December 14 - December 20, 1995

City Week

Thursday 14

ART WALK. Feed your soul and cross a few more names off your holiday shopping list by strolling through tonight's Art Walk in the Downtown Arts District. Folks have been busy trimming the trees and storefronts of our fair city center, and the Tucson Arts District Partnership offers free guided tours for the uninitiated.pix If you haven't been downtown this month, you don't know what you're missing: new outdoor murals and phantom gallery spaces; and the always colorful window displays on Congress Street have become exhibits unto themselves, from Pink Adobe's playful display of toys, ceramics and metal sculpture to the wild animals at Berta Wright Gallery. Art Walk hours are 5 to 7:30 p.m. Call 624-9977 for information on participating galleries and studios.

ARIZONA REPERTORY SINGERS. Tucson's premier choral ensemble performs sacred a cappella works and traditional holiday favorites at 7:30 tonight and Friday, December 15, at Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Road. Admission to this annual standing-room-only event is by donation, with proceeds contributing to the mission restoration fund. Call 792-8141 for information.

Friday 15

HEAVENLY HOSTS. The Catalina Chamber Orchestra, under the leadership of Enrique Lasansky, continues a growing holiday tradition at 8 tonight at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. The CCO celebrates its fourth year presenting Mozart's rendition of Handel's Messiah concert. Professional soloists Judith Anderson, Korby Myrick, James Hulse and Jay Regan sing the story of the Old Testament prophecy of the coming of Christ, including the famous "Hallelujah" chorus. Handel spent less than two months setting the texts to music, but the result has become one of the most famous classical pieces of all time. Not only is the CCO the only professional gig in town performing the Messiah, but Lasansky confides, "We're becoming specialists in this (piece). We'd like to see the annual concert become a lasting Tucson tradition."

Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students, available at the door or in advance from Jeff's Classical Records and Hear's Music. The program will be repeated at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at St. Philip's In The Hills, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Call 327-4721 for information.

pix SUGARPLUM PROJECT. As far as we can tell, this is your last chance this season to see the Nutcracker ballet in Tucson. So if you've been holding out, wondering which fine production to take the kids to this year, the pressure's on. Tonight's rendition is presented by the Ballet Arts Foundation, which says theirs is "Tucson's own full-length holiday classic." If you're up-to-date on your calendar reading, you know the drill: toy soldiers, armed mice, a dashing hero and a one-way ticket to Candyland to visit that darling sweetmeat herself, the Sugarplum Fairy. Excuse us if that sounds more like cable TV than a wholesome fine art endeavor, but these recurring visions of sugarplums are making us nauseous.

Nutcracker people, you know who you are: Set your course for the PCC Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Evening performances continue at 7 p.m. through December 17, with weekend matinees at 2 o'clock. All tickets are $12, available at Dillard's. Call 623-3373 for information.

Saturday 16

START YOUR DAY IN RUINS. If all you really want this year is an ancient civilization, your prayers have been answered. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center once again offers archaeologist-led tours of the Sabino Canyon Ruin, a major Hohokam village site inhabited between A.D. 1100 and 1300. Tours last two hours and depart on the hour between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 798-1201. Recommended apparel, directions to the site and the dangers of looking directly into the Lost Ark will be explained upon registration. A suggested donation of $2 is appreciated to offset tour costs.

pix HAVE A COW. If you think manatees are rare in Florida, try finding one in the lower Sonoran desert. As you can imagine, the Tucson chapter of the Save the Manatees Club has more than its share of obstacles to overcome in getting the word out on this Endangered Species of sea cow. They're sponsoring a festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reid Park, 22nd Street and Country Club Road, to raise funds to rehabilitate injured manatees, further protective legislation and "fund manatee refuges in the United States." Bring a non-perishable food item for the Community Food Bank and receive two free carnival game tickets. Admission is free. Call 326-8803 for information.

Downtown Saturday Night. Another evening of after-hours fun is underway tonight in the Arts District, where galleries, book stores, toy vendors and restaurateurs vie for attention from 7 to 10 p.m. Thee Tragidiots, those Shakespearean street urchins rarely glimpsed outside Arizona Alley, present a holiday-theme performance at 7 p.m. in the Ronstadt Transit Center on Broadway and Sixth Avenue. Also in the Transit Center, the 50-member Desert Voices chorus performs Spanish carols and lullabies, followed by a holiday community sing-in.

