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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Seven Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, Dec. 11

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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.

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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.

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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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Monday, December 10, 2018

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, Dec. 10

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La Cerca merge disparate strands of symphonic, country and pop to create a winning din all their own. Yes, that sounds all made up in 2018, but it is true. In short, songwriter-guitarist Andrew Gardner and bandmate Bill Oberdick play layered, swirling guitars that slightly nod to My Bloody Valentine, beneath ever-hummable vocal melodies and smart words. Their new LP, Sunrise for Everyone, is a sort of southwestern Daydream Nation, part sweet noise, Street Hassle and inescapable songcraft. Gardner took three years to write and record these songs, which include no shortage of sunny blue-eyed soul worthy of Beach Boys’ Wild Honey and ’90s indie, and whatever aural dazzle the gents toss in. For instance, there’s a sadness in the Tucson melancholy of “Arizon,” and Gardner’s vocals emphasize a kind of X-factor longing; that is, the listener can’t pinpoint the central emotion, like a long sunset made all the richer by far-off pollution. Songs like “Car Crush Heart” feature a wild, free-jazz saxophone and “Sorry XO” offers mournful and sweet pedal steel. Deceptively simple tunes that manage to deepen and bloom, when no one really listens hard anymore, which is too bad. Monday, Dec. 10, at Elliott’s on Congress, 135 E. Congress. Doors at 9 p.m. Free. All ages. Details here. 

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Winterhaven. The magical, glorious, festive and busy Winterhaven Festival of Lights may have opened this past weekend, but if you want to beat the crowds, Monday night just might be the perfect time to bask in all the glowing holiday glory. Winterhaven is open every night until Dec. 26 for your holiday enjoyment. Entry is free but be sure to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. A true Tucson tradition celebrating it's 69th year, bundle up and stroll through the lights and decorations of this winter wonderland. There will also be food trucks, party bikes and hayrides for those looking to make a full evening out of it.There is no official parking for the event, and entrances for the Festival are on Ft. Lowell, Tucson, Country Club, and Prince. 6 to 10 p.m. Details here.

Pet Photos with Santa. If you haven't sent out your Christmas cards yet, here's your chance to get the purr-fect photo for them. Dress up your pets in their favorite holiday sweaters to look their best for the man in red. Santa will be at the Tucson Mall from 5 to 8 p.m. to take pictures with pets (dogs and cats only). So pose your pups at 4500 N. Oracle Rd. Details here.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

23 Great Things to Do in Tucson This Weekend: Dec. 7 to 9

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Ryanhood. Hailing from right here in Tucson, this acoustic-virtuoso duo puts the folk in folk and the pop in pop. In a Ryanhood song, it’s not uncommon to hear both sweet vocal melodies and dexterous stringwork. Looking at their favorite albums, it’s easy to see influences as well. Whether it’s harnessing the power of pop like U2 or the intimate acoustic sounds of Nickel Creek, Ryanhood wield the proficiencies of being a songwriting duo better than many. Catch Ryanhood at the Fox Theatre. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 17 W Congress St. Free! Details here.

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The Paladins. Dear God, after 38 years and 12 albums, they’re still kickin’ up the devil’s din with the same sort of sweaty, fresh-from-prison verve as ever. (Well, maybe they never did actual prison time but it sure sounds like they did, like how a proper rock ’n’ roll and ’billy band should.) Those years have seen several band members come and go, and a bust-up or two, sure, but the core trio is intact, complete with band leader and six-string saint Dave Gonzalez (one of Guitar Magazine’s “Unsung Guitar Heroes of All time,” natch) and co-founding bassist Thomas Yearsley. Those mad, distorted seventh and ninth chords are intact too, and the tortured country and soul croons, the thumping hillybilly jack, and all those singsong choruses that made everyone from The Stray Cats to the Fabulous Thunderbirds green with envy. With The Blues Guitar Rumble (with Arizona Blues Hall of Famers) at the mighty and historic El Casino Ballroom 437 E. 26th St. Friday 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. All ages. Details here.

