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WARM YOUR HEART. Chris Erin is a singer, a songwriter and a guitarist who promises not only to play music, but also to make you feel warm and cozy.

With the gentle strength of his melodious voice, Erin enthralls with his intricate guitar techniques that create a mysterious sound of multiple guitars and percussive rhythms. Ah, the magic of sampling and drum machines. He's a one-man band playing a mix of blues, rock, country, Southwestern, jazz and folk.

Erin performs on Saturday, January 4, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Bookman's Used Books at 1930 E. Grant Road. The concert is free and open to all. Call for details at 325-5767.

THREE KINGS. And you thought the holidays were over.

The Tucson Children's Museum plays host to Dia de Los Reyes Magos celebrating the traditional Mexican Epiphany. The celebration is a major Christian holiday in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries, marking the arrival of the Three Magi in Bethlehem with the giving of gifts and other customs.

It's part of the Festivals of Light series that started back in December and concludes in February with Chinese New Year. Throughout the series, the museum has been offering scads of things to do for every holiday celebrated in every culture this season. Some of the highlights on Sunday, January 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. are folklorico dancers, mariachi performances and a paper flower-making workshop with Josefina Lizarraga.

The museum is located at 200 S. Sixth Ave. Festivities are free with museum admission: $3.50 for kids, $4.50 for seniors, $5.50 for adults and free to kids under 2. Regular museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5. Call 792-9985 for more information.

STILL WOBBLY. The Industrial Workers of the World, aka The Wobblies, are still rolling. The Desert Tortoise Branch is the local IWW arm of this international union. Come see a screening of Deborah Shaffer's and Stewart Bird's 1979 documentary, One Big Union, that explores the history of the IWW. You may recall that the union empowered the powerless while bringing down the wrath of the state for its radicalism back in the hey-day of unionism.

The 90-minute video is screened on Sunday, January 5, at 2 p.m. at Las Sin Fronteras, located downtown at 137 E. Congress St. It's free and all are invited. Stay for the local IWW meeting that follows the screening.

Call for more information at 622-3561.

GRUMPY GIANTS, SINGING HARPS. Why it's Jack and The Beanstalk, of course. Watch a veteran Live Theater Workshop cast spin a magical, musical tale.

Jack's father suddenly disappears. Then his mother finds out that not only are they alone, but their cupboard is bare as well. Not a good sign. With heavy hearts, they decide to sell the family cow, Ruby. On the way to town, Jack meets a mysterious man who convinces him to trade the cow for some beans--magic beans, for sure. Jack's off and running to find his papa in the land of enchantment (no, not New Mexico, but close). Along the way, he runs into Greta, the excitable golden goose, Helena, the beautiful singing harp and a grumpy giant.

Shows start at 1 p.m. on Sundays beginning this week and continuing through April 13. They cost $5. The theater is located at 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. Call the box office for reservations or details at 327-4242.

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