, salvias and the red fairy duster.
The arboretum grows many of its own plants for sale, meaning there's a healthy stock that may not be found in local nurseries--stock like emu flowers, desert honeysuckle and anacahuita. Now through August 31, visitors can get these floral wonders at fire-sale prices. And if your purchase totals more than $100 after discounts, you can get an additional 50 percent off cacti and succulents.
Or you can simply take a stroll around the lovely arboretum grounds. Perched at the base of Picketpost Mountain, along scenic Queen Creek Canyon near Superior, Boyce Thompson is Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Miles of nature paths wind through towering trees, an otherworldly cactus collection, charming herb and rose gardens, a desert lake and babbling creek.
The Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is 90 miles north of Tucson via Highway 79. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $5, $2 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under age 5. For details, call (520) 689-2723.
NEW WORLDS. Escape to cooler worlds at the UA Flandrau Science Center. The celestial outpost offers laser shows, excellent hands-on science exhibits and one of the world's largest mineral collections.
Enjoying a laser show in Flandrau's planetarium is a unique trip, providing the weird sensation of weightlessness as projected light shifts across the domed ceiling. And right now there's a great selection of laser shows to choose from. The daily matinee features Space Odyssey, described as a "musical tour of the universe inspired by the moon, planets and stars." The show features movie music, with space themes ranging from Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" to "Walking On the Moon" by the Police.
Matinee performances of Space Odyssey are at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5.
On Wednesday evenings, Flandrau features Millennium Project, a collection of music celebrating the new century in spectacular laser light. Performers include Madonna, John Lennon, Garth Brooks and Buster Poindexter. Others shows include Laser Smashing Pumpkins on Thursday, featuring '90s alt rock blended with colorful laser light; and LaserPalooza on Friday and Saturday, a show that highlights music by Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Jane's Addiction. Also on Friday and Saturday, Flandrau features Pink Floyd: The Wall 2000. One of the most popular laser shows ever produced, it includes songs ranging from "Goodbye Blue Sky" to "Hey You."
Evening shows are 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 and 10:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $7. The UA Flandrau Planetarium is on the corner of Cherry Street and University Boulevard, north of the main mall. Call 621-7827 for information.
PLANT PERSPECTIVES. Arte Spazio gallery plumbs the rooted world with Works on Paper, a new exhibit by Sylvia Garland.
Among the gallery's premier artists, Garland displays a series of new monotypes drawn from her style of "botanical expressionism." These dynamic works incorporate both realistic and abstract elements, emphasizing her "remarkable sense of color and textural richness."
Works on Paper runs through July 15 in Arte Spazio Gallery, 5101 N. Oracle Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 888-8788 for information.
ROLLICKING REELS. Kick up yer knickers with Irish high-steppers every Tuesday. Reels and jigs take center stage at these ongoing parties, always open to the public, and starting at 7:45 p.m. in the Dance Moves Studio, 2514 E. Sixth St. Call 296-8476 for details.
And catch some of the Emerald Isle's best tunes at the ongoing, informal Celtic and Old Time Jam, which meets from 8 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday in Rincon Market, 2513 E. Sixth St. Call 327-1779 for details.
PUZZLERS' PALAVER. Catch the latest whodunit drift when Barnes and Noble hosts its Mystery Readers Discussion Group.
These fans of the twisted tale are currently hashing over fine points in Simple Justice, the first in John Morgan Wilson's new series featuring hardcase reporter Benjamin Justice.
The story unfolds when there's a killing outside of a West Hollywood gay bar called The Out Crowd. Justice, still reeling over the Pulitzer Prize he lost when two lead subjects in his story on AIDS turned out to be frauds, now has a chance at redemption. His strategy? Helping another reporter understand the social and political implications of the murder.
The free discussion of Simple Justice begins at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 5130 E. Broadway Blvd. Call 512-1166 for details.
HIGH SEAS HIGHLIGHT. The UA Opera Theater revisits a Gilbert and Sullivan classic with its production of H.M.S. Pinafore.
This year's summer operetta features outstanding voice majors from the School of Music and Dance. The production will be presented fully staged by Charles Roe, with the orchestra conducted by Gregg Hanson.
Show time is 7:30 p.m. in UA Crowder Hall, on the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12, $10 for UA employees and seniors, $8 for students, and are available at the UA Fine Arts box office, or by calling 621-1162.