LUMIERE AFFAIR: Thursday, December 28, marks 100 years to the day since the Lumiere brothers showed the first motion pictures at the Grand Café in Paris, France. Film historians George C. "Professor" Hall and Randy Munro will narrate (with piano accompaniment, no less) this tribute to French contributions to film history, including hand-cranked reels of the "Magic Lantern moving image" from 1862; a replica of an 1878 Praxinoscope by Emile Reynaud; The Golden Beetle (1908) by Ferdinand Zecca; and A Trip to the Moon (1902) by Georges Meliès. Also screening are the first movies shown in Arizona (1897) and the first western, The Great Train Robbery (1903), by Thomas Edison. Things get rolling at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Rialto theater, 318 E. Congress St. Admission is free. Call 740-0126 for information.
LAST DANCE: Cast aside your high heels and round out the year by squaring off at the New Year's Eve contra and square dance hosted by Tucson Friends of Traditional Music. This festive evening in The Temple Of Music And Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S. Scott Ave., will feature a string band and local callers from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. All dances are explained, and singles and couples of all experience levels are welcome. Pot-luck eats and soft drinks will be served, with a non-alcoholic toast at midnight. Admission is $5, $4 for TFTM members. Call 327-1779 for information.
BROWN BAG IT: Sample the cultural cuisine downtown with the Noontime Brown Bag Entertainment Menu, brought to you by your friends at the Arts District Partnership. The daily specials on Wednesday, January 3, include acoustic guitar by Stephan Gordon from noon to 1 p.m. at Dinnerware Artists' Cooperative Gallery, 135 E. Congress St.; and a recital by Jane Smith on the historic pipe organ in the Scottish Rite Cathedral Red Room, 160 S. Scott Ave., from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Admission is free. Call 624-9977 for information.
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