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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 4:15 pm

MOVIES

Century Theatres

12155 N. Oracle Road, 742-6512

Killing Them Softly (R)

Life of Pi 3D (PG)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (PG-13)

Lincoln (PG-13)

Skyfall (PG-13)

Flight (R)

Wreck-It Ralph (PG)

A Christmas Story (1983) (PG)

 

Foothills

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 742-6174

The Collection (R)

Killing Them Softly (R)

Life of Pi (PG)

Life of Pi 3D (PG)

Red Dawn (PG-13)

Rise of the Guardians (PG)

Rise of the Guardians 3D (PG)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (PG-13)

Lincoln (PG-13)

Skyfall (PG-13)

Skyfall: IMAX (PG-13)

Flight (R)

Wreck-It Ralph (PG)

Argo (R)

Taken 2 (PG-13)

Pitch Perfect

 

Oracle View

4690 N. Oracle Road, 292-2430

Chasing Mavericks (PG)

Fun Size (PG-13)

Looper (R)

House at the End of the Street (PG-13)

Trouble with the Curve (PG-13)

Resident Evil: Retribution (R)

ParaNorman (PG)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG)

The Bourne Legacy (PG-13)

Hope Springs (PG-13)

The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13)

Brave (PG)

 

Tower Theatres

8031 N. Business Park Drive, 579-0500

Killing Them Softly (R)

Life of Pi (PG)

Life of Pi 3D (PG)

Red Dawn (PG-13)

Rise of the Guardians (PG)

Rise of the Guardians 3D (PG)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (PG-13)

Lincoln (PG-13)

Skyfall (PG-13)

Flight (R)

Wreck-It Ralph (PG)

 

THEATER 

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 7-8 

• Explore spectacular natural wonders, man-made structures, and regional cultural aspects at Wonders of the World with ballet, modern and jazz dances choreographed to an eclectic array of music. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Pima Community College, Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.; $10; 206-6986. 

 

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 7-9

• Find out how Santa has been a part of making Hollywood’s holiday magic and re-live your favorite memories at the Arizona Rose Theatre production of Holiday Tunes in Tinseltown. Details: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m.; Sunday; Rhythm & Roots Concert Venue, Plaza Palomino, 2970 N. Swan Rd.; $8-$12, $6-$8 under 12; 888-0509.

 

Saturday to Sunday & 

Thursday, Dec. 8-9 & 20

• Get in The Spirit of Christmas at the Tucson Dance Academy’s dance and music production featuring more than 100 performers presenting Broadway-style and family favorites. Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $26-$30; 621-3341 or Thursday, Dec. 20; 4 & 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Dr.; $28, $24 in advance, $18 children; 825-2818.

 

Sunday, Dec. 9

• Bring the whole family to Salpointe High School’s Gaslight Theatre Event featuring the play Scrooge. Details: noon; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $25, $22 children; 547-9365.

 

Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 15-16

• Enjoy a performance of the Tucson Regional Ballet’s A Southwest Nutcracker translating the traditional classic to 1800’s Tucson complete with dancing chili peppers, coyotes, cavalry, and rattlesnakes with music by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Details: 2 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.; $29-$32; 800-745-3000.

 

Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 17-18

• Enjoy the 20th anniversary production of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker with falling snow, silk puppets, and more set to Tchaikovsky’s complete score. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $28-$102; 547-3040.

 

Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 20-23

• Don’t miss the Borderlands Theater 17th Annual A Tucson Pastorela nativity story set in the American Southwest with live music and piñatas. Details: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; Leo Rich Theatre, 260 S. Church Ave.; $12-$22; 882-7406.

 

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 21-23

• Experience a magical journey with giant-sized toy soldiers, swirling snowflakes and dancing sweets at Ballet Tucson’s spectacular production of The Nutcracker. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 & 5 p.m. Sunday; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $27-$59; 621-3341.

 

Through Saturday, Dec. 22

• Catch a performance of the Arizona Theatre Company large-scale musical Jane Austen’s Emma. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 4 & 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday; Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.; $30-$60; 622-2823.

 

Through Sunday, Jan. 6

• Celebrate the holiday season with an adaptation of Dickens’ heart-lifting classic tale of magical spirits in a colorful and humorous 1950’s Christmas at Scrooge - The Gaslight Musical or Ghosts of Christmas Laughs. Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6 & 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 & 7 p.m. Sunday; Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.; $17.95, $7.95 children; 886-9428.