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Dirt Monkey. aka Patrick Megeath, has made a career of merging trippy, crisp Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) with wonky, high-energy dubstep. The result is an infectious groove that is satisfying for mind and body, while anticipating those heavy beats to drop. Hailing from Boulder, Dirt Monkey paid dues in the Colorado scene, co-founding Kairos Audio with EDM legend Jantsen and playing a five-year residency at Denver’s legendary Beta Nightclub. He’s got a bent ear for remixes too, taking Rusko’s “Woo Boast” to new levels on Subcarbon, endorsed by the legend himself. Dirt Monkey’s music is cartoony fun, like being trapped in a video game designed by Atari programmers, but with modern day VR navigation. He’s got a formidable handle on EDM, able to understand the joyful components of each ingredient and create a playful mix more than the sum of its parts. With Subdocta, Saturday, Dec. 8. Gentle Ben’s, 865 E. University Blvd. 9 p.m. 18+. $10. Details here.

ward Scissorhands. It’s that time of the week for another “Wait, that was a Christmas movie?” This time, it’s Tim Burton’s 1990 gothic/drama/satire/romance/whatever-you-want-to-call-it-as-long-as-it-has-Johnny-Depp fairy-tale hit, Edward Scissorhands. An imaginative retelling of the Frankenstein story, this film tells of an unfinished man, and his path to becoming whole. Plus, you get to relive the Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder drama all over again. 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $6. Details here. 


The Nutcracker. If you’ve got nuts to crack, and if you’ve got love in your heart for this holiday classic, you’d better head over to go see Ballet Tucson’s production of this show. Among many, many other things, the show’s original score was notable for its use of the celesta, which is that twinkly, magical, jingle bell-y sounding instrument in the sugar plum fairy’s dance. Tchaikovsky discovered the instrument while he was in Paris and decided it was perfect for the show. Of course, it was. And now it’s almost difficult to imagine Christmas without the sweet sound of the celesta. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $30 to $58, with discounts for seniors, students, military and groups. Details here. 

La Fiesta de Guadalupe.
You’re probably overdue for a visit to the DeGrazia Gallery anyway, and there’s not really a more fabulous time to go than during this festival honoring the patron saint of Mexico. Mariachi bands, folklorico dancers, the Yaqui Deer Dancers and Domingo DeGrazia’s Spanish-guitar band will be providing entertainment, and a Los Posada procession featuring children from Carrillo Magnet School will honor the saint. Local food, local art and local souvenirs are all available as well, so you can fill your tummy and your shopping bags while the musicians and performers fill your soul. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan. Details here.

Holiday Cards for Prisoners Party.
It’s the time of year where holiday cards from loved ones are starting to pour in, decorating the fridge, the front door, the junk drawer or wherever you choose to display them. The American Friends Service Committee-Arizona is hosting this event to help bring a little bit of holiday cheer to some of the places that need it the most. Write messages of support to hundreds of incarcerated people in Arizona while also enjoying live music by Loveland, an ugly sweater contest and a coloring book station for kids. If you’d like, let group members help you write letters to state representatives and senators, advocating for reform of the sentencing laws that have left us with the fourth-highest incarceration rate in the country. 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave. Free. Details here. 

Luminaria Nights in Tubac. Abundant food, warm drinks and artist receptions are staples of the cozy holiday season. But adding thousands of luminaria lights to the mix really levels up any holiday event. Holiday carolers, carriage and hay rides and a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony are like three perfect little cherries on top of this festive sundae. Luminarias were traditionally used to guide people to Christmas mass, and during the final night of Las Posadas. This week, let your GPS guide you to Tubac, and then enjoy the festivities once you get there. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 Tubac. Free. Details here. 

The Polar Express. The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum is the sort of charming little place that feels like it’s right out of a children’s Christmas book, so it’s only fitting that they’d be hosting this reading of one of the best children’s Christmas books around. This family-friendly event also features arts and crafts, rides on the Fun Farm Choo Choo and a chance to ring the bell on Locomotive 1673. And it’s always fun to stroll through the museum itself, browsing the bilingual exhibits. Treat yourself to some holiday cheer and head on down! 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. AMTRAK Historic Depot, 400 N. Toole Ave. Free. Details here.

