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Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 8:03 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

A listing of upcoming arts, entertainment and cultural events in the area.

MOVIES

Century Theatres

12155 N. Oracle Road, 742-6512

Seven Pounds (PG-13)

The Tale of Despereaux (G)

Yes Man (PG-13)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13)

Delgo (PG)

Punisher: War Zone (R)

Australia (PG-13)

Four Christmases (PG-13)

Transporter 3 (PG-13)

Bolt (PG)

Twilight (PG-13)

Quantum of Solace (PG-13)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (PG-13)

Foothills

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 742-6174

Seven Pounds (PG-13)

Yes Man (PG-13)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13)

Delgo (PG)

Nothing Like the Holidays (PG-13)

Punisher: War Zone (R)

Australia (PG-13)

Four Christmases (PG-13)

Transporter 3 (PG-13)

Bolt (PG)

Bolt in Disney Digital 3D (PG)

Twilight (PG-13)

Quantum of Solace (PG-13)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG)

Role Models (R)

Oracle View

4690 N. Oracle Road, 292-2430

Pride and Glory (R)

Max Payne (PG-13)

Quarantine (R)

RocknRolla (R)

Eagle Eye (PG-13)

The Duchess (PG-13)

Lakeview Terrace (PG-13)

Burn After Reading (R)

The Dark Knight (PG-13)

Mamma Mia! (PG-13)

WALL-E (G)

Tower Theatres

8031 N. Business Park Drive, 579-0500

Seven Pounds (PG-13)

Yes Man (PG-13)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13)

Delgo (PG)

Punisher: War Zone (R)

Australia (PG-13)

Four Christmases (PG-13)

Transporter 3 (PG-13)

Bolt (PG)

Twilight (PG-13)

Quantum of Solace (PG-13)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (PG-13)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG)

THEATER

THURSDAY, DEC. 18

• Enjoy the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation in “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.” Details: 7:30 p.m.; Top Hat Theatre Club, 3110 E. Fort Lowell Road; $8-18; 326-6800.

THROUGH DEC. 20

• Let the sun shine during the American tribal love-rock musical “Hair” from the ’60s. Details: call for times; Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.; $31 and up; 622-2823.

MUSIC

FRIDAY, DEC. 19

• Enjoy a one-of-a-kind concert, “Christmas Delights,” with sacred and secular holiday music and song. Details: 7:30 p.m.; St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.; admission by donation; 299-6421.

• Enjoy a dynamic holiday performance of the multi-talented twelve-member group Gatekeepers.  Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Drive; $15, $20 at the door; 818-1000.

• Celebrate the season at the Tillis Family Christmas Show.  Details: 8 p.m.; Desert Diamond Casino, Interstate19 and Pima Mine Road; $30-50; $25-45 in advance; 321-1000.

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, DEC. 19-21

• Bring friends and family and celebrate the holidays with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in the “Holiday Spectacular,”  featuring Nutcracker excerpts and holiday sing-a-longs. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave; $34; 882-8585.

SATURDAY, DEC. 20

• Enjoy festive holiday music performed by classical guitarist Wilson Hur.  Details: 3 p.m.; Bookman’s, 3733 W. Ina Road; free; 579-0303.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21

• Listen to a 50-voice choral ensemble, Arizona Repertory Singers,  as it performs  “A Silver Christmas Celebration,”  an eclectic program of a cappella classics. Details: 3 p.m.; Benedictine Monastery, 800 N. Country Club Road; $12 adults; $10 seniors/students, children free; 792-8141.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21

• Celebrate the holidays with over 100 voices of the internationally renowned Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus performing seasonal favorites accompanied by an orchestral ensemble. Details: 3 and 7:30 p.m.; Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $15-18; 621-3341.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21

Bring a lawn chair and an acoustical bluegrass-type instrument for the Dove Mountain Bluegrass Jam. Details: 3-5 p.m.; Dove Mountain Retail Center patio adjacent to Espresso Drini, corner of Tangerine Road and Dove Mountain Boulevard; free; 579-5918.

BOOKS

SATURDAY, DEC. 20

• Northwest couple, Michael and Virginia N., have written anonymously a memoir,  “Hoot ’n Gin: Write to Recovery,”  for those contemplating recovery, newly recovering or living with someone afflicted with alcoholism. They will read from their book and sign copies. Details: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Mostly Books, 6208 E. Speedway Blvd.; free; for more information about the book, go online at hootngin.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS

THURSDAY TO SATURDAY, DEC. 18-27

• Get a jolt of holiday spirit from the glow of decorated homes and cactus as you walk or take a wagon through the Winterhaven Festival of Lights.  Details: 5:30-10 p.m.; between Country Club, Fort Lowell and Prince Roads and Tucson Boulevard; free, but canned food donations welcome; 881-4483.

THURSDAY, DEC. 18

• Walk around the room and pick out the homemade cookies to purchase at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church’s Cookie Walk.  Details: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; 1431 W. Magee Road; $5 per dozen; 797-2925.

• Promote character building, self-empowerment, and community involvement for the Girls Empowerment Network GENtucson by attending their benefit Flashing Lights Fashion Show and Silent Auction.  Details: 6 p.m.; Ironwood Ridge High School, 2475 W. Naranja Drive; $6 adults, $4 students; 407-4102.

FRIDAY TO SATURDAY, DEC. 19-20

• Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow! See a live  “Enchanted Snowfall” into the courtyards of La Encantada while being serenaded with holiday tunes. Details: 6 and 6:45 p.m.; La Encantada Lifestyle Courtyard, 2905 E. Skyline Drive; free admission; 299-6888 .

