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Bring the entire family to Oro Valley’s 14th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration with music and holiday crafts for children. The event is Friday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m at the Oro Valley Marketplace.

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A look into this week's events and happenings.

 

THEATER

 

Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 7-8

• Catch a performance of the Broadway smash-hit musical American Idiot which tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Details: 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $29-$55; 800-745-3000.

Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 14-15

• Don’t miss Ballet Tucson’s beloved production of The Nutcracker with the joy and wonder of the holiday season. Details: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $28-$56, $24-$38 students, children, seniors; 621-3341 or www.uapresents.org.

• Enjoy the Tucson Regional Ballet’s original, full-length classic A Southwest Nutcracker taking you back to 1880’s Tucson with the battle of the coyotes and the US Cavalry and dancing chili peppers and desert poppies. Details: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $29-$35; www.tucsonregionalballet.org.

 

MUSIC

 

Thursday, Dec. 5

• Listen to The Klezmatics who have helped change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $18-$38; 547-3040. 

 

Friday, Dec. 6

• Get in the spirit of the season at the TAD Management Arizona’s Christmas Spectacular featuring some of the premier talent that has appeared in other TAD shows this year. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.

 

Friday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 8

• Relive some of your own holiday memories with the SaddleBrooke Singers at their holiday concert Christmas Gifts with traditional and contemporary Christmas and Hanukah songs. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Sunday; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive; $20, $18 in advance; 825-2818.

• Enjoy the TSO debut of Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez at Bach, Bees and Beethoven - Classic 4 with guest conductor Tania Miller. Details: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $27-$80; 882-8585.

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

• Listen to The Gifts of Music concert by the Tucson Civic Orchestra with a program of music composed as gifts or about gifts. Details: 7 p.m.; Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave.; free concert, $10 parking fee; www.cotmusic.org.

 

Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 7-8

• Enjoy Christmas Lessons and Carols by Candlelight presented by the Tucson Chamber Artists featuring the TCS Chorus and soloists. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; St. Philip’s in the Hills Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.; $25-$40; 401-2651.

 

Sunday, Dec. 8

• Enjoy the Foothills Philharmonic Winter Concert featuring conductor László Veres. Details: 2 p.m.; Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; $10, $5 children; 209-8315.

• Experience the romance of Venice at An Evening with Interpreti Veneziani playing original instruments and specializing in Baroque music. Details: 5:30 p.m.; Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive; $80; www.ticketmaster.com.

• Don’t miss the annual tradition Holiday Card to Tucson featuring performances by the Arizona Choir, Symphonic Choir, University Community Chorus, Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, and Tucson Girls Chorus. Details: 7:30 p.m.; St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave.; 626-9227.

• Enjoy Grammy award-winning country music superstar Wynonna and The Big Noise: A Simpler Christmas mixing classic favorites with her own holiday songs and hits. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $33-$84; 547-3040. 

 

Tuesday, Dec. 10

• Listen to country music legend Merle Haggard whose enduring success has made a lasting mark on American music. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $45-$65; 547-3040. 

 

Tuesday to Thursday, Dec. 10-12

• Enjoy the San Xavier 17th Annual Christmas Concert featuring the Sons of Orpheus and the Tucson Boys Chorus to benefit the restoration and preservation of the mission. Details: 6 and 8 p.m.; San Xavier Mission, 1950 W. San Xavier Road; $90; 407-6130.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 11

• Listen to the Fry Street Quartet performing works from Beethoven to contemporary composers presented by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave.; $31; www.arizonachambermusic.org.

• Let vocalists Crystal Stark, Nick Gallardo, Nicolette Hart, and Sean Zimmerman bring your favorite tunes to life with A Swingin’ Christmas. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818. 

Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 14-15

• Make the Messiah with its joyous Hallelujah Chorus a part of your Christmas tradition featuring conductor George Hanson and the TSO Chorus with director Bruce Chamberlain. Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive; $43-$53; 882-8585.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Thursday, Dec. 5

• Get into the spirit at the Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration featuring carolers, cookies, and cider along with a special visit from Santa. Details: 5:30-7 p.m.; Hilton El Conquistador Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road; free; 544-5000.