But the real highlight this evening is the grand opening of the Youth Storefront Project, a nifty hands-on enterprise for kids termed "at risk" and "marginal" by traditional education standards. The project is a collaboration between educators, merchants and artists offering classes, workshops, work space and adult and peer mentors for this student-run gallery shop. The Storefront is one of the innovative fledgling programs at Project M.O.R.E. Alternative High School, and involvement in it will earn students school credits. The Storefront is at the west end of the old Louis Hotel off Arizona Alley, south of Broadway between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Open house hours are 5 to 11 p.m. For more information, call Thomas Anderson at 617-6460.

WINTER CELEBRATION. We have only three things to say: R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton and Will Clipman. Each is a master in his field, and their collaboration for a third Winter Celebration Concert of Southwestern holiday music is sure to draw a full house. Nakai's internationally recognized impressionistic style weaves the soothing tones of the cedar flute with a rich tapestry of Native American culture, and it will be joined by the colorful harmonies of Eaton's hand-crafted instruments. Clipman, a new addition this year, rounds out the ensemble with all things percussive. This Arizona Historical Society event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway. Tickets are $15, $12.50 for seniors, students, children under 12 and AHS members. There will be an additional concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17. Call 628-5774 for information.


Sunday 17

HELP IN THE KITCHEN. The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association rings in the new with a holiday party to raise funds for the 11th annual Tucson Folk Festival. Musicians donating their talents are Guitar Society players Brenda Buckendahl and Mary Loser, Stefan George and Songtower, Eb Eberlein, the pop/country/ blues Ad Hoc Committee, Art Kershaw, and Linda Lou and The Drifters. Have a hot meal and refreshments starting at 4 p.m. at St. Michael's and All Angels Church, 602 N. Wilmot Road. Admission is $5, concessions not included. Call 326-9021 for information.

NACIMIENTO TOUR. Unto you is born this day in the city of saguaros a tour, which is the St. Elizabeth of Hungary tour. And this shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the sculptures and figurines cast in clay, residing in the Casa Cordova Museum and historic southwest homes. And there will be with the tour a multitude of adults and children praising collections and saying, "Oooh, neato in the highest," as they pay their $5 to support the Clinic's good will toward men with health services for the working poor. Behold! The seventh annual self-guided Nacimiento Tour starts at the Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave. Tickets and tour maps are available in advance at El Charro Restaurant, St. Ambrose Church, Our Mother of Sorrows Church and the Clinic, 140 W. Speedway. Tour hours are noon to 6 p.m. Call 326-1381 for information.


Monday 18

NAVAJO SANDPAINTING. Join the coexistent forces of the mythic past and everyday present in a free lecture by Trudy Griffin-Pierce, who discusses Space, Time and Astronomy in Navajo Sandpainting at 7:30 p.m. in the Arizona Health Sciences DuVal auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Drawing from field research with Navajo chanters, Dr. Griffin-Pierce will identify the major Navajo constellations and their depiction in sandpaintings, and share tales evoked by the appearance of specific star groupings.

Trudy Griffin-Pierce is the author of Earth Is My Mother, Sky Is My Father: Space, Time, and Astronomy in Navajo Sandpainting and The Encyclopedia of Native America. For information on this and other Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society programs, call 327-7235.

Tuesday 19

MASTERSINGERS AT THE MISSION. Once again, the mission reverberates with the sounds of the season as the Tucson MasterSingers come a-caroling at 7 p.m. at Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Road. The a cappella program includes classical selections, carols in Spanish, French and Nigerian, and clever appropriations by the Mel Brooks of the classical world, Peter Schickele (alias PDQ Bach). Exit I-19 south at San Xavier Road and head west. Admission is by donation. Call 294-2624 for information.

Wednesday 20

BAD GIRL STORYTELLING BRIGADE. Founded in 1991-92 mainly as a performance group, the Brigade has evolved into a core group of five female visual and performing artists. "We operate from the premise that any girl can be 'bad,' " says member Karen Falkenstrom, referring to the historical paradigm that labeled women who didn't play by the rules--who often excelled in arts, science and other "unfeminine" careers--as "bad."

The Brigade's first visual art show features sculptural wall assemblages and "pillow art" by singer/musician Cantrell Maryott; "offering vessels" in cast paper by visual artist To-Reé-Neé Keiser; mixed-media works by visual artist Katie Cooper; painting and tile work by blues guitar phenomenon Mitzi Cowell; and text and color photographs by poet Falkenstrom. Show continues through December 22 in DeGrazia's Little Gallery, 6300 N. Swan Road. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Call 299-9191 for information.

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