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Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:05 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

MOVIES

Century Theaters

12155 N. Oracle Road, 742-6512

Little Fockers (PG-13)

True Grit (PG-13)

The Fighter (R)

How Do You Know (PG-13)

Tron: Legacy (PG)

Tron: Legacy 3D (PG)

Yogi Bear (PG)

Yogi Bear 3D (PG)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 3D (PG)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

The Tourist (PG-13)

Black Swan (R)

Burlesque (PG-13)

Tangled (PG)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (PG-13)

Foothills

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 1-888-AMC4FUN

Tron: Legacy IMAX 3D (PG)

The Fighter (R)

How Do You Know (PG-13)

Tron: Legacy (PG)

Yogi Bear (PG)

Yogi Bear 3D (PG)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

The Tourist (PG-13)

Black Swan (R)

Burlesque (PG-13)

Love and Other Drugs (R)

Tangled (PG)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (PG-13)

Due Date (R)

Red (PG-13)

Oracle View

4690 N. Oracle Road, 292-2430

Skyline (PG-13)

Paranormal Activity 2 (R)

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

You Again (PG)

Alpha and Omega (PG)

Devil (PG-13)

The Town (R)

The Other Guys (PG-13)

Inception (PG-13)

Despicable Me (PG)

Tower Theatres

8031 N. Business Park Drive, 579-0500

The Fighter (R)

How Do You Know (PG-13)

Tron: Legacy (PG)

Tron: Legacy 3D (PG)

Yogi Bear (PG)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 3D (PG)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

The Tourist (PG-13)

Burlesque (PG-13)

Tangled (PG)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (PG-13)

Unstoppable (PG-13)

Due Date (R)

Megamind (PG)

THEATER

Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 23-26

• Bring the whole family for the must-see holiday event Ballet Tucson’s The Nutcracker, with snowflakes, marching toy soldiers, giant mice, and candy confections of every kind. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $27-54; 800-745-3000.

Through Saturday, Jan. 1

• Catch a performance of the new holiday musical-comedy-spoof-melodrama The Secret Santa starring a Scrooge-like villain out to squash everyone’s Christmas spirit. Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 3, 6:30 & 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 12, 3 & 7 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $8-18; 886-9428.

Through Sunday, Jan. 2

• Enjoy a performance of Season’s Greetings and the Santaland Diaries by NPR humorist David Sedaris recounting his bizarre experiences working as a Macy’s Elf during the holiday season and biting satire of the season. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $18, $16 seniors/military/students; 327-4242.

• Catch a performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol starring James Gooden. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Comedy Playhouse, 3620 N. First Ave.; $18; 260-6442.

Wednesday to Sunday, Jan. 5-23

• Get your tickets for the Broadway blockbuster musical Wicked. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Sunday; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $42-150; 621-3341.

MUSIC

Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays through Dec. 30

• Listen to different styles of music at the Park Place Holiday Concert Series presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.; free; 797-3959.

Friday, Dec. 31

• Ring in the new year at Moveable Musical Feasts featuring the TSO Piano Trio, soloists and Swing ’N the New Jazz Band and enjoy a multi-course signature meal. Details: 6:30 p.m.; Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St.; $199; 882-8585.

Thursday, Jan. 13

• See the Temptations in concert at the Diamond Center. Details: 7 p.m.; Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 & Pima Mine Rd.; $40-50, $30-45 in advance; 800-745-3000.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday, Dec. 26

• Enjoy art activities, scavenger hunts, and live Christmas caroling at the Oracle Crossings Holiday Spectacular sponsored by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 12-4 p.m.; Oracle Crossings Shopping Center, Oracle and Magee Rds.; free admission; 797-3959.

Through Sunday, Dec. 26

• Enjoy the Tucson tradition Winterhaven Festival of Lights. Details: 6-10 p.m.; Fort Lowell & Country Club Rds.; free; 881-4483 or www.winterhavenfestival.org.

Friday, Dec. 31

• Kick up your heels at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference New Year’s Eve Gala featuring dinner, dancing, and music by Mariachi Sonido de Mexico and Grupo Latido. Details: 6 p.m.; Desert Diamond Casino, Old Nogales Hwy.; $100, $180/couple; 838-3908.