 

Friday, Dec. 6

• Bring the entire family to Oro Valley’s 14th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration with music and holiday crafts for children. Details: 5 p.m.; Oro Valley Marketplace, Oracle and Tangerine roads.

 

Friday to Sunday Dec. 6- 8 

• Enjoy Luminaria Nights as the gardens are filled with twinkling lights, decorated holiday trees, live music, and the magic of the holiday season. Details:  5:30-8 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $11, $9 members, $5 children; 326-9686. 

 

Friday and Saturday, 

Dec. 6-7 and 13-14

• Kick off the season with a uniquely Tucson tradition at Holiday Nights where you can stroll through the grounds surrounded by twinkling lights being entertained by music and dance performances. Details: 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte; $15, $10 members, $2 children; 742-6455. 

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

• Experience the flavors of an Old Pueblo favorite at the Tamal & Heritage Festival along with live entertainment, art, and culture. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road; free admission; 838-6700.

• Browse a large selection of blankets and other products at the Pendleton Show with talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the history of the blankets and the historic Babbitt family trading post. Details: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free admission; 622-6014. 

• Bring the whole family to the Arizona History Museum Holiday Festival featuring performances by the Tucson Girls Choir and Tucson Junior Strings, crafts, storytelling, and a raffle. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Arizona Historical Society; 949 E. Second St.; $5, $4 youth; members free; 628-5774.

• Bring the whole family to the Marana Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting with local dance and choir performances, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ crafts, Santa, and Toys for Tots collection. Details: 4-8 p.m.; Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive; free admission.

 

Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 7-8

• Enjoy native music and dance performances, traditional foods, cooking demonstrations and basketry, at the Desert Museum Native Food and Basketry Festival. Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road; 883-3024.

• Bring the whole family to the Oro Valley Festival of the Arts featuring more than 100 artists, music, food vendors, and family arts activities presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; Oro Valley Marketplace, Oracle and Tangerine Roads; free admission; 797-3959.

• Shop unique gift items, jewelry, pottery, glass work and metal art while you enjoy music by Spanish guitarist Gabriel Francisco at Arte en el Jardin (Art in the Garden). Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 1510 W. Avocado St.

 

CLASSES AND PROGRAMS

 

Friday, Dec. 6

• Bring a lawn chair and warm clothes and enjoy Stars & Music featuring Tucson Area Flute Circles followed by astronomical viewing. Details: 4:15-8:30 p.m.; Kitt Peak Picnic area; $40, $15 ages 8-16 (reservations required); 520-318-8726 or www.noao.edu.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 10 

• Hear unique stories and songs from flutist and cultural storyteller Gary Stoutsos at his Native American Flute Concert. Details: noon; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; $15, $12 members; 622-6014. 

 

CHILDREN

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

• Meet a strange alien creature at Musical Magic for Kids’ Welcome to Planet Earth, Glissando! featuring the TSO Brass Quintet presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 10 a.m.; Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive; free; 797-3959.

• Work as a family to create a unique wreath using materials from nature at Outdoor Family Day: Natural Wreath Making for the Holidays for families with children ages 5-12. Details: 10 a.m.-noon; Brandi Fenton Park Visitor Center, 3482 E. River Road; free but reservations required; 615-7855.

 

FILM

 

Monday, Dec. 9 

• Experience the Sonoran Desert from the inside out, showcasing plants and animals through a kaleidoscope of visuals, music, and natural sounds at a special DVD showing of Desert Dreams. Details: 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014. 

 

HEALTH

 

Thursday, Dec. 5

• Learn about the 10 Commandments of Mental Fitness from Vicki Berkus, M.D. at the Commit to be Fit lecture series. Details: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Oro Valley Hospital, 1551 E. Tangerine Road, Classrooms A and B; free; 866-694-9355.

 

Sunday, Dec. 8

• Taste more than 25 wines accompanied by assorted cheese, crackers and charcuterie at the Dove Mountain Wine Festival featuring vendors and live music to benefit the University Children’s Medical Center. Details: 1-4 p.m.; Gallery Grille, 14000 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.; $25; 744-7490.

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Bring the entire family to Oro Valley’s 14th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration with music and holiday crafts for children. The event is Friday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m at the Oro Valley Marketplace.

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