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ARTISTIC SPROUTS: Budding talents strut their artistic stuff with Fresh Paint, Fresh Faces, now showing in the UA Arizona and Rotunda galleries.

Professor Barbara Rogers led these neophyte painters into the world of oils. "Shows this early in an artist's career are rare," she says. "Most artists aren't seen until graduate school or beyond, and this is a motivated group that will be seen again."

The show includes 13 artists, and each of them spent the past semester with techniques ranging from dry brush and palette painting to impasto (a heavy build-up of texture). All the works are created in the alla prima method; roughly translated, that means "all at once," or "in one sitting."

Fresh Paint, Fresh Faces runs through January 11 in the Arizona and Rotunda galleries, in the Student Union north of the main mall. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 621-6142 for information.

TRADITIONAL TA-DO: The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association hits a high note with its Holiday Party and Folk Festival Fund-Raiser.

The annual bash features an eclectic smorgasbord of local performers playing seasonal songs and other faves. And these soirées are known to attract many drop-in talents--the whole shebang eventually turns into a rollicking jam. Proceeds benefit the strapping Tucson Folk Festival, scheduled for May 5 and 6. You're implored to come "shake the merchandize madness -- with the sounds of TKMA gladness!"

Performers include The Swinging Chads, Ken Tucker and Jim Swafford, Linda Lou Reed and Friends, Mark Holdaway, WomenSong, Elise Grecco and Lou Stebner.

The party runs from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. Admission is $6, $5 for TKMA members, and $2 for children ages 16 and under. For details, call 319-8599.

WEE ROLLICKING: Get the whole family into a holiday mood with Elfin Antics, presented by the Red Barn Theater.

Set to original music by Rosemary Snow, the wintry melodrama centers on a contingent of ornery elves about to go on strike. Their complaints are legion: The reindeer have forgotten how to fly! Beneath the Aurora Borealis, Santa arrives by dogsled! He needs help!

Will the Big Jolly One make his Christmas rounds once more with "A-yodel-ay-ee-ho-ho-ho?"

Find out at 7 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday, December 15 and 16, in the Red Barn Theater, 948 N. Main Ave. Admission is $3, and $2 for children. Call 622-6973 for information.

HOLIDAY WARBLERS: Catch prime Christmas music in a stunning setting with the Tucson Master Singers.

Under the direction of Kenneth Marrs, this chamber ensemble regales the San Xavier Mission with works by Distler, Shaw, Burt, Walton and others. They'll also belt out Christmas carols, and Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" for harp, soloists and chorus.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 17 in San Xavier Mission, 1950 W. San Xavier Road. Donations are suggested. For details, call 722-4235.

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