Events This Week
FOURTH AVENUE STREET FAIR. Looking for that perfect, unique holiday gift? Head down to the Fourth Avenue Street Fair December 8 through 10, on Fourth Avenue between University Boulevard and Congress Street. More than 400 arts and crafts vendors, ethnic food booths and performing artists on five stages highlight this 26th annual Tucson tradition. Hours are 10 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free. Call the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association at 624-5004 for information.
HOLIDAY GIVING TREE. Our Town Family Center hosts its annual Adopt-A-Family/Giving Tree event to benefit hundreds of families in the Tucson area. "Adopt" one person or a whole family by visiting the Giving Tree during regular business hours at Our Town Center, 3833 E. Second St. The program is completely anonymous and gifts are tax-deductible. People are also encouraged to donate unwrapped toys and clothes at the center. Program continues through December 20. Call 323-1708 for information.
MRS. CLAUS' STORYTIME. Join Mrs. Claus and Tucson's favorite personalities as they tell and bring to life some of the world's most beloved children's stories at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, December 9 through 24, at Serendipity Playhouse, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. Santa is rumored to make appearances with treats for good little girls and boys. Tickets are $5, $3 for children under 12 years. Call 751-4445 for information.
SEASON OF LIGHTS. More than 10,000 lights and visions of children's stories and Bethlehem illuminate this drive-through Christmas celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. December 13 through 17, at Canyon del Oro Assembly of God, 2950 W. Lambert Lane, Shannon Road north of Overton Road. Admission is free, with donations accepted. Call 742-1168 for information.
SOUTHWEST NUTCRACKER. Tucson Regional Ballet presents A Southwest Nutcracker, December 8 through 10, at the TCC Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave. In this version, the traditional characters have been replaced with mystical characters of the West. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, students and children and are available at the TCC box office and all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call 791-4266 for reservations and information.
SPIRIT WEAVERS. Spirit Weavers hosts the Spirit of the Season arts and crafts festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 9, at Ventana Village, Sunrise Drive and Kolb Road. More than a hundred juried artisans and food booths will be featured. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Tucson. Admission is free, with donations to the Community Food Bank and (pet food for) the Humane Society encouraged. Call 529-2072 for information.
'TIS THE SEASON. Flandrau Science Center Planetarium. UA campus. 621-STAR. This multi-cultural holiday show explores holiday traditions from around the globe with a dazzling array of video and laser imagery, music and narration. Show continues through January 5. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with 2:30 weekday matinees beginning December 11. Tickets range from $3 to $4.50. Call 621-STAR for information on times and shows.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR. WomanKraft Castle, 388 S. Stone Ave., hosts its annual holiday bazaar with affordable art by local artists. Items available include jewelry, clay sculpture, paintings and prints, with unique gifts by child artists showcased in the Kidcraft section. Show continues through December 23. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Downtown Saturday Nights. Call 629-9976 for information.
HOLIDAY EXHIBIT. The Territorial Christmas and Holiday Exhibit continues through January 31 at the Sosa Carrillo Fremont House, 151 S. Granada Ave. Antique toys, ornaments, nativity scenes, menorahs and Christmas trees decorated with antique ornaments will be displayed. Admission to this Arizona Historical Society exhibition is free. Call 628-5774 for information.
TREE OF HOPE. The American Cancer Society Resource Center, 1636 N. Swan Road, No. 151, is accepting monetary donations for the Tree of Hope through January 2. Contributions will aid in life-saving research programs, education, advocacy and patient services. For gifts of $35 or more, a commemorative angel ornament, bearing a cancer survivor's name, will be sent to the contributor. All gifts are tax-deductible. Call the American Cancer Society at 321-7989 for information.
Out Of Town
MANSION TOUR. The third annual Christmas Mansion Tour of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, December 17, with brunch at the Cow Palace in Amado. Participants will be taken by bus to tour eight mansions in Nogales, Sonora, culminating in a Feliz Navidad Fiesta. Tickets are $60 per person and are available at AAA, 6950 N. Oracle Road and 8204 E. Broadway. Proceeds benefit disadvantaged families in the Nogales area. Call Anita Phillips at (520) 762-8382 for information.
MESSIAH CONCERT. The Catalina Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Enrique Lasansky, will perform its annual Messiah Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, December 15, at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at St. Philips in the Hills Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students and are available at Jeff's Classical Records, Hear's Music and at the door. Call 327-4721 for information.
NACIMIENTO TOUR. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic Auxiliary hosts the seventh annual Nacimiento Tour from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 17, beginning at the Sosa-Carillo-Fremont House Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave. This fundraising tour travels through El Centro Cultural, Casa Cordova and several South and Southwest-side private homes, sharing their centuries-old tradition of collecting figurines and sculptures to display during the Christmas season. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at El Charro Restaurant, St. Ambrose Church, Our Mother of Sorrows Church and at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic. Call 623-9866 for information.
