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Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:21 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Upcoming arts, entertainment and cultural events in the area.

MOVIES

Century Theatres

12155 N. Oracle Road, 742-6512

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail (PG-13)

Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG)

Friday the 13th (2009) (R)

The International (R)

Coraline (PG)

He’s Just Not That Into You (PG-13)

Pink Panther 2 (PG)

Taken (PG-13)

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)

Gran Torino (R)

The Reader (R)

Slumdog Millionaire (R)

Foothills

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 742-6174

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (G)

Fired Up (PG-13)

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail (PG-13)

Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG)

Friday the 13th (2009) (R)

The International (R)

Coraline 3D (PG)

He’s Just Not That Into You (PG-13)

Pink Panther 2 (PG)

Push (PG-13)

Taken (PG-13)

The Uninvited (PG-13)

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (R)

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)

The Wrestler (R)

Gran Torino (R)

Slumdog Millionaire (R)

Oracle View

4690 N. Oracle Road, 292-2430

Bride Wars (PG)

Marley & Me (PG)

Seven Pounds (PG-13)

The Tale of Desperaux (G)

Yes Man (PG-13)

Australia (PG-13)

Transporter 3 (PG-13)

Bolt (PG)

Twilight (PG-13)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG)

Tower Theatres

8031 N. Business Park Drive, 579-0500

Confessions of a Shopaholic (PG)

Friday the 13th (2009) (R)

The International (R)

Coraline (PG)

He’s Just Not That Into You (PG-13)

Pink Panther 2 (PG)

Push (PG-13)

Taken (PG-13)

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)

Gran Torino (R)

The Reader (R)

Slumdog Millionaire (R)

MUSIC

FRIDAY, FEB. 27

• The University of Arizona Symphonic Choir will present  “Music of Love and War,”  a concert featuring faculty artist John Brobeck on organ . Details: 7:30 p.m.; Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft Road; free; 621-2998.

SATURDAY, FEB. 28

• Enjoy a night of blues featuring the Bryan Dean Trio, whose blues-base can morph at any moment into a funk, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll or R&B, part of the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council’s Riverfront Park Performances. Details: 6:30 p.m.; CDO Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane; free; 797-3959.

• The University of Arizona School of Music will present a guest artist recital featuring the internationally acclaimed quartet Trombones de Costa Rica . Details: 7:30 p.m.; Crowder Hall, UA School of Music Building, on the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard; free; 621-2998.

• Enjoy the patriotic anthems and working-man lyrics of country music superstar Aaron Tippin. Details: 8 p.m.; Desert Diamond Casino; Interstate 19 and Pima Mine Road; $18 in advance, $23 at the door; 321-1000.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

• Listen to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra piano trio recital. Details: 2 p.m.; Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. 6th Ave.; $20; 882-8585.

• Celebrate Josef Haydn with the Tucson Chamber Artists, who will perform his largest work, “The Creation.” Details: 2 p.m.; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo del Norte; $18-$35, discounts for advance purchases and students; 401-2651.

MONDAY, MARCH 2

• Cover the full spectrum of Latin music, including danzón, bolero, mambo, salsa and rumba, with the big-band sound of the Afro-Cuban All Stars. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $17-40; 621-3341.

VISUAL ART

THROUGH FEBRUARY

• Tucson photographer Laurent Baig’s landscape work will be on display at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Visitor’s Center Art Gallery. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; off U.S. Highway 60, Milepost 223, about three miles west of Superior; free with park admission; (520) 689-2723; http://ag.arizona.edu/bta.

Saturday to Sunday, Feb. 28-March 1

• Enjoy 20 plus artists in many mediums at the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Show. Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 1;. SaddleBrooke Clubhouse HOA #1, 64500 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd. Benefiting the Pinal County Sheriff’s Bike Unit; Call 682-7033, or e-mail isrmapes@aol.com.

WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY, FEB. 25-28

• View new works by Tucson artist Acacia Alder. Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; Mountain Shadow Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline Drive; free; 577-6301.

SATURDAY, FEB. 28-JUNE 28

• Hurricanes, deforestation, tornados, wildfires — society is pummeled almost daily by stories of our turbulent world and artists are responding to the rapid environmental changes facing this generation through stunning visuals. Portraying both terror and beauty in the forces of nature and the ravages humans inflict on the land is at the center of the exhibition  “Trouble in Paradise: Examining Discord Between Nature and Society.”  Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays–Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave.; 624-2333.

THROUGH MARCH 4

• See the paintings of top fantasy surrealist and still-life artist Ilene Meyer , whose paintings have been inspired by her travels and explorations of cultures, philosophy, geography and science. Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays; Mountain Shadow Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline Drive; free admission; 577-6301.

THROUGH MARCH 5

• See some of the best juried watercolor artists in Arizona at the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild Signature Show . Details: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday; Murphey Gallery, St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church, at Campbell Avenue and River Road; free; 399-3305.

THROUGH MARCH 7

• In an exhibit titled “Love Art,” area painters Barbara Brandel, Christina Cardenas, Linda Cato, Bryan Crow, Terry Dietz, Curtis Kiwak and Rebecca Thompson will display their latest works at the Tangerine Gallery. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 2522 E. Fort Lowell Road; 326-5028.

THROUGH MARCH 8

• Kick up those rodeo boots for some wild  “Western Gone Wild” artwork , featuring cowboys, cowgirls, rodeo scenes, horses and Southwest landscapes with fresh perspectives and contemporary pizzazz. Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays; Jane Hamilton Fine Art, 1825 E. River Road, Suite 111; free; 529-4886.

• Explore the comical side of Arizona life through art that lampoons the state’s landmarks, symbols, unusual animals, the myth and reality of the wild West, tourism, current events and amusing historical and political figures, part of the “Laughing Matters: Arizona Humor” exhibit. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte; free with park entrance fee; $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students; 742-6455.

THROUGH MARCH 13

• See original Western art in oils, acrylics, watercolor and sculpture at the Empire 100 Western Art Show and Sale, featuring award-winning painter of the American cowboy, Tom Dorr. Details: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; Northern Trust, 3450 E. Sunrise Drive; free; (888) 364-2829.

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.

THEATER

THURSDAY TO FRIDAY, FEB. 26-27

• Catch a spirited musical featuring real women during unsettling times in their lives in “Menopause: The Musical Out Loud.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition-Valley of the Sun chapter. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.; $45; 770-3690.

THROUGH FEB. 28

• See the hilarious off-Broadway hit  “Camping with Henry and Tom,”  inspired by an actual event in which President Harding, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison tried to escape civilization in the Maryland woods but could not escape each other. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Invisible Theater, 1400 N. First Ave.; $22-25; 882-9721.

THROUGH MARCH 1

• Take a trip to the good ’ole days of poodle skirts, drive-ins and T-birds with the musical  “Grease.”  Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 80 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Arena, 260 S. Church Ave.; $25-60; 321-1000.

THROUGH MARCH 8

• Cut loose and bring back all the over-the-top fun of the 1980s with  “Footloose,”  a high-energy musical based on the popular 1984 movie. Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Pima Community College, Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $18; 206-6986.

• See Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play  “Lost in Yonkers,”  set in 1942 about two young boys who find themselves in a new world with a family they hardly know. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; Live Theatre Workshop, 5317 E. Speedway Blvd.; 327-4242.

SPECIAL EVENTS

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, FEB. 27- MARCH 1

• See collections of antique and contemporary American Indian art, Aztec dancers, and Indian food at the 37th-annual Tucson Indian Arts and Crafts Show. Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., (650) 327-2266.

SATURDAY, FEB. 28

• Listen to Irish storytelling and live music during a fund-raiser for Tucson’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Details: 7 p.m.; Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court Ave.; $5; 622-0351.

