Entertainment Magazine: Tucson: Events: 2011: April

Tucson Events for April 2011

These Tucson events in April 2011 cover a variety of community activities- from arts and music entertainment, social organization meetings, fund raisers and special events for families and children.

Detail information about these and other events happening in Tucson in April 2011 are posted as they are received.

Dates for some of these Tucson events have not been set yet. Since they are annual events, follow the links to their web sites for updated information.

See what's happening today in the April 2011 Calendar of Tucson Events.

Tucson-area non-profit groups and community organizations can post Tucson event listings for free. Email your Tucson event listing for consideration. Non-commercial listings only. Send your event listing to [email protected].

ATC's Irma Vep

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP by Charles Ludlam. Directed by David Ira Goldstein. Arizona Theatre Company presentation in Tucson from April 9 – 30, 2011. "Audiences laughed until they couldn't breathe when we produced this virtuoso quick-change horror story a dozen years ago. You asked for it— so we're bringing it all back to endanger your funny bone again! Two lightning-fast actors portray all the residents of the Mandacrest estate— as well as a host of vampires, werewolves, mummys and things that go bump in the night—who travel from the moors of England to the tombs of Egypt and back again. With Gothic plot turns thrown out like thumbtacks in the road, along with a stage full of outrageous sets and costumes, Irma Vep will keep you in stitches right up until the final twist. More on ATC's 2010-2011 season.

Many Mexicos- history in Tucson through 2011

Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera is on display at the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus. The exhibit strives to interpret the broad sweep of Mexican history from the Pre-Columbian period to today’s political shouting matches, all from the perspective of Arizona and the borderlands. Mon – Sat, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The exhibit will run fthrough 2012. Read more about the UA Exhibit: Many Mexicos.

Through August 1, 2011

In The Devil's Frying Pan. This original play illustrates the histories of Arizonans who shaped our state as it went from a territory to a state, 480-488-1981, www.desertfoothillstheater.com.

Through April 20, 2011

2011 Annual Arizona International Film Festival - 150+ new works by independent producers from around the world, premiere screenings, filmmaker presentations, workshops, $6-150, noon - midnight. Read more about the AZ International Film Festival.



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Tucson Events Day by Day in April


Friday, April 1, 2011

March for Children, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. An event to help create a prosperous, innovative, and healthy county that is invested in child development, in child abuse prevention, and in providing resources that increase protective factors allowing parents to raise happy, healthy children. Read more about the March for Children.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

2011 Living History Program at the Tucson Presidio, (133 W. Washington), 18th century soldiering, demos, games for kids, docent tours, storyteller, try on 18th century clothing, free, 10 am - 3 pm, www.tucsonpresidiotrust.org/calendar.html

Sunday, April 3, 2011

SIERRA VISTA: TMRC 5-Mile Run/Walk - the course consists of one 5 mile loop and will have one  water stop, $15,  6:30 am, 520-378-0814 or www.thundermountainrunningclub.org

TUBAC: 9th Annual Taste of Tubac - Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, tasting of wines and savory cuisine from local restaurants, benefits local charities, 5-8 pm, 520-398-2704 or www.tubacaz.com

Sons of Orpheus 20th Annual Spring Concert – Desert View Performing Arts Center, (39900 S. Clubhouse Dr. 85739), $17-20, 3 pm, 520-206-6986 or www.sonsoforpheus.org

Thursday, April 7, 2011

SIERRA VISTA: Huachuca Astronomy Club Public Star Party held at the Patterson Observatory, (1140 N. Colombo Ave, 85635), view through member's telescopes (large & small) or bring your own, excellent outing for families and school age children welcome, 5:30 pm weather permitting, 520-366-5788 or www.hacastronomy.com

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Catalina State Park 5.2 & 10.35 Mile Trail Run & Walk – Catalina State Park, 7:30 am, 520-797-7867 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Outdoor San Lucas Community Concert Series features upbeat folk and bluegrass band on Apr. 10, 2011/ Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and San Lucas Community present an engaging, uplifting bluegrass band, perfect for an afternoon with loved ones. Read more about the San Lucas Community Concert Series. (520) 797-3959.

Sons of Orpheus 20th Annual Spring Concert – Proscenium Theatre, (2202 W. Anklam Rd,), 520-206-6986 or www.sonsoforpheus.org

TUCSON: 13th Annual Komen Southern Arizona Race for the Cure - Reid Park, 5K run, 7 am, 520-325-7223 or www.komensaz.org

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Holualoa Companies 25th Tour of the Tucson Mountains presented by Town of Marana. This event is open to all ages and abilities. The Tour offers 73 and 27-mile courses, plus Fun Rides of 4 & 1/4 mile events. The events proceeds benefit the University of Arizona Alumni Association, UPH Children's Center at Kino, TMC Children's Miracle Network, Community Food Bank, Pima Community College and Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/!TTM/TTMhome.html

Sabino Canyon Sunset Run – Sabino Canyon, 7.4 miles from the Visitors Center, 5:45 pm, 520-326-9383 or www.azroadrunners.org

