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Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:36 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

MOVIES

Century Theaters

12155 N. Oracle Road, 742-6512

The Blind Side (PG-13)

Planet 51 (PG)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

2012 (PG-13)

Pirate Radio (R)

Disney's A Christmas Carol (PG)

Disney's A Christmas Carol in 3D (PG)

The Fourth Kind (PG-13)

The Men Who Stare at Goats (R)

Foothills

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 742-6174

The Blind Side (PG-13)

Planet 51 (PG)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

2012 (PG-13)

Pirate Radio (R)

Disney's A Christmas Carol (PG)

Disney's A Christmas Carol in 3D (PG)

The Fourth Kind (PG-13)

The Men Who Stare at Goats (R)

Amelia (PG)

Where the Wild Things Are (PG)

Couples Retreat (PG-13)

Paranormal Activity (R)

Oracle View

4690 N. Oracle Road, 292-2430

Whip It (PG-13)

Love Happens (PG-13)

9 (PG-13)

All About Steve (PG-13)

Shorts (PG)

District 9 (R)

The Time Traveler's Wife (PG-13)

G-Force (PG)

(500) Days of Summer (PG-13)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG)

The Hangover (R)

Up (PG)

Tower Theatres

8031 N. Business Park Drive, 579-0500

The Blind Side (PG-13)

Planet 51 (PG)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

2012 (PG-13)

The Box (PG-13)

Disney's A Christmas Carol (PG)

Disney's A Christmas Carol in 3D (PG)

The Fourth Kind (PG-13)

The Men Who Stare at Goats (R)

Couples Retreat (PG-13)

Paranormal Activity (R)

THEATER

Saturday, Nov. 28

• Laugh along with Cheech & Chong as they Light Up America. Details: 7 p.m.; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 & Pima Mine Road; $40-70, $35-65 in advance; 800-745-3000.

Saturday to Sunday, Nov. 28-29

• Don't miss the holiday tradition of The NutCracker ballet with a cast of dancers that includes Creative Dance Arts, Show Biz Kidz Danz and Ballet Arts, Alma Delores International Dance Centre, Sierra Vista Ballet, and the UA School of Dance. Details: 6 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Pima Community College, Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $22, $17 children; 206-6986.

Sunday, Nov. 29

• Enjoy Pardon My English, a dramatic / musical portrait of composer George Gershwin told through the eyes and ears of his brother Ira presented by Chamber Music Plus Southwest. Details: 3 p.m.; Berger Performing Arts Center; 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.; $15-35; 400-5439.

Saturday to Saturday, Nov. 28-Dec. 19

• Travel back to 1930s Harlem with the Arizona Theatre Company at the Tony Award-winning musical Ain't Misbehavin'. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday; Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. 6th Ave; $35-55; 622-2823.

Through Saturday, Jan. 2

• Get into the holiday spirit On the Road to the North Pole, a musical-comedy-spoof-melodrama starring a trio of good little children who journey to the North Pole to rescue Santa Claus from an evil villain. Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $7.95-$17.95; 886-9428.

MUSIC

Saturday, Nov. 28

• Catch the holiday spirit with Marion Meadows and Friends in a performance of smooth jazz compositions at the Smooth Home for the Holidays concert. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive; $37, $30 in advance; 429-9803. Prior to the show, a special Holiday Boutique will showcase a variety of unique vendors to help you get a jump start on all your holiday shopping from 5:30-10:30 p.m. The boutique is free and open to the public.

Sunday, Nov. 29

• Listen to the expressive, melodic music of Spanish Guitarist Domingo DeGrazia. Details: 2-4 p.m.; DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan Road; free; 299-9191.

• Listen to the Caribbean music of two UA steel drum bands at their performance of Traditional to Contemporary—The Sound of Steel. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Crowder Hall, UA Fine Arts Complex; Park Ave. & Speedway Blvd.; $9; 621-2998.

• Enjoy a concert of 18th century music featuring professional instrumentalists and vocalists from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Chamber Artists to benefit the St. Andrew's Children's Clinic in Nogales. Details: 2-3:15 p.m.; Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, 665 W. Roller Coaster Road; donations welcome; 887-5658.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

• Enjoy music by Bernstein and Ponchielli at the University of Arizona Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony concert. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Crowder Hall, UA Fine Arts Complex; Park Ave. & Speedway Blvd.; $5; 621-2998.