Out Of Town
BISBEE HOLIDAY GALLERY WALK. Join the gallery owners of Old Bisbee for their Holiday Gallery Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 9. More than 20 galleries and shops are open to 9 p.m. for their visitor's perusal and enjoyment, with streets filled with electric lights, luminarias and live holiday music. Call the Coyotillo Gallery at (520) 432-5792 for information.
Opening This Week
BIANCO THEATRE COMPANY. Gaslight Theatre. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Opening December 9 and continuing on selected dates through December 28: Annie, an adaptation of the Broadway musical about Little Orphan Annie. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and children. Call Arnie Bianco at 290-9108 for reservations and information.
COMMUNITY THEATRE. Reid Park Performing Arts auditorium. 200 S. Randolph Way. 791-4663. Opening December 12 and continuing through December 17: Little Women, the classic story by Louisa May Alcott. Performances begin at 8 p.m., with 2 o'clock matinees December 16 and 17. Admission is free. Call 791-4663 for information.
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. Continuing through December 16: Little Shop Of Horrors, a musical comedy about a man-eating plant and a nerdy shop clerk who pines for the love of his beautiful co-worker. The final post-performance discussions will meet December 13. Tickets range from $21 to $30, available at the ATC box office and all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call 622-2823 for reservations. Call 884-8210 for information only.
ARIZONA YOUTH THEATER. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Continuing through December 23: Scrooge and Toyland, the merging of two classic holiday stories, as performed by actors ages four through adult. This production is most appropriate for families with young children. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with Saturday matinees at 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $4, $2 for children. Call 790-0844 for reservations and information.
BRAVO THEATRE. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Continuing Saturdays and Sundays through January 28: The Taming of the Shrew, the Shakespearean tale of a volatile young woman who meets her match in an equally stubborn suitor. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $4. Call 790-0844 for reservations and information.
GASLIGHT THEATRE. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Continuing through January 6: The Flight Before Christmas, a story about America's darkest and warmest hours when World War II was ending and families waited for their loved ones to come home. Tickets are $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students/active military, and $6 for children. Performances are at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Reservations and pre-payment are required. Call 886-9428.
SERENDIPITY PLAYHOUSE. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 751-4445. Continuing through December 23: Rhapsody, a musical tribute to the Gershwin brothers, returns by popular demand. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $12 to $15. Group rates available. Call 751-4445.
INVISIBLE THEATRE. 1400 N. First Ave. 882-9721. Held over through December 9: Me and Jezebel, the true-life comedy of Bette Davis' one month stay with a Connecticut family. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $12 to $15 dollars. Reservations are required. IT box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call 882-9721 for reservations and information.
MAT BEVEL INSTITUTE. 211 S. Fremont Ave., near South Park Avenue and Broadway. 622-0192. Continuing through December 9: No Cares for Millionaires, the second in a four-part series of Surrealistic Pop Science Theatre. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 622-0192 for reservations and information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Arizona Youth Theater announces auditions for Romeo and Juliet from 4 to 7 p.m. January 8 and 9, at 5526 E. 22nd St. Performers ages 10 to adult are needed. There is no salary. Rehearsal and performance schedules will be given at the auditions. Call 790-0844 for information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Auditions for the Simon Peter passion play will be held during the month of January. Men, women and children are needed for this musical drama on the life of Christ, to be performed during Easter at the TCC Music Hall. No experience is necessary. Call 529-3195 before December 31 for an appointment. No calls after 9 p.m. please.
THEATRE CLASSES. Third Street Kids, an after-school performing arts school and company for children and young adults of all abilities, offers performing arts exploration classes, acting and dance classes. Cost is $5 per class, with scholarships available. Call 622-4100 to 513-0259 for information.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. a.k.a. Theatre is soliciting proposals for theatrical works to be performed in 1996. Preference will be given to modern and/or experimental works. In general, a.k.a. will offer royalty, publicity and limited technical production assistance, as well as rehearsal and performance space. Submissions require a copy of the manuscript or proposed play, theme of the work, director's concept statement and any special production considerations. Deadline is December 23. Proposal and guideline forms may be obtained by writing to: a.k.a. Theatre, P.O. Box 2583, Tucson, AZ 85702; or by calling Gary at 322-6275.
TEMPLE FOR RENT. The Temple Of Music And Art and the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts have rental space available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call James at 884-8210 for more information.