 

MUSIC 

Thursday & Saturday, Dec. 6 & 8

• Catch the spirit of the season as resident SaddleBrooke Singers present a holiday concert Christmas Around the World. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Saturday; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Dr.; $20, $16 in advance; 825-2818.

 

Friday & Sunday, Dec. 7 & 9

• Listen to Tchaikovsky ‘s First Concerto performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra conducted by George Hanson with pianist Orion Weiss. Details: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $26-$79; 882-8585.

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

• Enjoy the Kingfisher String Quartet chamber music program. Details: 3 p.m.; Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, 665 W. Roller Coaster Rd.; donations welcome; 887-5127.

 

Sunday, Dec. 9

• Listen to the Sons of Orpheus with the Tucson Boys Choir in their Mission San Xavier Holiday Concert. Details: 3 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Dr.; $40, $35 in advance; 825-2818.

• Don’t miss ZZ Top, the longest running rock band with original members still together after more than 40 years. Details: 8 p.m.; Casino del Sol AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Rd.; $25-$75; 800-344-9435.

 

Tuesday to Thursday, Dec. 11-13

• Enjoy the 16th Annual Christmas at San Xavier Concert to benefit the restoration and preservation of the mission featuring the Sons of Orpheus and the Tucson Boys Chorus. Details: 6 & 8 p.m.; 1950 W. San Xavier Rd.; $90; 407-6130.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 12

• Enjoy a brand new version of Blue Christmas - A Holiday Salute to the King presented by Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band. Details: 7:30 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Dr.; $30, $25 in advance; 825-2818.

 

Thursday, Dec. 13

• Bring a lawn chair and listen to the Americana of the Coins of Catalina at the Oro Valley Concert Series presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance. Details: 6 p.m.; Oro Valley Marketplace, Century Theatres Courtyard, Oracle & Tangerine Rds.; free; 797-3959.

 

Friday, Dec. 14

• Listen to some of the best old songs performed by the Canada del Oro Barbershop Chorus and the Desert Harmony Sweet Adelines Chorus at A Holiday Harmony Salute to America and Its Music. Details: 7 p.m.; DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 Clubhouse Dr.; $23, $20 in advance; 825-2818.

Friday & Sunday, Dec. 14 & 16

• Enjoy the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus Winter Concert. Details: 7 p.m. Friday; Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Dr.; or 4 p.m. Sunday; Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Rd.; 404-3148.

 

Sunday, Dec. 16

• Enjoy the Tucson Girls Chorus’ Sounds of Winter Concert featuring holiday music. Details: 3:30 p.m.; UA Crowder Hall, 1017 N. Olive Rd.; $15, under 12 free; 577-6064.

• Have yourself a Celtic little Christmas at the Irish music sensation Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration - The Symphony Tour. Details: 7 p.m.; UA Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.; $35-$105; 621-3341.

 

Saturday to Sunday, Dec. 22-23

• Thrill to the spectacle of the season TSO Pops! Series The Magic of Christmas with sparkling carols and holiday favorites along with a visit from Santa. Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $39-$69; 882-8585. 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, Dec. 7

• Bring the whole family to the Hilton El Conquistador Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration with cookie decorating, raffles, entertainment by the Ironwood High School Encore! Show Choir, and visit from Santa. Details: 4-6 p.m.; 10000 N. Oracle Rd.; free admission; www.saaca.org.

• Help raise funds for a new school computer lab at the Casas Christmas Gala & Auction with games, entertainment, live and silent auction, dinner and more. Details: 6 p.m.; Casas, 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd.; $40; 297-0922.

 

Friday to Sunday, Dec. 7-9

• Bring your holiday shopping list to the 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair with arts and crafts booths, food vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities. Details: 10 a.m.-dust; 4th Ave.; free admission; 624-5004.

• Create a holiday tradition for your family and out-of-town guests at Luminaria Nights with gardens filled with twinkling lights, local musical entertainment, and festive refreshments. Details: 5:30-8 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $11, $9 members, $3-$5 children; 326-9686.

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

• Help raise funds for Interfaith Community Services’ programs for seniors, disabled and those in financial crisis at its We Care Golf Classic. Details: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Omni Tucson National Resort, 2727 W. Club Dr.; $150 or $600/foursome (includes buffet lunch); 297-2738 ext. 209.

