Admission is $10 at the door, with proceeds aiding the Foundation's support services, including a food bank, support groups and transportation services. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call 792-4503 for information.
MCMURTRY SINGS. We hate to introduce James McMurtry as the son of novelist Larry McMurtry, since he's got talent to spare in his own right, but with all the McMurtry fans of both ranks out there we had to clarify. It's been a long, twisted road since the musical McMurtry's college days at the UA, playing happy hours at the Saw Mill Café. Given the literary aspirations of his parents (his mother is a University of Richmond English professor), it's easy to see how McMurtry comes by his Hemingway-esque bio: a year in Madrid, a couple in a "beer joint" in Talkeetna, Alaska, and then a slew of odd jobs in San Antonio, Texas. His rough-edged lifestyle has earned him a songwriting reputation for "spare, finely etched portraits of people dealing with ambivalent, often contradictory, emotions in a minimalist landscape." See Soundbites for details.
Find out what McMurtry has in store on his third album, Where'd You Hide The Body?, at 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $10, $9 for KXCI, TFTM and TKMA members. Outlets include Loco Records, Zip's (Speedway) and Hear's Music. Call 881-3947 to charge tickets.
HIT THE BOOKS. Far be it for our humble publication to tell you where to shop, but the Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. Second St., will give you some food for thought from 5 to 7 p.m. with the Holiday Book Fair, featuring a new frontier of Western and Southwestern topics from Arizona Press, Treasure Chest Books, High-Lonesome Press, Northland Press (with those dynamite children's books), Westernlore Press and others. An autographed copy of a treasured book is a timeless gift, and more than 20 local authors will be on hand with their John Hancocks, including Sinclair Browning, Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, Gregory McNamee, Jim Griffith, Brian Laird, Susan Lowell and Tom Sheridan. Call 628-5774 for information.
TERRITORIAL CHRISTMAS. This charming exhibit at the Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave., houses antique toys, ornaments, nativity scenes and menorahs, along with Christmas trees decorated with authentic ornaments collected by Arizona pioneers. The exhibit will be on display through January 27, but stop by today from 10 a.m. to noon and enjoy the holiday music and refreshments. Admission is free. The museum is located in the TCC complex, between the Music Hall and the Arena. There's ample parking in Lot C, one block south of Congress Street on Granada Avenue. Call 628-5774 for information.
NORDIC JULEFEST. If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, the closest you're likely to get without skipping town is to celebrate the cultures that flourish in ice and snow. Hard to imagine why people who live north of the 54th parallel would have any reason to celebrate, but somehow they've come so far as to cultivate a reputation for jolliness. And perhaps the jolliest of all Scandinavians are those lucky enough to be living in the temperate Southwest. Join them for frickadeller, lefse, krumkake and more from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Tucson Interior Design Center, 3660 E. Fort Lowell Road. This is a veritable Santa's workshop of live music, folk dancing and fine handicrafts of embroidery, cast metal, decorative wood art, wreaths, hand-painted ceramics and more.
THAT'S AFFIRMATIVE. Today we celebrate "Diversity Day" in the Old Pueblo, a proclamation made in support of local efforts to strengthen affirmative action. The Civil Rights Coalition extends an invitation "to celebrate our differences and organize to fight against recent mean-spirited attacks on affirmative action" from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Armory Park Bandshell, Sixth Avenue south of Broadway. In a most excellent example of cultural harmony, Black Moon Graffiti opens the program with a free performance. Call 749-1551 for information.
LUMINARIA NIGHTS. It seems our overzealous city has tried to cram four weeks of celebrating into the first weekend of the month, but save some energy for tonight's display at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Luminaria-lined paths wind throughout the lush desert gardens, with strolling minstrels, bell-ringers and the Big Red Guy himself tucked behind every bend. Porter House will be decked from wall to wall with pine and eucalyptus swags, garlands, topiaries and other colorful arrangements. Peruse the gift shop and pick up a Christmas cactus.
Luminaria Night shines from 5:30 to 8 tonight and Sunday, December 3. Admission is $3, $1 for children under 12 and members. Call 326-9686 for information.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. Tucson's Bed & Breakfast innkeepers throw up the sash this weekend for the sixth annual Bed and Breakfast Holiday Open-House Tour. From the downtown Barrio on out to the foothills, these humble abodes offer a rich tapestry of architectural and interior designs. Cost of admission is by donation or non-perishable food item at each inn. All proceeds will benefit the Community Food Bank. Pick up a map and list of participating B&Bs at the Visitor's Center, 130 S. Scott Ave., or at the B&B nearest you. Self-guided tour hours are noon to 5 p.m. Call 622-7167 for information.
PEEP Show continues through December 31 at the Wolfe Gallery, 9600 N. Oracle Road. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 742-4222 for information.
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