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Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:31 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

MOVIES

Century Theaters

12155 N. Oracle Road, 742-6512

It's Complicated (R)

Nine (PG-13)

Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel (PG)

Avatar (PG-13)

Avatar in Digital 3D (PG-13)

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13)

Invictus (PG-13)

The Princess and the Frog (G)

Up in the Air (R)

The Blind Side (PG-13)

Foothills

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 742-6174

It's Complicated (R)

Nine (PG-13)

Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel (PG)

Avatar (PG-13)

Avatar in Digital 3D (PG-13)

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13)

Invictus (PG-13)

The Princess and the Frog (G)

Brothers (R)

Up in the Air (R)

The Blind Side (PG-13)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13)

Precious (R)

Oracle View

4690 N. Oracle Road, 292-2430

The Box (PG-13)

Astro Boy (PG)

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (PG-13)

The Step Father (PG-13)

Couple Retreat (PG-13)

Paranormal Activity (R)

Zombieland (R)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)

Julie & Julia (PG-13)

The Hangover (R)

Tower Theatres

8031 N. Business Park Drive, 579-0500

It's Complicated (R)

Sherlock Holmes (PG-13)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel (PG)

Avatar (PG-13)

Avatar in Digital 3D (PG-13)

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13)

Invictus (PG-13)

The Princess and the Frog (G)

Up in the Air (R)

The Blind Side (PG-13)

THEATER

Through Saturday, Jan. 2

• Get into the holiday spirit On the Road to the North Pole, a musical-comedy-spoof-melodrama starring a trio of good little children who journey to the North Pole to rescue Santa Claus from an evil villain. Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6:30 & 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 & 7 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $7.95-$17.95; 886-9428.

Sunday, Jan. 3

• Listen to a musical and dramatic telling of the relationships of English composer, conductor, and suffragette Dame Ethel Smythe at A Stopped Clock: From Brahms to Bloomsbury presented by Chamber Music Plus Southwest. Details: 2:30 p.m.; Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.; $35, $15 children/students; 400-5439.

• Laugh out loud as prolific and popular comedian, actor and author Lewis Black makes compelling points about the absurdity of our world. Details: 8 p.m.; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $45, $43.50 in advance; 800-745-3000.

MUSIC

Thursday, Dec. 31

• Ring in the New Year with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra String Quartet and soloists at a Moveable Musical Feast at the Arizona Inn. Details: 6:30 p.m.; 2200 E. Elm Street; $195; 882-8585.

Sunday, Jan. 3

• Listen to professional instrumentalists and vocalists from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Chamber Artists at the Concert of Baroque Wedding Favorites and Cake to benefit Interfaith Community Services. Details: 2 p.m.; Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, 665 W. Roller Coaster Road; free but donations appreciated; 887-5127.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Thursday, Dec. 31

• Celebrate the New Year at First Night Tucson 2010, a family friendly and alcohol-free event featuring top local musicians, multicultural music and dance, comedy, visual arts, performance art, hands-on activities, and a spectacular fireworks grand finale at midnight. Details: 4 p.m.; Leo Rich Theatre, Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.; $6-12; 800-745-3000.

Thursday, Dec. 31

• Usher in the New Year with a champagne toast, dinner, and dancing at the Tucson Jazz Society's Jazz All-Stars Gala. Details: 7 p.m.; JWMarriott Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.; $189; 903-1265.

• Ring in the New Year at Acacia at St. Philips with dining, dancing and the jazz guitar of Edwardo DeLucia. Details: dinner reservations from 4:30 p.m.; 4340 N. Campbell Ave., #103; $85; 232-0101.

Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 31-Jan. 3

• Powwow with American Indian dancers, drummers, and singers; art and craftworks, food vendors, and children's activities at the New Year's Competition Powwow. Details: 12 noon-10 p.m.; Rillito Park Race Track, 4502 N. First Ave.; $9; 622-4900.

• See the Santa's Little Outlaws Wild West Stunt Show performed by the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros. Details: 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Pinnacle Peak/Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road; free but donations accepted; 296-4551.

Through Sunday, Jan. 3

• See American Paint Horses jumping and barrel racing at the Copper Country Paint-O-Rama Horse Show. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road; free; 762-9100.

Through April 30, 2010

• Enjoy Arizona's only live tropical Butterfly exhibit as Butterfly Magic Returns to the greenhouse at Tucson Botanical Gardens with hundreds of spectacular butterflies from all over the world. Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily; 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $12, $6.50 children; 326-9686.

CLASSES & PROGRAMS

Thursday, Dec. 31

• Get an introduction to two of our most common desert mammals, the coyote and the javelina also known as God's Dogs and Desert Pigs. Details: 10:15 a.m.; Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with $10/car park entrance fee; 733-5158.

• Explore the Geology of the Tucson Mountains, 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/car park entrance fee; 733-5158.

• Bring a lawn chair and warm clothing for the ranger-led talk Moonrise Over The Mountains. Details: 6 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, Red Hills Visitors Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with $10/car park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Thursday to Saturday, Dec. 31-Jan. 2

• Learn exclusive details about Tucson's haunted historic downtown on a two-hour Lost Souls Ghost Walking Tour. Details: 6:45 p.m.; meet at Amtrak Train Station, 400 E. Toole Ave.; $15 (reservations required); 867-2037.