Opening This Week
Arizona Historical Society. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Opening December 8, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m., and continuing through December 31: Emergence: The South Park Story, 1940-1950, a photo exhibit tracing the development of the South Park neighborhood, located along Park Avenue south of 22nd Street. Dr. Brackette Williams will give a lecture on the exhibit during the reception. Continuing through December 31, 1996: A Momento for My Descendants: The Buehman Studio Perspective, featuring the photographic works of German immigrant Henry Buehman. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY. Casas Adobes Office Park. 6812 N. Oracle Road. 297-1427. Opening December 12 and continuing through January 20: Arizona, featuring paintings by James Cook and sculpture by Mark Rossi. Continuing through December 9: Prints, print works in old and new media by Phillip Lichtenhan, Andrew Polk and Andrew Rush. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
DEGRAZIA GALLERY. Little Gallery. 6300 N. Swan Road. 299-9192. Opening December 10, with a reception from noon to 4 p.m., and continuing through December 22: Bad Girl Storytelling Brigade, featuring works by Katie Cooper, Mitzi Cowell, Cantrell Maryott, To-Reé-Neé and Karen Faulkenstrom. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Opening December 8 and continuing through January 21: Covering the West, featuring works by 64 Southwest Art magazine cover artists, in celebration of the opening of the new Goodman Pavillion of Western Art at TMA. Continuing through December 10: Rebecca Davis and Roger Asay: Touching Earth, Contemporary Southwest Images X--The Stonewall Foundation Series, sculptural installations using materials collected from nature. Admission to the museum is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and students, free for members and children under 12. Free for all on Tuesdays. Docent-led tours of the TMA Historic Block are offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Regular gallery hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
APPARATUS GALLERY. 299 S. Park Ave. 791-3505. Continuing through December 31: paintings by Daniel Kriston. There will be an artist's reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, December 10. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
BERO GALLERY. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 792-0313. Continuing through December 23: From the Archive and Beyond, an eclectic collection of small photographic works by David Elliot. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Thursday Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night. Call 792-0313 for information.
Center for Creative Photography. UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. 621-7968. Continuing through January 7: A Nation of Strangers, a historical view of immigration in the United States featuring works by various photographers. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
CENTRAL ARTS COLLECTIVE. 188 E. Broadway. 623-5883. Continuing through December 27: Fragments of Eden, featuring paintings by Nancy Chilton, Kurt Rosenquist and Erica Swadley. Enjoy Into the Night: Storytelling as Medicine, at 7 p.m. December 12 and 13. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Downtown Saturday Night.
CENTRO CULTURAL DE LAS AMERICAS. 40 W. Broadway. Continuing through December 31: El Juguete Popular Mexicano, an exhibition of popular Mexican toys since pre-Hispanic times. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 323-2746 or 298-8268 for information.
DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY. 6536-A Tanque Verde Road, La Plaza Shops. 722-4412. Continuing through January 14: The Creative Spirit, featuring mixed media works by various artists. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
DINNERWARE GALLERY. 135 E. Congress St. 795-4503. Continuing through December 22: The 13th Biennial Invitational, featuring works in a variety of media by 23 emerging regional and nationally recognized artists. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Thursday Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night.
ECLECTIC GALLERY. 69 E. Pennington St. 620-1668. Continuing through January 31: National Small Works Juried Competition Exhibit, featuring mixed media emphasizing diversity and technique. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Thursday Night Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night.
Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Continuing through January 13: paintings by Gail Marcus-Orlen and Eriks Rudans and photographs by Vicki Ragan. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 to 10 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night.
IRONWOOD GALLERY. Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Continuing through January 18: Paintings of the Sonoran Desert, a juried exhibition of water-based media by the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Admittance is free with museum admission.
JCC ART GALLERY. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Continuing through December 31: an exhibition by Southern Arizona Jewish community artists featuring watercolors, photographs, oils, acrylics, collographs and other mixed media. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
JOSÉ GALVEZ GALLERY. 743 N. Fourth Ave. 624-6878. Continuing through December 24: Vallejo Sola!, a one-woman exhibition by Los Angeles artist Linda Vallejo, featuring works in gouache on paper and masonite, and acrylic on paper. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 6 to 9 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night or by appointment.
JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY. UA campus, south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. 626-4215. Continuing through January 5: organic sculptural wall forms addressing concepts of time by UA art prof Moira Geoffrion. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
LOCAL 803, INC. 803 E. Helen St. 882-4625. Continuing through December 23: mixed-media sculpture and photography by Anna Lee Keefer, and painting and book arts by Jack Olson. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment.
MELIORA GALLERY. 178 E. Broadway. 792-9544. Continuing through January 31: designs by Rammed Earth Development, Inc., featuring their Meyer Avenue Project, located in Bario Viejo and Barrio Santa Rosa. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
OBSIDIAN GALLERY. St. Philip's Plaza. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Continuing through January 6: Obsidian's 10th anniversary celebration and annual holiday exhibition, featuring a variety of works by regional artists. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
PAPER PRAYERS. Dinnerware Gallery. 135 E. Congress St. 795-4503. Continuing through December 22: Paper Prayers, the Shanti Foundation's third annual exhibition, sale and silent auction offers prayers of hope and good health to those living with AIDS. The Shanti Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers support services to people affected with HIV/AIDS.
