New Year's Eve
FLY ME TO THE MOON. Presidio Grill and Hacienda del Sol present a New Year's Eve dinner show, Fly Me to the Moon, at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch, 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. The evening features a three course meal prepared by Presidio Grill, and musical performance by the Jeffrey Haskell Trio with special guest Mary Baker. Seatings are at 6:45 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased at Presidio Grill, 3352 E. Speedway, or by calling Hacienda del Sol at 690-2123. Reservations are required.
SERENDIPITY PLAYHOUSE. 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road. 751-4445. December 31 only: New Year's in New York, an evening of champagne and Broadway show tunes starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17 per person, $32 per couple. Call 751-4445 for more information on Serendipity happenings.
TSO NEW YEAR'S EVE. Westin La Paloma. 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. 577-5868. Enjoy a romantic evening of great music, dancing and food as the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and La Paloma host a New Year's Eve party beginning with a reception at 8 p.m., with a full-course dinner at 9 p.m. Polish off the evening with music and dancing until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $90 per person and are available only through La Paloma. Call the Westin La Paloma at 577-5868 for reservations and information.
Events This Week
MINI-HAVEN. Tour the neighborhood of Midvale Park, west of Interstate 19 between Irvington and Valencia roads, during their holiday lighting contest. Public viewing continues daily from 6 to 9 p.m. through January 1. Call 741-2994 for information.
'TIS THE SEASON. Flandrau Science Center Planetarium. UA campus. 621-STAR. This multi-cultural holiday show explores holiday traditions from around the globe with a dazzling array of video and laser imagery, music and narration. Show continues through January 5. Show times are 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $3 to $4.50. Call 621-STAR for information on times and shows.
TREE OF HOPE. The American Cancer Society Resource Center, 1636 N. Swan Road, No. 151, is accepting monetary donations for the Tree of Hope through January 2. Contributions will aid in life-saving research programs, education, advocacy and patient services. For gifts of $35 or more, a commemorative angel ornament, bearing a cancer survivor's name, will be sent to the contributor. All gifts are tax-deductible. Call the American Cancer Society at 321-7989 for information.
1996 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL. Tucson Center for the Performing Arts. 408 S. Sixth Ave. Old Pueblo Playwrights hosts its annual New Play Festival January 4 through 7, featuring 11 new plays by southern Arizona writers. All are original works that are performed as staged readings. The schedule for performances is: Anna Maria's Journal, by Julieta Gonzalez, Thursday, January 4; Slainte, by Patti Cassidy, The By-Stander, by Earl Wettstein, A Time To Mourn, by Sybil Duus Needham, and The Critics, by Rich Amada on Friday, January 5; For Want of Enemies, by Robert Canedella, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 6; The Side Show, by Gary E. Sabbag, A Simple Proposition, by Marc Goldfeder, The Art of Hello, by Chris Stern, and The Best Man, also by Marc Goldfeder, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 7; and Road Hazards rounds out the festival on Sunday, January 7. All performances start at 7:30 p.m. except for the select 2 p.m. performances indicated. Tickets are available at the door at $5 per performance, $3 for students, or $20 for all 11 plays. Call 884-4877 for information.
Opening This Week
TALES FROM THE HOTEL ARIZONA. Southwest Center For Music. 2175 N. Sixth Ave. 884-1220. December 28 only: Tales from the Hotel Arizona, an evening of theatrical sketch comedy pokes fun at life in the Old Pueblo in this wacky production by The Sweatlodge players: Nick Seivert, Danny Boskowitz, Fish Karma, Dave Fitzsimmons and Mike Sterner. Tickets are $6. A $1 discount is offered with a donation to the Community Food Bank. Call the SWCM at 884-1220 for reservations and information.
BRAVO THEATRE. 5526 E. 22nd St. 790-0844. Continuing Saturdays and Sundays through January 28: scenes from The Taming of the Shrew, the Shakespearean tale of a volatile young woman who meets her match in an equally stubborn suitor. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $4. Call 790-0844 for reservations and information.
GASLIGHT THEATRE. 7010 E. Broadway. 886-9428. Continuing through January 6: The Flight Before Christmas, a story about America's darkest and warmest hours when World War II was ending and families waited for their loved ones to come home. Tickets are $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students/active military, and $6 for children. Performances are at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Reservations and pre-payment are required. Call 886-9428.
Out Of Town
AZ JEWISH THEATRE CO. Herberger Theatre. 222 E Monroe. Phoenix. (602) 252-8497. Opening December 28 and continuing through January 14: Convertible Girl, a romantic comedy about a Jewish man and a Hispanic woman in love. Performances run Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $18 to $20 and are available at the Herberger box office and all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call (602) 264-0402 for information.