Friday to Saturday, Jan. 1-2

• See old photographs and get a brief history of the Civilian Conservation Corps and its Impact on Saguaro National Park presented by a park ranger. Details: 11:45 a.m.; Saguaro National Park West, Red Hills Visitors Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with $10/car park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Saturday, Jan. 2

• Make informed choices about trees, shrubs, perennials, and ground covers with tips from the class Successful Plants For Tucson Gardens. Details: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $14 (includes gardens admission); 326-9686, Ext. 19.

• Let historian Jack Lasseter tell you the fascinating story of the Oregon Trail traveled by pioneers on foot or by wagon from Missouri to Oregon across the Great American Prairie, through the Rocky Mountains and the treacherous Columbia River Gorge. Details: 12 noon and 2 p.m.; Western National Parks Association, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

OUTDOORS

Thursday, Dec. 31

• Look for Signs of Life in the Desert on an easy half-mile walk around the Red Hills Visitor Center. Details: 3:15 p.m.; Saguaro National Park West, Red Hills Visitors Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road; free with $10/car park entrance fee; 733-5158.

Saturday, Jan. 2

• Join birding expert John Higgins, for a guided bird walk in Tucson Mountain Park to spot phainopeplas, black-throated sparrows, Gila woodpeckers and other birds of the desert southwest nestled among the saguaros and palo verdes. Details: 8-10 a.m.; Tucson Mountain Park Ironwood Picnic Area, 1548 S. Kinney Road; free; 615-7855.

Sunday, Jan. 3

• Join with Tucson Audubon to remove invasive giant reeds at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Details: 7:45 a.m.-12 p.m.; 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road; free, obtain a volunteer's parking pass to place in your windshield at the registration table; 971-2385.

• Learn about the Birds and Botany of Feliz Paseos Park on a naturalist-guided easy walk and see verdins, Gambel's quail, cactus wrens and curve-billed thrashers. Details: 8-9:30 a.m.; 1600 N. Camino de Oeste; free; 615-7855.

CHILDREN

Thursday, Dec. 31

• Join the First Night New Year's Eve festivities for PuppetWorks, Mad Science and other festive children's activities at the Tucson Children's Museum. Details: 4-8 p.m.; 200 S. Sixth Ave.; free admission courtesy of Raytheon; 792-9985.

• Bring the kids to the New Year's Eve Dance for ages 5-18. Details: 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Wilson Art Barn, 2436 Linda Vista Road, Oracle; $5.

Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 31-Jan. 3

• Celebrate the New Year by making a firework scene. Details: 3 p.m.; Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave.; included with admission $7 adults, $5 seniors and children; 792-9985.

Saturday, Jan. 2

• Journey into the woods as Prokofiev's classic tale of Peter and the Wolf is brought to life by the TSO Wind Quartet and come dressed as your favorite animal or bring your (stuffed) animal friends for a morning filled with music, stories and fun. Details: 10 & 11:15 a.m.; Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. 6th Ave.; free but donations appreciated; 882-8585.

Saturday to Sunday, Jan. 2-3

• Explore the science of weights and measures and find out how much weight it takes to make a helium balloon flink. Details: 11:30 a.m.; Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave.; included with admission $7 adults, $5 seniors and children; 792-9985.

Saturday, Jan. 9

• Keep your children safe with a car seat appropriate for their age and size. Safe Kids Tucson is partnering with GEICO for a One Day Car Seat Blast. Families in need of a car seat for a child under age 5 will be provided with one free after parents complete a class taught by Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician. Details: 930 N. Finance Center Drive; advance registration required, 324-2075 or www.tmcaz.com.

VISUAL ARTS

Thursday to Friday, Dec. 31-Feb. 12

• See how local children express their understandings of watersheds and share their view of the natural world at the Tucson's River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Traveling Exhibit of award winning poetry and mixed media art. Details: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive; free, 615-7855.

Through Sunday, Jan. 3

• View David Conklin's exhibit Gallery in the Gardens featuring subjects ranging from wildlife, marine, and portraits which have appeared on the covers of outdoor magazines and featured in National Geographic. Details: 8:30-4:30 p.m. daily; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; included with admission $7 adults, $3 children; 326-9686.

Through Monday, Jan. 4

• View the exhibit All Elements, paintings by Tucson artist Neil Myers, gem sculpture by Tucson sculptor Helen Serras-Herman, and fused glass by California artist Sabine Snykers. Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tansey Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 109; free; 577-6301.

Through Friday, Jan. 8

• View World Adventures in Watercolor with contemporary American artist Glenna Gilbert-Jones and other renowned artists. Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Toscana Studio and Gallery, 9040 N. Oracle Road, Suite A; free; 575-1445.

Through Sunday, Jan. 10

• View the exhibit Canyons of the Southwest, Cliffs, Gorges and Chasms. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park Exhibit Hall; 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $7, $5 seniors/military; $3 students; $2 children; 742-6455.

• View desert region works by member artists of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild at the Fiesta Sonora Art Exhibition. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Ironwood Gallery, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road; free with museum entrance fee; 883-2702.

Through Saturday, Jan. 16

• See paintings, photography and sculptures featuring works by Katie Iverson and Barbara Terkanian at the Right Brain, Left Brain: Two Artist-Biologists exhibit. Details: 12-4 p.m. Thursday, 12-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Blue Raven Gallery, 3054 N. 1st Ave., Suite 4; free; 405-3657.

Through July 2

• View Yoeme Carving: Generations of Wooden Face, masks carved for ceremonial dancers whose wooden, carved mask represents a family tradition passed down for centuries. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $7, $5 seniors/military; $3 students; $2 children; 742-6455.

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