Rally for Vets. HERO Events & Management is putting on their first-ever veteran’s event designed to raise support and awareness for local nonprofits supporting veterans. And there’s plenty of ways for you to show your support. You could check out the yoga and meditation zone by Athleta, enjoy some live glass blowing demonstrations by the Sonoran Glass School, or if you are brave or young at heart, check out any of the 11 interactive inflatables. Enjoy music by local musicians Caiden Brewer, Andrew Daniel Cates, Clinton Wyatt Smith and Keila Womack. And check out the food and drinks from vendors like Jacki’s Food Court, Sarges Cheesecakes, Cupcake Queens and Smoothie Factory. Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, 900 S. Randolph Way, $5, or free for kids 10 and under.

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Second SundAZe Family Day @ TMA. The Tucson Museum of Art always delivers, and it’s always especially awesome at Second Sunday events, but they’ve really stepped up their game for the holiday season. AZ Opera will be doing a special performance of The Magic Flute, and Santa himself will be visiting the museum’s Corbet house. Jewelry artist Julie Rose is holding a trunk show in the museum store as well. If taking in all of this art has you feeling inspired, you can jump into some of the art-making activities at the museum, including ornaments with Santa pictures, gingerbread houses and paper snowflakes. Fill your heart with art for the holidays! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, 140 N. Main Ave. Free. Details here.

Sonoran Glass School Winter Open House. If you think looking at handcrafted glass art is exciting and impressive, wait until you see local glassblowers in the act, creating intricate sculptures, ornaments, houseware and jewelry right before your eyes. A narrated demonstration at 2 p.m. will walk you through what these masters are doing, and a series of holiday themed make-your-own experiences will show you how to become a master yourself. For $50, make your own glass ornament in a quick 15/20-minute introduction to the craft (this one gets busy, so try calling 884-7814 to reserve a time slot). Make a snow flurry drink stirrer on the torch at the flame shop for $10, or try out the new fused snowman experience ($15 or two for $25). Get your glass over here! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 633 W. 18th St. Free. Details here.


Tucson Girls Chorus: Sounds of Winter. If you caught the Reveille Men’s Chorus concert last week, you probably got your fill of rich, low tones. This week, treat yourself to the lovely harmonies of the Tucson Girls Chorus, made up of young women all the way from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Over 200 young performers will be presenting a mix of folk, traditional, contemporary and seasonal music. With so much bad news in the world, their notes are sure to be a sound for sore ears, and the image of hundreds of the young women who represent a bright, beautiful, musical future is enough to make anyone feel hopeful. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. $15 to $18. Details here.

Holiday Memories. Desert Voices, Tucson’s premiere LGBTQA chorus, is celebrating 30 years of understanding, cooperation, peaceful coexistence and sweet, sweet music. And this is your chance to celebrate with them! Three nights of shows will feature holiday music sung by community members of all creeds, races, genders and gender identities, letting you sit back, enjoy and reflect on all there is to be grateful for. 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. Third St. $15 for Friday show, $20 for Saturday and Sunday. Details here.

Signature Selections. Pima Community College dancers have been working throughout the semester on this concert directed by Nolan Kubota. Kubota earned his MFA in dance from the UA, and has worked as everything from a parade performer at Disneyland to a nationally touring burlesque dancer. He brings his range of experience to the show, which features everything from hip-hop, jazz, modern and ballet styles. Pieces are choreographed by both dance faculty and students, for a show that will keep you on your toes—but not as high on your toes as these impressive dancers. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Proscenium Theatre. $5 to $10. Details here.

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Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair.
Go forth to Fourth for a 40-plus-year-old tradition that just gets more fun every year. The artists from all over the world, delicious food and local entertainment draw more than half a million people into Tucson every year, and we’re lucky enough to already be here! The North Fourth Avenue Merchants Association Inc., a local nonprofit, produces the event, and funds from the day support infrastructure on Fourth Ave, local neighborhoods and nonprofits, and other events on the avenue throughout the year. Get your Christmas shopping, your street food fix and your community spirit on all at once. 9 a.m. to dusk Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9. Historic Fourth Avenue, 434 E. Ninth St. Free. Details here.