BISBEE REPERTORY THEATRE. Old Baptist Church Showcase Theatre. 94 Main St. Continuing through December 31: The Saga of Roaring Gulch, a wild-west melodrama performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, with children under 16 admitted at half-price. Advance ticket outlets are Jane Hamilton's Fine Art Gallery (Main Street), and Magpie's on Subway Street. Call (520) 432-3786 for information.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. ASU Gammage Auditorium, Tempe. (602) 965-3434. Continuing through January 27: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, performed by the Really Useful Theatre Company's Broadway touring cast. Tickets range from $15 to $65 and are available at all Dillard's ticket outlets. Call the Gammage at (602) 965-3434 for groups of 20 or more and information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Arizona Youth Theater announces auditions for Romeo and Juliet from 4 to 7 p.m. January 8 and 9, at 5526 E. 22nd St. Performers ages 10 to adult are needed. There is no salary. Rehearsal and performance schedules will be given at the auditions. Call 790-0844 for information.
AUDITION NOTICE. Coyote Ramblers Theatre Group is holding auditions from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 7, for a drama scheduled to run February 13 through March 3. One male and two females are needed, plus a stage manager, lighting and sound operators. Call 797-7779.
AUDITION NOTICE. Auditions for the Simon Peter passion play will be held during the month of January. Men, women and children are needed for this musical drama on the life of Christ, to be performed during Easter at the TCC Music Hall. No experience is necessary. Call 529-3195 before December 31 for an appointment. No calls after 9 p.m. please.
THEATRE CLASSES. Third Street Kids, an after-school performing arts school and company for children and young adults of all abilities, offers performing arts exploration classes, acting and dance classes. Cost is $5 per class, with scholarships available. Call 622-4100 to 513-0259 for information.
TEMPLE FOR RENT. The Temple Of Music And Art and the Tucson Center for the Performing Arts have rental space available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call James at 884-8210 for more information.
Opening This Week
BERO GALLERY. 41 S. Sixth Ave. 792-0313. Opening December 28, with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m., and continuing through January 20: The Inescapable Girly Show, a series of C-prints made from collaged film by Barry Baldridge, and Limited Warranty, a series of sewn photographic collages by Pam Deutschman. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Thursday Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night. Call 792-0313.
DINNERWARE GALLERY. 135 E. Congress St. 795-4503. Opening January 2 and continuing through January 27: sculpture by Susan Vancas and oil on canvas paintings by Scarlett Decker. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Thursday Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night. The gallery is closed December 23 through January 1.
Arizona Historical Society. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through December 31, 1996: Emergence: The South Park Story, 1940-1950, a photo exhibit tracing the development of the South Park neighborhood, located along Park Avenue south of 22nd Street. Continuing through December 31, 1996: A Memento for My Descendants: The Buehman Studio Perspective, featuring the photographic works of German immigrant Henry Buehman. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Center for Creative Photography. UA Fine Arts Complex, southeast of the pedestrian underpass at Speedway and Park Avenue. 621-7968. Continuing through January 7: A Nation of Strangers, a historical view of immigration in the United States. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is closed December 25 and 26.
THE CROSSING. 44 W. Sixth St. 318-1599. Continuing: painting and photography by Dana A. Bonner, mixed media furniture and accessories by Eric Lee Cooper, and painting, printmaking and mosaics by Robin Riley. Gallery hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Downtown Saturday Night.
DAVIS DOMINGUEZ GALLERY. Casas Adobes Office Park. 6812 N. Oracle Road. 297-1427. Continuing through January 20: Arizona, featuring paintings by James Cook and sculpture by Mark Rossi. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
DESERT ARTISANS GALLERY. 6536-A Tanque Verde Road, La Plaza Shops. 722-4412. Continuing through January 14: The Creative Spirit, featuring mixed media works by various artists. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
ECLECTIC GALLERY. 69 E. Pennington St. 620-1668. Continuing through January 31: National Small Works Juried Competition Exhibit, featuring mixed media emphasizing diversity and technique. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Thursday Night Art Walk and Downtown Saturday Night.
Etherton Gallery. 135 S. Sixth Ave. 624-7370. Continuing through January 13: paintings by Gail Marcus-Orlen and Eriks Rudans and photographs by Vicki Ragan. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 to 10 p.m. Downtown Saturday Night.
IRONWOOD GALLERY. Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. Continuing through January 18: Paintings of the Sonoran Desert, a juried exhibition of water-based media by the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Admittance is free with museum admission.
JOSEPH GROSS GALLERY. UA campus, south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. 626-4215. Continuing through January 5: organic sculptural wall forms addressing concepts of time by UA art prof Moira Geoffrion. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
MELIORA GALLERY. 178 E. Broadway. 792-9544. Continuing through January 31: designs by Rammed Earth Development, Inc., featuring the Meyer Avenue Project, located in Bario Viejo and Barrio Santa Rosa. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
OBSIDIAN GALLERY. St. Philip's Plaza. 4340 N. Campbell Ave. 577-3598. Continuing through January 6: Obsidian's 10th anniversary celebration and annual holiday exhibition, featuring works by regional artists. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
PHILABAUM GALLERY. 711 S. Sixth Ave. 884-7404. Continuing through January 27: Desert Heat: Glass Artists of the Southwest, featuring works by artists from New Mexico and Arizona. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Thursday Night Art Walk.
