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PODUNK PARTY: Our friendly neighbor throws open its gracious doors for the 12th annual Patagonia Fall Festival.

This year's party in the loveliest town east of San Francisco is called A Celebration of Art and Music. That's a fair description of the spicy smorgasbord of music, crafts and great food.

The performance lineup includes The Larry Redhouse Trio, Ismael Barajas, The Green Valley Aires, Tipica Adelante, The Desert Swing Band, The Redhouse Dancers, Odell Borg and Friends, and The Pat Watrous Trio.

Story weaver Madam Freya will be back by popular demand, and there will be more than 150 booths featuring the work of artists from six states.

And sizzling cowboy band Rancho Deluxe takes the stage for a special concert from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the legendary Big Steer Bar.

Still hungry for fun? The Senior Citizens of Patagonia will serve up a biscuits and gravy breakfast on Saturday morning, and the Patagonia/Sonoita Rotary Club hosts a pancake feast on Sunday.

The Patagonia Fall Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the town park. Take I-10 east to the Sonoita turn-off. Drive south, and take a right at the Sonoita junction. Drive time is about one hour. Call (520) 394-2575 for information.

BIG CRITTERS: The Tucson Children's Museum takes a big step back in time with Dinosaur Canyon.

Visitors entering this prehistoric gallery first hear a description of the Mesozoic Era, and see four full-sized dinos, including a humongous T-Rex. The big fellow is joined by an 8-foot Deinonychus, a 16-foot Kentrosaurus, and a 9-foot Protoceratops. Before you drag out Encyclopaedia Britannica, keep in mind that plenty of folks will be around to discuss these giants, created by Rob Meyer Productions for this fantastic new exhibit.

Celebrate the new display at a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 14 and 15, in the museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.50, $4.50 for seniors, and $3.50 for children. Call 792-9985 for details.

SATANIC SPAWN: One angry inner child becomes extroverted--with terrifying results--in Rosemary's Baby. The film will be screened outdoors in La Placita Village, as a fund-raiser for the Fox Theater Foundation.

The classic horror flick speaks for itself, and decades after its release still sets a benchmark for extreme creepiness. As for the Fox Theatre, the venerable downtown movie house is making a triumphant return after decades of neglect. You can help by showing up and making a suggested $3 donation.

Rosemary's Baby screens at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 in La Placita Village, on the southwest corner of Church Avenue and Broadway Boulevard. Admission is free. For information, call 622-0077.

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