FAIR DEAL: Tucson's funkiest--and most locally authentic-- shopping district rolls open its doors, sidewalks and pavement for the Fourth Avenue Street Fair. This biennial, eccentric extravaganza features everything from exotic jewelry and crystalline crafts to curly fries and the best brats you ever ate.

Best of all, the sightseeing is extraordinary. You can spend all day rubbernecking without spending much of anything else. Unless, of course, you're in search of any of the fair's one-of-a-kind, handmade arts, crafts and home items.

Cheap Thrills Or you can blow your whole wad on nice cold beer, perfect for this granddaddy of hometown gatherings.

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair runs from approximately 9 a.m. to sunset Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 19 through 21. Admission is free. Call 624-5004 for details.

LATIN LUNCH: Tucson is chock-full of exotic sounds from around the planet. The Tucson-Pima Library gives a nod to our melodic wealth when it hosts an appearance by To-Reé-Neé. This distinctive local vocalist blends Brazilian jazz with original compositions, all presented under beautiful March skies as part of the library's free brown-bag lunchtime concert series.

Performance begins at noon on Wednesday, March 24, at the Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Call 903-1265 for information.

ART PARTY: This one belongs in the "seems like only yesterday" category. The venerable Tucson Museum of Art is celebrating its 75th birthday on Sunday, March 21, with a cadre of performances, kids activities, and of course, plenty of art.

Music for this all-day bash will include the Street Minstrels, Catacoustic Groove, the Utterback Magnet Middle School Jazz Band, the Goodtime Singers, and the Turban Jones Band. There will also be smooth moves by Nash Elementary's Folklórico de Colores, face-painting, animal balloons and mask-making for the kids, along with unique birthday hat-making with Mat Bevel.

The free party runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the TMA, 140 N. Main Ave. Call 624-2333 for details.

SPRING PLANT SALE: Get in touch with your roots at the Tucson Botanical Gardens' annual plant sale on Saturday, March 20. This "riot of colorful plants" features thousands of fine floral specimens, including low-water landscape shrubs, flowering perennials, cacti and succulents, desert trees, vines, herbs, and even those sorely missed wildflowers.

This year's outing highlights the brittlebrush, Angelita daisy and damianita, three shrubs known for cloaking themselves in brilliant flowers. There will also be specialty growers on hand, toting cacti and succulents ranging from the strange to the downright bizarre.

Sale hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21, at the TBG, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Admission is free. Call 326-9686 for information. TW

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