RAW GALLERY. 43 S. Sixth Ave. 882-6927. Continuing through January 6: Journey to the Great White Father's Home, an exhibition of paintings and mixed media works by Gerald Dawavendewa showing the artist's reflection on Native American relations with the U.S. past and present. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Downtown Saturday Night and Thursday Art Walk.
STUDENT GALLERY. Gross Gallery Building, UA campus, south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. The gallery is closed until January 2. Continuing through January 11: Romance of the Open Road: The Museum of the American Temporary Worker, installation by master's candidates Matt Marcus and Polly Giragosian, using "artifacts" found along the railroad tracks of Tucson to create a faux anthropology museum examining the culture of the modern hobo and temp worker.
TEMPLE GALLERY. Temple of Music and Art. 330 S. Scott Ave. 884-8210. Continuing through January 3: paintings by DeAnn Melton combining still-life and figuration with influences from classical art from 17th and 18th century Dutch, Italian and Flemish paintings. Graphic arts and sculptural pieces are also on display. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and prior to ATC performances.
TOHONO CHUL PARK GALLERY. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Continuing through January 29 in the Gallery: Small Wonders: An Exhibition of Miniature Doll Quilts, a juried exhibition of works by Arizona artists. Continuing through January 14 in the Exhibition Hall: Portraits of Clay: Pottery in Mata Ortiz, photographs by Sandy Smith depicting works by 14 potters from this small pueblo in northern Chihuahua. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a $2 donation.
Tucson Museum of Art. 140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333. Continuing through January 21: Covering the West, works by 64 Southwest Art magazine cover artists. Admission to the museum is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and students, free for members and children under 12. Free for all on Tuesdays. Docent-led tours of the TMA Historic Block are offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
UA Museum of Art. UA campus, Speedway east of Park Avenue in the Fine Arts Complex. 621-7567. Continuing through January 28: Joseph DiGiorgio: Prospect Park, a visual diary of changes through the year's in Brooklyn's famous Prospect Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Saturdays and University holidays. Admission is free.
APPARATUS GALLERY. 299 S. Park Ave. 791-3505. Continuing through December 31: paintings by Daniel Kriston. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
CENTRO CULTURAL DE LAS AMERICAS. 40 W. Broadway. Continuing through December 31: El Juguete Popular Mexicano, an exhibition of popular Mexican toys dating back to pre-Hispanic times. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 323-2746 or 298-8268 for information.
JCC ART GALLERY. 3800 E. River Road. 299-3000. Continuing through December 31: an exhibition by Southern Arizona Jewish community artists, featuring watercolors, photographs, oils, acrylics, collographs and other mixed media. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
TUCSON/PIMA ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY. 240 N. Stone Ave. 624-0595. Continuing through December 29: Sitings/Sightings: An Exploration of Connections and Place, including works from the Graduate Student Collaborative Exhibit from the University of Arizona and University of New Mexico. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Thursday Art Walk.
Out Of Town
WOLFE GALLERY. 9600 N. Oracle Road. Oro Valley. 742-4222. Continuing through December 31: The P.E.E.P. Show: Promote Effective Ecological Preservation, a fundraising, juried art show by the Oro Valley Neighborhood Coalition, conceived to celebrate the beauty of the desert and enhance awareness of important riparian habitats at risk now and in the future. The exhibit showcases 20 Arizona artists.
SWAMPCOOLER PARTY. Kaleidoscope Productions hosts its pre-release party for the independent film, Swampcooler, at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 30, at the Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. The set from the Swampcooler art gallery scene, unedited film footage and live music highlight the evening's events. Call 318-9537 for information.
ART CLASSES. The UA Extended University offers a wide selection of arts production classes for adults, including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, papermaking, on-site sketching and creating hand-crafted books. Classes begin January 22. Call the UA Extended University at 621-UofA for registration and information.
A.R.T.S. ANONYMOUS. Become a productive artist. Artists Recovering through the Twelve Steps meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday at the Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Call 327-5194 or 795-9030 for information.
PAPERMAKING LECTURE. Local artist and educator Catherine Nash presents a free slide/lecture on Japanese papermaking and contemporary paper art from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, at The Drawing Studio, 601 S. Fifth Ave. In-depth papermaking classes begin in January. Call 740-1673 for reservations and information.
CALL FOR PERFORMERS. Cabaret Magritte seeks performers for its January 20 event in the Cabaret Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Sixth Ave. Artists are asked to submit a proposal for performance art pieces (music, spoken word) no longer than 15 minutes. Artists may be asked to perform their piece before final selection and are required to attend a rehearsal if chosen. Submit proposals to: Cabaret Magritte, 3661 N. Campbell, Suite 587, Tucson, AZ 85719. Deadline is January 10.
CALL FOR ARTISTS. Local 803, Inc., a cooperative contemporary art gallery, seeks submissions from visual artists working in any medium and living in the Tucson area for the upcoming season, to run August 1996 through July 1997. Send 10 or more slides, resume and SASE to: Local 803, Inc., P.O. Box 40488, Tucson, AZ 85717; or deliver directly to the gallery at 803 E. Helen St. Installation and performance artists should submit both a visual and written proposal in addition to slides of previous work. Video submissions are also welcome. Deadline is January 31.