Wednesday to Thursday, Dec. 2 & 3

• Enjoy country music legend Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel in concert at the Diamond Center. Details: 7 p.m.; Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 & Pima Mine Road; $40-75, $35-70 in advance; 800-745-3000.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday to Saturday, Nov. 27-28

• Get some great gift ideas at the Sun City Vistoso gift shop Holiday Open House. Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday; 1495 Rancho Vistoso Blvd.; free admission; www.VistosoGiftShop.com.

• Watch pottery being made and fired at the Mata Ortiz Demonstration and Sale also featuring jewelry fashioned with pieces of broken Mata Ortiz pots. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; 326-9686.

Friday to Saturday, Nov. 27-28 & Dec. 4-5

• Meander through Tohono Chul Park with a hot cider in hand while you take in the lights, music and holiday cheer with performances by Gabriel Ayala, Joe Bourne, Reveille Men's Chorus, and Southern Arizona Women's Choir at one of Tucson's most loved traditions Holiday Nights. Details: 5:30-8:30 p.m.; 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $10; $2 under 12; 742-6455.

Friday to Sunday, Nov. 27-29

• Sample traditional American Indian foods and browse authentic, handmade crafts at the Native American Month Social and Indian Craft Market. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; San Xavier Mission Plaza, 1950 W. San Xavier Road; free admission; 573-4007.

Saturday, Nov. 28

• Help raise funds for Immaculate Heart High School library with your purchases and enjoy holiday activities such as Children's Story Time (10 a.m.); Choir (11 a.m.), Poetry Reading (12 p.m.), and Author Signings (1-6 p.m.). Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Barnes & Noble, 7325 N. La Cholla Blvd.; free admission; 742-6621 or 297-2851.

• Meet CDO legends Brian Anderson, Scott Hairston, Chris Duncan and others at the Legends of CDO Baseball Golf Tournament. Details: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; El Conquistador Country Club, 10555 N. La Canada Drive; $100; 370-4782 or www.DoradoBaseball.com.

• Get answers to your questions about adopting, volunteering, or donating to the D&M Reptile Rescue. Details: 12-4 p.m.; Bookmans, 3733 W. Ina Road; free; 579-0303.

Saturday to Sunday, Nov. 28-29

• Browse fine art, masks, batiks, jewelry, metal garden art, gourd art, textiles, pottery, handmade soaps, fused and diachronic glass and holiday ornaments at the fifth annual Holiday Arte Fiesta. Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; 4802 W. Paseo de las Colinas; free admission; 465-7298.

• Kick off the holiday season with the Oro Valley Festival of the Arts holiday arts and crafts spectacular featuring wine and culinary themed vendors, live music and dance performances, and children's cooking and art activities to benefit the education programs of the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N. Oracle Road; free admission; 797-3959.

Saturday to Saturday, Nov. 28-Dec. 12

• Experience the Mini-Time Machine Museum decorated for the season, browse holiday themed merchandise, enjoy traditional European winter market food and drink, and participate in holiday craft projects at the Winter Market. Details: 6-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive; $7, $6 seniors, $5; 881-0606.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

• Get some bargains at the Mini Book Sale hosted by Friends of Pima County Public Library. Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Nanini Branch Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road; free admission; tsnazlib@hotmail.com.

Through Sunday, Dec. 13

• Find everything you want to give, even more you want to receive at the Southern Arizona Arts Guild's arts and crafts sale Holidazzle with original art, pottery, woodwork, and special stocking stuffers by guild members. Details: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily except Mondays; 7961 N. Oracle, Estrada de Aro Shops; free admission; www.southernazartsguild.org.

Through Monday, Nov. 30

• Vote for your favorite Scarecrow in the Gardens as handcrafted scarecrows fashioned of botanical, recycled or repurposed materials by local businesses and artists populate ramadas and gardens. Details: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; free with general admission $7, $3 children; 326-9686.

Through Apr. 30, 2010

• Enjoy Arizona's only live tropical Butterfly exhibit as Butterfly Magic Returns to the greenhouse at Tucson Botanical Gardens with hundreds of spectacular butterflies from all over the world. Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily; 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $12, $6.50 children; 326-9686.

CLASSES & PROGRAMS

Saturday, Nov. 28

• Ever wonder what arid-adapted plants you can purchase to attract butterflies, birds or bats? Or what little pest is destroying your favorite plant or tree? Ask the Expert, Tohono Chul Park's Curator of Plants Russ Buhrow all your gardening questions. Details: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; La Entrada at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; free; 742-6455.

• Let historian and author Jane Eppinga reveal the unique history of the hard-rock mining towns and rowdy camps Around Tombstone. Details: Details: 12 noon and 2 p.m.; Western National Parks Association, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

Friday to Saturday, Nov. 27-28

• Listen to a brief history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and its Impact on Saguaro National Park. Details: 11:15 a.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with park admission; 733-5158.