Monterey Court Artisans Holiday Fair. Maybe you’re the type of person who needs a full bar nearby to get through the stress of holiday shopping. If so, this might be the holiday artisan fair for you. Whether you need a hard drink to get you through, a brunch to kick off the shopping festivities or a spot to break for lunch, Monterey Court has what you need. They’ll have what you need as far as gifts go, too. With a selection of fabric, glass, jewelry, metal, pottery, wood and leather, you should be able to find the perfect gift. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Monterey Court Studio Galleries and Café, 505 W. Miracle Mile. Details here.


Weegee With a Side of Eegee. It was only a matter of time before this event happened in Tucson. It honors the photographer, photojournalist and Kubrick collaborator and his equal parts iconic and influential black-and-white photography. And it comes with a side of sandwiches and Tucson’s signature frozen drinks! Notorious erotica photographer Eric Kroll will be talking about Weegee’s time as the official photographer of a New Jersey nudist colony; Weegee’s longtime companion, Wilma Wilcox; and his work with Cass Carr and Bettie Page. Kroll will be selling distortion prints he printed from Weegee’s original negatives himself—signed by Wilcox and stamped by Kroll. Why would you miss this? 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave. Free. Details here.


Santa Bar Crawl. For those wanting to be more festive during their night-outs, the Santa Bar crawl is the opportunity for that. Starting at Maloney’s, show up in your favorite seasoned clothing with your friends and hit the streets, jumping from bar to bar. Or just go downtown to see drunken Santas on the loose. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 213 N. Fourth Ave. Details here.

Ignite at Night. The Ignite Sign Art Museum is inviting you to an evening to see all of their changes and new additions, with all historic signs supposed to be lighted. The event will include music, beer and wine tastings, holiday shopping, snacks and a game. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 331 S. Olsen Ave. Regular admission prices apply. Details here. 


Holiday Tree Lighting. Receive complimentary chestnuts, hot cocoa or cider, and holiday sugar cookies while watching the annual lighting of the tree at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. More holiday entertainment will feature while photos with Santa are also available, in this free and open to public event. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. 7000 N. Resort Drive. Details here.

Santa at Little Anthony’s Diner. Starting this Friday, Santa will be at Little Anthony’s Diner for the weekends leading up to Christmas. Before dining, get a free photo by bringing in a non-perishable food item. Each donation will go to benefitting the Tucson Community Food Bank. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Details here.


X-Mas Double Feature. Casa Film Bar is offering movie showings every Friday in December. First up? Elf and Jingle All the Way back to back. Grab Sonoran hot dogs from the You Sly Dog food truck, and watch Will Ferrell and Arnold Schwarzenegger take it away. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. 2905 E. Speedway Blvd. Details here.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Thursday, Dec. 6

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Madaras Gallery Holiday Art Walk. Once you realize who Diana Madaras is, and what her art style is, then you’ll be noticing her work all over town, and you’ll start to associate seeing her brushstrokes with being in the city you call home. What better gift is there than a little piece of your hometown and your heart? Purchases of ornaments, décor, Madaras’ children’s book and items like calendars and cards at this event will benefit the Pima Animal Care Center. There’s even a plush toy version of Kitty Humbug, a character so cute you’ll just have to see it. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6. 3035 N. Swan Road. Details here.

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El Nacimiento.
In the heart of the Sonoran Desert lies Tucson. In the heart of Tucson lies the Tucson Museum of Art. In the heart of the Tucson Museum of Art lies La Casa Cordova, the oldest adobe home in downtown Tucson, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the heart of La Casa Cordova lies El Nacimiento, the largest and longest-running nativity scene in the Southwest. Artist Maria Luisa Tena put it up in the ’70s! It’s easy to spend hours checking out all the nooks and crannies of the 800-piece set, which has the grandeur and feel of a Christmas tree. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 college students and free for kids 12 and under, veterans and museum members. Details here.