CALL FOR MEMBERS. Desert Artisans Cooperative gallery seeks artists for membership. All media except video and performance art are considered. Immediate openings are available for three-dimensional work. Deadline for application is February 2. Send SASE for prospectus to: Desert Artisans, 6536 Tanque Verde Road, No. 120, Tucson, AZ 85715. Call 722-4412 for information.
HOLIDAY MARKET. The Tubac Center for the Arts, 9 Plaza Road, in Tubac, hosts its 13th annual Holiday Art Market, featuring original and handcrafted works by more than 70 artists of the southwest. This year's selections include wearable art and hand-dyed, handwoven fibers of silk, wool and cotton. The Holiday Market continues through December 30, but will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (520) 398-2371 for information.
ART TALK. Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave., offers the following free lecture at 1:30 p.m. in the Education Building: Jennie Powell presents Touring the Great Museums of Europe on January 4. Call 624-2333 for information.
TEACHERS/ARTISTS. Artists/teachers of various disciplines are needed to teach eight-week sessions for Pima County's Parks and Recreation after-school programs. Sites include elementary schools and recreation centers in Tucson, Ajo, Arivaca, Avra Valley, Catalina, Littletown, Rillito, Sahuarita and South Tucson. Call the Tucson/Pima Arts Council at 624-0595, ext. 16, for an application and information.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board is soliciting entries for its second annual sculpture competition and exhibit June 7 through September 8. The juried competition is open to New Mexico and regional sculptors. Criteria for selection will be artistic merit, however, suitability for public display will be considered. Artists may submit up to three slides of their sculptures. Entry forms may be obtained by writing: Fuller Lodge Arts Center, P.O. Box 790, Los Alamos, NM 87544 or by calling (505) 662-9331. Deadline for submissions is March 1.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. The Art History Graduate Student Association at the University of Arizona is accepting entries for the seventh annual Art History Graduate Student Symposium entitled Death Masters, scheduled March 1 through 24, 1996. All student artists enrolled in an institution of higher learning may submit slides of drawings, paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture and video. Slides must be clearly labeled with artist's name, title, medium, dimensions, and a number corresponding to an accompanying slide list. The slide list should include title, medium and dimensions. Slides must be in a clear plastic page. A SASE must be included for return of slides. Entry fee is $5 in check or money order made payable to the Art History Graduate Student Association. Fees are non-refundable. Mail entries to: Barbara Dobbins, c/o Joseph Gross Gallery, UA Art Department, P.O. Box 210002, Tucson, AZ 85721-0002. Deadline for entries is January 6, with notification by January 31.
TEMPLE TOURS. There will be no tours on Christmas day, December 30, New Year's Day or January 6. ATC hosts tours of the historic Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., at 11 a.m. every Monday and at 10 a.m. every Saturday through May 18, 1996. Tours begin in the courtyard and are guided by ATC docents. Reservations are not needed for these free public tours. Group tours may be arranged by calling Hope Towner at 884-8210.
ART OPTIONS. Fine Art Options represents local fine artists with rotating shows in a variety of Tucson businesses. Fine art sales and leasing are also available. Call Donna Wallin at 795-9030 for current shows and/or consultation.
ART WALK. Visit the Downtown Arts District from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, with free docent-led Art Walk tours beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Park Inn Suite Santa Rita Hotel, 88 E. Broadway. Call 624-9977 for information and a listing of participating galleries.
FIND YOUR VOICE. Seeking your creativity? Want to find your voice? Do so through experiments with sound and voice, words and play. Call 544-8683 for registration and information.
DEMONSTRATION. Watch glassblowers practice their craft at the downtown studio of Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, 711 S. Sixth Ave. Call 884-7404 to confirm the day's schedule or if there are more than six people in your party.
Performances This Week
EVENING IN VIENNA. TCC Grand Ballroom. 260 S. Church Ave. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra hosts the eighth annual (but all-new) Evening In Vienna concert December 29 and 30. Performances feature favorites from Johann Strauss, Jr., with added spice from great dance numbers from the "swing era," assisted by guest vocalist Nancy Davis Booth. Individual advance tickets are $20, or buy a table for eight at $136. Outlets include the TCC and TSO box offices, and all Dillard's. Call 882-8585 for reservations and information.
STILLWELL TWIGGS HOUSE. 134 S. Fifth Ave. String bassist, Sean "Sphere" Ball, and tenor, Mark Gordon Allen present an acoustic show of The Beatles most emotive love songs at 7:30 p.m. December 30 and 31, and at 4 p.m. New Year's Day. Tickets are $8, $5 students, $4 children. Call 624-3880 for information.
LUNCHTIME CONCERTS. Free concerts are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave., in the gazebo area. Interested musicians can call 623-2748 for information.
BROWN BAG CONCERTS. Tucson Scottish Rite continues its winter organ concert series with a performance by Jane Smith from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave.
