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Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:25 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

MOVIES

 

Century Theaters

12155 N. Oracle Road, 742-6512

Armored (PG-13)

Brothers (R)

Everybody's Fine (PG-13)

Ninja Assassin (R)

Old Dogs (PG)

The Blind Side (PG-13)

Planet 51 (PG)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

2012 (PG-13)

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

The Men Who Stare at Goats (R)

 

Foothills

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 742-6174

Armored (PG-13)

Brothers (R)

Everybody's Fine (PG-13)

Transylmania (R)

Ninja Assassin (R)

Old Dogs (PG)

The Blind Side (PG-13)

Planet 51 (PG)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

2012 (PG-13)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG)

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

 

Oracle View

4690 N. Oracle Road, 292-2430

Capitalism: A Love Story (R)

The Invention of Lying (PG-13)

Whip It (PG-13)

Surrogates (PG-13)

The Informant (R)

Inglourious Basterds (R)

Shorts (PG)

District 9 (R)

The Hangover (R)

Up (PG)

 

Tower Theatres

8031 N. Business Park Drive, 579-0500

Armored (PG-13)

Brothers (R)

Everybody's Fine (PG-13)

Ninja Assassin (R)

Old Dogs (PG)

The Blind Side (PG-13)

Planet 51 (PG)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

2012 (PG-13)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG)

Disney's A Christmas Carol (PG)

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

 

THEATER

 

Thursday to Saturday, Dec. 10-12

• Enjoy a showcase of ballet, jazz, tap, modern, ballroom and Latin-style dances as Pima Community College Dance presents A Season of New Beginnings. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday; PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $6; 206-6986.

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

• Don't miss the Tucson premiere of Spirit of Christmas, for a show that would make The Rockettes envious, presented by Tucson Dance Academy. Details: 3 & 7 p.m.; Ironwood Ridge High School Auditorium, 2475 W. Naranja Drive; $16, $14 seniors, $12 children; 744-9730.

 

Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 12-13

• Enjoy the unique Tucson production of A Southwest Nutcracker featuring guest dancers from the American Ballet Theatre with live musical accompaniment by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Details: 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $22-34; 800-745-3000.

Through Saturday, 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 & 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 & 7 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $7.95-$17.95; 886-9428.

 

MUSIC

 

Thursday, Dec. 10

• See the Sara Evans Christmas Show at the Diamond Center. Details: 7 p.m.; Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road; $30-55, $25-59 in advance; 800-745-3000.

• Support the preservation of the church and enjoy the 13th annual Christmas Concert at San Xavier featuring the Sons of Orpheus and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. Details: 8 p.m.; San Xavier Mission, 1950 W. San Xavier Road; $90; 407-6130.

 

Friday, Dec. 11

• Experience the joy of Caribbean with the dynamic high energy sounds of Trinidad and Tobago with the steel drum and reggae group Sticks and Fingers. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $22, $20 in advance; 818-1000.

 

Friday, Dec. 11

• Listen to the U of A Harp Fusion and the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus presenting a concert featuring a collaboration of 14 harps and 70 angels performing Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols as well as Latin, jazz, and traditional holiday pieces at Eller Dance Theatre. Details: 7:30 p.m.; 1737 E. University Blvd.; $15, $10 seniors/students; 404-3148.

 

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 11-13

• Enjoy a holiday tradition as Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present Handel's Messiah including the Hallelujah Chorus. Details: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; $30-40; 882-8585.

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

• Listen to the harmonizing of the Canada del Oro Barbershop Chorus with four world class quartets at the Barbershop Chorus Holiday Harmony. Details: 7 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $20, $18 in advance; 818-1000.

• Experience a unique melding of 12 harps and 70 angels voices at the holiday concert Harps & Angels featuring the Southern Arizona Women's Chorus and University of Arizona's HarpFusion. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road; 404-3148.

 

Sunday, Dec. 13

• Listen to the sounds of Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson, premiere youth mariachi band, to benefit the Tohono Chul Park and Los Changuitos Feos scholarship funds. Details: 2 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $20, $14 members, $7 students; 742-6455.

 

Monday, Dec. 14

• Relive some of the greatest music ever performed at the Blue Christmas Holiday Tribute to the King with Elvis impersonator Robert Shaw. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $22, $20 in advance; 818-1000.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Music lovers of all ages are invited to join residents of The Fountains at La Cholla for the Joe Bourne Holiday Concert. Details: 2:30-4 p.m.; 2001 W. Rudasill Road, free but reservations required; 797-2001.