PCC WEST CAMPUS ART GALLERY. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6385. Continuing through December 14: photographs by Elaine Querry, paintings by Albert Kogel and sculpture by Ellen Phillips. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
PHILABAUM GALLERY. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Continuing through January 27: Desert Heat: Glass Artists of the Southwest, featuring works by artists from New Mexico and Arizona. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Thursday Night Art Walk.
TEMPLE GALLERY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210. Continuing through January 3: paintings by DeAnn Melton combining still-life and figuration with influences in classical art from 17th and 18th century Dutch, Italian and Flemish paintings to graphic work and sculpture. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and prior to ATC performances.
TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Continuing through January 14 in the Exhibition Hall: Portraits of Clay: Pottery in Mata Ortiz, works by Juan Quezada and 14 other artists. Continuing through December 12 in the Gallery: Christmas for the Park '95, featuring one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments created by local artists. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a $2 donation.
TUCSON/PIMA ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY. 240 N. Stone Ave. 624-0595. Continuing through December 29: Sitings/Sightings: An Exploration of Connections and Place, including works from the Graduate Student Collaborative Exhibit from the University of Arizona and University of New Mexico. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Thursday Art Walk.
UA Museum of Art. UA campus, Speedway east of Park Avenue in the Fine Arts Complex. 621-7567. Continuing through December 20: 1995 Winter Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, featuring mixed media works by Herb Stratford which explore family and societal expectations. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Saturdays and University holidays. Admission is free.
HOLIDAY MARKET. The Tubac Center for the Arts, 9 Plaza Road, in Tubac, hosts its 13th annual Holiday Art Market, featuring original and handcrafted works by more than 70 artists of the southwest. This year's selections feature wearable art and hand-dyed, handwoven fibers of silk, wool and cotton. Alice Watterson presents The Dollmakers' Art from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 16. The Holiday Market continues through December 30, but will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (520) 398-2371 for information.
SWAMPCOOLER RECEPTION. Kaleidoscope Productions hosts an artists reception in support of the independent film project, Swampcooler, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 7, at the Tucson Pima Arts Council, 240 N. Stone Ave. The musicians, artists, cast and crew will be on hand to discuss their project. Guests receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to appear in the film as an extra. There will be live music and refreshments. Call Kaleidoscope at 318-9537 for information.
PHOTO LECTURE. Don Bartletti, artist and photographer for the Los Angeles Times, presents a slide lecture of his work at 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, at the Center for Creative Photography on the UA campus. The lecture, part of the Center's A Nation of Strangers exhibit, focuses on the Tijuana border and immigration in San Diego county where he has lived for thirty-two years. Admission is free. Call 621-7968 for information.
ART TALK. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., offers the following free lectures at 1:30 p.m. in the Education Building: Nina Kepple presents The Glories of Venice on Thursday, December 7. Sandy Cord presents From the Ancient Holy Land to Tucson: TMA's Nacimiento on Monday, December 11. Sr. Sheila Mortonson presents The Origin and Development of the Nativity Scene on Thursday, December 14. Call 624-2333 for information.
CERAMICS SALE. Art Clay Works, the UA ceramics club, holds its Winter Ceramics Sale December 8 and 9, at the UA Ceramics annex, 1200 N. Mountain, one block north of Speedway. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
TILE WORKSHOP. The last Storytelling in Tiles workshop will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 16, at the Womankraft Castle, 388 S. Stone Ave. Participants should register at least three days in advance for the free workshop. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 629-9976.
PRODUCTION GRANTS. Tucson/Pima Arts Council is giving Local Origination Grants for Independent Producers working in film or video. Individuals and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Collaboration between independent producers in film/video and arts organizations and/or artists are encouraged. Applications are available at the T/PAC office, 240 N. Stone Ave. World Wide Web access is available at: http://www.azstarnet.com/~tpac/media_arts.html. Deadline is December 15. Call Colleen Greer at 624-0595, ext. 13, for information.
ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS. Applications and guidelines are now available for the 1996 Artist Fellowships at the Tucson/Pima Arts Council, 240 N. Stone Ave. Four $3,000 fellowships will be awarded for visual arts, with three $3,000 fellowships for performing arts. Application deadline is December 11. Call Colleen Greer at 624-0595, ext. 13, for information.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. The Art History Graduate Student Association at the University of Arizona is accepting entries for the seventh annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium entitled Death Masters, scheduled March 1 through 24, 1996. Student artists enrolled in an institution of higher learning may submit slides of drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture and video. Include SASE for return of slides. Entry fee is $5 in check or money order made payable to the Art History Graduate Student Association. Fees are non-refundable. Mail entries to: Barbara Dobbins, c/o Joseph Gross Gallery, UA Art Department, P.O. Box 210002, Tucson, AZ 85721-0002. Deadline for entries is January 6, with notification by January 31.