Gingerbread House Reveal. It’s been a bittersweet year for the gingerbread community, as it always is. After the giant gingerbread house built at the Hilton El Conquistador last year had to ultimately be taken down (the reasons were unclear—did the gingerbread family residents fail to pay their rent? Was there a termite problem?), this year sees the rise of a new life-size gingerbread house to live in the hotel’s lobby through December. At the grand reveal, you can get photos with Santa, see Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! in the movie room, decorate cookies and ornaments and even enjoy some light refreshments (no, you can’t eat the gingerbread house). 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. El Conquistador Tucson, A Hilton Resort, 10000 N. Oracle Road. Free. Details here.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Four Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Wednesday, Dec. 5

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Repeal Day. Can you imagine a time when you couldn't go out for a cocktail or a beer? Maybe if you are close to 21 years old it wasn't that long ago, but the AC Hotel Tucson Downtown is taking us back to 1933 to celebrate the ratification of the 21st Amendment and the end of prohibition. The AC Hotel is celebrating with live jazz by Gabriel Naim Amor and Sean Rogers and a selection of prohibition-era cocktails with fun names like the Cat's Pajamas and the Preakness. Featured drinks will be $6 and customers in costumes will receive half off their first drink! So, don your best 1930's garb and get in the spirit of spirits! Free and 21+. 5 to 7 p.m. at 151 E Broadway Blvd. Details here.

Freshman BFA Acting & Musical Theatre Students Debut. The UA School of Theatre, Film & Television is presenting some of the newest members of their department at this event, where students just beginning their college theatre training will be showcasing their talents. Both the acting majors and the musical theatre majors are performing, so you'll get a sampling of several skillsets. This is a great opportunity to see some future stars in an intimate performance setting, so when they're all famous in a few years, you can reminisce on the time you were sitting just a few feet away from them. It's also a great way to support local, young performers. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Marroney Theatre, 1025 N. Olive Road. $7. Details Here.

UA Women's Basketball v. Montana. Head over to McKale to watch the Wildcat's Women's basketball team hit Montana head-on to get one step closer to their second National Championship. It's never a bad day to hit the UA campus and reflect on your memories, recent or distant. 11 a.m. McKale Center. $5-$12. Details Here.

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Jingle Bell Rockin' Revue. Tag along with your family to this rockin' play, great for all ages! You will get to sing your heart out to your favorite holiday hits. Better yet, you'll sing along without judgment because everyone next to you will do it too. Between dancing elves, singing reindeer, and Santa's debut you will definitely leave Gaslight Music Hall in the Christmas spirit. $21.95. 13005 N. Oracle Rd. Details Here.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Tuesday, Dec. 4

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Waitress. Sarah Bareilles is not going to write you a love song, but the six-time Grammy nominee is going to write the original music and lyrics for this hit musical, and you're going to love it. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's film, the musical tells the story of a small-town waitress with big-time dreams who thinks a baking contest and the cute new doctor in town might be just the ticket. The all-woman creative team features screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), choreographer Lorin Latarro (Waiting for Godot) and director/Tony award-winner Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin, Finding Neverland). Don't wait-ress to buy tickets! Tuesday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 9., with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd. $19 to $125+. Details Here.

Sleepspent. Drawing inspiration from the nocturnal shoegaze acts of the 90s, El Paso indie rockers Sleepspent manage to be lethargic and passionate at the same time. Still a young band (only releasing their debut EP earlier this year), they've crafted a unique sound of moody guitars, subtle vocals, and plenty of shifting layers. Occasionally they'll throw in some jangly acoustics to shake things up, which works out perfect for a band refusing to focus on one sound too long. Drift into Sleepspent at Monterey Court. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. 505 W. Miracle Mile.

