LITTLE BIG TIME: Gorge on a large helping of fun at the Tucson Kitchen Musicians' Spring Mini-Fest.s in quirky little Valley of the Moon, Tucson's "historic fantasy park built of rock and imagination" by the late eccentric George Phar Legler.

The performance stage is likewise constructed of rock and concrete, and today becomes home to a tasty roster of acoustic musicians. The lineup includes Sal Valdivia; original songs and twisted covers by the Arnold/Klingenfus Ensemble; intricate strings and harmonies by Stefan George and Lavinia White; and headliners Dede Wyland on vocals and guitar, and Ross Nickerson on banjo.

Cheap Thrills Wyland made a name for herself at the Telluride Bluegrass, Winterhawk and Walnut festivals. She was also a member of the acclaimed Tony Trischka and Skyline band. Nickerson is a Tucson native, and former member of the Titan Valley Warheads and Blitz Creek. His hot debut recording, Blazing the West, featured Laurie Lewis, Peter McClaughlin and Riders in the Sky. He currently cools his heels in Reno. Evan Dain (upright bass) and Donny Russell (mandolin) round out this weekend's talented quartet.

Proceeds from today's event will help support the 14th annual Tucson Folk Festival. Bring a blanket, chairs and sunscreen, and join in the music from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road, north of Prince Road between Tucson Boulevard and Country Club Road. Admission is $6, $5 for TKMA, TFTM, TBS, DBS and KXCI members, $2 for kids ages 6 to 16. For information, call 319-8599.

COVER ART: Philippe Halsman's portraits long graced major magazines such as Look and the Saturday Evening Post. From the 1950s through '70s, Life magazine alone published 101 covers by the famed photographer, a record unmatched by his contemporaries.

That vast body of art--including the faces of notables from Judy Garland to Winston Churchill--are featured in Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective, on display in the UA Center for Creative Photography. The show contains 73 vintage prints from the Halsman Family Collection, and spans more than 40 years.

Philippe Halsman continues through May 30 in the UA Center for Creative Photography, on the south end of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

A lecture series is offered in conjunction with the Halsman exhibit, featuring award-winning photographer Dan Budnik on Tuesday, April 6. He'll discuss capturing the personality on film in Portraiture: Beyond the Surface. On Tuesday, April 13, UA sociology professor Albert Bergesen discusses The Cult of Celebrity.

Both lectures are free and begin at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 621-7968.

ROYAL ROCK: Get the royal treatment right in the heart of Tucson when Club Congress hosts Citizen King. This rock band has a rep for rippin' it up, and there's no better place to tear apart the social fabric than in the eternally stylish Club Congo, 311 E. Congress St. Show time is 9 p.m. and cover is $4. For details, call 622-8848. TW

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