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HOLIDAYS IN REVUE. What could be better than an afternoon of serious make-believe?

Twenty-five puppets in a musical theater event called the Holiday Puppet Extravaganza should do the trick.

Kraig Kensinger of Puppet Stuff presents a dazzling show full of family fun at Muse (formerly the International Arts Center). The act includes impressive musical numbers guaranteed to steal your cares away.

Three performances are planned--at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday--at 516 N. Fifth Ave. All seats cost $5. For more information, call Kensinger at 319-1821.

MAKE A DAY FOR A MUSEUM. If you haven't been to the Tucson Museum of Art for a while, it's time you set aside a few hours for a few wonderful exhibitions.

Iron Maidens: Cast Metal and Welded Steel Sculpture by Bella Feldman, Mary Bates-Neubauer and Kim Cridler runs through January 13.

Three contemporary women sculptors living in Arizona and California evoke powerful associations from scale and form, while reflecting a feminist perspective and sensibility. Known for being close to their medium, these artists cast their own iron and weld their own steel to create three-dimensional forms that reveal a sense of strength, sensitivity and conceptual purpose.

Natural Facts/Unnatural Acts, which also runs through January 13, features Barbara Rogers' lush and decorative paintings which explore classic themes associated with the garden: decay, death, rebirth and renewal.

El Nacimiento at La Casa Cordova, which runs through March 31, is a traditional Mexican nativity scene that is a seasonal highlight at TMA. Lovingly recreated each year by Maria Luisa Tena, El Nacimiento comprises over 300 miniature scenes from the life of Christ.

The Tucson Museum of Art is located at 140 N. Main Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. General admission costs $5, seniors get in for $4, students 13 and older are $3 and members and children 12 and under are free. Sundays are free family days. For more information, call 624-2333 or visit

THE BEAT GOES ON. Bang your way into the holidays.

Get in a circle--a drumming circle--where one person starts a beat and everyone joins in.

All experience levels are welcome Saturday; this is a chance to make some spiritual noise. If you have a drum, bring it with you as the group's supply is limited. You'll get thirsty, so bring water to drink.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Spirit in Action Center, 6979 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite M, at the northwest corner of Broadway and Kolb. Admission costs $5. For more information, call 751-7502.

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