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An Irish Christmas. Take a more untraditional way to get into the holiday spirit! Award winning  Irish dancers have worked hard to host a great show. Learn the traditions of Irish culture such as butter making but don't worry, they'll throw some songs you are familiar with. Between sining and dancing it will be an unforgettable night. Tuesday, Dec. 4. 7:00 p.m. Fox Tucson Theatre. Details Here.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Three Great Things to Do in Tucson Today: Monday, Dec. 3

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REEL Rock 13. For this event, The Loft and Rocks & Ropes climbing gym have gathered the year's best climbing films for an extravaganza with enough mountains, ropes and alpine trails to give the whole audience vertigo. This year's lineup includes The Age of Ondra, about a 25-year-old Czech exploring "a new realm of human potential in climbing"; Up to Speed, about climbing in the 2020 Olympics; Queen Maud Land, about an elite team of climbers hoping to scale the remote frozen peaks of Antarctica; and many more. 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. 3233 E Speedway Blvd. $15. Details Here.

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Eos Planetarium Theatre Show: Black Holes. On Monday, Dec. 3 UA Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is hosting its documentary on Black Holes. Take a dive into modern science and discover more of what scientists have learned in the recent years. With a fresh, new and updated theater you will be sure to be comfortable while your eyes are on the screen listening to the sweet voice of Academy Award nominated actor Liam Neeson! 4 p.m. 1601 E. University Blvd. Details Here.

Einstein's Legacy: The New Era of Multimessenger Astronomy. Enjoy the last round of the 2018 Steward Public Lectures and learn about the legacy Einstein left behind. Steward Observatory has been hosting public lectures since 1922 so if you're into traditions; this definitely is one. Free. 933 N. Cherry Ave. 7:30 p.m. Details Here.

Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

18 Great Things to in Tucson This Weekend: Nov. 30- Dec. 2

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Reveille Men's Chorus Holiday Show. It's that lovely time of year where local performance groups are putting on holiday performances, just in time to ease all your holiday stress. The local men's chorus production this year is the "Island of Misfit Toys," which tells the story of a group of misfits who learn to accept themselves—and others—for exactly who they are. But it's not just wholesome and heartwarming. With barbershop, pop, opera, holiday and uncategorizable numbers, it's also a show that will leave you thoroughly impressed. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1. 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Leo Rich Theater, 260 S. Church Ave. $20, or free for youth 23 and under. Details Here.

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Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3. When Sergei Rachmaninoff was 24, his Symphony No. 1 was  critically received, and it sent him into a four-year depression during which the pianist, composer and conductor—who started playing piano at age 4—didn't do much at all. The fact that he went on to compose this gorgeous symphony, one which he himself truly believed was good, is enough to make anyone feel hopeful. This evening at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra also features Khachaturian's Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello, with soloist Nicholas Mariscal, and the world premiere of In the Kingdom of Bells, by Scott Ordway. TSO commissioned the piece from Ordway, who is known for pairing artistic disciplines with humanistic themes. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. And 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. $21 to $86. Details Here.

Menace II Society. Part of Lower Arizona's bi-monthly "On the Reel" presentation dedicated to culture, The Screening Room is showing this 1993 drama film. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Menace II Society examines the life of a young black man hoping to escape the town he grew up in for hopes of a better life. Featuring a movie discussion with the audience. 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. 127 E. Congress St. $7. Details Here.

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Sugar Plum Tea 2018. Supporting Ballet Tucson means supporting their annual production of The Nutcracker, which means you definitely want to support Ballet Tucson. And they're making it super fun to do: At this tea, there's live holiday music, a silent auction, delicious treats and characters from The Nutcracker in attendance. You can get some holiday shopping done at their boutique full of gifts and stocking stuffers, and even enjoy a performance by the dancers. Singer and saxophonist Jeff Haskell and singer Katherine Byrnes are providing entertainment, and so is harpist (and graduate of both Julliard and the UA) Christine Vivona. 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second St. $75. Details Here.