TEMPLE TOURS. ATC hosts tours of the historic Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., at 11 a.m. every Monday and at 10 a.m. every Saturday through May 18, 1996. Tours begin in the courtyard and are guided by ATC docents. Reservations are not needed for these free public tours. Group tours may be arranged by calling Hope Towner at 884-8210.
ART WALK. Visit the Downtown Arts District from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, with free docent-led Art Walk tours beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Park Inn Suite Santa Rita Hotel, 88 E. Broadway. Call 624-9977 for information and a listing of participating galleries.
Performances This Week
BECKNER BENEFIT. The Ronstadt Cousins headline a benefit concert for the Beckner Foundation from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, December 10, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Acero and Copper Moon open. The Beckner Foundation, named after former KGUN-9 chief photographer Charlie Beckner, provides scholarship funds for promising students in photojournalism. Tickets with a catered dinner are $20, $10 for show only, and are available at all Zia Record Exchange locations. Call Larry at 326-9040 or the SWCM at 884-1220 for information.
BERGER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. 1200 W. Speedway. 327-4809. The women of Tucson Horizon Chorus present Celebrate the Season, four-part harmony barber-shop style, at 8 p.m. Friday, December 8. Tickets are $7. Call 623-1054 for tickets and information.
DANCE JAM. Come to the last Club Rhythm Dance Jam until the ice thaws in March. Boogie down from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, December 8, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Admission is $4 adults, $3 for KXCI members, $2 for children 12 and under (includes childcare). Call 721-7668 or 721-1710 for information.
DESERT VOICES. Desert Voices, Tucson's gay and lesbian chorus, presents Tales of Winter at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 9, at PCC Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Storytellers will interweave winter tales among Conrad Sosa's Traditional Spanish Carols and Lullabies; and Una Voz sings jazzy new works celebrating winter. Performance will be ASL interpreted for the hearing impaired. Tickets range from $7 to $12 and are available at Antigone Books, Tucson Trunk, Jeff's Classical Records, It's 'Bout Time, the PCC Cashier's office and at the door. Call 791-9662 for information.
EASTSIDE ARTIST SERIES. Christ United Methodist Church, 655 N. Craycroft Road. 327-1116. The Eastside Artist Series presents Nutcracker Reflections with HarpFusion, the UA thirteen harp ensemble, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 13. The performance features selections from The Nutcracker. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 299-7189 for information.
HOLSCLAW RECITAL HALL. UA campus, located at the south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. 621-2998. Consorts of viols, recorders and sackbuts joined by choral and solo singers make for an afternoon of early holiday music as the UA Collegium Musicum presents its seasonal concert featuring Christmas Oratorio at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 10. Admission is free. Call 621-2998 for information.
PROSCENIUM THEATRE. PCC West Campus. 2202 W. Anklam Road. 884-6458. The PCC Chorale and College Singers present cherished holiday classics with help from the Cholla High School Singers, at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 10. Tickets are $4, $3 for seniors and students, and are available at the PCC Cashier's office. Call 884-6458 for information.
SORRELS SINGS. Traditional folk singer and storyteller Rosalie Sorrels packs in her acoustic guitar for a solo performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday,. December 12, at the Southwest Center for Music, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Sorrels, a 30-year veteran of the folk racket, was the inspiration for Nanci Griffith's "Ford Econoline." Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, TKMA, TFTM and KXCI members, available at Antigone Books, Loco Records, Hear's Music and The Folk Shop. Call 884-1220 for information.
TSO. TCC Music Hall. 260 S. Church Ave. 791-4266. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents Bronfman Does Brahms at 8 p.m. December 7 and 8. Tickets range from $12 to $26, available from the TCC box office, TSO box office and all Dillard's outlets. Season tickets are still available. Call 791-4266 for reservations and information.
TUCSON BOYS CHORUS. The Tucson Boys Chorus presents its annual holiday concert at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 10, at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Christmas carols, songs of Hanukkah and secular favorites will be featured. Tickets are $8 and $10, and are available at the TCC box office, all Dillard's ticket outlets and the Boys Chorus office, 5770 E. Pima St. Call 296-6277 for information.
TUCSON GIRLS CHORUS. The Tucson Girls Chorus performs its holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 9, at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. The Junior Training Chorus will perform at 6:50 p.m. Traditional holiday and Hanukkah music will be presented along with a presentation of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Tickets are $6 and are available at the Tucson Girls Chorus Office, 4020 E. River Road, and at the door. Call 577-6064 for information.
