Seven Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, Dec. 11
Courtesy Tucson Village Farm
Tucson Village Farm Holiday Market. A trip to the Tucson Village Farm, the urban farm centered around teaching young people to grow and prepare their own fresh food, is always a pleasure. But a trip to the farm when there’s an artisan fair going on, full of gifts hand-crafted by Tucsonans and delicious seasonal food and drink, is a little slice of holiday heaven. If getting holiday shopping done is more of an obligation than a delight for you, take solace in the fact that you can make marshmallows over a bonfire and sip on hot cocoa after you shop. 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. Tucson Village Farm, 4210 N. Campbell Ave. Free. Details here.
Kids Craft Night at Chick-fil-A on Oracle Road. The restaurant will be providing supplies for children to decorate ornaments for this unique event. If you dine in, each child receives one ornament to decorate for free. Also, for any adult meal purchased, receive a free four nugget kids’ meal. “Just show up with holiday spirit.” 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. 4585 N. Oracle Road. Details here.
Patronato’s Christmas at San Xavier. More than two decades ago, Linda Ronstadt headlined at a concert to raise funds for Patronato, a local nonprofit dedicated to restoring and preserving Mission San Xavier. Today, that concert is a much-loved tradition that rings in the holiday season for Tucsonans. The Sons of Orpheus and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will both be performing, and the Dec. 10 performance will also feature the Tucson Girls Chorus and some other special guests. The Monday evening show begins with a 5 p.m. reception at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., before the 7 p.m. show, and tickets are $250. The regular performances are at 6 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, through Thursday, Dec. 13, at San Xavier Mission, 1950 W. San Xavier Road, and tickets are $100 to $125. Details here.
Roadrunners vs. Eagles. The Tucson Roadrunners face off against another aviary team in two home games this week in these games against the Colorado Eagles. Tuesday night is Finals Break and Wednesday night is 12-12 Night, where sides and ends seats are both just $12. And hey, the cheaper the seats, the more money you have for food and drinks. Sometimes in the midst of the stressful holidays, or even in the midst of finals week, if you’re a student, you don’t want winter peace and holiday good cheer—you need to watch a good old-fashioned ice hockey fight. 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 12. Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave. $10 to $61+. Details here.
Joyeux Noel. Based on an actual truce that occurred during Christmas in WWI, this film opera (translated to “Merry Christmas”) examines the lives of the French and German soldiers who put down their guns one December to celebrate brotherhood in the midst of warfare. Hosted by Arizona Opera, this showing at The Screening Room features the voices of “two of today’s leading opera stars,” Natalie Dessay and Rolando Villazón. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. 127 E. Congress St. $10. Details here.
Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas. Wait, you mean to tell me in some parts of the world there’s a half-goat, half-demon spirit named Krampus that accompanies Santa Claus and punishes bad children on Christmas? If you’d like to learn more about the spooky customs of ye olde Christmas, head over to the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Arts’ ArtNow! with Al Ridenour. They’ll be examining movies, television shows and advertisements that show how the holiday isn’t exactly what you think it is. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. 265 S. Church Ave. $10. Details here.
Ramirez. What if gangsta rap turned Biblical? If every murder was a Slay, every horse White and every drive-by an epic showdown of good and evil? The answers await in Ramirez’s imaginative and sardonic album, Judgement Day: Revelations. With Kendricks’ ethereal production, archangels swirl around Ramirez’s rhythm and flow, which recalls Bone Thugs. It’s an aural comic book, an alternative reality reminiscent of the very best Bay Area concept albums (sorta like Deltron 30/30 or Doctor Octagon). Hard enough to be a true contender for best new gangsta emcee, Ramirez dishes artfully penned rages like “the devil’s comin’ end of the day” atop Kendrick’s dark melodic nightmares, which stand up to any trap out there. Since they hail from the mighty S.F., they dare shoot the moon, creating a record that feels like an astute homage and send-up of both genres at once. This is Revelations, the Biblical chapter that adds up to nothing, but takes the listener down a thousand rabbit holes, each track a riddle. With Young Davon, Ray Colfaxx and RJ. Tuesday, Dec. 11. 191 Toole. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. $20. All ages. Details here.
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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.
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