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A GOOD BANG FOR FIVE BUCKS. Modern and classical works by composers Jay Vosk, Samuel Barber and Maurice Ravel performed live for just five bucks?

Thanks to the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, you can relax and listen to an evening of great music for way less than you would pay for the latest waste of film from Hollywood.

The opener for the orchestra's 2001-2002 concert season--its tenth, by the way--includes performances of Vosk's Viva Vivaldi and Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Languages Auditorium on the University of Arizona campus. Tickets cost $5 adults, $3 students. For more information, call 293-7664.

STARS BRIGHT. Look up and get a new perspective.

Just show up any Wednesday evening at the Sabino Canyon Visitors' Center ramada and enjoy a hike under the stars.

Glide through the night in Sabino Canyon, free from flash and artificial light, while enjoying the friendly company of kindred spirits. Reconnect with nature by disconnecting from any extraneous electronic devices and experience genuine light, sound and the presence of the darkened Catalina Cathedral.

Wear comfortable shoes for the 7.5-mile round trip with a 600-foot elevation change. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, the hikes are free.

The hikes begin at 6 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call 577-2444 after 1 p.m.

CLASSIC TO FIT THE BUDGET. Itching for a bit of theater, but just don't think you have the cash?

Think again. As long as you don't mind underage actors, Romeo and Juliet is waiting to be enjoyed in Marana.

The Marana High School Players are presenting the Shakespeare tragedy beginning Tuesday. See the story of star-crossed lovers as told by young actors who bring fresh enthusiasm to the stage.

Performances are at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

This show's a steal. Tickets cost $5 adults, $3.50 children at the door, 12000 W. Emigh Road in Marana. For more information, call 682-9303.

GOING TO THE DOGS. Neglected dogs will have their days Friday and Saturday as Bookman's takes thousands of new and used items to the streets.

The sidewalk bazaar will include videotapes, audio cassettes, CDs, software, children's stuff and, of course, books, and most items will be priced at under $3.

The event benefits the Southern Arizona Humane Society's educational and anti-cruelty programs.

The sale is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Humane Society Shelter, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., north of Fort Lowell Road between Country Club and Dodge. For more information, call 321-3704, ext. 168 or visit