IRISH MUSIC JAM. The Harp and Shamrock, 7002 E. Golf Links Road, hosts this open jam from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, December 14. Bring an instrument or sit back and listen. Call 792-3006 or 298-3014 for information.
LUNCHTIME CONCERTS. Free concerts are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., in the gazebo area. Interested musicians can call 623-2748 for information.
SAY HELLO TO OPERA. The Opera Guild of Arizona previews the Arizona Opera Company production of Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold at 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 8, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1943 E. Helen St.; and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, at Borders Books and Music, 4235 N. Oracle Road. The opera will be explained and selected arias will be performed. Give it a try! Call the Opera Guild at 742-4935 for information.
SINGERS NEEDED. The UA Community Chorus is looking for singers for the spring 1996 portion of its concert season. Tenors and basses are especially needed. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning January 16, in the UA Music Building, room 146. No audition necessary, but a $10 fee is required at the first rehearsal. Call David DeVenney at 621-8651 or James Kantor at 621-4444 for information.
MUSICIANS NEEDED. String players of all levels are invited to attend the next meeting of the Tucson Adult Amateur String Players Association (TAASPA) at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 10. This monthly gathering allows musicians to play is duets, trios and quartets. No auditions necessary. Call 886-7754 for meeting locations and information.
BLUEGRASS JAM. The Folk Shop. 2525 N. Campbell Ave. 881-7147. Join in the fun from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, at this monthly bluegrass music jam. Everyone is welcome, with practiced players invited to play.
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GITTINGS DANCE THEATRE. UA mall, west of Campbell Avenue. 621-4698. The UA College of Music and Dance present a Winter Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. December 7 through 9. Tickets are $7, $4 for students. Call the UA dance office at 621-4698 for reservations and information.
TFTM DANCE. TFTM offers a Contra Dance every Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Zenith Center, 330 E. Seventh St. All levels, singles and couples welcome. Admission is $4, $3 for TFTM members. Call 327-1779 for information.
DANCE IMPROVISATION. Mary Ann Brehan will teach a dance improvisation class from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, December 14, at the Tucson Creative Dance Center, 3131 N. Cherry Ave. Emphasis will be on relaxation. Newcomers welcome. Pre-registration required. Cost is $5. Call 323-6711 for reservations and information.
TICKET ALERT. Tickets are currently on sale for Ballet Arizona's production of The Nutcracker, scheduled for December 14 through 17 at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets range from $18 to $33 and are available at all Dillard's ticket outlets or by calling the Ballet Arizona box office at 882-5022.
BALLROOM DANCING. Dance to live music from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays at Let's Dance Club, 6245 E. Bellevue. Singles and couples of all skill levels are welcome. Enjoy theme-dress occasions with a large, romantic, decorated ballroom to match. Cost is $7, $5 members. Free group dance lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. for members. Annual membership is $20. Call 885-4599 for information.
HIKING THE ESCALANTE. Explore the glorious Escalante country, the Upper Paria, Grand Gulch and ominous Dark Canyon at a free slide-lecture presented by Rudy Lambrechtse at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, December 7, at the UA Physics (PAS) Building, Room 201. Lambrechtse, author of Hiking the Escalante, spent over eight years as a hiking and river guide in this area, now threatened by urban development. Call 621-6874 for information.
BODY TALK. Jewish Family and Children's Services host a conference for women and those who love them, entitled Food, Sex and Body Image, from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. Sunday, December 10, at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. Conference is led by Rosalyn Meadow, Ph.D., co-author of Good Girls Don't Eat Dessert. Advance reservations, including a continental breakfast, are $10, $5 for students. Admission is $15 at the door. Call Gail Block at the JCC at 299-3000 for reservations and information.
STOP THE VIOLENCE. The Alternatives to Violence Project hosts a community workshop December 8 through 10, offering exercises and skills training for successful communication, cooperation and problem solving. Participants look at the roots of violence in human life, then learn how to turn potential violence into creative action. Cost is $35. Call AFSC at 623-9141 for registration and information.
READING/SIGNING. Borders Books and Music. 4235 N. Oracle Road. 292-1331. Alison Moore will read from and sign copies of Synonym for Love and Small Spaces Between Emergencies at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 8.
STORYTELLING AS MEDICINE. Central Arts Collective, 188 E. Broadway hosts Storytelling as Medicine, two evenings that feature women storytellers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, and men storytellers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 13. Bring a pillow and offer your own stories. Admission is free. Call 623-5883 for information.
BOOK EXHIBIT. The annual pop-up storybook exhibition continues through January at the UA Main Library, UA mall near Cherry Avenue. The collection fills three areas of the library with topics from Disney's favorite villains to 15th century Italian architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Call 621-6440 for information.