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The Music Man. If you know anything about The Music Man, you know the music man really isn't a music man at all—he's a con artist who rolls into River City, Iowa one summer with a plan to con the townspeople. More specifically, he offers to train young boys in the town to play instruments and form bands, then skips town with the money. He's done it plenty of times before, but this time is different, because there's a cute little boy with a lisp, a barbershop quartet and—as there is in most any musical—a love story. There's also these really great gossip townsfolk called the "Pickalittle Ladies" who are an awful lot like a flock of birds. Don't miss Arizona Theatre Company's production of this show. Sunday, Dec.2 through Sunday, Dec. 30. With shows at either 2 p.m., 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. $46 to $76. Details Here

St. Philip's Plaza Farmers Market. This local market took a little hiatus for the summer, but this fall it opened up with more variety, extended hours and live entertainment. Whether you're there to buy handcrafted pottery, local baked goods, a new plant, some fantastic spice blends, artisan jewelry or tonight's dinner, you can now do it to the beat of the live music, and for longer! (Don't worry, admission is still totally free). St. Philip's Plaza is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon anyway, but throw in the opportunity to support local art, get some holiday shopping in and treat yourself to a snack? You'd be a fool to miss it. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. St. Philip's Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave. Details Here.

Cultivate Tucson: Holiday 2018 Pop-Up Market. Hooray small businesses! Hooray local art! Hooray holiday shopping! Don't miss another chance to buy goods from Tucson's independent designers, makers and shops. It's located in the All Saints Building, which used to be a Catholic school, so it will be hallways full of community interactions, classrooms full of vendors where you can learn all about local artists' methods, and a courtyard with even more vendors. If you had a good experience in Catholic school, relive it at this event. If you had a bad experience in Catholic school, reclaim it at this event. We'd cultiv-hate for you to miss this cultiv-great event. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. 415 S. Sixth Ave. Free. Details Here.

Asteroid Ahoy! It's not just the holiday season in Tucson—it's asteroid arrival season, because the UA-led NASA OSIRIS-REx mission is reaching a major milestone this Monday when it arrives at the asteroid Bennu. To celebrate, the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium is hosting a whole weekend of festivities, including a presentation at 2 p.m. on Saturday by Bashar Rizk, the guy in charge of the mission's cameras; and a 2 p.m. Sunday talk by Dante Lauretta, the mission's principal investigator. Both presentations will be followed by a screening of the fulldome planetarium show "Asteroid: Mission Extreme." There's also hands-on activities and a board game signing by Lauretta (who designs board games in addition to leading NASA missions). 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd. $4 GA, free science presentations and regular price for the planetarium shows: $8 adults and $6 kids. Details Here.

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La Fiesta de Tumacacori. Do you ever think about how many different cultures have lived in and influenced Southern Arizona? Because it's a lot, and it's actually kind of overwhelming to think about. But at this event, it's fun to think about, because it involves Native American, Mexican and Southwest food, crafts and performances. There's demonstrations on everything from paper flower-making to tortilla-making to O'odham basket weaving! There's piñatas, games and prizes! There are dozens of nonprofit organizations selling food and hand-crafted items! There's nonstop entertainment! And there's a procession Sunday morning. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tumacacori National Historical Park, 1891 E. Frontage Road, Tumacacori. Free. Details Here.

Orchestra Concerts at PCC. Pima Community College students and other adults in the Tucson community are coming together to perform this repertoire of classical music under the direction of Alexander Tentser. Tentser immigrated to the U.S. from the Ukraine back in 1990, earned his doctorate in musical arts at the UA and has been performing, educating and conducting ever since. The PCC's orchestra aims to educate the community about orchestral music and provide musicians with an opportunity to perform in a group setting. Take advantage of this fantastic (and affordable!) opportunity to not only learn a little bit about classical music, but to spend an evening with peaceful music in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle. 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road. $6, or $5 for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups. Details Here.

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2018 Jingle Bell Run. Some things in life are unexplainable but true, and this is one of them: It's
easier to run a 5K wearing a Santa hat, with jingle bells tied to your shoes, than it is to run a 5K without being decked out in Christmas gear. It might be that the holiday spirit makes you feel a little bit lighter, or it might be that the rhythm of the jingle bells keeps you going, or it might just be magic. You'll feel even better running this race knowing you're raising funds and awareness to cure arthritis—America's number one cause of disability. 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to the Arthritis Foundation. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Gene C. Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way. $20 to $35. Details Here.