UA PRESENTS SCHEDULE CHANGE. UApresents presentation of West Side Story, scheduled for February 9 through 11, has been canceled. The show will be replaced by Peter Ligeti's Broadway Swings!, a celebration of Broadway's most popular songs of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. West Side Story ticket holders may redeem their tickets for Broadway Swings!, any other UApresents show during the 1995/96 season, or obtain a full refund from the Centennial Hall box office. Call Centennial Hall at 621-3341 for information.
ATC BENEFIT. Davis Gaines, Broadway's Phantom of the Opera, takes off his mask for a concert to benefit the Arizona Theatre Company on Tuesday, January 16, at Herberger Theatre, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Gaines' An Intimate Evening of Song: From Broadway and Beyond is part of ATC's annual fundraising gala, Cabaret Ninety-Six. Event begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by Gaines' performance at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $95 to $175 and are available through the ATC box office, the Herberger box office and all Dillard's tickets outlets. Call ATC at 622-2823 for information.
SINGERS NEEDED. The UA Community Chorus is looking for singers for the spring 1996 portion of its concert season. Tenors and basses are especially needed. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning January 16, in the UA Music Building, room 146. No audition necessary, but a $10 fee is required at the first rehearsal. Call David DeVenney at 621-8651 or James Kantor at 621-4444 for information.
CELTIC JAM. The Folk Shop. 2525 N. Campbell Ave. 881-7147. Join in the fun from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, January 2, at this weekly Celtic Music jam. Everyone is welcome, with practiced players invited to join in.
UA MUSIC/DANCE. UA School of Music and Dance calendars for the 1995-1996 season are currently available. The UA School of Music and Dance presents between 250 and 300 concert events each year, most of them free of charge. To subscribe, send your name, address and a check for $5 payable to the University of Arizona, to: Calendar Subscription, School of Music, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. For this week's music and dance events call the 24-hour MusiCall hotline at 621-2998.
TFTM DANCES. Tucson Friends Of Traditional Music hosts a New Year's Contra and Square Dance with live music by the TFTM String Band from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday, December 31, at The Temple Of Music And Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Refreshments are soft drinks and pot-luck. A non-alcoholic toast will be provided at midnight. Admission is $5, $4 for TFTM members. TFTM also hosts a Contra Dance every Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Zenith Center, 330 E. Seventh St. All levels, singles and couples welcome. Admission is $4, $3 for TFTM members. Call 327-1779 for information.
SQUARE DANCE FESTIVAL. Registration is still open for the 48th annual Southern Arizona Square and Round Dance and Clogging Festival, January 18 through 20, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Contact Jim and Genny Young at 885-6273 for registration forms and information.
BALLROOM DANCING. Dance to live music from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays at Let's Dance Club, 6245 E. Bellevue. Singles and couples of all skill levels are welcome. Enjoy theme-dress occasions with a large, romantic, decorated ballroom to match. Cost is $7, $5 for members. Free group dance lessons are offered from 7 to 8 p.m. for members. Annual membership is $20. Call 885-4599 for information.
FIESTA DE L0S VAQUEROS. Parade entries are currently being accepted for the 71st La Fiesta de los Vaqueros parade on Thursday, February 22. The rodeo parade is the world's longest non-motorized parade. Deadline for entries is January 12. Tickets for the rodeo go on sale January 9, and are available at all Dillard's ticket outlets, all neighborhood community centers, El Con Mall, Park Mall, Tucson Mall, Foothills Mall, Eastside City Hall, Centennial Hall, Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona Hatters and the Rodeo Grounds box office. Call the parade office at 294-1280 for parade and rodeo information.
TMA FEASTS. Tickets for the Tucson Museum of Art's annual food feast fundraiser, scheduled for four weekends in February, go on sale the beginning of January. An exotic, unforgettable dinner will be served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February in private homes, restaurants and unique settings throughout the Tucson and Tubac area. A few dinners being offered are: A Food and Wine Tour of the Mediterranean, Fungi Perfecti--A Vegetarian Dinner, Monet's Country Table, the fourth annual Moveable Feast in Tubac, and No Bull--Conversation and Dinner in the Tee Pee. Cost is $80 per person. All proceeds benefit the Tucson Museum of Art. Call TMA at 624-2333 for a brochure detailing the homes, menus and for reservations.
Events This Week
POWWOW. Ring in the New Year with the magic and lore of a Native American powwow December 29 through 31, at the Amigos Indoor Complex, 250 E. 36th St., at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 36th Street. Event features dancers from more than 50 tribes, handmade crafts, ethnic foods and powwow and drum contests. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon on into the new year Sunday. A $5 donation is requested for admission. Call Fred Snyder at 622-4900 for information.
FOOD FAIRE. Experience the charm of a European-style open-air market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday at Plaza Palomino, Swan and Fort Lowell roads. The gourmet food faire features fresh produce, herbs, coffee, arts and crafts, live music and more. Call 795-1177 for information.
FARMERS MARKET. St. Philip's Plaza, Campbell Avenue and River Road, hosts a farmers market every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m., featuring local artisans and food vendors. The Humane Society will also be featuring a selection of pets for adoption each week. Call 628-9811 for information.
