Whether your dad is an astronaut or an actuary, he's a cowboy at heart. This Saturday, June 14, treat him to an evening in the Old West at the Arizona Gunfighters Father's Day Show at Rockin' R Ranch, 6136 East Baseline in Mesa. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., with a man-meal of barbecue, beans and biscuits. Next comes western music and humor from the Rockin' R Wranglers, followed by a vignette about Wild Bill Hickok. For the finale, the Gunfighters reenact the famed face-off at the OK Corral. Okay, so the Earps and Doc Holliday didn't battle the Clantons and McLaurys in the corral. But as Bob Charnes of the Gunfighters notes, "Who would remember the Gunfight at the Vacant Lot near the OK Corral'?" Charnes says that, although history has embellished the tale, the Gunfighters portray events as closely as possible to the way they actually happened. Such accuracy includes attention to period dress, reproduction of firearms, even casting: The actor who plays Wyatt Earp really is Wyatt Earp, the gunfighter's great-grandnephew.
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