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Sing-A-Long Spectacular (Dec. 11th)As the holiday season creeps upon Tucson residents with warm clothing and Christmas music at every turn, don’t miss out on the wintery fun of The Loft Cinema’s Very Merry Holiday Sing-A-Long Spectacular! Held every year on all three Loft screens, this exciting winter gathering encourages viewers of all ages to get together and celebrate their holiday spirit with songs, candy canes, and prizes.This year the festivities will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday with the ugly sweater parade, encouraging everyone to dig up the boldest and brightest pullovers they can find and participate in this zany procession. Once the parade subsides, brave souls in the audience will take the theater stage and share their craziest holiday stories with what’s sure to be a hilarious treat for both speakers and listeners alike. And before anyone rules out sharing their kooky Christmas tales, be aware that the audience’s favorite story will be awarded with a free mystery gift that’s sure to make you the envy of your friends (if not, hey, you still get a free gift). Once the master storyteller has been properly compensated, everyone will take their seats at 7:30 on the dot and the main event will begin: the Sing-A-Long Spectacular.Compiled from everyone’s favorite movies, TV shows, and music videos, this blast of subtitled holiday spirit celebrates the most iconic moments in (big and small) screen history with a stunning list of legends that includes Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Charlie Brown, The Muppets, and many more. A truly exciting way to spend a winter evening with friends and family, the Sing-A-Long Spectacular is definitely something you won’t want to miss! Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Free candy canes and egg nog will also be served at the snack bar all throughout the event. “The Women” (Dec. 14th)
Pima Community College’s Fashion Design students, in collaboration with Buffalo Exchange, present a pop-up shop featuring custom T-shirt designs for women, men and juniors.· When: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12· Where: Buffalo Exchange, 2001 E. Speedway Blvd.· Cost: Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be availableThe community is encouraged to participate in this event by providing feedback and voting on their favorite T-shirt designing team. “The designers are looking forward to receiving input from the public on design appeal and marketability of their product,” fashion design instructor Nancy Spaulding said. “They also have created presentation boards to illustrate their product line and how it relates to their target market, current trends and competition.”
Arizona Opera kicks off 2015 with one of the greatest dramas in the operatic repertoire, Eugene Onegin. From Pushkin's classic poem comes Tchaikovsky's theatrical masterpiece which follows the story of Onegin - a man egotistical enough to turn his back on love and a gun on his best friend. Set in St. Petersburg and the snowy Russian countryside, this new production features the role debut of baritone David Adam Moore. Moore is causing a stir on opera stages across the globe, with Seattle Post Intelligencer praising "his enviable swagger coupled with a subtle musicality and big, handsome voice." Soprano Corinne Winters returns to Arizona Opera to portray the role of Tatiana, with acclaimed tenor Zach Borichevsky as Lenski. Baritone Chris Carr will perform the role of Onegin for the Saturday February 7 performance. Eugene Onegin will be directed by Tara Faircloth and conducted by Steven White. Sung in Russian with English supertitles. Performances are January 31 at 7:30 pm and February 1 at 2:00 pm in Tucson Music Hall. Tickets for Eugene Onegin start at $25 and are available at www.azopera.org or by calling 520.293.4336 (Tucson). Arizona Opera will host a month-long Russian Cultural Festival, with free lectures, films and dance events, allowing the community to immerse itself in Russian history and culture in anticipation of Eugene Onegin. See detailed schedule of these events below.
THEATERFriday to Sunday, Dec. 5-21• Enjoy a performance of Arizona Onstage Productions’ tale of friendship The Story of My Life. Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; Temple of Music and Art, Cabaret Space, 330 S. Scott Ave.; $25-$32.50, $20 students; 882-6574. Saturday, Dec. 6• Laugh out loud with stars of Emmy-nominated “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood teaming up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $30-$74; 547-3040.
Broadway In Tucson is collaborating with UA Presents to bring Broadway’s best to Tucson. Three upcoming shows will allow UA Presents to brings “its own taste of Broadway this season.”A Sondheim Evening takes place December 5 at Crowder Hall on the campus of the University of Arizona.Ted Sperling, Betsy Wolfe, and Clarke Thorell bring Broadway to the small stage in an intimate evening of your favorite songs by Stephen Sondheim, "the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater" (New York Times).February 15 will feature “Sequence 8”, by Montreal based contemporary cricus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main.From January 7-11 catch Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. This new production will feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph.Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door.
EXHIBITION: 3 WOMEN, FIGURATIVELY SPEAKINGARTISTS: CHARLOTTE BENDER (Tucson), JAN OLSSON (Paris, France), JUDITH STEWART (Tucson)DATES: Opens December 11, 2014 and closes January 24, 2015RECEPTION: Saturday, December 13 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM GALLERYHOURS: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Young, Vibrant, Audacious! Arizona Friends of Chamber Music (AFCM) presents The Pacifica Quartet on December 10th and 11th. The concert includes the incomparable clarinetist, Anthony McGill, as he collaborates with the Pacifica on Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581. Anthony McGill is the Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic. The combination of the Pacifica, which has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today, and Anthony McGill, who is recognized as one of the classical music world’s leading solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians, promises a perfect concert. Pacifica Quartet, with Anthony McGill, clarinet Wednesday December 10, 2014, at 7:30 pm Mendelssohn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 Shostakovich: Quartet No. 12 in D-flat Major, Op. 133 Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 Pacifica Quartet Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm Puccini: Chrysanthemums Ligeti: Quartet No. 1 (“Metamorphoses nocturnes”) Beethoven: Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, no. 2Explore our website to learn more about upcoming concerts and artists, purchase subscriptions and individual performance tickets, listen to AFCM-sponsored world premieres, and more!