Tuesday to Sunday, Dec. 15-20

• Listen to holiday classics sung by the internationally renowned Australian singing group The Ten Tenors with an unparalleled palette and repertoire. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Sunday; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress Street; $27-114; 547-3040.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

• Enjoy Sons of Orpheus 12th annual Holiday Benefit Concert for the Community Food Bank with Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind elementary students. Details: 7 p.m.; Berger Center for the Performing Arts; 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.; free with non-perishable food or monetary donation.

 

Wednesday to Thursday, Dec. 16-17

• Christmas in the Brooke returns to the MountainView Ballroom with new songs, new singers, and new humor and the Feast paraded by singers, dancers, and serving staff. Details: 5 p.m.; MountainView Country Club; $50; 818-1000.

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Friday, Dec. 11

• Munch on holiday goodies, enter raffles and win prizes at the Interfaith Community Services Holiday Open House, volunteer-based nonprofit that serves the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged with a food bank, mobile meals, emergency financial assistance, caregiving services and health advocacy. Details: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Christ the King Episcopal Church, 2800 W. Ina Road; free; 297-6049.

• Mingle with local artists of Art on American Avenue and discuss their latest exhibit while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres. Details: 5-7:30 p.m.; Village Square, 1995 W. American Ave., Oracle.

 

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 11-13

• Shop more than 400 arts and crafts booths, purchase food from vendors, and enjoy street musicians and performers at The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair. Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fourth Avenue between 9th Street and University Blvd.; free; 624-5004.

 

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 11-13 & 18-20

• Benefit the programs at Interfaith Community Services by attending the Splendor of Christmas presented by the Celebration Choir and Drama Ministries of Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene. Details: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 & 12; 4 & 6 p.m. Dec. 13; 6:30 & 8 p.m. Dec. 18; 4 & 6 p.m. Dec. 19-20; offering will be taken; 297-2738 x209.

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

• Line up to see the 5th annual Oro Valley Holiday Parade. Details: 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Naranja Drive from Ironwood Ridge High School to Oro Valley town campus.

• Celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the Santa Catalina combined choir and the debut of the Santa Catalina Matachine Dancers at a prayerful religious dance prior to the 11 a.m. Mass. Details: 10:30 a.m.; Santa Catalina Catholic Church,14380 N. Oracle Road; free; www.santacatalinaparish.org.

• Get in the holiday spirit at the Third Annual Presidio Luminaria Festival, living history celebration, parade of lights, and refreshments. Details: 6-9 p.m.; Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, 133 W. Washington Street, free; 837-8119.

 

Saturday to Saturday, Dec. 12-26

• Bring a canned food donation for Tucson Food Bank and walk or drive through the Winterhaven Festival of Lights, a neighborhood adorned with holiday decorations. Details: 5:30-10 p.m.; Fort Lowell Road, Prince Road, Country Club, Tucson Blvd.; free with canned food donation; 881-4483. Horse Drawn Wagons rides available at Walking Winds. Details: 6-9 p.m. daily Dec. 12-25; $12-16; 647-0050.

 

Wednesday to Thursday, Dec. 16-17

• Visit St. Mark's United Methodist Church's cookie walk and pick out a dozen or more cookies of your choice. Details: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; 1431 W. Magee Road; Rooms 17 &18; $5/dozen; 797-2925.

 

Through Saturday, Dec. 12

• Experience the Mini-Time Machine Museum decorated for the season, browse holiday themed merchandise, enjoy traditional European 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 children; 881-0606.

 

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.

 

CLASSES & PROGRAMS

 

Thursday, Dec. 10

• Get tips on Personal Security and Safety so you can avoid becoming a victim in school, on the job, in public, and at home from Matt Szady, lead police officer for Pima Community College. Details: 6-7 p.m.; Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive; free (adults & teens); 229-5300.

 

Thursday, Saturday, & Wednesday, Dec. 10, 12 & 16

• Take a docent led Rainwater Harvesting Demonstration Site Tour and learn to make beneficial use of rainwater run-off and reduce soil erosion. Details: 8-9 a.m. Thursday; 1-2 p.m. Saturday; 4-5 p.m. Wednesday; The Nature Conservancy, 1510 E. Fort Lowell Road; free; 622-3861.

 

Friday, Dec. 11

• Take a study tour of Casa Grande Ruins and Middle Gila Valley Archaeology and History led by Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's director, archaeologist Allen Dart and sponsored by Pima Community College. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; van departs from PCC, 401 N. Bonita Ave.; $99; 206-6468.