• Dance the night away at the Tucson Jazz Society’s New Year’s Eve Gala featuring a gourmet dinner, midnight champagne toast and a balloon drop. Details: 8 p.m.; JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.; $189; 903-1265.

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 31-Jan. 2

• Browse arts and crafts, taste traditional foods, enjoy children’s activities, dancing, singing and drum contests at the New Year’s Competition Powwow. Details: Rillito Park Race Track, 4502 N. First Ave.; 622-4900.

CLASSES & PROGRAMS

Thursdays, Dec. 23 & 30

• Explore the Geology of the Tucson Mountains, how they came to be where they are, their composition and the forces that built and continue to shape them. Details: 3:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Fridays, Dec. 24 & 31

• Learn about the Depression-era work program the Civilian Conservation Corps and its influence on national, state, and county parks illustrated with old photo images and movie clips. Details: 2:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Sunday, Dec. 26

• Don’t Forget to Turn Off the Lights and learn what the National Park Service is doing about light pollution and how you can help save the night skies. Details: 1:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

• Enjoy the fascinating oral history surrounding Mexican American Homesteaders’ adventures around Saguaro National Park communities. Details: 2:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Sunday & Monday, Dec. 26 & 27

• Learn about the communication skills, special adaptations, defense systems, and folk lore of often misunderstood Snakes. Details: 11:45 a.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Monday to Wednesday, Dec. 27-29

• Learn about the effects of climate changes and adaptations to seemingly harsh conditions at Life on the Edge: Plant and Animal Survival Strategies. Details: 3:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

• Meet the Cuckoo of the Desert and learn about the natural history, behavior, and other facts about the roadrunner. Details: 2:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Wednesday, Dec. 29

• Take a photo tour of the People and Places of Saguaro’s Past focusing on the stories told by its historic structures. Details: 11 a.m.; Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5153.

• Learn about The Life and Times of Tom Mix from expert researcher Gerry Miller. Details: 12 & 2 p.m.; Western National Parks Association, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

• Learn about the Hohokam, Those Who Came Before and inhabited this area from A.D. 300 to 1450. Details: 2:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

• Get in shape and learn to climb at the BellaLEAD women’s climbing group 8-week course. Details: 7-9 p.m.; Rocks and Ropes, 330 S. Toole Ave., Ste. 400; $225, $175 members; 882-5924.

Through Friday, Dec. 31

• Enjoy the Holiday of Lights Planetarium and Laser Show. Details: 6:30 & 7:30 Thursday; 4:30, 5:30, 7 & 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 4:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Sunday; UA Flandrau Center, Cherry Ave. & University Blvd.; $7.50, $5 ages 4-15, under 4 free; www.flandrau.org.

OUTDOORS

Thursdays, Dec. 23 & 30

• Take an easy walk looking for Signs of Animal Life. Details: 2:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Friday, & Monday to Thursday, Dec. 24, & 27-31

• Take a 1.5 mile hike and learn how species become threatened, endangered, or extinct, and the consequences of habitat loss or climate change at the program Lost And Gone Forever. Details: 9:45-11:45 a.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Sunday, Dec. 26

• Take an easy 30-minute walk in the cactus garden or in a nearby wash to find plants that may remind you of Neighborhood Characters or people you know. Details: 9:45 a.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

• Take a walk in the cactus garden to discover some physical and behavioral adaptations of desert plants at the program Adaptations: Recipe For Survival. Details: 10:45 a.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Tuesday to Wednesday, Dec. 28-29

• Take a moderately strenuous 3-mile Desert Morning Hike through the Cactus Forest led by a volunteer naturalist. Details: 9 a.m.; Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail; free with $10/vehicle park entrance fee; 733-5153.

CHILDREN

Monday to Friday, Dec. 27-31

• Explore producing, acting, singing, dancing, improvisation games, and the technical side of theatre at the Musical Theatre Winter Camp for ages 8 to 18. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; $225; 327-0160.

VISUAL ARTS

Through Thursday, Jan. 6

• View the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Calendar Show exhibit and vote for your favorites to appear on their 2012 calendar which benefits their Scholarship Fund. Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Gallery, 5605 E. River Rd., Suite 131; free.

FILM

Thursday, Dec. 23

• Bring the whole family for the holiday classic film It’s a Wonderful Life. Details: 2 & 7 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $6-8; 547-3040.

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