• Learn about snakes, scorpions, tarantula, or tortoises at the ranger-led program Critter of the Week. Details: 2:15-2:45 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Sunday, Nov. 29

• Explore more than 75 years of history at People and Places of Saguaro's Past and look at some of the structures built there over the years. Details: 11 a.m.; Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail; free; 733-5153.

Friday & Sunday, Nov. 27 & 29

• Learn about Homesteading Adventures in the Desert, the oral history surrounding Mexican-American homesteaders in and around Saguaro National Park West. Details: 10:15-10:45 a.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

• Discover Tucson's resident wildlife, their habitat needs, and why they may be attracted to your yard at the Pima County Natural Resources presentation of Living With Urban Wildlife. Details: 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road; free; 299-3000, Ext. 147.

• Write your story, a family history, or memoir in a protective and supportive environment with tips from local authors and publishers. Details: 6-7:30 p.m.; St. Philip's In The Hills Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.; free; 219-8090.

OUTDOORS

Friday to Saturday, Nov. 27-28

• Take an easy 2.5-mile Twilight Glow to Moon Shadows hike to discover the mystic moon shadows that appear as evening falls in the desert. Details: 4 p.m. Friday, 3:45 p.m. Saturday; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Sunday, Nov. 29

• Take a 3.5 mile Sunset Hike that climbs 700 feet to a beautiful ridgeline for the sunset and then return under the moonlight. Details: 3 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with park entrance fee (reservations required); 773-5158.

Sunday to Monday, Nov. 29-30

• See if you can recognize plant versions of your friends and relatives in the 30-minute Neighborhood Plant Characters nature walk adjacent to Red Hills Visitor Center. Details: 2:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with park entrance fee; 773-5158.

CHILDREN

Saturday, Nov. 28

• Make A Hand-y Tree using your handprint in a colorful tree craft. Details: 11:30 a.m.; Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave.; included with admission $7 adults, $5 seniors and children; 792-9985.

• Help youth appreciate, learn about, talk about and create miniatures and holiday themed cards at the Kids Create family fun program. Details: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive; free with museum admission $7, $6 seniors, $5; 881-0606.

• Parents or legal guardians can obtain a CD containing digital photographs, digital fingerprints, short video, cheek DNA swab and ID cards to give to law enforcement should a child become lost or abducted at the Free Child Identification Event (AZCHIP). Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Super Target, 4040 N. Oracle Road; free; 202-1501.

Sunday, Nov. 29

• Take advantage of Free Admission Day at the Tucson Children's Museum sponsored by the Marguerite Casey Foundation & Fry's Food Stores. Details: 12-5 p.m.; 200 S. Sixth Ave.; free; 792-9985.

VISUAL ARTS

Through Thursday, Dec. 3

• See new works in pastel by John Jeffries and watercolors by Scarlett Taylor. Details: 2-4 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday; St. Philip's Murphey Gallery, Campbell Ave. & River Road; free; 299-7649.

Through Sunday, Jan. 3

• View David Conklin's exhibit Gallery in the Gardens featuring subjects ranging from wildlife, marine, and portraits which have appeared on the covers of outdoor magazines and featured in National Geographic. Details: 8:30-4:30 p.m. daily; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; included with admission $7 adults, $3 children; 326-9686.

Through Friday, Jan. 8

• View World Adventures in Watercolor with contemporary American artist Glenna Gilbert-Jones and other renowned artists. Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Toscana Studio and Gallery, 9040 N. Oracle Road, Suite A; free; 575-1445.

Through Sunday, Jan. 10

• View the exhibit Canyons of the Southwest, Cliffs, Gorges and Chasms. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park Exhibit Hall; 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $7, $5 seniors/military; $3 students; $2 children; 742-6455.

• View desert region works by member artists of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild at the Fiesta Sonora Art Exhibition. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Ironwood Gallery, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road; free with museum entrance fee; 883-2702.

Through Saturday, Jan. 16

• See paintings, photography and sculptures featuring works by Katie Iverson and Barbara Terkanian at the Right Brain, Left Brain: Two Artist-Biologists exhibit. Details: 12-4 p.m. Thursday, 12-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Blue Raven Gallery, 3054 N. 1st Ave., Suite 4; free; 405-3657.

Through July 2

• View Yoeme Carving: Generations of Wooden Face, masks carved for ceremonial dancers whose wooden, carved mask represents a family tradition passed down for centuries. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $7, $5 seniors/military; $3 students; $2 children; 742-6455.

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