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Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 11:15 am | Updated: 11:16 am, Fri Jan 3, 2014.

Savor Southern Arizona Food & Wine Festival

Surrounded by the colorful floral blooms of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, Savor will feature up to 40 of the regions finest chefs and local restaurants as well as the local favorites in specialties like wine, beer, cheese and coffee.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way

$65 general admission, $55 Tickets with coupon code MEMBER

Celebrity Chef Showcase

Famed chefs will visit a historic Tucson resort this spring to present their favorite recipes during Celebrity Chef Showcase.  The event will feature culinary experts from around the world creating signature food from their latest published cookbooks alongside a local chef on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. The artistic culinary demonstrations will be paired with cocktails, beer and wine at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 E. Ina Road.  Celebrity Chefs include: Sandy D'Amato, Hugo Ortega, Brian Malarkey, Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, Rick Tramonto, Suzanne Goin, Jeff Michaud's Osteria, Michael Stebner and Ryan Clark.  Special Guest Sam Fox.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 E. Ina Road

Cost: $125 per person, include menu samplings with cocktail, beer or wine pairing from each Celebrity Chef


FESTIVALS

Westin La Paloma Resort Winter Indoor Fine Art Festival

Vibrant, energetic and curiously alluring, Karen Samson's artwork has a way of drawing audiences into her world.  On Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

Samson will showcase her paintings and acrylics during the Winter Indoor Fine Art Festival at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. The newly-renovated Tucson Foothills resort will host up to 50 premier artisans specializing in everything from oil paintings to sculpture and rustic furniture to handcrafted jewelry during the free show.

Saturday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive    

La Encantada Fine Art Festival

Now in its fifth year, the La Encantada Fine Art Festival will present 45 of the region's finest artists to showcase and sell their work. The show will also feature free children's art activities and live entertainment all day long. On the main stage, in the lower-level Tucson Lifestyle Courtyard, performing arts entertainment will take place throughout the weekend in a series of formats and genre's including dance, theater and music.

Saturday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lower-level courtyard of La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Drive

Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts

The Oro Valley Festival of the Arts has quickly become one the biggest regional art events in Southern Arizona in a matter of years, set among breath-taking mountain views and desert landscapes. Held twice annually, this two-day festival features up to 120 artists in all mediums, live music from a main stage, food vendors and family arts activities. In 2011, the festival won Tucson Foothills Magazine, Best Annual Event by voters' choice.

Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oro Valley Marketplace, southwest corner of Oracle Road and Tangerine Road

Park Place Chalk Art Festival

The third annual Park Place Chalk Art Festival will be a true community collaboration of the arts. Professional artists, amateur artists, students, children and attendees will all participate in the festival to transform Park Place sidewalks into colorful works of art. Mural artists will create elaborate, large-scale pieces. A community participation work will be developed by event attendees in a progressive addition model, allowing for a single-themed work of art to grow into a super-sized street mural. The Kidzone will provide a space where imaginations soar and children ages 3 to 12 can participate in their own original pieces of art.

Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Park Place, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd.

Arts in the Plaza Fine Art and Jazz Festival

Arts in the Plaza Fine Art and Jazz Festival features some of the most talented artisans and musicians in the region. Arts in the Plaza features entertainment for all ages. The outdoor festival (running twice a year) offers musical performances, kids' activities and more than 60 artists displaying the finest art in the region in an elegant outdoor plaza setting.

Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Philips Plaza, southeast corner of Campbell Avenue and River Road


SPECIAL EVENTS

SAACA Appreciation Gala

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 5pm-7pm, Skyline Country Club - 5200 N St Andrews Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718

Join us as we honor our corporate partners, individual donors and volunteers, who without their support, our work in the community would not exist. Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres, Live Music and Cash Bar, 6pm Awards Presentation

As the cornerstone of the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance's success, the annual Appreciation Gala is our opportunity to say thank you to the countless partners, individual donors and volunteers who make our work in the community possible. As a show of appreciation, no tickets are sold for this event and it is open to all SAACA supporters. We hope you will join us to make this evening a spectacular one!

Tucson Mall Cocktails and Classics

Vintage glamor defines classic, and one night will bring this style back to life through the sights, sounds and tastes of the past for a fashionable evening under the stars. Cocktails and Classics - a charity benefit inspired by the swing era of music and retro fashion, food and cocktails - features a red carpet runway and big band performance.

Friday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Tucson Mall, 4500 N. Oracle Road  

$35 per person - includes appetizer samplings, cocktails, runway fashion show, live big band performance, dancing and goodie bag


MUSIC

Master Works Concerts Series

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra MasterWorks Concert Series delivers beautiful renditions of classic musical masterpieces to Oro Valley and Northwest Tucson visitors and residents. The concerts began more than a decade ago, as one of the first events SAACA ever created, and have continued today because of their popularity among past attendees and instantly-delighted new-comers.

Friday Jan. 10, Feb. 7 and March 7 with 7:30 p.m. concert and 6:30 p.m. pre-concert chat. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte. Cost: Starting at $49 per seat, with subscription discounts available

Big Band Bash

Colorful carnations, fragrant corsages, stretch limousines, fabulous dresses and black tie suits - Senior Prom was an event to remember forever. For those who experienced the special night more than 50 years ago, the memories of prom can dance once again.

Saturday, Jan. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Marana Health Center (MHC) Healthcare, 13395 N. Marana Main St.

$20 per person   50% off ticket with coupon code BIGBAND50

The Opera Project

Two Pushkin stories, two Tchaikovsky operas, two great works to be enjoyed at one sitting - hear the Opera Project bring classic favorites to life.

Friday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m.

St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 1431 W. Magee Road

$20 for adults, $5 for students ages 8 to 18

50% off tickets with coupon code OPERA50

Musical Magic for Kids

Musical Magic for Kids introduces children to the performing arts through an innovative use of theatre, dance and instrumentation. Popular among educators and parents, the program offers an intimate, interactive experience for young children and their families, where they can explore the sights, sounds and workings of instruments and dance.

First Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.

Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Canada Dr.

Oro Valley Concert Series

Oro Valley and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance have continued the town's musical series into the new year in response to the popularity of these community enriching concerts. Performances support local musicians in steel drums, folk and classic guitar, Latin and classic jazz, boogie woogie piano, blues, country and more.

Second Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Oro Valley Marketplace, southwest corner of Oracle Road and Tangerine Road

Friday Night Live at Main Gate Square  

Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and Main Gate Square partner to present a series of free, evening concerts at the Geronimo Plaza featuring an array of musical genres.Presenting a mix of local talent, the concerts explore a variety of styles on first and third Fridays starting April 4, presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. Our courtyard is the perfect setting for concerts, said Jane McCollum, Main Gate Square general manager. "People come to Geronimo Plaza and discover Main Gate is a great place in a lively atmosphere."

First and third Fridays at 7 p.m., starting April 4

Geronimo Plaza at Main Gate Square, between Park Avenue and Euclid Avenue on University Boulevard 

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