ETERNAL RUN: Pop quiz: what's the longest running theatre musical in the world? Nope, it isn't Cats. The Fantasticks opened off-Broadway in May 1960, and has been pulling big crowds ever since.

Now the Tucson Community Theatre adds to the juggernaut with its own version of this eternal blockbuster. It's the story of two young lovers whose fathers stir their romantic imaginations by pretending to oppose the match. These patriarchs are so understanding, in fact, that they hire a debonair vagabond to create an elaborate abduction scheme, thereby prodding the son into heroic acts.

Cast members for this Tucson Parks and Recreation production include Stephen Greene, Ed Fuller, Bob McNesby, Rachel Neubeck, Grant Lott, Al Baumrucker, Randy Van Nostrand and Amy Prensky.

Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, through April 16, in the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. Admission is free. For details, call 791-4663.

BIKE BLAST: Kickstart Grill unveils its monthly fleet of showcase machines with another Friday Night Bike Show on April 7.

These powerful motorcycles compete for trophies in categories ranging from Big Twin and Foreign Cruiser to Sportbike. Live music, food and drink accent their gleaming glory.

The party starts at 7 p.m. in the Kickstart Grill, 8987 E. Tanque Verde Road, in the Bear Canyon Center. Competitors can register between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Registration and admission are free. Call 760-3013 for information.

CLEAN SCENE: Pedal through the Old Pueblo's vintage core with the Tucson Neighborhoods Bike Tour on Sunday, April 9.

Sponsored by Pima County and the City of Tucson to celebrate Clean Air Challenge/Bike Fest 2000, the 10-mile leisurely cruise spotlights safe and accessible urban bikeways. Geared toward the whole family, the ride also focuses on downtown neighborhoods and includes commuting tips.

Free tour begins at 8 a.m. in front of Old Main, on the UA campus inside the main gate east of Park Avenue. Helmets are required for riders under 18. Call 791-4372 for information.

BLACK AND BLUE: Shy and secretive, black bears are also intelligent and intensely curious. These characteristics often bring them into conflict with humans, with the bears usually emerging on the losing end.

Today Michael Schenck of the Arizona Wildlife Federation discusses these noble creatures' fascinating habits in The Adaptable Arizona Black Bear. The free talk is hosted by the Tucson Audubon Society.

Past director of the North American Bear Society, Schenck has gained a reputation as an expert on black bears. He discusses their behavior, which not surprisingly often centers around food. In the past the bruins were found across North America, but their range has been reduced; today they exist in 38 states and in Mexico.

Schenck uncovers these and other bear facts at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, in UMC DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. For details, call 629-0510.

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