FAMILY STORYTELLING. Students and their families from Davis Bilingual Magnet and Corbett Elementary Schools will share family stories in English and Spanish and discuss how to collect stories in your own family from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, December 10, at the Center for Creative Photography in the UA Fine Arts Complex. Following the workshop from 3 to 4 p.m., The Oral History of Barrio Anita photojournalism project of Davis Bilingual Magnet School will be on display in the Center's lobby. Student photographers and story gatherers will discuss the project.
POETRY READING. Open mic poetry reading is held every Wednesday from 9 to 11 p.m. at Gargoyles Coffee House, 3206 N. First Ave. Poetry and dramatic reading enthusiasts are invited to share original poems or the works of a favorite poet/writer. Call 690-1930.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. The National Library of Poetry will award $24,000 to some 250 poets entering the North American Open Poetry Contest. Poets may send one original poem, 20 lines or less, any subject or style. Name and address should appear on the top of the page. Send entries to: The National Library of Poetry, 11419 Cronridge Drive, P.O. Box 704-1986, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Deadline is December 31.
Santa VISITS. Santa will listen to children's wishes and pose for pictures from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 9, at the Haunted Bookshop, 7211 N. Northern Ave. Call 297-4843 for information.
WINTER CELEBRATIONS. Children ages 5 to 10 years can discover national and international winter celebrations in two classes offered by the UA Extended University. On December 9, December Celebrations teaches children about some of the celebrations that take place around the world including Hanukkah, Human Rights Day, Winter Solstice and Kawanzaa. On December 16, Christmas Treasures teaches children the origins and ways other cultures celebrate Christmas. Classes are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UA Extended University, 1955 E. Sixth St. Children should bring a brown bag lunch. Cost is $18 individually, $30 for both. Call 621-UofA for reservations and information.
KIDS UNLIMITED. Kids Unlimited, a non-profit children and young adult performing group, announces its second annual Holiday Celebration at 7:30 p.m. December 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. December 10, at the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts, 408 S. Sixth Ave. This is a celebration of both Hanukkah and Christmas. A donation of $5 is requested at the door. Call 293-1225 for information.
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES. Tucson/Pima Libraries offer a wide range of holiday activities for all ages with family hours, puppet shows and visits with Santa. Call your local library for schedules and information.
PHOTO CONTEST. Tucson/Pima libraries seeks photo entries from teens ages 12 to 18 years. Entries should depict how reading helps teens improve some aspect of their lives. Photos can be any size, and either black and white or color. Finalists will be exhibited in the library in April and one winner will be selected. Deadline for entries is December 15. Call the library's Public Information Office at 791-5647 or a local branch for information.
SHOES FOR CHILDREN. The Educational Enrichment Foundation needs sponsors for its annual fundraiser for new shoes for disadvantaged children. For just $20, sponsors will give a child a new pair of shoes, three pairs of socks and holiday treats. Donations can be made at the EEF office, 1661 N. Swan Road, Suite 116. Call 325-8688 for information.
FAMILY FORUM. Family Forum is a free, ongoing class which meets at 10:15 a.m. Sundays at St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Family Forum offers frank discussions about families, children and parenting. On December 10, Linda Levine presents Toy Selection: What's Best? Dr. Jeanette Renouf presents Christmas Sanity on December 17. Call 299-6421 for information.
M.O.M. Mothers On The Move, an alliance of entrepreneurial mothers, meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, at the Tucson Racquet Club, 4001 N. Country Club Road. M.O.M is a support, networking and resource exchange group for women juggling business ownership and parenthood. Cost is $3, $5 for guests, dinner is extra. Call 885-1593 for information.
LA LECHE. La Leche is a great organization that offers sensible advice for women who want to breastfeed their babies. Six monthly meetings are held throughout Tucson. Phone counseling is also available. Call 721-2516 for membership and meeting information.
PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS. Parents Without Partners, a support organization for single parents, meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 2447 N. Los Altos Ave., Chapter Hall, No. 45. Call 622-8120 for information.
MENTORS NEEDED. Jewish Family & Children's Services, a non-sectarian service agency for people of all races, religions and ethnic origins, seeks women to serve as mentors for teenage mothers in high school. Women are needed to spend one hour weekly for a six-month period with one young mother. JFCS offers training and ongoing practical advice and assistance. Contact Bonnie Kneller-Hernandez at 795-0300 for more information.
THE PARENT CONNECTION. The Parent Connection, 5326 E. Pima St., offers a variety of educational and support services for families. The program's core is its Parent/Child Play program, which brings parents and children together for activities geared toward the social and physical development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The program provides instruction and discussion on communication, limit setting and nurturing for young children. The Parent Connection also offers a meeting site, library, indoor/outdoor play areas and referral to community resources for families. Additional class and lecture series and support groups are available. Call 321-1500 for registration and information.