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Mini Cactus Bowls & Prickly Pear Margaritas. Do you like margaritas? Have you ever had a prickly pear margarita? Green Things will give you the chance to try it (if you haven't already) during their workshop dedicated to making your very own mini cactus bowl. Recipes will also be available to take home. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. 3384 E. River Road. $5 (plus cost of supplies). Details Here.

Rillito Park Farmers Market. Sometimes it's hard to find time for Christmas shopping because life's other responsibilities get in the way. How are you supposed to do laundry, cook dinner AND find the perfect gift for Aunt Mabel? Farmers markets can help you kill at least two birds with one stone, because you can get some of your grocery shopping done while you also pick out holiday treats and gifts from small local businesses that will be well-loved by the ones you love. Plus, the live music and the treats you can buy for yourself on the spot make for a shopping experience that's low on stress and high on fun. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Rillito Park Food Pavilion, 4502 N. First Ave. Details Here.

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Brew Lights. The Reid Park Zoo and Craft Tucson are joining forces to provide "the hoppiest  holiday event in southern Arizona." Brew Lights will allow you to enjoy your favorite local craft beer while admiring the thousands of twinkling lights and lighted animal displays. Food from Taste Catering and more fun activities will also be available in this family-friendly event. Prices vary depending on what you want to do. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. 3400 E. Zoo Court. Details Here.

Cat Mountain Station Winter Art Fest. If you feel like you've exhausted all of your options for Christmas shopping in central/east-of-the-freeway Tucson (you probably haven't—the options are practically endless, and you should see our holiday gift guide for a tiny sampling of them), then try heading over to Cat Mountain Station for this event. Fine arts, crafts, jewelry, iron works and photography abound, and you'll be crossing names off of your "to-buy-for" list left and right. Cat Mountain is where it's at mountain. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Cat Mountain Station, 2740 S. Kinney Road. Details Here.

Arizona National Guard Muster. This rally honors not only the service and sacrifice of all Arizona veterans, but the 100-year anniversary of the end of WWI. Highlights include military static displays, a flyover by the Arizona National Guard, and the "muster"—a tradition dating back almost 400 years to when America's first colonial militia assembled. Arizona National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen will muster in formation on the field for review by Mag. Gen. Michael T. McGuire. And there's plenty else to enjoy too, including a car & motorcycle show, the 108th Army Band, tons of vendors and a children's play area. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium 2500 E. Ajo Way. Free. Details Here.

Sips for Drink wine and save animals? Yes please. Help prevent unnecessary shelter deaths in this wine sipping event hosted by No Kill County, with a portion of the event fee going to the Save the Saveable campaign. If you end up buying three or more wine bottles, Arizona Wine Collective will also donate a portion of your purchase to the cause. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. 4280 N. Campbell Road. #155. +21, $25. Details Here.

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Rio Bravo (with special guests). Turner Classic Movies announced Tucson as the winner of the second "Bring TCM to your Hometown contest." As so, TCM will host a free screening of Rio Bravo at the Fox Theatre on in celebration of the 60th anniversary of its filming in Tucson. Star of the film and iconic actress Angie Dickinson will join TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz for a special introduction and for a meet and greet with fans. Dickinson, who worked alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin, plays Feathers in the movie. Hosted by TCM Backlot and Fox Tucson Theatre. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. 17 W. Congress St. Free. Reserve online. Details Here.

The Incredibles 2 Drive-in. The Cactus Drive-In Theatre is back! Hop in your car and head down to the Tanque Verde Swap Meet's northwest lot for a screening of this Pixar sequel. This screening is to help the Cactus Drive-In afford land, a full-sized screen, and other equipment for a permanent drive-in movie theater. Vendors for food, drinks, and snacks will be on site. 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. 4100 S Palo Verde Road. $15 per vehicle. Details Here.

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Events compiled by Brianna Lewis, Emily Dieckman, B.S. Eliot and Jeff Gardner.

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