SATURDAY TO SUNDAY, FEB. 28- MARCH 1

• Choose from a unique selection of handcrafted jewelry and hand-painted, hand-sewn clothing at the Wearable Art Show. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Ventana Village, 6866 E. Sunrise Drive; free admission; 740-1749, 390-4153.

THROUGH MARCH 29

• Tour cosmetic legend Merle Norman’s 1950s era historic ranch estate, Rancho Merlita, during the Tucson Museum of Art League’s fund-raiser “Designer Showhouse.”  The spacious home and grounds have been completely redecorated inside and out by 27 well known Tucson interior and exterior designers. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays; 8520 E. Wrightstown Road; $20; 722-7436.

BOOKS

SATURDAY, FEB. 28

• Meet the hard-hitting Lena Jones Mystery series author Betty Webb as she introduces a new series that combines her passion for zoos, animals, house boats and humor. Details: 1 p.m.; Dusenberry-River Branch Library, 5605 E. River Road; free; 594-5345.

• Find out why romance books endure during the program “Amore & More: Romance Inside and Out.” Details: 1 p.m.; Nanini Branch Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road; free; 594-5365.

CLASSES & PROGRAMS

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, FEB. 27- MARCH 1

• Bring memories into sharper focus and write about them for publication or preservation at the workshop “Sorting Through the Attic: Writing Memoir.” Details: 6-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Pima Community College West, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $117; 206-4880.

SATURDAY, FEB. 28

• Learn how to use and manage residential landscape water resources during the WaterSmart Workshop “Landscape Water Budgeting.” Details: 9 a.m.; Pima County Cooperative Extension, 4210 N. Campbell Ave.; free, but space is limited; call 626-5161 to register.

• Explore the complex culture of the ancestral Puebloans, who constructed the calendar and thrived in the harsh environment of Chaco Canyon 1,000 years ago in the film “Sun Dagger: The Story of America’s Stonehenge.” Details: Noon and 2 p.m.; Western National Parks Association Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free, but reservations required; 622-6014.

• Learn about composting, garbage reduction and how to create “wormboxes” during the two-day “Wormshop.” Details: 3 p.m.; Oracle State Park, 3820 Wildlife Drive, Oracle; $35 includes park entrance fee; (520) 896-2425.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

• Learn about the history of the San Pedro River Valley in a collaborative effort between Oracle State Park, the Oracle Historical Society and the San Manuel Historic Society. Oracle State Park, Kannally Ranch House, 3820 Wildlife Drive, Oracle; free with park entrance fee; (520) 896-2425.

OUTDOORS

THURSDAY, FEB. 26

• Bring lawn chairs and explore the sky using telescopes during the program “Family Astronomy: Night Sky.” Details: 6:30 p.m.; Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road, free; 615-7855, ext. 104.

FRIDAY, FEB. 27

• Meet at the Pontatoc trailhead and hike the five-mile Pontatoc Ridge Trail. Details: 8:30 a.m.; call 546-7521 for more information.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3

• Take a walk where the desert meets water at a unique oasis park and “Wake Up with the Birds.” Details: 8 a.m.; Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road; free; 749-3718.

CHILDREN

THURSDAY TO SUNDAY, FEB. 26- MARCH 1

• Get ready for the rodeo and decorate Western bandanas and paper-bag vests. Details: 3 p.m.; Tucson Children’s Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave.; included with admission, $7 adults, $5 seniors and children; 792-9985.

DANCE

FRIDAY, FEB. 27

• Join the celebration as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater marks its 50th anniversary of bringing African-American cultural expression to the world’s stages. Details: 8 p.m.; Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $27-72; 621-3341.

THROUGH MARCH 1

• Nationally recognized University of Arizona dance ensemble Premium Blend mixes ballet with modern and jazz styles. Details: 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays; UA Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1737 E. University Blvd.; $23; 621-3341.

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