TUCSON MARATHON. The Tucson Marathon kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday, December 10. Last year, more than 30 percent of all runners qualified for the Boston Marathon. Race consists of a full-marathon, half marathon, five person marathon relay and 5K fun run. Call Pat at 325-2736 for information.
KARATE TOURNAMENT. The Red Nation Warriors Dojo, a karate group that works toward positive growth in young people, hosts its Dollars for Scholars tournament on Saturday, December 9, at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Road. A Crime Prevention Fair will be held in conjunction with the tournament. Proceeds from the tournament fund scholarships for students at Sunnyside. Call the high school at 741-2400 for information.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS. More than 700 Special Olympic athletes will compete in Tucson in the Holiday Classic December 8 and 9. Events include bowling at Fiesta Lanes, soccer and cycling at Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, and rollerskating at Skate Country East. Opening ceremonies are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, at Cholla High School, 2001 W. 22nd St. Call (800) 289-IWIN for information.
FISH STORIES. Find out what it takes to catch the big one in a free lecture about bass fishing in Mexico's lakes at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, at Bob's Bargain Barn, 2230 N. Country Club Road. Participants will learn where to go, what to bring and what to watch for when it comes to catching those slippery little guys. Call 325-3409 for information.
HISTORIC WALKS. Walking tours of El Presidio Historic District are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. beginning at the Sosa Carrillo Fremont Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave. Tours last approximately 2 hours. Cost is $4. Call 622-0956 for registration and information.
ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS. The Center for Desert Archaeology offers tours of both downtown Tucson and remote desert sites, providing new visions of Tucson's fascinating past. See the hidden 3,000 year-old village downtown, prehistoric rock art petroglyphs or half-day tours to Signal Hill, Picture Rocks and King's Canyon. Contact Connie Allen-Bacon at 881-2244 for more information on tours. Individual, group and corporate rates are available.
TOHONO CHUL PARK. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Tohono Chul Park grounds are open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. A Xeriscape landscape tour meets at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16. Call 742-6455 for reservations and information.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. The museum is part botanical garden, part geology museum and part zoological park. Naturalistic settings house 1,386 plant species and 317 animal species. Interpretive tours, live animal visits, and botanical and raptor interpretations are given daily. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. Admission is $8.95 ages 13 and over, and $1.75 ages 6 through 12. Discount group rates are available.
HIKING. Southern Arizona Hiking Club meets several days during the week. There are at least two different hikes on each of these days. All hikes are rated for difficulty. Call 751-4513 for more information.
Sierra Club. The Sierra Club offers many outdoor activities including bike trips, campouts, picnics, singles events and various hikes for all levels. Call the Sierra Club at 620-6401 for information.
LIVING CHRISTMAS TREES. Share the beauty of a live tree and help protect the environment by purchasing Old Tannenbaum at Overton Farms, 1801 W. Overton Road. Overton Farms trees are desert adapted and are grown in root bags so they may be planted in the ground after the holidays. Educational exhibits show the values of tree planting, and a petting zoo and farm atmosphere is maintained for children's enjoyment. Trees are recommended by Trees for Tucson and are available for sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday, through December 24. Call 742-5274 for information.
CHRISTMAS TREE CARE. Not quite sure how to keep that Christmas tree fresh and safe? The National Christmas Tree Association has the answers on the World Wide Web. Log into <http://execpc.com/.~ncta> and learn about tree history, care, safety, facts, figures and tree selection.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE. The Tucson/Pima County hazardous waste disposal site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Friday and Saturday for household waste disposal. For more information call 740-3340.
RECYCLING CENTERS. The following neighborhood drop-off centers are open 24 hours daily: Cholla High School, 2001 W. 22nd St.; Booth-Fickett Magnet School, 7240 E. Calle Arturo; Wrightstown Elementary School, 8950 E. Wrightstown Road; and Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St. All city and county landfills also have recycling centers. Call 791-5000 for hours and locations. Multi-material recycling facilities are located at Recycle America, 945 S. Freeway Blvd. Call 622-4731 for hours.
RETHINKIT LINE. Don't know whether to throw it, hoe it or stow it? The RETHINKIT Recycling Information Line, 791-5000, offers information for callers with recycling questions and concerns.
LANDSCAPE LECTURE. Tohono Chul Park. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Park Horticulturist Bruce Evans shares suggestions and tips on designs for architectural elements in the garden, including ramadas, walls and benches, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 12. Reservations required. The class is $2, free for members.
BOTANICAL GARDENS. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Nursery hours are 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Guided tours of the gardens are offered at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; and "Birds and Gardening" tours meet at 9 a.m. Tuesdays. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Call 326-9255.
TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS. The Master Composters of the Tucson Organic Gardeners staff a compost maintenance site at TBG with master composters on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday to answer all of your composting questions. Call the Compost Assistance Line at 798-6215; or call 883-0377 for information on monthly lectures.
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