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CHECKERED VISIONS: Ranked among America's best cutting-edge artists, Sylvie Fleury takes to the track with She Devils on Wheels, currently on display at Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art.

The show highlights Fleury's foray into the culture of hot rods and Formula One racing. Among other things, that interest has led her to design a woman's race dress for Hugo Boss, and enroll at the Bonndurant Racing School in Phoenix.

She plumbs this passionate subculture through video, installation, sculpture and painting. The exhibit also includes advice on building a hot rod, along with "club" T-shirts, bumper stickers and other merchandise for sale.

She Devils on Wheels continues through April 15 at Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art, 441 E. Grant Road. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 903-0577 for details.

ODD REDUX: Their faces ring familiar from post office walls. Now Tucson's notorious yuk-o-phants, better known as the Oddvarks Comedy Improv Troupe, are back among us.

Pumped-up on barbells and Big House rations, they're ready to break a few funny bones with all new sketches and old favorites, guaranteed to spark "ab-crunches" of hysteria. They'll have you fit and in fits.

Oddvarks performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Plaza Pub, 20 E. Pennington St. Admission is $3. Call 882-0400 for details.

BUTTERFLY FETE: Researcher and shutterbug Priscilla Brodkin sheds light on our flittering friends with The Sunangels of Southeastern Arizona and Sonora. Her talk is hosted by the Tucson Audubon Society.

Butterflies are among the most popular -- and decidedly the comeliest -- of all insects. That makes us lucky in these parts, with more than 250 species calling the region home.

A longtime enthusiast and founding member of the Southeast Arizona Butterfly Association, Brodkin gives a slide presentation and discusses many area species. She also details mimicry and other defense mechanisms used by the critters, the nectar plants they need for food, and the close connection between butterflies of southeastern Arizona and neotropical Sonora.

Pima County Manager Chuck Huckelberry precedes Brodkin with a brief presentation titled The Cost of Growth in Pima County.

Event begins at 7 p.m. Monday, March 13, in UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Admission is free. Call 629-0510 for details.

HARVEST HOME: Feast your eyes on the region's best produce and fresh products at the Downtown Farmers Market. The mouth-watering cornucopia includes fresh breads, salsa, tamales and local honey, along with "unique gift ideas and art," all served up in the heart of the Old Pueblo.

Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday on the south lawn of the Tucson-Pima Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Call 326-7810 for details.

SMOOTH MOVEMENTS: Old time vaudeville gets gussied up with a performance by Prune Juice Follies.

This troupe of veteran high-steppers struts their stuff from noon to 1 p.m. in the UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Admission is free. For details, call 626-7301.

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