MENOPAUSE SEMINAR. A free menopause education seminar meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, at the OB/GYN Medical Office Lobby, 8th Floor, UMC, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The seminar covers the physical and emotional changes of menopause and how to manage these changes, the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy and cancer risks during the menopause years. Registration is preferred. Call the UMC OB/GYN Medical Office at 694-6010 for reservations and information.
BOOK EXHIBIT. James T. Sinski, UA professor emeritus of microbiology, shares his hobby of collecting pop-up books with fellow bibliophiles in the annual pop-up storybook exhibition continuing through January at the UA Main Library, south side of the UA Mall near Cherry Avenue. The collection is located in three different areas of the library and covers topics from Disney's favorite villains to 15th century Italian architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Call the Main Library at 621-6440 for information.
POETRY READING. Open mic poetry reading meets every Wednesday night from 9 to 11 p.m. at Gargoyles Coffee House, 3206 N. First Ave. Poetry and dramatic reading enthusiasts are invited to share original poems or the works of a favorite poet/writer. Call 690-1930 for information.
SPARROWGRASS POETRY. Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum is offering a grand prize of $500 in its Distinguished Poet Awards contest. Poets may enter one poem only, 20 lines or less, on any subject and in any poetic style. Submitted poems will also be considered for publication. No entry charge. Deadline is January 31. Send poem to: Sparrowgrass Poetry Forum, Inc., Dept. N, 203 Diamond St., Sisterville, WV 26175.
CALL FOR ENTRIES. The National Library of Poetry will award $24,000 to some 250 poets entering the North American Open Poetry Contest. Poets may send one original poem, 20 lines or less, any subject or style. Name and address should appear on the top of the page. Send entries to: The National Library of Poetry, 11419 Cronridge Drive, P.O. Box 704-1986, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Deadline is December 31.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY. The Dead Poets Society is a writing forum and network designed for people who write and hide it in boxes. For more information call 577-2444.
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS. Ready, Set, Read! Workshop. Help your kids learn to read. Call Literacy Volunteers of Pima County. at 884-8337 for information.
MIDNIGHT JAM. Tucson Parks and Recreation hosts Midnight Jam, a pre-New Year's Eve party for youths ages 13 to 19 years, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, December 30, a the Tucson Convention Center, North Exhibit Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. There will be dancing, pool tables, video games, ping-pong and a basketball shootout. Shuttle bus service is available at Udall Center, Park Mall, Randolph Center, El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, Tucson Mall, Mansfield Recreation Center, Oury Recreation Center and Archer Center. Call the specific center for bus times. Buses leave the TCC at 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. Cost is $2 per person or $3 per couple. Call Mani Garcia at 791-4845 for information.
NEW YEAR'S FUN. Tucson Network hosts its third annual Gym Blast at 7 p.m. New Year's Eve, at Lakeside Sports Club, 8140 E. Golf Links Road. The event is most appropriate for junior high through high school students. Reservations are not required, however no one will be admitted after 8 p.m. Call Dan Cooley at 887-6447 for information.
SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT HELP. Members of the Society of Women Engineers and others from the UA will work one-on-one with students K-12 seeking help with science fair projects from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 6, at Nannini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road. Please bring any school science fair information. Call 791-4626. These workshops will be held throughout the month of January at various library locations in Tucson.
MUSIC CLASSES. Music classes of all levels and types are offered at the Desert Dove School of Music, 6163 S. Midvale Park Road. Beginning and intermediate band, guitar and preschool/interactive music classes are now forming. Call Judith Richardson at 888-3352 for information.
ESSAY CONTEST. The Grand Canyon State Games Student Essay Contest seeks submissions by Arizona students on How Sports Make a Difference or How Sports Build Character. All essays must have a cover page with the following information: title, author's name, address and telephone number, birthdate, school, certification by parents and teacher. Send entries to: Grand Canyon State Games, P.O. Box 15068, Phoenix, AZ 85060-5068. Deadline is January 15. Call (602) 545-3700 for information.
HOMEWORK HELP. Tucson/Pima libraries offer free drop-in homework help for students in elementary, middle and high school. Experienced tutors and homework help resources will be available throughout the school year. Call Ann Dickinson or Gina Macaluso at 791-4391 for information.
PARENTING CLASS. The Tucson Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (TCADD) offers a six-session parenting class, Discovering Normal, especially for adult children of alcoholics from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning January 3 and continuing through February 7, at the Tucson Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, 1230 E. Broadway. The parent and child preschool program is from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning January 16. These free classes cover the basics of parenting plus address situations and needs unique to ACOAs. Call 882-7703 for registration and information.
FAMILY FORUM. Family Forum is a free, ongoing class which meets at 10:15 a.m. every Sunday at St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., in the Vestry Room. Family Forum offers frank discussions about families, children and parenting. Call 299-6421 for information.
G.E.D. TESTS. GED testing is offered on Monday and Wednesday year round at the Assessment Testing Center in the Student Center at PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Call 748-4528 for information.
