Gabriella De Brequet as Anne and David Zinke as Anne's father in "The Diary of Anne Frank" at Pima Community College.


"Diary of Anne Frank" opens at Pima tonight

There's a reason "The Dairy of Anne Frank" is performed so often - the compelling story of a young Jewish girl and her family in hiding from the Nazis during World War II is pulled from her diaries. It's poignant, powerful, and a story that needs to be told again and again.

So, thankfully, that's what Pima Community College's Theatre Arts Department is doing. "The Diary of Anne Frank" is 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 21 at PCC's Black Box Theatre in the Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam.

The production is directed by Nancy Davis Booth and runs about two hours, with one intermission. Tickets are $15, with discounts available. Get them at 206-6986.

Concert to benefit Desert Museum

John Jorgenson has pioneered gypsy jazz in America, championing the works of seminal gypsy jazz man Jean "Django" Reinhardt and carving a niche here for the French style.

Jorgenson will bring his Los Angeles-based John Jorgenson Quintet to Tucson for a pair of concerts Friday and Saturday at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Warden Oasis Theater, 20121 N. Kinney Road.

Jorgenson also will premiere a song he wrote in homage to the museum, inspired by his visit here in January, said Ashley Moyer, who works with the Nashville-based promoter Lotos Nile. The song is "Sonora Spring."

The concert is the first of two fundraising events planned for the museum. Independent artists also will benefit by the exposure and by selling their merchandise during the events, Moyer said. In November, the museum will host country-pop singer-songwriter Beth Nielson Chapman.

Moyer said the hope is that this weekend's concerts will be the launching pad for the museum to host a regular concert series at its 270-seat theater.

This weekend's concerts are at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and tickets are from $50 to $200; you can order tickets online at Details: 883-2702

Repertory singers visit 'moments in time'

The Arizona Repertory Singers are scaling the timeline of choral music in their season finale concerts that begin Sunday.

The choir, under the baton of Music Director Jeffry Jahn, will explore choral styles from classical standards to modern madrigals and those wonderful ditties that make choral concerts so much fun. Composers on the program include Verdi, Wagner, Grieg and Britten.

The singers will perform three concerts to finish the 2012-13 season. Admission is $15 in advance at or at the door; students 18 and younger are free.

• 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5150 N. Valley View Road, near East Sunrise Drive and North Swan Road.

• 3 p.m. April 21 at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St.

• 3 p.m. April 28 at Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft Road.