Location: Stevie Eller Dance TheatreDates: Friday, January 9 at 7:30pm, Saturday, January 10 at 7:30pm & Sunday January 11 at 2:00pmTickets: $27 general admission $18 studentsPurchase tickets at artistsproof.brownpapertickets.comArtifact Dance Project (ADP) presents an impressive concert of several collaborations on a local and national level. Artistic directors Claire Hancock and Ashley Bowman work closely with Music director, Ben Nisbet to program a sophisticated evening of music and dance. The concert’s title, “An Artist’s Proof” is inspired by the print making definition of an artist creating a proof to examine how the artwork will print, often becoming a limited edition piece. The fleeting aspect of live music and dance lends to the fact that the same performance never occurs twice. ADP will present our performance-based versions of several artist’s proofs. The concert will open with a world premiere in music and dance titled, Prism featuring a contemporary style of movement set to the new music of composer Richard Hereld. Co-artistic director, Ashley Bowman choreographs Prism for 18 short piano variations played by pianist, Alexander Tenster. Bowman’s movement explores modern dance in combination with balletic lines and quirky gestures. It is inspired by how light can alter and effect the way we see things. ADP lighting designer, Don Fox will create a unique atmosphere by segmenting areas of the stage with his designs. Costume designer Charlene Hock, contributes her talents through constructing costumes with shimmering fabric. In addition to premiering Hereld’s composition, Prism is intended to showcase the technical abilities of the company and will open the concert with the intention to impress and inspire.
The Hotel Congress Lobby Gallery presents an exciting new exhibition entitled Temple of Shadows, composed of photographs by local artists Abigail Gumbiner, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and David H. Wells. This long term project, almost twenty years in the making and never before shown to the public, is a collection of fifteen prints that portray Temple Emanu-El throughout its renovation. The juxtaposition of the black and white photographs, representing the pre-renovation, and the color photographs, representing the post-renovation, connote feelings of re-purpose for the present Jewish History Museum.Professional photographers, Abigail Gumbiner, Annu Matthew and David H. Wells collaborated over decades to capture the 1910 Stone Avenue Temple as never seen before. Temple of Shadows is on display until Friday, January 2. Prints are available for purchase any time before, after and during the opening reception hosted in the Hotel Congress Lobby from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 13.Built in 1910, the Jewish History Museum, also known as the Historic Stone Avenue Temple, was the first Jewish house of worship established in the Arizona Territory. It is located in the downtown area within the Barrio Libre National Historic Area in Tucson, Arizona and was saved from demolition in1998. The building’s historic preservation was completed in 2007 and the Jewish History Museum was reopened in January 2008.For more information about the Jewish History Museum please visit www.jewishhistorymuseum.org or Hotel Congress at www.hotelcongress.com. To view additional work from each artist please visit their respective websites:· Abigail Gumbiner at www.abigailgumbiner.com· Annu Palakunnathu Matthew at www.annumatthew.com
THEATERSaturday to Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 20• Catch a performance of the Arizona Theatre Company’s hilarious production of Murder for Two with a perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday; Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.; $37-$57; 622-2823.Saturday to Sunday,Nov. 29-Dec. 28
Start holiday celebrations with the crown jewel of feature animation, Disney Fantasia Live in Concert. Scenes from the masterpieces, 1940’s classic “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000”, will be presented on a large HD screen, hung above the stage, featuring the live accompaniment of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. The audience also will experience the never-before-seen animation of Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune, which was created for the 1940 original version but was not included in the final release. Guest conductor Keitaro Harada will lead the TSO in matinee performances Saturday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. at Tucson Music Hall, located at 260 S. Church Ave. Children under 18 receive 50 percent off single ticket prices. See and hear more about Disney Fantasia Live in Concert at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaVSw-V89HE.
Concert Title: "Down in Town"Collaboration: Reverie and Heather HardyConcert Date: Saturday, December 13 doors open at 6:30pm and concert starts at 7pm / tickets $15Purchase tickets at downintown.brownpapertickets.comLocation: Artifact Dance Project Studios in downtown Tucson 17 E. Toole AveArtifact Dance Project has collaborated with the Tucson band known as Reverie since 2009 (the first year as a company). Artistic directors Claire Hancock and Ashley Bowman will premiere new choreography to Reverie’s soulful music. This local Tucson band, features the vocals of Lane Harmon (AKA Merle) former lead singer of Street Pajama, Roger King (former Street Pajama member and recording engineer/producer), Tom Dukes (whose talent and musicality has long graced the Tucson music scene) and Brian Corkill (another diverse and dynamic Tucson musician). They join beautifully written songwriting and sophisticated, creative arrangements with a style that reflects roots of jazz and blues, folk and rock. Heather Hardy, a soulful violinist and well-known Tucson musician, will join Reverie as a guest artist for this wonderful night of music and dance in downtown Tucson in a historic warehouse at 17 E. Toole Ave. ADP will always cherish this long-standing collaboration of artistic talent and friendship.