LA FRONTERA WORKSHOPS. DES and La Frontera offer a variety of free parenting workshops on a monthly basis. Call Julie Mack at La Frontera, 884-9920 ext. 291, for registration and information.
TEEN DADS' SUPPORT GROUP. This support group meets from 5 to 7 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Center for Adolescent Parents, 1030 N. Alvernon Way. Free on-site child care, food, gas and/or bus passes are available. Meetings will cover life skills such as self-esteem, assertiveness, career direction and decision making. Call Susan Guerrero at 321-3823 for information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Children to Children, a non-profit grief support center for children and their families, seeks volunteers to train as support group facilitators. The next training session begins in September. Call 322-9155 for information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Tucson Centers for Women and Children (TCWC) seeks volunteers for multiple services for survivors of Domestic Violence. Call 795-8001 for information. Your involvement makes a difference.
LA LECHE. La Leche is a great organization that offers sensible advice for women who want to breastfeed their babies. Six monthly meetings are held throughout Tucson. Phone counseling is also available. Call 721-2516 for membership and meeting information.
PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS. Parents Without Partners, a support organization for single parents, meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 2447 N. Los Altos Ave., Chapter Hall, No. 45. Call 622-8120 for information.
MENTORS NEEDED. Jewish Family & Children's Services, a non-sectarian service agency for people of all races, religions and ethnic origins, seeks women to serve as mentors for teenage mothers in high school. Women are needed to spend one hour weekly for a six-month period with one young mother. JFCS offers training and ongoing practical advice and assistance. Contact Bonnie Kneller-Hernandez at 795-0300 for more information.
Arizona Historical Society. 949 E. Second St. 628-5774. Continuing through December 31, 1996: A Memento for My Descendants: The Buehman Studio Perspective, featuring the photographic works of German immigrant Henry Buehman; Exploring 1870s Tucson, a hands-on exhibit showcasing Tucson's rich, multi-cultural heritage; and Emergence: The South Park Story, 1940-1950, an intimate look at the South Park Neighborhood, one of Tucson's first Black communities. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM. Park Avenue and University Boulevard 621-6302. The Arizona State Museum, on the University of Arizona campus, features anthropology exhibits with particular emphasis on the Southwest. Continuing through December 1996: Mexican Masks: Faces of the Fiesta, an exhibit of more than 350 Mexican folk masks, from mermaids to scorpions. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Flandrau Science Center. UA campus. 621-STAR. Exhibit halls feature hands-on science exhibits and a 16-inch telescope that allows the public an astronomer's view of the night sky. A mineral museum in the basement features hundreds of beautiful minerals and gems. The planetarium theater offers entertaining programs on scientific and cultural topics, as well as laser light shows featuring projections that explode across the dome in a rainbow of colors. Continuing through January 5: 'Tis the Season, a multi-cultural holiday show exploring holiday tales and traditions from past and present. Admission to exhibits is $2, free with purchase of a theater ticket. Up to four children are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Telescope viewing is still free and is offered from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Theater ticket prices are $3 and $4.50. Call 621-STAR for information on times and shows.
FORT LOWELL MUSEUM. 2900 N. Craycroft Road, in Fort Lowell Park. Learn about the forts, camps, the Mexican militia cavalry and more with Lances, Shields and Carbines: The Military History of Tucson from 1775 to 1891. The exhibit consists of 13 paintings by artist Wayne Sumstine and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, through January 1996.
GADSDEN-PACIFIC TOY TRAIN OPERATING MUSEUM. Foothills Mall. 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. See and operate antique and contemporary toy trains at this free museum, Friday through Sunday during mall hours.
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE MUSEUM. 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. 629-0100. This non-profit educational institution is dedicated to increasing the knowledge and appreciation of the world's fascinating wildlife. Continuing through December 31: twenty-two metal sculptures of impressionistic animal images by Marlene Knutson of Tubac. Admission is $5, $3.75 for seniors, military and students and $1.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
PIMA AIR MUSEUM. 6000 E. Valencia Road. 574-9658. On display are 185 military, commercial and civilian aircraft, including a full-scale mock-up of the Kitty Hawk, a presidential plane used by news media and JFK during the 1960s, numerous photos, air and space uniforms and memorabilia. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admittance at 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military and $3 for children ages 10 to 17. Free for aviation buffs under 10.
Reid Park Zoo. 22nd Street, east of Country Club Road. 791-4022. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for seniors, 75 cents for children 5 to 14 and free for children 4 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of the animals, don't bring any food, toys or pets.
RIALTO THEATRE GALLERY. 318 E. Congress St. 740-0126. The 100 year anniversary of projected motion pictures is commemorated at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 28. George C. "Professor" Hall and Randy Monro will use an original hand cranked projector to show some of the actual subjects first shown exactly 100 years ago at the Grand Café in Paris, France, by the Lumiere brothers on December 28, 1895. Continuing: an exhibition of historic theatre photos, artifacts and cinematic memorabilia as part of an effort to educate the public about the history of downtown theatres and the renovation of the Rialto. The exhibit traces the history of 20 prominent theatres located downtown between 1920 and 1980. Regular exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 795-1420 for information.