FRIDAY, DEC. 19

• Indulge your ‘tis-the-season-ness with a four-course holiday tea service and a look at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort’s 25-foot tree.  Details: 3-4:30 p.m.; 7000 N. Resort Drive; $24; 299-2020, ext. 5496.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21

• Check out antique furniture, rugs, clocks, pocket watches, lamps, pottery, estate jewelry, paintings, books, Western memorabilia, coins and more at an antique fair.  Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road; free admission; 232-1201.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21

Get your last-minute Christmas shopping taken care of at an antique fair. Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Brandi Fenton Park, corner of River and Alvernon roads; free admission; 884-5860.

THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

• Watch a train as it winds around a crested saguaro and velvet mesquite trees, passing through a miniature town during the Holiday Garden Railway event. Details: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $7 adults, $3 children; 326-9686.

CLASSES & PROGRAMS

THURSDAY, DEC. 18

• Explore the geology of the Tucson Mountains,  how they came to be where they are now, their composition and forces that built and continue to shape them. Details: 2:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with $10 park entrance fee or pass; 733-5158.

FRIDAY, DEC. 19

• Join in a discussion on the long-range ecological effects in Tucson and nationally, following the presentation,  “Living Speed Bumps: An Overview of the Saguaro National Park’s Road Kills.”  Details: 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with $10 park entrance fee or pass; 733-5158.

SATURDAY, DEC.20

• Learn the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps workers in the Tucson Mountains, the projects they undertook and their lasting legacy in the slide program  “CCC and Saguaro National Park.”  Details: 11:45 a.m.; free with $10 park entrance fee or pass; 733-5158.

• Everyone’s heard of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the shootout at the O.K. Corral. Now find out the rest of the story of  “Wild and Wooly Tombstone,”  presented by Jack Lasseter. Details: Noon and 2 p.m.; Western National Parks Association, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free, but reservations required; 622-6014.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24

• Witness as five film crews use planes, gliders, helicopters, and balloons to follow a rich variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and each of the seven continents in the film  “Winged Migration.”  Details: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Western National Parks Association, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free, but reservations required; 622-6014.

OUTDOORS

FRIDAY, DEC. 19

• Take a 5-mile hike on the Pontatoc Ridge trail.  Details: 8:30 a.m.; meet at trailhead; free; for directions, call 456-7521.

TUESDAY, DEC. 23

• Spot cardinals, thrashers, hummingbirds, songbirds and raptors nestled among the mesquites and palms as you  “Wake Up with the Birds.”  Details: 8:30 a.m.; Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road; free; 749-3718.

SATURDAY, DEC. 20

• Join the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers to eradicate buffelgrass and other exotic weeds and restore the health of the desert in Tucson Mountain Park. Details: 8 a.m.; 2020 N. Kinney Road; free; for ages 12 and older; 615-7855.

CHILDREN

SATURDAY, DEC. 20

• Explore wetlands and see how birds find food and shelter in their winter home in the Sonoran Desert during the Sonoran Desert Kids Club’s “Bird Migrations” program.  Details: 9 a.m.; Sweetwater Wetlands, 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive; free; 615-7855.

• Learn about the customs of Christmas in Greece with performances, activities and interactive presentations at the  “Festival of Friendship: A Greek Christmas.”  Details: 1 p.m.; Tucson Children’s Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave.; included with museum admission, $7 adults, $5 children and seniors; 792-9985.

• Kids can do a snowman hunt for prizes and make a holiday craft.  Details: 2 p.m.; Bookman’s, 3733 W. Ina Road; free; 579-0303.

MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22-24

• Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can experience fun and learning at Wild Winter Kid’s Camp,  featuring live animals, music, crafts, science experiments, hiking, storytelling, an exploration of the museum grounds, and other behind-the-scenes adventures. Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road; $50, $45 members; 883-2702.

VISUAL ARTS

FRIDAY, DEC. 19

• See the plant and flower photography of Karl Blossfeldt’s “Nature’s Magic Garden” exhibit.  Details: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $7 adults, $3 children; 326-9686.

THURSDAY TO SATURDAY, DEC. 18-JAN. 10

• See 90 years of combined experience among the Tucson glass artists on exhibit at the stunning New Glass Art Show at Tangerine Gallery. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 2522 E. Ft. Lowell Road; free; 326-5028.

THROUGH JAN. 8

• Check out “Glenna Gilbert-Jones: A Glorious Journey,” a retrospective exhibit by the Oro Valley artist. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Toscana Studio and Gallery, 9040 N. Oracle Road; free; 575-1445.

THROUGH JAN. 10

• See a holiday exhibition showcasing works by local and national artists interpreting the theme “Ornament.” Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays (extended hours until 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18); Obsidian Gallery, 4320 N. Campbell Ave.; 577-3598.

THROUGH JAN. 11

• Push the envelope into abstraction and experimentation at the “Traditions and Transitions: Contemporary Southwest Native American Art” exhibit. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park’s exhibit hall, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $7 for adults, discounts for seniors, military personnel, students and children; 742-6455.

THROUGH FEB. 14

• See the exhibit “All Together Now” by artist Shana Zimmerman, depicting Tucson’s celebrities, hangouts and landscapes. Details: gallery hours; ArtsEye, 3550 E. Grant Road; free; 325-0260.

THROUGH JUNE 2009

• See the exhibit “Weaving: Native Baskets and Blankets,” which features pieces from Tohono Chul Park’s permanent collection. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; free with park admission; 742-6455.

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