We asked the modern-day Earp why the Tombstone legend has endured. The clash, he says, has all the epic elements: "Shakespearean tragedy, a love triangle, sociopolitical and criminal conflicts. And it meets an innate need in human beings -- to see things in black and white." As erudite as his predecessor, this gunslinger is similarly handy with a Colt.
Admission is $25 for adults and $12 for kids. For more information, call 480-986-1800 or see arizonagunfighters.com. - Kim Toms
BELL OF THE BALL
NASA recovery teaches children
In 1961, the space capsule Liberty Bell 7 sank upon splashdown, only to be recovered some 40 years later in 1999. So what's an old spaceship to do after being out of the loop for decades? Tour like a rock star, of course!
Relive the most famous flight in NASA's lost-and-found as the Arizona Science Center, 600 East Washington, presents "The Lost Spacecraft: Liberty Bell 7 Recovered," June 14 through September 7. Capsule simulators, an underwater ROV, a planetarium show and sonar experiments will reveal the story of a spacecraft that even an ocean couldn't hide. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children. Call 602-716-2000 or see www.azscience.org. - Craig Wallach
GRAND MASTER SPLASH
A celebration of freedom
In anticipation of African American Emancipation Day on June 19, the JuneTeenth Jazz Splash Festival & Ethnic Arts Fair lets freedom ring all weekend. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, blues, reggae, salsa, classical, hip-hop and jazz fill Arcosanti urban village, just off I-17, exit 262, north of Phoenix. African drummers and dancers, puppeteers, storytellers, a magician and yo-yo champ share their skills, as vendors peddle ethnic food, fashions and handicrafts. Daily admission is $5 for adults, $4 for teens and free for those younger than 13. VIP tickets -- $25 and $40 -- include reserved seating and other perks. Call 1-928-925-1422 or see www.pjazz.org. - Jill Koch
Clone a Lisa
Something better than the real thing
Simple, understated and better known than a million supermodels, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is an ode to a woman whose inner beauty is undeniable. Now, in a makeover of epic proportions, artist Philippe Bradshaw has employed a tag team of anodized elements and video technology to give the old girl a decidedly postmodern twist.
Meet the new Mona at "Philippe Bradshaw: Videos and Chains," on display through September 13 at the ASU Art Museum, 10th Street and Mill in Tempe. Video projections, driving dance music, and a modern-day Mona Lisa hanging from aluminum chains mark a classic's transition into the 21st century.
For details call 480-965-2787 or visit www.asuartmuseum.asu.edu. - Craig Wallach