SOSA-CARRILLO-FREMONT HOUSE MUSEUM. 151 S. Granada Ave. 622-0956. Continuing through January 31: an exhibit of authentic antique toys, ornaments, nativity scenes and menorahs as well as Christmas trees decorated with ornaments from Tucson's territorial years. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
TUCSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tuesdays are reserved for group tours only. Admission is $1.50 for children, $3 for adults. Call 792-9985 for registration and information.
WINGS OVER WILLCOX. Wings Over Willcox, an annual celebration of the Sandhill Crane, happens January 19 through 21. This event features workshops, field tours, activities and exhibits to inform both novice and expert bird enthusiasts. Field trip participation is limited. Registration forms may be obtained by calling the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at (520) 384-2272 or (800) 200-2272. Pre-registration deadline is January 12.
HISTORIC WALKS. Walking tours of El Presidio Historic District are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. beginning at the Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum, 151 S. Granada Ave. Tours last approximately 2 hours. Cost is $4. Call 622-0956 for registration and information.
ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS. The Center for Desert Archaeology offers tours of both downtown Tucson and remote desert sites, providing new visions of Tucson's fascinating past. See the hidden 3,000 year-old village downtown, prehistoric rock art petroglyphs or half-day tours to Signal Hill, Picture Rocks and King's Canyon. Contact Connie Allen-Bacon at 881-2244 for information on tours. Individual, group and corporate rates available.
TOHONO CHUL PARK. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Tohono Chul Park grounds are open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. The park presents "Walk in the Park Tours" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. "Birds of Tohono Chul Tours" depart at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Tours last about one hour. "Art in the Park Tours," a docent-guided look at the gallery exhibits, happen at 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. A Xeriscape Landscape tour will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20. Call 742-6455 for reservations and information.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 2021 N. Kinney Road. 883-2702. The museum is part botanical garden, part geology museum and part zoological park. Naturalistic settings house 1,386 plant species and 317 animal species. Interpretive tours, live animal visits, and botanical and raptor interpretations are given daily. During the month of January early morning birdwalks begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Guided tours are held daily at 10, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Live animal interpretations are held daily at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. Admission is $8.95 ages 13 and over, and $1.75 ages 6 through 12. Discount group rates are available.
HIKING. Southern Arizona Hiking Club meets several days during the week. There are at least two different hikes on each of these days. All hikes are rated for difficulty. Call 751-4513 for more information.
Sierra Club. The Sierra Club offers many outdoor activities including bike trips, campouts, picnics, singles events and various hikes for all levels. Call the Sierra Club at 620-6401 for information.
RAPTOR ECOLOGY. A Raptor Ecology class is held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, January 6, at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, in the Desert Museum classrooms. Participants will learn about the raptor's natural history and how to identify them. Registration is required. Cost is $20, $10 for museum members. Call 883-2702 for registration and information.
CANS FOR CATS. Help keep the environment clean and keep a homeless cat safe and warm by recycling aluminum cans for the Hermitage Cat Shelter. This program, adapted from PAWS to Recycle, will continue throughout the year. Animal lovers are encouraged to call the Hermitage Cat Shelter at 571-7839 to arrange for pick-ups or drop-offs at various locations throughout town.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE. The Tucson/Pima County hazardous waste disposal site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Friday and Saturday for household waste disposal. For more information call 740-3340.
RECYCLING CENTERS. The following neighborhood drop-off centers are open 24 hours daily: Cholla High School, 2001 W. 22nd St.; Booth-Fickett Magnet School, 7240 E. Calle Arturo; and Morrow Education Center, 1010 E. 10th St. All city and county landfills also have recycling centers. Call 791-5000 for hours and locations. Multi-material recycling facilities are located at Recycle America, 945 S. Freeway Blvd. Call 622-4731 for hours.
RETHINKIT LINE. Don't know whether to throw it, hoe it or stow it? The RETHINKIT Recycling Information Line, 791-5000, offers information for callers with recycling questions and concerns.
BOTANICAL GARDENS. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Nursery hours are 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Guided tours of the gardens are offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Other regular attractions include the following: "Birds and Gardening" tours at 9 a.m. Tuesday; "Gardening for the Newcomer," a monthly class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; a plant clinic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; the Native Seeds/SEARCH mini-museum of ethnobotanical displays, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and the TBG library, open 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Botanical illustration classes begin January 6. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is $3, $2 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Call 326-9255 for information.
TUCSON ORGANIC GARDENERS. The Master Composters of the Tucson Organic Gardeners staff a compost maintenance site at TBG with master composters on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday to answer all of your composting questions. Call the Compost Assistance Line at 798-6215; or call 883-0377 for information on monthly lectures.
GARDEN DEMONSTRATIONS. The following free, one-hour demonstrations are offered at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the Extension Garden Center, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.; and at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at the Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road: January 3: Pruning Shade Trees. Call 628-5628 for information.
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