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

• Ask the Expert, Russ Buhrow, Tohono Chul Park curator of plants, about those under-performing plants in your backyard, pest problems, nutrient deficiencies, watering issues or any other gardening questions. Details: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; La Entrada at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; free; 742-6455.

• See the powerful and memorable images of desert landscape of the southwest captured by photographer and astronomer Stephen Strom in his book Earth Forms. Details: 10 a.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $7, members free; 742-6455.

 

Monday, Dec. 14

• Learn what to do if a rattlesnake crosses your path or how plants and animals survive 115 degree heat at Sabino Secrets Revealed, a two-hour nature walk in Sabino Canyon. Details: 2-4 p.m.; Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road; free; 749-8700.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

• Hear the fascinating story of the Pony Express as only historian Jack Lasseter can tell about the exploits of the elite band of daring horsemen who sped the mail across the wildest miles of the continent. Details: 12 noon and 2 p.m.; Western National Parks Association, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

 

OUTDOORS

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

• Join Tucson Audubon for a unique opportunity to remove invasive fountain grass and buffelgrass in Esperero Canyon, a remote and scenic canyon in the Front Range of the Santa Catalina Mountains, east of Ventana Canyon. Details: 7:45 a.m.-12 p.m.; free; call 971-2385 for directions.

 

CHILDREN

 

Thursday, Dec. 10

• Express yourself and your ideas by creating a mural guided by renowned muralist Michael Schwartz at Mural Madness. Details: 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Canyon View Elementary School, 5725 N. Sabino Canyon Road; $30 (grades K-5); 209-7551.

 

Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 10-13

• Practice your scissors skills and cut out a special snowflake. Details: 3 p.m.; Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave.; included with admission $7 adults, $5 seniors and children; 792-9985.

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

• Make and Shake a Snow Globe. Details: 11:30 a.m.; Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave.; included with admission $7 adults, $5 seniors and children; 792-9985.

• Bring the family for winter animal tales by a storyteller; pictures taken with Santa; craft making, games, holiday movies, and music at the International Wildlife Museum's Wild Winter Wonderland. Details: 5-8 p.m.; 4800 W. Gates Pass Road; $7, $5.50 seniors/students, $2.50 children; 629-0100.

 

Sunday, Dec. 13

• Catch a performance of the original production of The Frog Prince at the courtyard of La Encantada presented by Mildred & Dildred toy store. Details: 4 p.m.; Skyline & Campbell; free; 615-6266.

 

Through Sunday, Dec. 20

• Visit Reid Park Zoo decked out with twinkling lights, be visited by Santa Claus, and enjoy holiday music and refreshments at Zoo Lights. Details: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; 1030 S. Randolph Way; $4, $1 children (free with unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots through Dec. 13 only); 791-4022.

 

VISUAL ARTS

 

Thursday, Dec. 10

• Combining a lifelong love of photography with appreciation of desert plants, John P. Schaefer shows the wonders of the desert in detail captured by nearly 1000 images of divergent plant specimens that became the basis for his book A Desert Illuminated: Cactus Flowers of the Sonoran Desert. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park Exhibition Gallery, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; included with admission $7, $5 seniors/military; $3 students; $2 children; 742-6455 Ext. 218.

 

Thursday to Monday, Dec. 10-Jan. 4

• View the exhibit All Elements, paintings by Tucson artist Neil Myers, gem sculpture by Tucson sculptor Helen Serras-Herman, and fused glass by California artist Sabine Snykers. Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tansey Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 109; free; 577-6301.

 

Friday, Dec. 11

• View the exhibit Ghost Ranch Revisited, oil landscape paintings of Georgia O'Keefe land by SaddleBrooke artist Pat Parkinson. Details: artist's reception 5-8 p.m.; Jane Hamilton Fine Art, 2890 E. Skyline #180; free; 529-4886. Show runs through Dec. 20.

 

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.

 

HEALTH

 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

• Learn about the latest in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of non-melanoma skin cancers from Arizona Cancer Center's James Sligh, MD, PhD. Details: 10 a.m.; Arizona Cancer Center Clinic, 3838 N. Campbell Ave.; free; 626-6401.

• Be prepared for an emergency by taking CPR Training at Vitality Medical Center & Spa. Details: 5-9 p.m.; 7448 N. La Cholla Blvd.; $40; 461-1717.

 

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