Cheap Thrills SWING SHIFT: The winds of swing hit gale force on Saturday, July 25, with a performance by San Diego's Big Time Operator. Known for a highly charged sound and great stage shows, this 10-piece band is considered one of the biggest and best swing outfits on the West Coast scene.

Doors open for free dance lessons at
8 p.m. at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 740-0126 for information.

LUCY AND LUCIFER: Take man's wayward drift from God, throw in an investigatory junket to Earth by Jehovah, dish up a darkly humorous re-working of I Love Lucy, and you have Shemhazai, written by Douglas Hill and presented as part of the Damesrocket Theater Company's summer play-reading series.

Set in ancient times and told through contemporary language, Shemhazai is described as a "wacky, blown-out Biblical comedy." An actor and writer, Hill is a recent transplant to Tucson. He holds an MFA from the University of Nevada, and his work has been produced in Las Vegas, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Reading is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, in the Damesrocket Theater, 125 E. Congress St. Admission is $3. For details, call 623-7852.

PLANETARIUM MATINEES: The Flandrau Science Center brings heaven to Earth with a stellar summer matinee planetarium series.

The Magic Sky is a live, interactive program introducing audiences ages 4 to 7 to the wonders of the night sky. Adventures in the Solar System is designed for kids ages 7 to 12, and features a boy and a robot named Planetron who set out to explore the solar system.

Flandrau's million-dollar light system is also put through its paces with several all-ages shows. Discovering Lasers presents a fascinating look at the properties of lights and lasers themselves, while Seeing the Invisible Universe provides a glimpse into how the universe appears in the non-visible spectrum. Dramatic scenes reveal the mysteries of supernovae, black holes, quasars and the Milky Way.

Finally, Under Arizona Skies highlights the beauty and peculiarities of our region, including fantastic sunsets and some of the finest nighttime vistas found anywhere.

The Flandrau Science Center is on campus at the corner of University Boulevard and Cherry Avenue. Admission ranges from $3 to $5. For show times and other information, call 621-7827. TW

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