• Enjoy fine dining, a silent auction, gift drawing, and music by the 2012 Young Artist Competition winners and the TSO String Quartet at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra League Nutcracker III Holiday Luncheon in support of TSO and TSO Young Artists Competition. Details: 11 a.m.; Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrew’s Dr.; $65; 882-8585 or www.tsoleague.org.

 

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 8-9

• Enjoy Holidays at the Ranch with ornament decorating, candy cane hunts, hayrides, family photos with Santa, and more. Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; El Rancho Robles, 1170 Rancho Robles Rd., Oracle; free admission; 520-400-9256 or www.elranchorobles.com.

 

Thursday, Dec. 13 

• Browse the works of Oaxacan Carver Augustin Cruz Tinoco presented by WNPA in partnership with CRIZMAC Arts and Cultural Marketplace. Details: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.; free admission; 622-6014.

 

Friday to Saturday, Dec. 14-15

• Bring your curiosity and holiday shopping list and leave with amazing items and a broadened world view at the Rebozo Sale and Demonstration presented by Mike Weber and his friend Alejandra about a long, colorful woven garment traditionally worn by women in Mexico. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park Education Center, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte; 742-6455.

 

Sunday, Dec. 16

• Bring the whole family to La Fiesta de Guadalupe for spirited outdoor performances by youthful mariachi and folklorico groups, a Yaqui deer dance, Domingo DeGrazia’s Spanish-Guitar Band, and Las Posadas procession by Carrillo Magnet School students. Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, 6300 N. Swan Rd.; free but Community Food Bank donations requested; 299-9191.

 

 

Wednesday to Sunday 

through Dec. 23

• Enjoy a day trip to the high desert and browse the works of 20 artists and artisans, sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, and more at the Oracle Gifts & Art Market. Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1880 W. American Ave., Oracle; free admission; 520-896-2234.

• Stroll through the zoo while you enjoy twinkling lights, jingle bells, falling snow, holiday displays, and Santa Claus at the annual tradition Zoo Lights. Details: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; Reid Park Zoo, 1030 S. Randolph Way; $6 adults; $4 ages 2-14; 791-4022.

 

CLASSES & PROGRAMS 

Wednesday to Friday, Dec. 5-7

• Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the Walk thru Bethlehem, an interactive, family-friendly journey through ancient Bethlehem occurring on the night Christ was born. Details: tours every 15 minutes from 6-8 p.m.; Vista de la Montaña United Methodist Church, 3001 Miravista Ln.; free but canned food donations appreciated; 825-1985 or visit www.vistaumc.org

 

Thursdays, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27

• End this year and start the new year off on the right foot with weekly sessions of invigorating and centering yoga practice taught by certified instructor Laura Greenlaw at Yoga in the Gardens. Details: 8-9 a.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; $40, $30 members; 326-9686.

 

Friday, Dec. 7

• Take the AARP Driver Safety Class for drivers age 50 and older. Details: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Oro Valley Police Dept., 11000 N. La Cañada Dr.; $14, $12 members; 825-1110.

 

Saturday, Dec. 8 

• Let author Joan Sandin take you back in time to the 100th birthday of Arizona statehood at her Celebrate Arizona! Presentation and Book Signing with the stories, photos, and documents she found while researching her book. Details: noon & 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 12 

• Hear all about The Great Sonoran Earthquake of 1887 and speculation on the potential for another presented by Dwight T. Hoxie, PhD, US Geological Survey (retired). Details: noon & 2 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.; free but reservations required; 622-6014.

 

OUTDOOR

Saturday, Dec. 8

• Take a Honey Bee Canyon Park Birding Walk with expert Marjorie Flory to spot Gambel’s quail, verdins, gnatcatchers, and other birds of the southwest desert. Details: 8-10 a.m.; Honey Bee Canyon Park, 13880 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.; free; 615-7855.

 

VISUAL ARTS

Saturday, Dec. 8 

• Meet Kiva Gallery artist Dick Myers at the Artist’s Reception and view his exhibit “Scenes from the West” focusing on figurative paintings of Native and Western Americans and Western landscapes. Details: 3:30-5 p.m.; National Parks Store, 12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.; free; 622-6014.

 

Through Sunday, Dec. 9

• View the desert landscapes of local artist Dee Bates at the Porter Hall Gallery. Details: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way; included with $13 garden admission; 326-9686.

 

Through Sunday, Jan. 20

• View the exhibit Horse Country: Horses in the Southwest featuring the works of local artists celebrating the myriad ways horses have become synonymous with southwest life. Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte; $8 adults, $6 seniors/active military, $2 children; 742-6455.

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