Monday, April 18, 2011

NOGALES: Charles Mingus Hometown Jazz Festival – includes a free concert on Fri. night, special Buffalo Soldier presentation, jazz for Kids and jazz for adults sessions, arts & crafts, kids games, art exhibit, Charles Mingus Film Festival, Big Band Gala Concert, margarita jazz brunch, www.mingusproject.com

Saturday, April 23, 2011

3rd Annual Valley Animal Hospital Tucson Canine Classic – University of Arizona Mall, 3 pm, 520-270-0763 or http://www.arizonaroadracers.com

Spring Cross Country Classic - Lincoln Park, 5K, features a challenging two-loop course with rolling hills through the desert, separate races for men and women, $7-10, 7:30 am, 520-326-9383 or www.azroadrunners.org

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wicked Wednesdays – Tucson Botanical Gardens, (2150 N. Alvernon Way), Dr. Ergot Ratbane,  thrills young audiences with tall tales of devious, dangerous (and often deadly) plants, then takes a flashlight tour of the weird and wicked plants in conjunction with the Wicked Plants Exhibit inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities, 4:30-9 pm, $4-8, 520-326-9686 ext. 10 or http://www.tucsonbotanical.org

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Participant Showcase - TCC Music Hall, students that take part in the mariachi and baile folklorico workshops have the opportunity to strut their stuff, glimpse into the future of mariachi and baile folklorico, part of the International Mariachi Conference, $10, 7 pm, 520-838-3908 or www.tucsonmariachi.org

Annual Friends of the Family Awards Luncheon on April 28, 2011. The New Beginnings for Women & Children Annual "Friends of the Family" Awards Luncheon honors the successes of women in our program. We also select people or organizations from the Tucson community who personify our mission as the Luncheon honorees. The Luncheon is a chance to showcase the accomplishments of everyone involved in New Beginnings. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served at Noon. Hel at Loews Ventana Canyon ~ Grand Ballroom. Cost: $50 per ticket or $500 for a table of 10. To sign up, visit: http://www.nbwctucson.org/fundraising/awards_luncheon.aspx

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Espectacular Concert - TCC Arena, the best mariachi musicians performing before standing room crowds, this year’s performers are Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Cobre and Pedro Fernandez, $35 and up, 7:30 pm, 520-838-3908 or www.tucsonmariachi.org

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Fiesta de Garibaldi - DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, a traditional re-creation of the sights and sounds of the Garibaldi Plaza in Mexico City, features daylong party on two stages, with live mariachi music and baile folklorico acts from all over the Southwest, Mexican food and arts-and-crafts vendors, $8, 10 am - 10 pm, 520-838-3908 or www.tucsonmariachi.org 

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Tucson Events throughout April 2011


Saturdays: Contra Dance

Contra Dance is presented by Tucson Friends of Traditional Music. 1st, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. (Intro lesson at 6:30 p.m.). Dances are held at the First United Methodist Church, 914 E. 4th St., Tucson. Caller, live music, smoke/alcohol free environment, all ages are welcome. $8, $7 TFTM members, $6 students. www.tftm.org.

April 1, 2, 8, 14

Winding Road Presents Two Lanford Wilson Plays in Repertory: Talley’s Folly and Fifth of July

Winding Road Theater Ensemble members Glen Coffman and Terry Erbe directs Lanford Wilson plays, Fifth of July and Talley’s Folly, in repertory at the Cabaret Space at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott, Tucson.  Set in Wilson’s hometown of Lebanon, Missouri, both plays focus on the Talley family.

Amy Erbe plays the young Sally of Talley’s Folly, falling in love in the 1940s; Toni Press-Coffman will play the widowed Sally, three decades later, in Fifth of July.  The repertory cast also includes Eric Anson, Jodi Ajanovic, Christopher Johnson, Susan Kovitz, Cliff Madison, Paul Matlock, Lucille Petty, and Brian Wees.

Fifth of July evening performances Saturday, April 9 and16 at 7:30. Sunday matinees are April 10 and 17 at 3 PM.

Talley’s Folly opens on Friday, April 1, with evening performances April 2, 8, and 14 at 7:30. Matinees are Sunday April 3, and Saturday April 9 and 16 at 3 PM.  There are no performances on Friday, April 15, 2011.

Ticket are $15-$18 at Winding Road’s website: www.windingroadtheater.org, or by calling the box office at 520-401-3626. Patrons who buy tickets to both plays at the same time (through the box office only) receive a discount.

