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PHUN FACTS: When they're not busy unlocking the secrets of the physical universe, scientists can be downright silly. Take the 12th annual "Physics Phun Night," an evening of hair-raising demonstrations and "visual and auditory illusions" by UA physics and atmospheric sciences students and professors. Dancing flames, burning bubbles, giant smoke rings and singing sewer pipes: Don't let the lab coats fool ya, these guys are just old-fashioned conjurers in collegiate clothing. Join them at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Physics and Atmospheric Sciences Building room 201. Admission is free. Call 621-4969 for information.

MOSTLY MAGIC: Today's ace in the hole can be found at the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave., where the Mostly Magic Show reconvenes with the comedic "Master of Foolology" Eric Buss, along with tricksters Steve Lee and Brian Moore. Close-up magic starts at 6 p.m., with an action-packed stage show following at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 to $6.50 at the door. Call 790-4060 for information.

PET CAUSE: Bookman's Used Books and the Humane Society of Tucson host a Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at 3733 W. Ina Road, with a pet parade, on-site pet adoptions, free pet care information, merchandise discounts, live music, an art workshop for children, clowns, magicians and more. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society's research library for animal welfare and related issues. Donations for the reference library will also be accepted during the event. Admission is free. Call Marsh Myers at 321-3704 for information.

PHOTO SENSITIVE: Famed interpreter of the American South, William Christenberry, gives a slide lecture of his work at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the UA Center for Creative Photography auditorium, southeast of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. Reconstruction: William Christenberry's Art, a traveling exhibit, opens April 21 with a reception from noon to 3 p.m. and continues through June 30 at the Center. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Guest lectures on Christenberry's work continue throughout the week. Call 621-7968 for information.

ARTS OASIS SUNDAY: And if the CCP's activities don't strike your palette, take a gander at the adjacent UA College of Fine Arts' Arts Oasis Sunday festival from 1 to 4 p.m. April 21 in the Fine Arts courtyard, with fencing demonstrations, visual art exhibits, a video-art studio demonstration, live music and stage tours. Admission is free. Call 621-3117 for information.

PULLING STRINGS: The Civic Orchestra of Tucson opens its spring concert season at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, Country Club Road and 22nd Street. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music under the stars. Admission is free, and shuttle service is available from the Foley's parking lot at El Con. Call 791-9246 for information. TW

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