April 7-10, 2011: Spring Fling

ASUA Spring Fling – Rillito Park Race Track, nation’s largest student-run carnival features fun rides, midway games, food and amateur and professional entertainment, $5, 520-621-5610 or http://springfling.arizona.edu

April 8-10, 2011: Glass Fest and Home Show

Tucson Glass Festival - Viva el Vidrio - glass artists from around the Southwestern United States as well as Mexico, Central, and South America turn molten glass into beautiful works of art, themed "Viva el Vidrio" the three-day event is presented by the Sonoran Glass Art Academy, and will take place in various galleries and exhibit spaces throughout Tucson, http://www.sonoranglass.org/events/tucsonglassfestival.html

Spring Home & Patio Show - TCC, building, landscaping and home decorating, $7, children 12 & under free, Fri-Sat 10 am – 8 pm, Sun 10 am – 6 pm, 520-795-3025 or www.sahba.org

April 9-10, 2011: Oracle Artists Tour

19th annual Oracle Artist Studio Tour. Dozens of artists and artisans open their working studios, eclectic galleries, and shared venues in the cool, picturesque woodlands community northeast of Tucson. Visit April 9 from 10AM to 4PM and April 10 from 11AM to 5PM for unique, green, functional, whimsical, wearable, and decorative artwork. Free. Tour welcome center, 1880 W. American Ave. Map, artist preview, PDF of tour route, full info at www.OracleStudioTour.com. Oracle is 35 miles northeast of Tucson on Hy. 77 (mile marker 100).

April 1-2, 2011: Wine Festival

4th Annual CRUSH Wine Festival at the Tucson Museum of Art, (140 N. Main Avenue, AZ 85701 ), Fri “Under the Stars” a city-wide celebration of wind, food and art, Sat. “An Evening to Savor” at Loew’s Ventana Canyon Resort a celebration of rare wines, cuisine and fine art, benefits the Tucson Museum or Art and Historic Block, Fri $75, Sat $200, 6-9 pm, 520-624-2333 or www.TucsonMuseumofArt.org.

April 1-3, 2011: 4th Avenue Street Fair

41st Annual Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair – between 9th St. and University Blvd. on Fourth Ave., 400 arts & crafters, food vendors, street musicians and performers, 3 stages with live entertainment, children's activities, free, 10 am - 6 pm, 520-624-5004 or www.fourthavenue.org

April 2-3, 2011

SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents Call of the West – (56 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), Jeanne Cahill and Jerome Campbell,  reservations required, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or www.arizonafolklore.com

TUBAC: Hidden Treasures of the Santa Cruz Valley Open Studio Tour 2011 at the Tubac Center for the Arts, see and experience the creative process at work in the studios of artists throughout the Santa Cruz Valley in Amado, Elgin, Green Valley, Nogales, Patagonia, Rio Rico, Sonoita and Tubac, 520-398-2371 or www.tubacarts.org

April 9 & 10, 2011

Marana Arts and Crafts Festival. The Marana Crossroads Fine Art Festival will feature gallery-quality work from artists exhibiting a variety of styles in a multitude of different mediums including glass, photography, jewelry, painting, sculpture, wood, fiber, mixed-media, ceramic and drawing. In addition to the fine art on display, patrons of Marana Crossroads will also enjoy activities which include live entertainment, artist demonstrations, children's interactive art activities, jumping castles and delectable food prepared by local vendors. Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crossroads at Silverbell Park, 7548 N. Silverbell Road.

Painting the Town Red! A Celebration Cabaret – Invisible Theatre, (1400 N. 1st Ave, 85719), Ruby Anniversary star-studded concert hosted by Mols (Molly McKasson and Suz (Susan Claassen with highlights of Invisible Theatre’s 40 years, some of your favorite guest artists will join, 520-882-9721 or www.invisibletheatre.com or www.maranafestival.org

April 14-24, 2011: Pima County Fair

101st Annual Pima County Fair – Pima County Fairgrounds, 4-H animals, home arts & fine arts, entertainment, horse shows, concerts, games & rides, educational exhibits including a gem and mineral show, $2-7, info line: 520-762-3247 or 520-762-9100 or www.swfair.com or http://arizonafairs.com

April 19-24, 2011: Burn the Floor

Burn the Floor – Tucson Music Hall, international dance sensation, live on stage, all the passion, the dram and sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion dancers, a theatrical experience that takes audiences on a journey through the passionate drama of dance, 866-821-2929 or http://www.broadwayintucson.com

April 23-24, 2011: Swan Lake

Swan Lake at the UA Centennial Hall, by the Ballet Tucson, $, 800-745-3000 or www.ballettucson.org

April 26-30, 2011: Mariachi Conference

Tucson International Mariachi Conference Tucson's largest cultural event and a model for other mariachi conferences nationwide. Read more about the Tucson Mariachi Conference.

April 29-May 1, 2011: Folklore

SIERRA VISTA: The Arizona Folklore Preserve Presents Tom Hiatt – (56 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd.), reservations required, $6-15, 2 pm, 520-378-6165 or www.arizonafolklore.com

April 30-May 1, 2011: Omni Women's Senior National

TUCSON: Women’s Senior National Invitational - Omni Tucson National Resort Catalina Course, a unique two-day event format, attracting 18 top Legends of the LPGA, the sixth event on The Legends Tour, features practice rounds on the 23, a Legends Pro-Am on the Catalina Course the 23rd and an 18-hole Legends Shootout on the 24th, www.thelegendstour.com